There is something about the days getting shorter and colder that demands that my sweet tooth be fed. Perhaps it is aware that the shift in the seasons means the holidays are approaching, which is my sweet tooth’s favorite time of the year. If you are anything like me, then curling up in a fuzzy blanket during the cold months with a hot cup beverage and sweet treat can be one of the simplest joys in life.
The only downside to having a demanding sweet tooth is sometimes dessert recipes can be complicated, time consuming, and expensive. Here are three simple, delicious desserts that are easy to make and cost under $10.
Three Quick and Easy Desserts to Make this Fall
These desserts incorporate easy to use pre-made mixes. Some of the mixes give plenty of options for adjusting the desserts to fit with sugar-free, heart-healthy or added nutrient options for seniors looking for desserts that work within their diet.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
During the fall, pumpkin flavored treats are everywhere! These three ingredient cookies will be a hit for anyone who tries them.
- 1 box of your favorite spiced cake mix
- 1 15 oz. can of 100% pumpkin pure
- 1 can of cream cheese frosting
In a large bowl, combine the box of spice cake with the 15 oz. can of pumpkin purée. Stir until it is all mixed together. Please note that this will have a somewhat soft, gooey consistency. Place tablespoon sized cookies onto a non-stick cookie sheet, about two inches apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 375 degrees. Let cool on a cooling rack for 10-15 minutes before frosting them with cream cheese frosting. Depending on cookie size, this recipe should make between 18 and 20 cookies.
If you want to add more flavors or added nutrition, try mixing in dark chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit to the cookies!
Hot Chocolate Pudding over Vanilla Ice Cream
Growing up my grandmother always had this treat at her house during the fall and winter, and it still remains a favorite with us grandkids, even though we all are grown up! This dessert is so good because it mixes both hot and cold together.
- 1 package of Jell-O-Cook and Serve Pudding (Chocolate is best) – Made according to directions and served warm
- 1 tub of vanilla ice cream
Follow the cooking directions on the back of the cook and serve pudding box, please note that this will require several cups of the milk of your choice. While the pudding is cooking, scoop out the amount of ice cream you want, and once the pudding is cooked, pour it over the ice cream and enjoy!
You can add a brownie to this recipe if you really want to sweeten it up! Make the treat more diabetic friendly by selecting a sugar-free cook-and-serve option and a low carb frozen yogurt rather than ice cream.
Gingerbread Cake with Cool Whip Frosting
The rich spices and familiar scent of gingerbread is perfect for this time of the year. Gingerbread cake is much easier to make than gingerbread cookies, and can be enjoyed by one or by a group of people.
- 1 box of your favorite gingerbread cake mix, baked according to package directions
- 1 tub of Cool Whip
Bake the gingerbread however you like, cupcakes, cake, or small loaves of bread. Please note that there will be additional ingredients you will need to add to the cake mixture, these will be listed on the back of the box. While the cake is baking, bring the Cool Whip out of the freezer and allow it to soften at room temperature. (This will help it spread easier) Allow to cool for a half hour, or until the cake is no longer warm. Spread the cool whip evenly among the top of the cake, and then place in the fridge to chill for an hour before serving.
If you want to add a festive topping to the cake, try sprinkling some crushed candy canes on top of the Cool Whip. To add a bit more nutrition try adding nuts to the mix or topping the cake with sautéed apple slices.
National Dessert Day is October 14!
Need an excuse to try out one of these delicious and easy desserts? October 14 is National Dessert Day and the perfect excuse to get in the kitchen and whip up some sweets. Let us know which one of these recipes was your favorite. Bon Appetit!