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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.

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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
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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog It's a Lovely Life®! In addition to traveling 150+ days a year, she also helps new bloggers build successful blogging businesses.