Fix-It and Forget-It Holiday Sweets and Desserts [NOOK Book]

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Fifty delectable desserts to complete the perfect holiday meal, all easily made in your slow cooker
From Apple Cranberry Compote to Chocolate Pudding Cake, the tasty treats in this holiday cookbook—drawn from the Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Cookbook­—include sauces, puddings, cakes, brownies, and more. All have one thing in common: They can be prepared in the slow cooker, saving valuable oven space. In this...
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Overview

Fifty delectable desserts to complete the perfect holiday meal, all easily made in your slow cooker
From Apple Cranberry Compote to Chocolate Pudding Cake, the tasty treats in this holiday cookbook—drawn from the Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Cookbook­—include sauces, puddings, cakes, brownies, and more. All have one thing in common: They can be prepared in the slow cooker, saving valuable oven space. In this delicious recipe collection you’ll find temptations such as:

·      Eggnog Gingersnap Custard·      Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Pie·      Graham Cracker Cookies·      Seven Layer Bars
Complemented by hosting ideas and tips on how to make the most of your slow cooker, Fix-It and Forget-It Holiday Sweets and Desserts is guaranteed to be both useful and satisfying.    
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453276983
  • Publisher: Good Books
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 78
  • Sales rank: 280,227
  • File size: 64 MB
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Meet the Author

Phyllis Pellman Good is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold more than 10 million copies. Good is the author of the nationally acclaimed Fix-It and Forget-It slow-cooker cookbooks, several of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as the bestseller lists of USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Book Sense.

Phyllis Pellman Good is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold more than 10 million copies. Good is the author of the nationally acclaimed Fix-It and Forget-It slow-cooker cookbooks, several of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as the bestseller lists of USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Book Sense.     

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Fix-It and Forget-It

Holiday Sweets and Desserts


By Phyllis Pellman Good

Good Books

Copyright © 2010 Good Books
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-7698-3



CHAPTER 1

Sweets and Desserts

Holiday Cherry Cobbler

Colleen Heatwole

Burton, MI

Makes 5-6 servings

Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 2½-3½ hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 4-qt.


16-oz. can cherry filling (light or regular)
1 pkg. cake mix for 1 layer white, or yellow, cake
1 egg
3 Tbsp. evaporated milk
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ cup walnuts, chopped


1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.

2. Spread pie filling in bottom of cooker.

3. Cover. Cook on High 30 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a medium-sized mixing bowl mix together cake mix, egg, evaporated milk, cinnamon, and walnuts.

5. Spoon over hot pie filling. Do not stir.

6. Cover. Cook on Low 2-3 hours, or until toothpick inserted in cake layer comes out clean.


Easy Chocolate Clusters

Marcella Stalter

Flanagan, IL

Makes 3½ servings

Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 4-qt.


2 lbs. white coating chocolate, broken into small pieces
2 cups (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
4-oz. pkg. sweet German chocolate
24-oz. jar roasted peanuts


1. Combine coating chocolate, chocolate chips, and German chocolate. Cover and cook on High 1 hour. Reduce heat to Low and cook 1 hour longer, or until chocolate is melted, stirring every 15 minutes.

2. Stir in peanuts. Mix well.

3. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let stand until set. Store at room temperature.


Gingerbread Pudding Cake

Katrina Eberly

Wernersville, PA

Makes 6-8 servings

Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 2-2½ hours
Standing Time: 15 minutes
Ideal slow cooker size: 3-qt.


half a stick (4 Tbsp.) butter, softened
¼ cup sugar
1 egg white
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup molasses
1 cup water
1¼ cups flour
¾ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground allspice
? tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ cup chopped pecans
6 Tbsp. brown sugar

Topping:
¾ cup hot water
5 2/3 Tbsp. (1/3 cup) butter, melted


1. Spray interior of slow cooker with cooking spray.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream 4 Tbsp. butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg white and vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl, combine molasses and water until blended.

4. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and spices. Add to creamed mixture alternately with molasses mixture, beating well after each addition.

5. Fold in pecans. Spoon into slow cooker. Sprinkle with brown sugar.

6. In a small bowl, combine hot water and 5? Tbsp. butter. Pour over batter. Do not stir.

7. Cover. Cook on High 2-2½ hours, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

8. Turn off cooker. Let stand 15 minutes. Serve cake warm.


Note from Tester:

I used blackstrap molasses, and the flavor didn't overpower the cake.


Christmas Apple Date Pudding

Colleen Heatwole

Burton, MI

Makes 8 servings

Prep. Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 3-4 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 2-qt.


4-5 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
½ cup sugar
½ cup chopped dates
½ cup toasted, chopped pecans
1 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
½ tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1 beaten egg


1. In a greased slow cooker, mix together apples, sugar, dates, and pecans.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir into apple mixture.

3. Drizzle melted butter over batter and stir.

4. Stir in egg.

5. Cover. Cook on Low 3-4 hours. Serve warm.


Date and Nut Loaf

Jean Butzer

Batavia, NY

Makes 16 servings

Prep. Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 3½-4 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: large enough to hold 2 coffee cans, or your baking insert


1½ cups boiling water
1½ cups chopped dates
1¼ cups sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. melted butter
2½ cups flour
1 cup walnuts, chopped
2 cups hot water


1. In a large mixing bowl, pour 1½ cups boiling water over dates. Let stand 5-10 minutes.

2. Stir in sugar, egg, baking soda, salt, vanilla, and butter.

3. In a separate bowl, combine flour and nuts. Stir into date mixture and combine well.

4. Pour into 2 greased 11½-oz. coffee cans, or one 8-cup baking insert.

5. If using coffee cans, cover with foil and tie securely with kitchen twine. If using baking insert, cover with its lid.

6. Place cans or insert on rack in slow cooker. (If you don't have a rack, use rubber jar rings instead.)

7. Pour 2 cups hot water around cans or insert, up to half their/its height.

8. Cover slow cooker tightly. Cook on High 3½-4 hours. Insert toothpick into loaves of bread to see if it comes out clean. If it does, the bread is finished. If it doesn't, allow to cook 30 more minutes. Check again to see if bread is done. If not, continue cooking in 30-minute intervals.

9. When bread is finished, remove cans or insert from cooker. Let bread stand in coffee cans or baking insert for 10 minutes. Turn out onto cooling rack.

10. When thoroughly cooled, slice. Spread with butter, cream cheese, or peanut butter.


Banana Loaf

Sue Hamilton

Minooka, IL

Makes 6-8 servings

Prep. Time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking Time: 2-2½ hours
Ideal slow cooker size: large enough to hold 2-lb. coffee can upright, or a baking insert


3 very ripe bananas
1 stick (8 Tbsp.) butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda


1. Combine all ingredients in an electric mixing bowl. Beat 2 minutes, or until well blended. Pour into well greased 2-lb. coffee can or baking insert.

2. Place can or insert in slow cooker. Cover can with 6 layers of paper towels between cooker lid and bread. Or cover with baking insert lid.

3. Cover cooker. Bake on High 2-2½ hours, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes before removing from pan.


Slow-Cooker Spoon Peaches

Jeanette Oberholtzer

Manheim, PA

Makes 6 servings

Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 6-8 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 1½-qt.


1/3 cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¾ cup buttermilk baking mix
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
half a 12-oz. can evaporated milk
2 cups mashed peaches, fresh, frozen, or canned (if canned, drain slightly)
¾ tsp. cinnamon


1. Combine sugar, brown sugar, and baking mix in a good-sized mixing bowl.

2. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.

3. Add butter and milk. Mix well.

4. Add peaches and cinnamon. Mix well. Pour into greased slow cooker.

5. Cover. Cook on Low 6-8 hours.

Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


Note:

This is a great warm dessert for a cold winter evening.


Zesty Pears

Barbara Walker

Sturgis, SD

Makes 6 servings

Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 4-6 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 2- to 3-qt.


6 fresh pears
½ cup raisins
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
¼ cup brandy
½ cup sauterne wine
½ cup macaroon crumbs
sour cream
, optional


1. Peel and core pears. Cut into thin slices and place in bowl.

2. In a separate small bowl, combine raisins, sugar, and lemon peel. Layer alternately with pear slices in slow cooker.

3. Pour brandy and wine over top.

4. Cover. Cook on Low 4-6 hours.

5. Spoon into serving dishes. Cool. Sprinkle with macaroons. Serve plain or topped with sour cream.


Cranberry Sauce with Red Wine and Oranges

Donna Treloar

Muncie, IN

Makes 3-4 servings

Prep. Time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking Time: 2-2½ hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 2-qt.


12-oz. bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
1½ cups sugar
1 cup dry red wine
1 cinnamon stick
grated zest of one orange, then cut orange in half
4 whole cloves


1. Combine cranberries, sugar, wine, cinnamon, and zest in slow cooker.

2. Place 2 cloves in each orange half. Push down into cranberry mixture.

3. Cover. Cook on High 2-2½ hours, or until cranberries have popped. Turn off cooker.

4. Discard cinnamon stick and orange halves with cloves.

5. Remove lid and let Sauce cool to room temperature.

Server chilled or at room temperature over ice cream or pound cake.


Apple Cranberry Compote

Charlotte Shaffer

East Earl, PA

Makes 8 servings

Prep. Time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking Time: 3-4 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 3- to 4-qt.


6 apples, peeled and sliced
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
½ tsp. grated orange peel
½ cup water
¼ cup port wine
sour cream


1. Combine apples and cranberries in slow cooker. Sprinkle evenly with sugar. Stir in orange peel, water, and wine.

2. Cover. Cook on Low 3-4 hours.

3. Serve with dollops of sour cream on individual servings.


Warmed Spiced Fruit

Susan Segraves

Lansdale, PA

Makes 6-8 servings

Prep. Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 6-qt.


3 Golden Delicious, or Granny Smith, apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
3 pears, peeled, cored, and sliced
11-oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup fresh cranberries, rinsed, and coarsely chopped
¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1 cup apple, white grape, or cranberry juice


1. Layer fruit in order given in slow cooker.

2. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together brown sugar, cornstarch, and spices. Slowly stir in juice. Pour over fruit.

3. Cover. Cook on High 2 hours. Serve warm or chilled.


Note from Tester:

Cranberries were out of season when I tested the recipe, so I used 1 cup craisins instead. Excellent results!


Festive Fruit Compote

Maryann Markano

Wilmington, DE

Makes 10-12 servings

Prep. Time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking Time: 3-8 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 4- to 5-qt.


1 lb. dried prunes
1 1/3 cups dried apricots
13½-oz. can pineapple chunks, undrained
16-oz. can pitted dark sweet cherries, undrained
¼ cup dry white wine
2 cups water

1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker.

2. Cover. Cook on Low 7-8 hours or on High 3-4 hours.

3. Serve warm.


Note:

You can substitute other dried fruits in place of the prunes and apricots.


Fruit Dessert Topping

Lavina Hochstedler

Grand Blanc, MI

Makes 6 cups

Prep. Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 3½-4¾ hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 3½-qt.


3 tart apples, peeled and sliced
3 pears, peeled and sliced
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup maple syrup
half a stick (4 Tbsp.) butter, melted
½ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup raisins
2 cinnamon sticks
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. cold water


1. Toss apples and pears in lemon juice in slow cooker.

2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, maple syrup, and butter. Pour over fruit.

3. Stir in pecans, raisins, and cinnamon sticks.

4. Cover. Cook on Low 3-4 hours.

5. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into slow cooker.

6. Cover. Cook on High 30-40 minutes, or until fruit thickens.

7. Discard cinnamon sticks.

Serve over pound cake or ice cream.


Note:

We also like this served along with pancakes or an egg casserole. We always use Fruit Topping for our breakfasts at church camp.


Wagon Master Apple-Cherry Sauce

Sharon Timpe

Mequon, WI

Makes 12-15 servings

Prep. Time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking Time: 3-4 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 3½-qt.


2 21-oz. cans apple pie filling
2-3 cups frozen tart red cherries
1 Tbsp. butter
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves


1. Combine all ingredients except whipped cream in slow cooker

2. Cover. Heat on Low 3-4 hours, or until mixture is hot and bubbly. Stir occasionally.

Serve warm over vanilla ice cream, pudding, pound cake, or shortcake biscuits. Top with whipped cream or whipped topping if you wish.


Cranberry Applesauce

Susan Segraves

Lansdale, PA

Makes 12 servings

Prep. Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 3-8 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 4- to 5-qt.


10 cups peeled, cubed apples (about 3 lbs. Granny Smith, or McIntosh)
2 cups fresh cranberries
½ cup sugar
½ cup maple-flavored pancake syrup
1/3 cup water
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg

1. Mix all ingredients in slow cooker.

2. Cover. Cook on High 3-4 hours or on Low 6-8 hours.

3. In cooker, mash apples and cranberries with potato masher.

4. Reduce heat to warm. Hold in slow cooker until serving time. Or chill if you prefer until ready to serve.


Use this as is for dessert, or as a topping for ice cream or pound cake. Or serve warm as an accompaniment to a turkey dinner.


Homemade Applesauce

Renita Denlinger

Denver, PA

Makes 7-8 servings

Prep. Time: 10-20 minutes
Cooking Time: 3½ hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 5- to 6-qt.


10 large apples, halved, cored, and peeled
½ tsp. cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
dash of ground cloves
1 Tbsp. water


1. Spray slow cooker with non-stick spray.

2. Put apples in slow cooker.

3. Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and water over apples. Stir.

4. Cover. Cook on Low 3½ hours, or until apples are soft. If you're home and available, stir the apples after they've cooked for 2 hours. It's okay to mash them up a bit as you stir.

5. Serve warm or chilled.


Note:

This makes the whole house smell wonderful.


Cranberry Baked Apples

Judi Manos

West Islip, NY

Makes 4 servings

Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 4-6 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 4- to 5-qt.


1/3 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup dried cranberries
4 large cooking apples
½ cup cran-apple juice cocktail
¼ stick (2 Tbsp.) butter, melted
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
chopped nuts
, optional


1. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cranberries together.

2. Core apples but leave whole. Fill centers with brown sugar and cranberry mixture.

3. Set apples upright in slow cooker. (Don't stack them.)

4. In the same small bowl, combine cran-apple juice and butter. Pour over apples.

5. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.

6. Cover. Cook on Low 4-6 hours.

7. To serve, spoon sauce over apples and sprinkle with nuts.

A great accompaniment to vanilla ice cream.


Note:

This was one of our favorite recipes while growing up. When it's cooking, the house smells delicious. I'm suddenly full of memories of days gone by and a much more relaxing time. My mother passed away in October, and I re-found this recipe among her collection of favorites.


Apple Schnitz

Betty Hostetler

Allensville, PA

Makes 6-8 servings

Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 2½-6 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 3-qt.


16 oz. dried apples
3 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt


1. Combine apples, water, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in slow cooker.

2. Cover. Cook on Low 6 hours, or on High 2½ hours.

3. Serve warm as a side dish with bean soup, or as filling for Half Moon Pies (see below).

4. For pie filling, remove apples from slow cooker. Mash until smooth with potato masher, or put through food mill. Cool.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Fix-It and Forget-It by Phyllis Pellman Good. Copyright © 2010 Good Books. Excerpted by permission of Good Books.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Welcome to Fix-It and Forget-It Holiday Sweets and Desserts,
Sweets and Desserts,
• Holiday Cherry Cobbler,
• Easy Chocolate Clusters,
• Gingerbread Pudding Cake,
• Christmas Apple Date Pudding,
• Date and Nut Loaf,
• Banana Loaf,
• Slow-Cooker Spoon Peaches,
• Zesty Pears,
• Cranberry Sauce with Red Wine and Oranges,
• Apple Cranberry Compote,
• Warmed Spiced Fruit,
• Festive Fruit Compote,
• Fruit Dessert Topping,
• Wagon Master Apple-Cherry Sauce,
• Cranberry Applesauce,
• Homemade Applesauce,
• Cranberry Baked Apples,
• Apple Schnitz Pies,
• Caramel Apples,
• Apple Caramel Dessert,
• Apple Crisp,
• Dried Cranberry Pudding,
• Steamed Chocolate Pudding,
• Slow-Cooker Rice Pudding,
• Chocolate Rice Pudding,
• Deluxe Tapioca Pudding,
• Lemon Pudding,
• Eggnog Gingersnap Custard,
• Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Pie,
• White Chocolate Bread Pudding,
• Apple-Nut Bread Pudding,
• Home-Style Bread Pudding,
• Pineapple Upside Down Cake,
• Low-Fat Apple Cake,
• Creamy Orange Cheesecake,
• Orange Slice Cake,
• Carrot Cake,
• Easy Easy Cake,
• Fudgy Peanut Butter Cake,
• Lemon Poppy Seed Upside-Down Cake,
• Graham Cracker Cookies,
• Chocolate Fondue,
• Chocolate Covered Pretzels,
• Hot Fudge Sauce,
• Slow-Cooker Tapioca,
• Black and Blue Cobbler,
• Harvey Wallbanger Cake,
? Hot Fudge Cake,
? Chocolate Pudding Cake,
? Seven Layer Bars,
Tips,

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