Desserts

Chocolate Caramel Cake

Chocolate Caramel Cake

Serves: 4-6

Time: 45 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Swirl Caramel

This is my youngest’s chosen birthday cake. He told me that for his birthday he wanted “soup and cake” (apparently we do eat a lot of soup) and the first time I made this cake he and I couldn’t stop eating it. The cake is super sweet because of the caramel swirl layer. I love that part (I keep digging for more caramel), but if you don’t like super sweet cake you might think this is a bit over the top. It’s so rich and creamy it’s almost a pudding cake.

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Serves: Makes 2 dozen

Time: 20 mins

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Mixing

My littlest is a total chocolate nut. This is his go-to sweet of choice over all others. In fact he asked for chocolate cake for his birthday and Hershey kisses for his lunch. He was completely crushed when Meijer’s’ (admittedly tragic in my book) free giveaway cookie of the week turned out to be some sort of vanilla cookie with white chocolate chips. White chocolate does not count as chocolate in his book (or mine for that matter. It’s not a bad dessert product, but it’s not chocolate). To soothe his tears, and because I happen to like a good chocolate cookie myself, I proposed this double chocolate cookie instead.

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Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

Serves: Makes 16

Time: 20 mins

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Mixing

Per my children’s careful instructions I am test driving various desserts for their lunches (When asked what he wanted for lunch at school my son immediately whipped out a choice of dessert items he’s carefully planning, no other actual meal item need be added.) To ramp up for school I made a batch of perfect for lunchboxes chocolate chip cookies. However, I goofed and didn’t use enough flour when making the cookies causing them to spread. This actually turned out to be a happy accident because the day we toured the school/playground it was 89 degrees in the shade and by the time we got home we were both dripping. These thinner cookies made the perfect ice cream sandwich cookie which was a great antidote to the unbearable heat. One last summer dessert before school and fall arrive again.

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Amish Fry Pies

Amish Fry Pies

Serves: Makes 10

Time: 1 hour +Chilling

Kid Friendly Tasks: Pie Filler

I decided to make my own traditional fry pies, without all of the junk but with the lovely fresh raspberries. This was my first attempt and they turned out beautifully. First I made the dough and set it aside to chill. Then I made the pie filling (I ended up with about a cup extra which I just refrigerated to use as jam. Is there really a difference between pie filling and jam? I think not, not for berries anyway.) Finally I rolled them out and fried them, dipping them in icing when they started to cool. Oh these were really good, well worth the trouble of setting up the fryer, and rolling and filling. They were so good that even two days later when we ate the last fry pie, it was still yummy, if slightly stale.

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Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

Serves: 6-8

Time: 1 hr

Kid Friendly Tasks: Berry Pickers

Turns out, a pretty good cake was hidden under all that extra fluff. This is now my new favorite strawberry cake, replacing even the classic shortcake. It would also be excellent with other seasonal berries like the black raspberries we picked last weekend, yum!

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