no bake dessert recipe

“Cheeseburger” Cookies

“Cheeseburger” Cookies

I have been doing a cooking camp in Mentor this week. We have made all sorts of dishes including these darling cheeseburgers cookies. I know, I normally cook everything from scratch, but these are so fun. Also a nice thing to make when it is too hot to be baking. They are just assembled, not baked, and even younger kids can make them.

Cheeseburger Cookies

1 package vanilla wafer cookies
1 package Keebler Fudge N Caramel or Grasshopper cookies, or other small chocolate cookies
2 c. powdered sugar
1- 2 T. milk
few drops of yellow and red food coloring
1 c. coconut, optional
several drops of green food coloring, optional
1/4 c. powder sugar
1 T. milk
sesame seeds

Combine 2 cups of powder sugar with the milk and red and yellow food coloring. This should be the color of cheese. Place the coconut in a small bag and add a few drops of green food coloring. Close the bag and shake well to evenly color. This will be the ‘lettuce’.
To assemble cookies use 2 vanilla wafers (the bun) and one Keebler cookie (the burger). The orange frosting works as the cheese and glue. The coconut is the lettuce. Place a vanilla wafer flat side up on work surface. Place a little dab of “cheese” on the cookie and then a Keebler cookie. Sprinkle a little coconut on the burger, then some more cheese and the top bun, flat side down. Combine the remaining powder sugar and milk. You should have a thin glaze. Brush this lightly on the top of the finished “burgers” and sprinkle with a few sesame seeds. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Chocolate Eclair Cake

Chocolate Eclair Cake

This recipe has been around a long time. It’s very tasty and deceptively simple to make. For starters there is no baking involved. Nice when it is hot and you just don’t feel like turning on the oven.

The dessert itself is layers of graham crackers and a pudding and cream mixture with chocolate frosting to finish it off. You do need to assemble it a day ahead, so there is some planning needed, but no cooking. As the mixture sits, the crackers soften. When you serve the cake it cuts beautifully. The cake is supposed to remind you of an eclair, thus it’s name.

The original recipe calls for frozen whipped topping – like Cool Whip. You can easily substitute real whipping cream.

No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Cake

4 c. vanilla pudding

1 small container non-dairy whipped topping, thawed or 1 cup whipping cream, whipped

1 box graham crackers

1 can chocolate frosting or 1- 2 c. homemade chocolate frosting

Combine pudding and whipped topping  or whipped cream and set aside. In 9×13 inch cake pan place 1 layer of graham crackers. Try to cover the whole bottom of the pan with the crackers, breaking them to fill in gaps, ff needed. Spoon half of the pudding mixture over the crackers and spread out evenly. Place another layer of graham crackers over the pudding mixture and then spoon on the remaining pudding mixture, smoothing evenly. Place last layer of crackers on top. Warm frosting slightly and pour over the top. Spread out evenly. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serves 10-12.

Spread filling over a layer of graham crackers

Pour frosting on top layer.
Chill finished cake overnight.

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