Fourth of July Celebration, Day Four; Desserts!


A delightful evening should always end with something sweet (actually, every evening, delightful or not so much, should end with something sweet). I, myself, am a chocoholic (shopaholic? what’s the difference?), and would be perfectly content with chocolate chip cookies or chocolate mousse or even M n M’s. As the More is More Mom®, I completely endorse…..more desserts!

 

  • Chewy Bars
  • Ghirardelli Brownies
  • Roasted Peaches with Amaretti Crumble
  • Watermelon and Blueberries

 

Chewy Bars:

So simple and so amazing….

In a mixing bowl, mix together;

 

3 – 14 oz cans sweetened condensed milk

1 – 13 ½ oz box of graham cracker crumbs

Add;

1 –  11 ½ oz bag chocolate chips

1 – 11 ½ oz bag peanut butter chips (or butterscotch chips or white chocolate chips)

Pre-heat oven to 350°

Line a 13×9 baking dish with aluminum foil (trust me, this is so much easier and less messy) and spray liberally with non-stick cooking spray. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan. Cook for approximately 30 minutes, or until you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.

When the pan is cool enough to handle, flip the pan over onto a cutting board. Remove the aluminum foil. My preference is to cut off the edges so each piece is uniform (it must be an OCD thing). Cut, serve and see your family and friends smile……

 

Ghirardelli Brownies:

This is, by far, the very best brownie mix. You could make them from scratch, but why would you bother?

 

Again, I trim off the edges and cut into even (ish) pieces. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Beautiful….

Roasted Peaches with Amaretti Crumble:

This got rave reviews, but I didn’t try any because it doesn’t consist of chocolate. I prepped the ingredients the night before and just popped it in the oven while we were cleaning up the dinner dishes. Easy.

Pre-heat oven to 350°

Butter 11x7x2 baking dish

 

In a food processor, combine;

5 amaretti cookies (Italian macaroons, approximately ¾ oz in total)

3 Tbsp whole natural almonds

2 Tbsp all purpose flour

1 ½ tsp sugar

 

Process until the cookies and almonds are coarsely chopped.

Add;

3 Tbsp chilled butter

Process until topping is mixed well and clumps form.

 

Place;

4-6 firm, but ripe peaches (rinsed and cut in half) face side up in buttered baking dish.

Spread topping over each peach (1 Tbsp, plus), pressing lightly. You can leave a ¼” border if you so desire.

 

Bake for approximately 35 minutes. Cool slightly. Transfer one peach half to a dessert plate and serve with vanilla ice cream. It’s just peachy!

Watermelon and Blueberries:

For those of you that are totally stuffed, but would like a little something refreshing…… I just scooped out one half of a small watermelon to make a bowl; chopped up the watermelon into bite size pieces and rinsed off a package of blueberries and layered them together in the watermelon bowl. It was very festive and fresh!

 

As the More is More Mom®, I am thrilled to have been able to share more ideas and the details for a great Independence Day Party. Have a happy and safe 4th!!

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One response to “Fourth of July Celebration, Day Four; Desserts!

  1. Tes

    These recipes look really amazing. I’m definitely gonna try the chewy bars.

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