Dessert Recipes

Rice and Raisin Custard
I use left over steamed rice for this one. Its easy fast and filling and makes a teriffic dessert or breakfast.

1 cup of pre cooked rice (.20 if you buy the big bag's like me)
1/2 c Rasins (.40 also bought in bulk)
1 tsp vanilla (too small to calculate)
2 eggs (.15)
1/4 c sugar White or brown <l prefer brown> (.20)
1/4 c milk /fresh canned or powdered (varys depending on whats used)

Mix all ingrediance in a pan and cook at 325 till a knife comes out of the center clean (about 20-30 min depending on how deep your pan is), If I have left over cocconut I add it to the recipee. Also If you use it for a desert Ive found that drizzeling some corn syrup or molassas over the top makes it verry yummy or if you prefer sprinkel with 1 tsp powdered sugar.

Submitted by: Diana Smith

Frugal Whipped Cream
This is the cheap way to make whipped cream:

1 c ice cold water
1 c powdered sugar
1 c powdered milk (non instant)

Whip at high speed until desired consistancy is achieved. Store in refridgerator.


6 Tbsp instant (3 1/2 Tbsp non-instant) milk
1 c boiling water
2 Tbsp cold water
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp unflavored gelatin
2-4 Tbsp sugar

Dissolve milk in the cup of boiling water and scald. Soak the gelatin in cold water. Combine both mixtures and add sugar. Stir and chill in the refridgerator until it jells. Now beat the mixture until it acquires the consistency of whipped cream. Add the vanilla and whip again. Cost per recipe is $0.50

Submitted by: Jennifer

Oatmeal Banana Bars
3/4 cup margarine
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 mashed bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups rolled oats

* Choose ripe bananas that have some dark brown flecks on the peel. Use enough to make about 1 cup mashed.

Cream the margarine and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg substitute, salt, bananas, vanilla and peanut butter. Beat until very well mixed. Stir in the oats and blend thoroughly. Grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Spread the mixture evenly in pan. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool slightly, then cut into bars of about 1 x 2 inches.

Yield: about 4 dozen bars

These are very inexpensive and taste pretty good too. They were a hit with my son's preschool class.

Submitted by: Stephanie

Apple Betty
4 - 6 McIntosh apples, depending on size
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1 cup of sugar
3/4 cup of flour

Spray square baking pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Peel and slice apples, arranging in bottom of baking pan. Sprinkle with a little bit of water. Then sprinkle with cinnamon to taste, maybe a teaspoon or so. Crumble butter or margarine, flour and sugar together until small crumbs form to make a streusel. Drop streusel onto apples. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned. We like this cold from the fridge but some people like it warm.

About a pound of apples, 99 cents or less depending on the season; 1 tsp. of cinnamon 10 cents; 1/3 cup margarine, one pound purchased at .69, approximately 15 cents; 1 cup of sugar 21 cents; 3/4 cup flour, 15 cents. Total cost approximately $1.50. If you use butter it would cost a bit more but I can get butter for $1.89 pound at Aldi locally so I occasionally use it in baking. This doubles easily into a 9x13 pan.

Submitted by: Melanie

Elephant Ears
1 package flour tortillas (The shelf kind works better than the ones that are in the refrigerator case.)
Sugar/Cinnamon Mixture for coating.
Heat oil (1/4 to 1/2 inch deep) in fry pan.
Put 1 tortilla in for about 5-10 seconds. Turn with tongs and do the
other side. After it is turned it will "puff" up.
Remove from pan with tongs and put in a container with the
cinnamon/sugar mixture--put the lid on the container & shake to "coat" the ear with the mixture.

These cost approximately 20 cents to make at home (10-12 cents for the tortilla, another 8-10 cents for topping & oil to fry them in) At fairs & such these cost at least $3.00 & up! Other toppings such as powdered sugar (plain or flavored) or cocoa could be used instead of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Quick, cheap & easy!

Submitted by: Loretta

Apple Pie Recipe
Less sugar, Less pie crust and very tasty!

4 cups of peeled, sliced Golden Delicious Apples (4-5)
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 1/2 Tablespoons of flour
1/4-1/2 c. light brown sugar
pie crust

Roll out pie crust to 2 inches greater in diameter than pie pan to be used. Mix all other ingrredients and put in pie pan. Fold crust over. A large diameter of the mix will still be showing. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 min: then reduce temperature to 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

Submitted by: Carolyn

Monkey Cake
4 packs biscuits (10 each)
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 sticks margarine
5 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Grease Bundt pan. Mix sugar and cinnamon in large bowl with lid. Open 1 pack biscuits; quarter the biscuits, roll in sugar mixture and place in pan. Repeat until 4 packs are finished.
Melt margarine in pan with remaining sugar mixture. Bring to a boil. Pour over biscuits. Bake for 45 minutes.
Turn cake over onto a plate (do this before cake cools completely).
Tastes especially good if eaten while still warm

Serves 12

Submitted by: Sandy

Strawberry Shortcake
Using a yellow cake mix, prepare according to directions on the box and bake in a 9x13 baking pan. Once cake
is cooled use a wooden spoon to punch holes in the cake (about halfway deep as the cake), add 2 packs (can or bag) thawed, frozen strawberries to top of cake and spread evenly. Next top cake with 1 container of Cool Whip (or store brand whipped topping), top with fresh strawberries, either sliced in half or hulled and standing. Refrigerate until ready to serve. I fix this for family get-togethers and I always bring home an empty cake pan.

Peach Cobbler
I use this when I need a nice dessert quick and CHEAP. I took it one year to my husband's Christmas party using peaches and from that year on they have asked me to bring my "peach cobbler". My whole family loves it. It was passed on from my mother and is very versatile. My mother in law made it with pineapple and added brown sugar to the bottom and it was like a pineapple upside down cake.

2 regular size cans or 1 large can fruit in light syrup (peaches, cherries, apples, etc) (about $1) 1 yellow or white cake mix - dry ($1, .50 cents if you can get them around holiday time on sale) 1 stick of butter (melted) (.10 cents) Total cost is usually less than $2

Pour fruit (do not drain) into an 8x8 baking pan. Pour dry cake mix (do not make cake batter) onto fruit. Top with melted butter. Bake about 20-25 minutes uncovered in 350 degree oven until golden brown. The dry cake mix will absorb some of the juice off the fruit making a cobbler like top. You can use fruit pie filling if that is what you have; just add some water to the filling and stir before putting the cake mix over the top. My mother made it with a chocolate cake mix and cherries and topped it with cool whip for a fancy dessert. This recipe is easily doubled to make a larger pan and is great hot out of the oven with ice cream. My favorite is to use peaches (and they're cheap)

Submitted by: Katrina, Oregon

Homeade Popsicles
1 can of fruit ( .45 cents from the scratch and dent basket) or free from your garden. (Peaches, pears, or strawberries work well)
1 can of frozen lemonade ( pink or yellow ) any frozen juice would work.You could use Kool-Aid or any of the powdered juice mixes as well. Just mix according to directions or wing it to taste.

Puree or mash the fruit in a bowel, use the juice too. Mix the lemonade with two cans of water instead of the usual three. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, then pour into Popsicle molds. The molds can be purchased at a dollar store very cheaply. Freeze. If you make these at night after the kids are in bed, they will be ready for the next day.

Submitted by: Becky in Washington

Vanilla Ice cream (makes about 3-4 liters)
1 can low fat evaporated milk chilled
6 tables spoons skim milk powder
1 cup of non fat yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence (or you can add any other flavorings, fruit pulp, nuts, etc to make this special)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl beat for 3 minutes. Place in freezer for 40 minutes until well chilled and starting to jell up. Remove from freezer and beat until creamy, thick and double in size. Pour into ice cream container and freeze.

Submitted by: Agnes of New Zealand

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
1 Cup Peanut Butter (Smooth or Crunchy) .50 cents
1 Cup Sugar .25 cents
1 Egg .05 cents

Gently warm peanut butter in microwave safe bowl, stirring often until melted (1-2 minutes on low). Stir in the beaten egg and the sugar. Form into 1" balls and place on cookie sheet, then slightly flatten with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Yields about 16 sweet, warm, crumbly cookies that absolutely melt in your mouth! If you didn't know better, you'd think one of the main ingredients was flour! Can also be baked in a toaster-oven. (Hint... You'd better double this recipe!) Cookies cost about .05 cents each, and are so delicious and so easy! You can also experiment with toppings like sunflower seeds or even chocolate chips.

Submitted by: Sandra Barnes

Dragon Droppings
Here is a recipe that my family loves. I don't know if it's cookies or candy.

Melt one regular size package of chocolate chips slowly over low heat with a glob of crunchy peanut butter (about 3/4th cup.) Stir till smooth. When the chocolate chips have melted and the peanut butter is mixed in add 3 cups of cheerios.. or what ever store brand cereal you have that is like cheerios. stir till covered. Spread in a 9X12 cake pan. Let it set.. break it into pieces and eat. Now for the reason why I call them dragon droppings, if the princess the dragon ate was an hawaiian princess. add 1/2 cup of coconut (my personal favorite). Add raisins if he ate a middle eastern princess. Add peanuts if he ate a daughter of a southern peanut baron. You get the idea. Be creative.. the kids love it!

Submitted by: Bev

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
We are a military family, and traveling from place to place. Sometimes you can miss the comforts of home. I have a good friend who used to make this all the time for me, and she still does every chance we get to see each other. It's a special way of saying "THANK YOU"... Hope you enjoy.

Cake Recipe
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup of water
1 cup of mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Chocolate Frosting Follows

Combine first 5 ingredients; mix well. Add next 3 ingredients; stir until smooth. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9 inch square pan; bake at 350 for 25-30 mintues or until cake testes done. Cool. Spread with frosting. Yields 9 servings

Chocolate Frosting
2 3/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa
1/4 cup butter or margarine melted
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients; beat until smooth. Yield: enough frosting for one 9 inch cake.

Submitted by: Lori, Ft. Campbell, KY.

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