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Quick and Easy Dessert Recipes: Pumpkin Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Fudge, Lemon Pie, and Fudge Pie

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Rose Mary's mother and all of her aunts are great Southern cooks. She likes to think she's not so bad herself.

These recipes are quick, easy, and absolutely delicious!

These recipes are quick, easy, and absolutely delicious!

When I became a teenager, baking started popping up on my chore list. While I didn’t mind cooking dinner, I never enjoyed baking. To this day, I don’t enjoy it. When I do bake, I look for something simple and fast. I hope that’s what I’ve presented here: quick and easy recipes for tempting homemade desserts.

Recipes in This Article

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Peanut Butter Fudge
  • Lemon Pie
  • Fudge Pie
Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

This was something I used to make for Thanksgiving and Christmas when I lived in Turkey. I prepared the full Southern Feast by myself for my Turkish friends. I liked this cheesecake because it is simple, and it left me more time for preparing the main and side dishes.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ sleeves of graham crackers
  • 1 ½ sticks of butter
  • 1 large can of pumpkin pie filling (No additional spices needed!)
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened; low fat cream cheese, or a combination works fine
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Put graham crackers in the blender to make into crumbs.
  2. Melt butter. Combine butter and graham cracker crumbs in a bowl. Crumbs should be dampened.
  3. Press crumbs into the bottom of a 9” X 13” greased pan.
  4. With a mixer, combine pumpkin, cream cheese, and eggs.
  5. Pour mixture into pan.
  6. Bake at 350º for about 45 minutes, or until set.
Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

This used to be one of my dad’s favorites. I always made it for our family holiday treat-fest.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Baking Pieces (find them with the chocolate chips and other baking items)
  • 1 can of Eagle Brand condensed milk
  • 1 pinch of salt (If you have a 1/8 teaspoon measuring spoon, a pinch is less than this!)
  • Shortening

Instructions

  1. Prepare your pan first. Grease an 8” X 8” baking pan with shortening. Press waxed paper to bottom and sides of pan. The shortening will help it stick.
  2. Pour peanut butter chips in a saucepan. Heat over medium-low, stirring constantly.
  3. When chips are melted, add condensed milk and salt. Stir to thoroughly combine.
  4. Pour mixture into pan. Allow to “set” for a couple of hours.
  5. Cut into 1” or 1 ½” squares. Keep refrigerated.
lemon pie made with condensed milk, egg yolk, and lemon juice.

lemon pie made with condensed milk, egg yolk, and lemon juice.

Lemon Pie

This is a quick and easy pie that my brother often makes in multiples for work gatherings—for his job or for me (when I was still active duty Air Force and working). You can use lemons, limes, or key limes. You can also use Real Lemon juice or Real Lime.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 1 graham cracker pie shell

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325º.
  2. Combine lemon juice, condensed milk, egg yolks, and lemon zest with a mixer.
  3. Pour batter into pie shell.
  4. Bake 10 minutes.
  5. Cool for about 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Fudge Pie

This is another quick and easy pie my brother often makes in multiples for short-notice gatherings. It is deliciously rich—a little dab’ll do ya!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 unbaked pie shell

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Using an electric mixer, combine butter, cocoa, flour, sugar, vanilla, and eggs.
  3. Pour batter into pie shell.
  4. Bake 25 minutes, or until set.

Memories of Desserts

My regular followers no doubt know that my mom has a huge sweet tooth. I suppose I like sweets as well as the next gal, but I don’t need them every day. When I was growing up, Mom had a daily sweets habit. She was working shifts in the cotton mill, so I guess she didn’t have to worry about gaining weight.

Apparently, Mom’s sweet tooth could only be satisfied by homemade desserts. I don’t really remember having many store-bought cakes, cookies, or pies in the house. It seemed like we always had a homemade cake or pie in the house, though. I don’t know that my mom enjoyed baking so much as she just didn’t want to settle for less when it came time to feed that sweet tooth.

I hope these quick and easy dessert recipes meet your sweet tooth needs.

© 2010 rmcrayne

Comments

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on January 12, 2015:

These desserts look so good. I really love peanut butter fudge too. I can't wait to try them

Blessings.

Katya Drake from Wisconsin on August 08, 2011:

All I have to say is YUM!! I cant wait to try these recipes!

Miss Paula on May 25, 2011:

Thanks for these great recipes they look delicious. I think I will need to try them all.

proteinshakes from United States on April 17, 2011:

I love pumpkin but could never imagine it in cheesecake. Gotta try it. Thank you for the recipe.

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on February 05, 2011:

Thanks for visiting iZeko. Good luck with the recipe.

iZeko on February 02, 2011:

The pumpkin cheesecake looks delicious! I have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on January 30, 2011:

Thanks for visiting teresa and cashmere.

The lemon pies are so good and so easy. My brother makes them for office functions all the time.

cashmere from India on January 17, 2011:

I was looking for lemon pies and found this great hub....yummy!

teresa joseph on January 15, 2011:

I have a sweet tooth and just love any kind of dessert, sure to try all ur recipes. thanks

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on November 23, 2010:

AKdude I haven't made the pumpkin cheesecake in a while. Now you got me thinking...

AKdude from Alaska on November 15, 2010:

These are some delicious looking recipes - especially that pumpkin cheesecake. I'm gonna have to give that one a try.

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on November 14, 2010:

Thanks midnight. These are always crowd pleasers.

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on November 12, 2010:

everyone just loves desserts. thanks for all the yummy recipes.

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on November 09, 2010:

Thanks loads Leenie!

Leenie Pooh on November 03, 2010:

Definitely easy and quick! I liked these so much I posted a link to this Hub on my Facebook Fan page.

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rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on September 06, 2010:

Thanks for the visit and the comment agent.

agent007 from Florida on September 02, 2010:

Some good recipes, love to bake, I will try them

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on September 01, 2010:

Thanks for visiting cindyvine!

Cindy Vine from Cape Town on August 29, 2010:

Definitely have to make some of these!

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on August 29, 2010:

Thanks for the visit and comments sabrinaaq and Jesus saves.

Jesus_saves_us_7 from Seeking Salvation on August 27, 2010:

The pumpkin cheesecake sounds devine...yumm, I can't wait to try it out, thanks.

sabrinaaq from United States on August 23, 2010:

Thanks for sharing these awesome recipes especially the peanut butter fudge, it sounds sooo good. :) Thanks again!

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on August 17, 2010:

Thanks for the visit and comment legendindia. I visited your site and bookmarked it because I love clothes of Indian influence. As a rule however, it is against HP rules to post links/self promote in comments.

legendindia on August 14, 2010:

Thank you for your delicious recipes.after seeing your delicious recipe water came in mouth.

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rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on August 06, 2010:

Thanks for visiting candle.

candle62 from London on August 02, 2010:

Thank you for these all the recipes.

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on July 02, 2010:

Loren we could get most everything in the military commissary that we could get state-side. I use Libby, which has cinnamon, nutmeg etc. You could use pumpkin or sweet potato. If plain, just add a teaspoon or so of cinnamon and maybe a half teaspoon of nutmeg and allspice. Maybe a pinch of ground cloves. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of sugar, then taste and see what you think.

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on July 02, 2010:

sanjeeta, these are all easy I promise!

Loren's Gem from Istanbul, Turkey on July 01, 2010:

RM, I'm planning to make that pumpkin cheesecake of yours for dessert this weekend as my friends will be coming over. Yet I have difficulty finding a can of pumpkin pie filling here. Which one (or particular brand) did you use in making the pumpkin cheesecake while you were in Turkey? Can you still remember? :-)

sanjeeta kk from India on June 30, 2010:

Great recipes to try out, and seems to be easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on June 23, 2010:

Thanks Kay.

Loren my friend Necmiye's mother's favorite during the holidays was my pumpkin bread- a recipe I've sadly lost over the years.

Loren's Gem from Istanbul, Turkey on June 23, 2010:

These all sounds new to me. Looking forward to try that very tempting pumpkin cheesecake so I'm bookmarking this hub and rated it up! :-)

Kay Creates from Ohio on June 21, 2010:

Thank you for these tempting recipes.