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Do You Have Room For Dessert?

January 31st, 2009

Even if you fund your grocery budget with food stamps, food commodities or shop in a food pantry, you always hope there’s a little something for dessert.

I’m a great hand for using fruit to use in health-giving, life supporting desserts.  But I have to admit, an occasional sweet that is not perfectly “healthy” is a balm for my sweet tooth!  I came across a recipe that’s easy to make, doesn’t cost much, and as my landlady used to say, “It throws together well.”

As I make this post, there is a batch of cookies cooling in the kitchen this very minute!  What a pity you all can’t come by, put your toes under our kitchen table and have some coffee and cookies with us!

Here is the recipe for “Cake Cookies:

1 chocolate cake mix (I bought the store brand; it was on sale at a bargain price!)

1 8 oz tub of whipped topping (Again, the store brand won the price war!)

1 large egg  (If your eggs are not large, you will need 2 eggs.)

Combine the ingredients thoroughly.  The mixture will be sticky.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes or more.  Spoon the batter onto greased cookie sheets, shake a sprinkle of powdered sugar over the tops.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes, depending on your oven.

*Variation:  Use lemon cake mix instead of chocolate.

Cooking Tip:  When your cookies come out of the oven, remove them from the baking sheet immediately.  The longer they sit, the more they will bake.  For best results, they should be cooled on a rack.  Personally, I don’t have a cooling rack; I use newsprint or tea towels and that works very well.


Note: I want to thank the Tecumseh Central Market for their quality Shurfine brands, which will really help to stretch those food stamp dollars!  Also, a tip o’ the hat goes to the crew at Tecumseh Central Market for their cheerful help in publicizing the Food Stamps Cooking Club’s Cooking Classes!

While I’m thanking folks, I’m proud to offer kudos to the good people from Health and Human Services offices in Tecumseh-Johnson County, NE-and nearby counties, the nice folks at SouthEast Nebraska Community Action-SENCA-office for their support in helping people who struggle with the cost of food.  I invited them to be EXCITED about this whole project; I do believe they ARE!

There are more thank you’s to spread:  All of you who have generously contributed to the stash of recipes and comments by giving us a hey at have warmed the cockles of our hearts and delighted us beyond measure.  THANK YOU SO MUCH.

We hope you will keep the word moving about the Food Stamps Cooking Club so those who would like to find something interesting in their inboxes can have the latest word.

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Connie Baum