Banana Pudding Parfaits
Banana Pudding is an old-fashioned Southern dessert traditionally made with layers of Nilla wafers, vanilla pudding and sliced bananas. This version is a little more gourmet than most, and bucks tradition a bit, but still tastes wonderfully nostalgic and delicious.
Ricotta Cheesecake with Fresh Raspberries
Made with cream cheese, ricotta cheese and a ground almond crust, the cake is a hybrid between an American-style cheesecake and an Italian-style cheesecake. The tart sweetness of the jam and fresh raspberry topping is the perfect contrast to the cake, which isn’t overly sweet.
Irish Cream Tiramisu
If you’re a fan of Baileys Irish Cream as I am, you’ll love this fun twist on tiramisu. It’s a dinner party regular at my house.
Chocolate Cream Pie
With a chocolate cookie crust, silky chocolate pudding center and pillowy whipped cream topping, this pie is a chocolate lover’s dream.
Coconut Dream Pie
Based on the signature Coconut Cream Pie served at The Capital Grille, this dreamy pie has a coconut cookie crust on the bottom, a creamy coconut custard in the middle, and heaps of whipped cream and toasted coconut on top.
Tres Leches Cake with Dulce de Leche Glaze
Popular in Latin America, this is a light and fluffy cake is soaked with a mixture of three milks: sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream. In this version, rum is added to the soaking liquid and a simple rum-spiked dulce de leche glaze covers the cake. My husband calls it “heaven on earth.”
Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake
This make-ahead cake doesn’t even require an oven. Simply layer store-bought chocolate wafers with peanut butter-flavored whipped cream in a loaf pan, and then chill the dessert overnight. In the fridge, the cookies soften and meld with the cream, creating a dessert that resembles a fancy layered mousse cake.
Semi-Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
Kids love them, adults them, these ice cream sandwiches are hard to beat!
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