For the first time in a long time, I had a day off on Friday. The last day off I had that wasn’t a stat holiday was back in MARCH. WTH? I had the day planned out: Bob and I were going to take Mum out for crepes at Kawaii Crepe, go to Boonstra’s for strawberry picking, and then maybe go to Home Sense to check out some new wares. But before all the shenanigans were to begin, I had to come up with a dessert to bring over to the ladies night dinner I was attending later that evening.
What to make? What to make that’ll be quick and ready to go by the time I get back? Out of our small group of awesome, foxy ladies, one has food allergies. And the two things that she could not have were: citrus and nuts. CRAP! So, I’m online looking for “great!” “summer!” “desserts!”. And what comes up? Citrus something-or-other. Lemony thing-she-can’t-eat. Nuts’n-butts disaster. I was totally boned. Why did everything that was sounding SO amazing were the things I couldn’t make? So, I emailed Ms. T and asked her specifically which citrus and which nuts (because it can be specific). Turns out ALL citrus :(. But, she was ok with peanuts. Translation: peanut butter is an option. HALLELUJAH!
I came across Kraft Canada’s Chocolate-Peanut Butter pie and thought: THIS IS IT. Here is a dessert that’s quick to make and will get the job done while I’m out and about.
I should admit: though I was really happy I had found a dessert that was quick to make, I felt bad for copping out. Why? Well, for me, if I’m making a dessert, I’m Making a dessert. If I’m making a pie, for instance, I would have made that shell from scratch. I would have made the filling and anything else required. But this dessert had three things I hadn’t used in AGES:
- Oreo Baking Crumbs *what?*
- Instant pudding powder *SAY WHAT?*
- bloody COOL WHIP whipped topping?!??!? *Clutches heart, GASP!*
Do you see the struggle? If I can make croissants from scratch, why am I making…. THIS? Ok, being a tad melodramatic… Also, I seriously haven’t had Cool Whip since I was in the age group of single digits. Why have something that probably won’t even biodegrade in a nuclear bomb when I can have real whipped cream?
Kraft Canada’s Chocolate-Peanut butter Pie
(*changes I made)
- 1-1/4 cups Oreo Baking Crumbs
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
- 1/4 cup extra/creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup cold milk
- 1 pkg (4-serving size) Jell-O chocolate fudge* instant pudding
- 1 L container, thawed of Cool Whip whipped topping*
Combine the crumbs and the butter and press into a 9 x 9 square dish.
In a large bowl, mix the peanut butter while slowly adding the milk with a wire whisk. Add the dry pudding mix and combine until well-blended. Add 1 cup of the Cool Whip to the mixture and then pour onto the crust. The recipe says to top with one cup of the Cool Whip but it didn’t seem like enough so I practically put the remainder of the container on top.
Put in the fridge for at least 3 hours and then I topped it with chocolate sprinkles before I serving, because I didn’t have any fudge topping. I also don’t have any pictures of the final product. Sorry! I think in a way, it was nicer to use just regular Cool Whip than the chocolate variety because you get nice looking layers between the crust, the pudding, and then the topping. Can you picture the instant trinity dessert?
Verdict: DELICIOUS – from what I was told, tee hee. I didn’t have any and let the girls bring it home to their families. Amidst the Just Dance, black jack, and talking, we actually forgot dessert! Rave reviews from everyone who tried it and they couldn’t believe that it was made with: Oreo crumbs, instant pudding, and Cool Whip.
Other pictures of the day….
Oh, and why aren’t there any pictures of lucious, sunkissed strawberries that would have stained my piano hands red? Before we headed off to pick up Mum, I asked Bob if we should call Boonstra’s to see if they were open. Bob: Nah, they should be open, it’s gorgeous outside. So we drove all the way to Stonewall only to discover that they were indeed Not open for business. So fellow Manitobans, please call the farms you’re going to pick from lest you find out otherwise after your long-ish drive.