Saturday, November 24, 2012

untraditional thanksgiving desserts

This year, it was my job to make a few different desserts.  In addition to Thanksgiving, we also celebrated Mike's goddaughter Maya's birthday.  Mike and I made three different desserts that were pretty untraditional for Thanksgiving.  Don't worry, there were also pumpkin and apple pies!

1. Pear Mousse
- 2 3 oz packets of lemon jello
- 2 cans of sliced pears
- 2 tubs cool whip [thawed]
- 8 oz cream cheese

- Make the lemon jello according to the directions and leave it out until it reaches room temperature. [You just want it to cool but you don't want it to set.]
- Put the pears [fruit and juice] in a blender until smooth.
- Add the cream cheese and lemon jello and blend again.
- Pour blended mixture into a bowl and fold in cool whip.
- Put in refrigerator for 12 hours until firm.
Mike did a fabulous job with this one!

It almost looks like ice cream.

2. Bright Pink Frosting for Cupcakes
- Wilton pink gel food coloring
- 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup butter [at room temperature]
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups confectionary sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk

- Cream shortening and butter
- Add and blend vanilla
- Add sugar one cup at a time, mixture will be appear dry
- Add tablespoons of milk one at a time
- Add about 20 drops of food coloring and blend in
- It should be a fairly thick consistency [perfect for piping]

I love this frosting because it doesn't take like pure sugar.

3. Shortbread Cookies
[I will be sharing this recipe in a guest post on Kristin's blog sometime in December, so be on the lookout!]
Thanks to Amanda, my pumpkin swap partner, for the sprinkles that made these cookies so festive!


ChatterBlossom said...

Shortbread anything sounds sooooo good right now!

Jen said...

oh yum!!!! The shortbread sounds amazing. :)

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