Hello from a Southern Winter Wonderland! The sun is shining and it’s a brisk 3º outside. Perfect winter weather, right? With Valentine’s Day over, candy is on sale. The only problem with that is once you begin eating the sweets it seems so hard to stop. Or is that just me? Like I eat a few pieces and my sweet tooth kicks into overdrive. Too soon the bag of sweets is gone and candy goes back to regular pricing, then what? Luckily for you, I have four desserts you can easily make at home.
I realize it would normally be so easy to just go to a store and buy desserts, but what’s the point of having an oven if you’re not going to use it? I love baking. I grew up with it and I’m more comfortable with it, though I am getting better with cooking on a stove. Still, I love baking and I love sweets. Especially cake. Mmm. So of course I’m going to find simple desserts to fix when the cravings come to call.
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*Cake in a Cup
This one is a favorite of mine as it’s quick and easy. It doesn’t even require an oven! If you feel like getting really crazy, you can find recipes online to make it from scratch, too. If you’re going with a pre-made mix, I personally think Duncan Hines brand is the best. I know there are other brands out there, so you can try out others and see which one you prefer. All you need for a box mix is the mix (duh), water or milk or cream, and a giant cup (10-12 oz). Oh, and a microwave. Just pour, mix, then heat, and a few minutes later you’ve got a cake for one. Yum.
My husband loves lemon bars. When he would go to Game Night at our church, he nearly always took a batch of lemon bars. He even made them himself! This brand of box mix is so easy to make, delicious, and not very expensive at all. If you love sweet and tart together, this is the mix you need. It has the perfect amount of lemon tart balanced out with powdered sugar. It is like a regular box mix, so you’ll need some water, eggs, and butter for this recipe. I think we added an extra egg to the ingredients, too. This would be great to share with others or to keep for yourself. Whichever floats your boat.
*Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Can these be considered healthy? I’ll count it if you will! This is probably the simplest of all the desserts because all you need is strawberries and chocolate melts. That’s it. Unless you want to add some type of garnish to them. Up until a few years ago, I had not ever had chocolate covered strawberries. I’m serious. My hubby bought me a mix of milk and white chocolate dipped strawberries and I’m pretty sure they changed my life. I prefer white chocolate dipped, but the milk chocolate was good, too. This dessert is so simple but oh so decadent. Pair it with your favorite wine or sparkling drink, throw in some candles, and you’ve either got a romantic night for two or a luxurious night for one. Either way, I don’t think you can go wrong with this combination. Unless you’re allergic to strawberries. Please don’t consume chocolate covered strawberries if you’re allergic to them.
Of course cookies belongs on this list! Everyone loves a good chocolate chip or snickerdoodle, right? If you’re needing an allergy friendly version, check out recipes from Allergy Awesomeness. I wrote about our love of her oat flour chocolate chip cookies, and how we change them for me, a few months ago in my post Yummy Cookies. These cookies are always gone too soon. If you don’t need an allergy friendly cookies, then hit up your local grocery store where you can either get a box mix or a pop-them-in-the-oven option. Either way, cookies will last you at least a few days, maybe even a week or two. Bring on the childhood nostalgia.
I’m not going to lie, listing these options for you guys has my mouth watering. I may need to go make my own cake in a cup.
What is your go-to when the sweet tooth cravings hit? Do you prefer to make your desserts from complete scratch or a box mix? What drink do you pair your desserts with?