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Drumstick Layered Dessert {no bake}

Get ready to take your favorite ice cream treat to a whole new level with this Drumstick Layered Dessert.

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You see, I am always looking for the best new scrumptious dessert to tempt my family with.

And let me tell you, they are a hard crowd (of two) to please!

So, I got it in my mind to create one of their all-time favorite desserts, but in a new way.

With fingers crossed, and imagination raging, I was so hoping to please my boys with my amazing creation!

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Since they LOVE Nestle Drumstick Classic Vanilla Fudge Cones, and really you could say they have an addiction to them, I thought it would be so cool (pardon the pun!) to make one tremendous recreation of this lovable treat to satisfy their every sweet need!

I imagined the look on their faces I unveiled my sweet surprise, I knew for sure they would not only be so impressed with my talents, but that they would LOVE each and every bite of my Drumstick Layered Dessert just as much (if not more) than the cold, creamy and crunchy cone they adore.

And the result, a super tasty treat reminiscent of that all-time favorite ice cream cone. However, my most discriminating critics still like their frozen Drumstick better — go figure! But, as always, I guess that means more for me!

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It’s really quite simple to make. You start with some crushed sugar cones, layer it with chocolate ganache, chopped nuts, vanilla pudding, more chocolate ganache and topped off with more chopped nuts.

And there you have it, my re-imagined Drumstick Layered Dessert, with layers and flavors that mimic the original cone!

Best of all, no need to turn on your oven to create this decadent dessert!  And now is the perfect time to share this cool and easy no bake dessert with your family and friends!

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Drumstick Layered Dessert {no bake}

by: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
1 box (3.2 oz) vanilla pudding
1 cup milk
2 cups crushed sugar cones (like Keebler)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup chopped Nut Topping mix (or you can use chopped almonds or peanuts)

Instructions:

First, make the pudding layer: Add the pudding mix and milk in a medium bowl and whisk until combined and becomes thick; about 5 minutes. Put in the refrigerator until needed.

For the crust: Combine crushed sugar cones, melted butter and sugar. Mix until well incorporated then pour into a 8×8-inch dish and set aside.

For the ganache: Coarsely chop the chocolate and place into a bowl. Add the heavy cream to a small saucepan over medium-heat until it just starts to boil, then gently pour over the chocolate. Let sit for about 10 minutes then whisk until fully incorporated and shiny.

To assemble: Pour 1/2 of the ganache over the crust and spread until even. Sprinkle 1/2 of the chopped nut mixture. Then gently pour the pudding on top and spreading evenly. Pour the remaining ganache over the pudding and spread to an even layer. Then top with the remaining chopped nut mixture. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours, or overnight. Slice and serve. Yield: 12-16 slices.

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Even though this is not as cold as ice cream, this Drumstick Layered Dessert will definitely cool you off from that end-of-summer heat!

Sheila


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Pineapple Dump Cake

Did you ever think a dump was a good thing? Well now it is! Get ready for a super easy and especially delightful Pineapple Dump Cake!

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I’m sure you’ve seen thousands of different dump cakes all over the internet. And really, you can whip up just about any combination your heart desires.

For me this summer, light and refreshing is the way to go. So, with that in mind, I was thinking of the perfect flavor combination to create a quick and easy cake for my family to enjoy. One that they would really like!

If you know my boys, you will know that they love dessert. And dessert just about any time of the day!

And if you know my boys, you will also know that they are extremely picky! They are known to not eat the things I post on this site.

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Can you believe that! Well, seems like this is also true with other food bloggers — they create wonderful treats, and end up having to bring them to work or share them with friends as their families will not go near them.

Well, let me just say that this Pineapple Dump Cake was a huge it with the boys! Yeah! It’s super easy to make after dinner for a lip-smacking, satisfying dessert. And usually in the summer, I really hate turning on my oven — however I did cave in for this one.

The outcome, a refreshingly tangy treat. The sweet, juicy pineapple along with the unbeatable flavor of creamy vanilla cake mix topped with a crunchy and bubbling melted butter topping, turned into one sensational combination. I was in awe with every bite — and there were a lot!

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Pineapple Dump Cake

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

1 package yellow cake mix
1 can (20 oz) Dole Pineapple Chunks in 100% Juice
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Pour pineapples and juice into a 13×9-inch baking dish (I used an oval dish for mine). Sprinkle the cake mix on top creating an even layer. Drizzle the melted butter over the top. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until cake is slightly golden and pineapples are bubbling.

Cool slightly on a rack (about 15 minutes), then cut and serve. This dessert is best served warm!

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Do yourself a favor, whip up this super simple, super delicious Pineapple Dump Cake for your family tonight! And don’t sweat the heat, the outcome will be worth it!

Sheila


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Chocolate Malt Ice Cream {with chocolate covered almonds}

Turn your hot summer time days into cool summer time treats with this heavenly no-churn Chocolate Malt Ice Cream with chocolate swirls and chocolate covered almonds!

Heavenly no-churn Chocolate Malt Ice Cream with chocolate swirls and chocolate covered almonds | Sweet Baked Life

Yes, you heard me correct — to make this decadent ice cream you don’t even need to pull out your ice cream maker!

This is really my kind of sweet treat to make during the hot months of the summer — quick, easy and no need to drag out a machine or turn on your oven!

You just use a few simple ingredients; sweetened condensed milk, malt powder, heavy whipping cream, chocolate syrup, and chocolate covered almonds. And what you get is an amazing dessert — good enough to dazzle your friends!

Heavenly no-churn Chocolate Malt Ice Cream with chocolate swirls and chocolate covered almonds | Sweet Baked Life

And around here, this really is the perfect dessert. It’s been so incredibly hot, that when you get home from a long day at work, nothing is better than this Chocolate Malt Ice Cream waiting for you in your freezer!

A few weeks ago we had 8 consecutive days where it was over 100 degrees. It finally cooled down to the mid-80’s for several days — perfect weather in my mind, but this week we are climbing up to the high 90’s and they are forecasting triple digits for the weekend!

No joke, when the thermometer gets over 100, it’s truly miserable. And we don’t really feel like doing much, except for splashing in the pool and consuming any type of food or drink that helps us cool down!

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That’s where this ice cream comes into play. Now, my husband really does not like anything made with sweetened condensed milk. Not sure why, but he thinks if you are going to make ice cream, you need to do it with fresh heavy cream, milk, sugar, and vanilla beans. Then of course, you need to use your ice cream maker.

Well, sorry! I love the canned gooey stuff and during the summer, I really don’t feel like making things the “long” way. Give me a recipe that’s quick and easy, and especially no-bake or no-churn and I’m all over it. And this ice cream will not disappoint.

However, if you know my husband (really does not each much of the stuff I blog about), then you will know, that with his feet firmly planted on the ground, he did not even try one bite of this creamy, malty, chocolaty, nutty delight! So, that meant just more for me! No complaints here as this Chocolate Malt Ice Cream is truly heavenly! !

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Chocolate Malt Ice Cream {with chocolate swirls and chocolate covered almonds}

Ingredients:

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup Carnation Malted Milk Powder
Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
Chocolate Covered Almonds

Instructions:

In a large bowl

Put the sweetened condensed milk into a large bowl and set aside.

To a large bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add the heavy cream and malted milk powder and beat on high-speed until stiff peaks form. Do not over whip.

Add the whipped cream into the bowl of sweetened condensed milk stir gently with a spatula until well incorporated. Then add the chocolate syrup a little at a time until you get the right balance you like. I only used about 1/3 cup as I don’t like mine so chocolaty.

Pour 1/3 of the mixture into a loaf pan and smooth the top with your spatula. Then drizzle with some chocolate syrup and sprinkle the top with chocolate covered almonds. Repeat twice, but on the last layer after you add the chocolate syrup, using a knife and run it up and down the length of the mixture to get a pretty swirled effect. Chop a handful of the chocolate covered almonds and place them on the top.

Place in the freezer for 6 hours or overnight, or until firm. Scoop into cones or bowls and enjoy!

Heavenly no-churn Chocolate Malt Ice Cream with chocolate swirls and chocolate covered almonds | Sweet Baked Life

So, if you are like me, I know you will love this Chocolate Malt Ice Cream — any way you serve it, in a bowl on on a cone, it’s the perfect summertime treat!

Sheila


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Key Lime Pie

Take a break from the summertime heat with this cool and refreshing Key Lime Pie!

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Many years ago, my husband and I were watching Oprah. Ok, let me say, this did not happen much — I think I was home sick and we were flipping through the channels.

We stumbled upon The Oprah Winfrey Show where a chef was just about to make his famous Key Lime Pie. My eyes were glued to the TV as he quickly whipped together this beautiful pie.

With my mouth still watering, I clicked onto Oprah’s website and printed out the recipe. I stuck it in my recipe binder and there it stayed.

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For some reason, I never made the pie. Not sure why.

I always knew I wanted to make it. Maybe it was because I had never seen fresh Key limes before. Or maybe I was just not looking. Does this ever happen to you — you find a great recipe and never make it?

I had seen Key lime juice in a bottle, but knew for sure I did not want to use that stuff. I’m sure its good, but not good enough for this pie.

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A couple of weeks ago my husband told me that he saw Key limes at our local grocery store.

I immediately said, “Well, that means I need to make a Key Lime Pie.”

And that is exactly what I did. I flipped through my binder, found the recipe and off to the store I went.

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And the outcome — a sweet and tangy flavor, a crisp delicious graham crust, and the filling — a wonderfully cool and creamy texture.

Afterwards I continued to wonder why had I never made this amazingly easy, and incredibly satisfying pie before.

Who knows. But I have made it twice and both times it turned out perfect.

I believe the fresh Key limes are the secret ingredient. They are smaller, juicier and have more distinct, intense flavor than regular limes. I hope your grocer has Key limes so you can enjoy this pie as much as me and my family did!

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Key Lime Pie

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

Graham Cracker Crust
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Filling
4 egg yolks
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup fresh Key lime juice
Freshly grated zest from 1 Key lime

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

For the crust: Place 2 packages of graham crackers into a large zip-lock baggie, seal and crush with a rolling pin until you get coarse crumbs. Measure 1-1/2 cups and add to a large bowl. Add the melted butter, sugar and salt and stir until combined. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack while you prepare the filling.

For the filling: In a large bowl add the egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk and whisk until well combined. Add the Key lime juice and whisk until mixture becomes thick then pour into the prepared crust. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the filling has just set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours. Slice and serve.

Cool and refreshing Key Lime Pie | Sweet Baked Life

Get ready to dig into summer with a big slice or two of this sweet and creamy Key Lime Pie!

Sheila

 

{Recipe adapted from The Oprah Winfrey Show}