5 Quick and Easy Holiday Desserts

Cinnamon is a great ingredient in these easy holiday desserts (photo Credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

Cinnamon is a great ingredient in some of these easy holiday desserts (photo Credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

We all have a lot to do to make the holidays happen which means finding a short cut or an easy option is a bonus no matter how prepared you are.  This is true when it comes to decorating your home, giving gifts, and even how you will fill your family’s plate.  With the right recipes and a little planning, you can even make fabulous desserts without a lot of fuss.  So before you throw in the towel and turn to a store bought pie or last year’s fruit cake, take a look at these 5 holiday dessert ideas that are as tasty as they are time-friendly.

1.  Apple Crisp

Get the wonderful aroma and flavor of apple pie with a lot less work by making this delicious apple crisp.  The majority of the work happens up front in the peeling, coring, and slicing of the apples.  However, you can shortcut even this step by purchasing pre-peeled and sliced apples from the store or substituting a can of apple pie filling for the apples.  Once you have the apples, you just mix the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter together to make a crumbly topping, sprinkle it over the apples and bake.

2.  Arizona Sunshine Lemon Pie

This delicious pie is sure to bring the sunshine into your holiday season no matter what the weather outside is doing.  Using a pre-made pie crust makes assembling this fantastic dessert.  Simply chop the lemons and remove the seeds, add the lemon chunks and the other ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.  Fill the pie crust with this mixture and bake.  Don’t forget to top with some whip cream.

3.  Blackberry Cobbler

This yummy dessert is easier than pie.  Simply preheat the oven, using the heat to melt the butter needed for the batter.  Mix the other ingredients together and then add to the pan.  Drop the blackberries into the batter and bake.   This goes great with vanilla ice cream a la mode.

4.  Farmer’s Mud Pie

What could be easier than mixing all the ingredients together, crushing up some Oreo cookies for the crust, and then adding it all together!  As an added bonus, this one doesn’t even need to be baked.  Just put it together and put it in the freezer until you are ready to serve.

5.  Peach Paradise

The most strenuous and time consuming part of creating these tasty treat is probably crushing the vanilla wafers.  After that, all you need to do is mix the margarine, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla together and assemble.  Start with ¾ of the crushed vanilla wafers in the bottom of the pan.  Spread the mixed ingredients over that.  Add a layer of sliced peaches and then a layer of whip cream.  Finish off with the remaining wafers, find some room for it in the refrigerator, and you have no-baked your way to a divine dessert.

About Fill Your Plate

Julie Murphree brings more than 20 years' experience in messaging, content and marketing development and management working with traditional and new media to tell Arizona agriculture’s story. That story began with Fresh Air; her book published in 2006, but continues through her efforts with Arizona Farm Bureau.
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