Some of my favorite memories are of Christmas at my grandma’s house. My cousins would be there, we’d play, eat, and oh my…the desserts! The wonderful, wonderful desserts.
As you can imagine, now with a family of 7 we attend a lot of holiday gatherings. I need to make some great desserts, but you know my motto: It has to be easy and frugal.
Here are 2 of my favorites, but when you get complimented, don’t you dare tell people how easy they are! Just smile and say thanks!
The Pumpkin Spice Cookie is my favorite “go to” dessert because after Thanksgiving, the ingredients are all on sale! STOCK UP!
- 1 box of Spice Cake (Betty Crocker makes a good one, but I don’t think the manufacturer matters)
- 1 small can of pumpkin pie filling
- Combine cake mix and pie filling in a large bowl
- Stir until mixed
- Place a spoon full 2 inches apart on a greased cookie tray
- Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes
I also like to bring some fudge to holiday gatherings. Mainly because I get to eat it. And then I hide some to eat later.
- 1 bag of chocolate chips (your choice)
- 1 can of chocolate cake frosting. (again, there are many varieties, it doesn’t matter)
(Erin here: I think I’ve died and gone to chocolate heaven!)
- In a large microwaveable bowl, dump in the chips and microwave for 90 seconds then stir.
- Add the frosting on top of the chips and microwave for another 90 seconds, then stir again.
- If everything is melted, stir really well and pour into a greased 8×8 pan.
- Let it set for an hour or two and cut & serve.
- *mixing in nuts before pouring into the pan is also very delicious.
Think teacher gifts, mailman, hair dresser…. Good fudge wrapped up and added to a Christmas mug from the dollar store makes for a great frugal gift!