Easy Dessert Recipes

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I get a bit blue when Christmas is over. It takes me a few minutes to realize that there is no reason to be sad… New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and it brings lots of fun with it! I’m also a bit tired by the time New Year’s Eve rolls around so I am always looking for easy dessert recipes to make for my family to enjoy!

We do things a bit different on New Year’s Eve… we put out a huge spread of appetizers… savory, sweet and special drinks! This year we are making Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake Bites and Sparkling Grape Creamsicle Mocktails!

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These were so easy to make and turned out perfect! The hardest part was having to let them chill for an hour. Self-control is not my strong point when there is chocolate involved!

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My daughter and I headed out shopping early one morning a couple of days after Christmas to pick up the supplies we needed, and for my daughter to spend some of her Christmas money.


Because we went in early before everyone else was awake and shopping, we got what we needed quickly and headed home to start baking. 

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake Bites- Because the holidays are so draining physically and mentally I used a short cut to make these. Jello makes a real cheesecake “no bake kit” that is easy and tastes great… it made these super quick and easy to make!

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1. Add margarine or butter to a bowl.
2. Melt Butter.

3. Add sugar and mix.
4. Add graham cracker crust mix. {from the kit}
5. Set aside.

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6. Add milk and cheesecake filling to your mixer.
7. Beat for 3 minutes, it will be VERY thick and yummy!

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8. Melt 4 squares of the Semi-Sweet Chocolate in a bowl with a splash of milk. I used the microwave and did 30 seconds and stirred. Then another 30 seconds. Set aside.

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9. This is where it gets fun! Line 2 trays of mini cupcakes. Spray with nonstick spray.
10. Add a scoop of the crust mixture to each of the liners and press into the bottom.
11. Now add a little scoop of Peanut Butter and the Chocolate on top of the crust.

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12. All that is left to do it add the cream cheese filling and let it chill for an hour!
13. I also added a dollop of whipped cream and some chopped Chocolate!

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After I made the cheesecakes, I had lots of extra whipped cream and a bottle of Sparkling Red Grape Juice and I thought of this instantly! 

Just drop a tablespoon of Cool Whip into the bottom of a glass and pour the juice on top of it! It is beautiful and tastes creamy and sparkling! Watch a video of how I made it here. You can even hear my little one asking when she got to drink it!


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Happy New Years!

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.