Take Home Dessert for Guests
An easy, darling treat that will make you the hostess with the mostess!
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Oh the holidays! The sights, the sounds, the food........all the food.
The upcoming holidays are filled with delicious tasty foods and I'm here for it! When the day and all of its festivities wind down and it's time for your guests to leave....like seriously.....go home, typically people are too full (or too polite) to bring any leftovers home. BUT later that evening, they will wander into the kitchen, and stare at the sad contents of their fridge, and kick themselves for not taking that dessert.
Wouldn't it be great if instead, they opened that fridge and that dim light shone its subtle halo down on a delicious custom treat artfully put together by the one and only you!?
You are- The Hostess with the Mostess.
What You Need
There are just three main parts to this dessert. Brownies, pudding, whipped cream. For mine I did brownies (the BEST recipe below), butterscotch pudding, and whipped cream (also below).
Listen you're cooking up a storm this holiday season. You can buy pre made brownies, pudding, and store bought whipped cream and put this bad boy together with little to no effort. But if you want to make your own brownies an whipped cream (i buy the box pudding, back off) I got you!
Because I don't want to live in a world where I don't have options, here are some variations!
Brownies are a great base since they don't get soggy easily. You could offer some cake (click HERE to find out how to make it really tasty) in different flavors, or even a cookie layer!
You could choose one flavor or offer a variety. Since pudding is super easy to make you could offer a basic flavor like vanilla, and maybe a fruity one like banana, and then a fuller flavor like butterscotch, peanut butter, or pistachio.
Make a basic whipped cream, or mix in a little eggnog for a little extra umph, or add some mint or peppermint for a more refreshing spin!
Yaasssss these are so easy. Chop up a variety of tasty options for you guests to choose from!
•Variety of candy- Snickers, Butterfinger, Andies Mints, M&M's, Almond Joy, Heath
•Cookies- Oreos, Nutter Butter, Chips Ahoy, Oatmeal, Pirouette, Sugar Cookies
•Fruit- Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Cherries
•Nuts- Pistachios, Peanuts, Almonds, Pecans
•Top it off!- Chopped up candy cane bits, candied pecans, maraschino cherries
The Easiest, Yummiest Brownies
What you need:
•1 cup butter
•2 cups white sugar
•4 whole eggs
•2 teaspoons vanilla
•2/3 cup cocoa powder
•1 cup flour
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/2 teaspoon baking powder
These are so easy and they are hands down the best brownies I've ever had.
Start by setting your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x13 pan with cooking spray. In a saucepan on low/med heat, melt your cup of butter. Once it's melted, move it off the heat.
Next, all you have to do is add the rest of the ingredients in the order they are listed and stir until just mixed together. Pour your batter into your sprayed pan, and bake for 25 minutes. Check them at 25 minutes. They should be gooey, but not raw. Do not overcook these babies.
Allow to cool completely.
What you need:
2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
I really prefer to make whipped cream when I can. It's just smoother and has less chemicals than the store bought kind.
Start off with a chilled metal bowl. Add your cream, vanilla, and sugar.
I prefer a hand mixer, but you can use the Kitchenaid mixer as well. Mix on high, until the cream stiffens. That's it!
Prepare your pudding according to the directions on the package. Chop up your treats into scoopable....scoop able......scoop-able.....easy to scoop pieces....
Assembly is super easy. Grab a mason jar (you can purchase a case of them below. I love mason jars because people will reuse them over and over again.) and the layering is brownie, pudding, whipped cream, treats, brownie, pudding, whipped cream, topping. That's it! You can watch me assemble it HERE.
I did a very basic spread since I made this before the holidays and just my little family was going to eat all this. Ha! But I put everything in cute little bowls with spoons. You could put everything on a darling tray, or just set it up buffet style in your kitchen.
I topped mine with a tied bow, but a quick internet search will give you tons of free printable, decorative circles to top your jars with. You could add a cute sticky Christmas bow on top, or ribbons etc.
I'm in love with this and I hope you and your guests are too! If you made this, I'd love to see yours! Send me an email to- email@example.com and don't forget to sign up below for emails!
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