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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.

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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

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