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Apr 6, 2009 07:31 PM

Happy Little Kid Desserts

Remember when you were a kid, and dessert time was the best time? What did your parents make that you still make today?? Whether it's a family recipe, or from a box or the freezer doesn't matter, what matters is that it's part of your past! Mine are Pepperidge Farms apple turnovers, strawberry shortcake made with store-bought shortcakes, cut up strawberries sprinkled with sugar, so they made a syrup, and canned whipped cream, and brownies with dark bitter frosting made from Hershey Cocoa. Still eat all three. What are yours?

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  1. My mom and my uncle always made strawberry shortcakes with Bisquick biscuits. We still do this every strawberry season--and not just for dessert! In season, we might eat this as breakfast, lunch or dinner. :)

    Going out for DQ has never lost its childhood appeal, either. We used to walk on "field trips" there from day camp (needed a permission slip to go) and to this day I order the same thing: small hot fudge sundae with caramel and whipped cream. Only difference, back in the 70s and 80s it was butterscotch sauce instead of caramel. And I just had one of these on Sunday afternoon! :)

    I also still make Nanny's Oatmeal Cookies (think her recipe was from the Quaker Oats canister)--with M&Ms, just as she did. I usually make them on holidays, but sometimes do just when the spirit moves me.

    Fun topic--I look forward to going down memory lane with everyone.

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      "Going out for DQ has never lost its childhood appeal, either. "
      it was a sad, sad day in my childhood when our local DQ closed. personally i preferred the butterscotch "shell" topping instead of sauce, and always in a cone :)

      i'm pretty sure my mother has never baked anything in her entire life (except perhaps refrigerated slice & bake cookies) any really good dessert memories for us involved things purchased at stores or restaurants. faves in addition to DQ were Carvel birthday cakes or flying saucers (or a Chipwich from the HS cafeteria when i was older), and ice cream cakes or pies from Friendly's.

      and of course, there was "chocolate soup" - a bowl of chocolate ice cream placed in the toaster oven to "cook" (though the heat was never turned on) until it melted a bit...then stirred until it felt like my little arm would fall off and the ice cream had been transformed into a smooth, soupy bowl of chocolaty deliciousness.

      clearly we're an ice cream family :)

      oh, and on the rare occasion when my mom would buy a canister of whipped cream (usually intended for topping Jell-O), my favorite thing was to make a sandwich of two Archway Dutch Cocoa cookies with Reddi-Wip as the filling.

      1. re: kattyeyes

        kattyeyes, the strawberry shortcake with Bisquick is my daughter's go-to birthday cake (of course she had to be born in a month when strawberries in my locale are most expensive!)

        And she insists I make enough (after whatever party gathering we have) for her to be able to have the strawberry shortcake for breakfast. And best of all, she shares!


        1. re: cayjohan

          What a great birthday cake! And strawberry season's not too far off. :)

      2. My fond memory of my Mother's dessert is pretty simple. Plain ole Jello. Well, not quite plain. She would make about 3 different colours and cut them into cubes and mix them together in a bowl. No phony whipped cream, just Jello. Oh, the childhood memories. :-)

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        1. re: billieboy

          "Watch it wiggle...see it jiggle...smooth and fruity...Jell-O brand gelatin. Of all desserts you'll love the one that tastes so light and makes such fun. Make Jell-O gelatin and make some fun!"

        2. Oh, rhubarb pie! I rarely make it, not being a big sweets eater anymore, but man-oh-man, was that the ne plus ultra of desserts! My late Mom had a touch with it that topped all other sweets, and her meringue was perfect. I would love a piece of that pie again. Mine just never seems to hit all the high notes.


          1. Floating Island
            Baked Alaska (my preferred birthday cake)

            My mom used to make a cake in a jelly roll pan, kind of a dense yellow cake that she scooped blobs of cherry pie filling onto. When baked, the cake puffed up around the filling. We called it Cherry Squares (you cut it into squares after baking) and it was the favorite bake sale treat at my house.

            1. Strawberry Shortcake
              The store-bought yellow shortcakes soaked with non-fat milk, then some sliced strawberries (that I would choke down since I didn't like them, but didn't think I could have "strawberry shortcake" without them), then Reddi-Whip. -- chew and swallow strawberries quickly, then mash cake with whipped cream to make a soup of sorts... mmmm.

              I wasn't much of an eater, and no more than my mother was a cook. I do fondly remember tho rice krispie treats that my Mom made for a period of time, until we burned out.

              We also occasionally got Cannolis from Viktor Benes'/Gelson's, but sadly they don't make these anymore.