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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!

Drumstick Layered Dessert | Sweet Baked Life

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!

Drumstick Layered Dessert | Sweet Baked Life

Drumstick Layered Dessert {no bake}

by: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

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)


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.

Drumstick Layered Dessert | Sweet Baked Life

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!




Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

What do you do when you are getting ready to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day and your best friend calls you and needs a huge favor? Well of course you drop everything to help her, as she would for you! That’s exactly what happened to me late yesterday when Lulu called stating she needed my help with an all-important letter. So, after a long day at the office, a short trip to the grocery store, making dinner and spending a bit of “quality” time with my family, I quickly ran upstairs to process something noteworthy about my bestie! Mission accomplished – she loved it!
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Ok, so back onto the chocolate chips — you see, not only does my family love chocolate chips and all the things I creatively bake using them so does Lulu. I have fond memories of baking chocolate chip cookies with her over our long friendship — the laughter and fun we had together in the kitchen still puts a smile on my face!  The wonderful smell and the incredible taste of these soft and chewy morsels always remind me of her. Now mind you, my family loves just a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe, to them it’s the best. But, you know me, I love to put a spin on things I bake, so here is my favorite recipe that includes quick oats – I think Lulu would love these too!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
(Recipe adapted from here)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups QUAKER OATS (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Heat your oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs, milk and vanilla extract; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in oats and chips; mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 9 to 10 minutes for a chewy cookie or 12 to 13 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool on baking sheets for 1 minute; remove to wire rack to cool completely. Store tightly covered.

So, now let’s celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day — hope you enjoy them!