No-Bake Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake! Calling all ambrosia lovers! This No-Bake Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie is absolutely DIVINE. A cool & creamy cheesecake filled with fruit cocktail for a classic ambrosia flavor with a twist!

So confession: when I was making this pie, my family all rolled their eyes.

“Ambrosia is kind of… well, an oldie-timey recipe,” they said gently. “Like, only older people eat it,” they added. “I don’t think it’ll do well on your site.”

But because I’m an Aquarian I was like, thanks but no thanks for your opinion, I’m going rogue and making it anyway. Then I threw up a deuce and dropped an invisible mic while they all stared at me and wondered when the guys in white come to take me to an institution.

Growing up, we always had every holiday meal at my Grammie Pat’s house. And every. single. time. she made ambrosia. I didn’t know it as “ambrosia” though – just fruit salad, as Grammie called it. It wasn’t until I was older and received a kid’s cookbook that called it “ambrosia” and I was forever hooked on this fancy name for a not-so-fancy dish.

Sometimes Grammie would switch things up and make a mandarin orange ambrosia, or a pistachio one. Those admittedly weren’t my fave because they lacked the best part of an ambrosia: THE CHERRIES. DUH.

This pie has ALL the classic flavors of ambrosia into one unique pie that’s sure to please a crowd… and not just the more mature crowd, I promise!

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake! Filled with fruit cocktail (with extra cherries, obvi), mandarin oranges, and pineapple, it’s creamy, cool, light & fluffy… and NO-BAKE which rocks since it’s warming up outside. I know ambrosia typically has marshmallows (at least Grammie Pat’s does!), but because I had already stuffed the insides of this cheesecake pie with fruit, I added the marshmallow creme to the whipped cream on top – oh yes I did. *invisible mic drop*

The result? Pure heaven. Grammie approves.

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake!

No-Bake Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie
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This Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie is entirely no-bake and SO delicious! Perfect for spring and summertime, it's a fun twist on the original potluck dish.
Ingredients
  • One (9" round) prepared graham cracker or Nilla wafer crust
  • One (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 can fruit cocktail, chopped & drained
  • ½ cup maraschino cherries, chopped & drained
  • 1 small can mandarin oranges, chopped & drained
  • 4 oz crushed pineapple, drained (1/2 of an 8 ounce can)
  • ½ tub of Cool Whip, thawed (half of an 8-ounce tub)
  • FOR MARSHMALLOW WHIPPED CREAM:
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup marshmallow creme
  • Additional cherries, shredded coconut, pecans, or marshmallows for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Beat in the chopped fruit cocktail, chopped maraschino cherries, chopped mandarin oranges, and drained pineapple until combined, about 20 seconds. Lastly, fold in the whipped topping until combined.
  2. Spread the mixture into the prepared pie crust and smooth out the top. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours to set before serving.
  3. Before serving, make your marshmallow whipped cream: In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the heavy cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Add in the marshmallow creme and beat until stiff peaks form. Pipe the marshmallow whipped cream on top of the pie and garnish with additional fruit, nuts, marshmallows, if using. Store in the fridge.

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake! I love that this cheesecake pie is totally customizable! If you don’t like certain fruits in fruit cocktail, make your own blend! If your classic ambrosia had pecans, add those! It’s super easy and guaranteed to please!

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake! Want more fruity desserts? Try these! 

These Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars are amazing! Layers of zesty lemon cake mix topped with a gooey fresh raspberry filling! Tastes like summertime in an easy dessert that feeds a crowd!Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie!Best Banana Pudding Pie

This Lemon Almond Crumb Cake is exceptional! Moist, buttery lemony cake topped with a butter, brown sugar & almond streusel. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert!Lemon Almond Crumb Cake

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Mixed Berry Tiramisu

This MIXED BERRY TIRAMISU is a fun spin on a traditional Italian dessert! Layers of fluffy Twinkie snack cakes topped with raspberry liqueur and a fluffy cream cheese/raspberry whipped cream mixture with four kinds of fresh berries. So perfect for spring and summertime, it's an easy no-bake dessert! This Mixed Berry Tiramisu is bursting with four kinds of berries in a light and fluffy take on tiramisu!

If you could afford one of the following, what would you choose?

A) a maid
B) a chef
C) a nanny
D) a driver
E) a personal trainer

Personally, of the following I’d want a chef, because despite this blog, I am incredibly lazy with cooking. I love baking, but since I live alone, I don’t really need to be whipping up four-course meals on the reg. So that usually means I spend most nights eating boxed mac & cheese or frozen chicken pot pies. (I also eat those because I am poor, so there’s that factor).

I think a chef would force me to eat healthier, because I sure as hell am not paying a chef to make me Kraft macaroni and cheese for dinner. I would want my chef to make me things I always see healthy people eating, like salmon or hemp seeds, because those sound important and healthy.

You may be like, “salmon? That’s not that big of a deal.” But it is because I have a long history with fish and a track record of fainting in their presence. So making salmon is a big deal because I have never successfully made salmon without falling on my face. I once tried to make salmon to impress a boyfriend but I ended up fainting in my kitchen instead. We dated for almost 2 years, so I guess it wasn’t a total bust.

And the other time was when we went to a fish hatchery in third grade, because for some reason those places exist. My class went to look at salmon or trout or who the hell knows, a fish is a fish is a fish, right? At least to me. It’s not like I need to identify fish in a police line-up so I don’t really care. The point WAS, we were at a place surrounded by fish. You could feed fish, you could pet fish, you could see inside of fish, which is what happened to me.

It was a sweltering day and we went inside with my friend and our chaperone where a woman was doing a demonstration about what a fish looks like on the inside. The combination of the smell and the innards and the heat was a lethal combination and I ended up fainting right then and there. When I came to, I was sitting on a step outside still surrounded by fish which someone should have realized that was the initial problem and gotten me the hell out of there. But NO. I had to sit in the heat surrounded by dumbass fish for the next several hours.

To this day I can eat fish in restaurants and such, probably because they have adequate ventilation and I don’t have to actually touch said fish. But making it at home? Unless it’s covered in breading and called a “stick” I can’t prepare it. So yes, having a chef would be awesome because he/she could prepare me fish, which I know are a lot healthier than neon orange noodles with powdered cheese.

And then could make my chef this Mixed Berry Tiramisu for dessert as a thank you for manhandling salmon for me. Xoxo.

This tiramisu is really unlike any other I’ve had because it’s made with two different components: berries, and… Twinkies. You can take the girl out of the snack food aisle, but you can’t take the snack food aisle out of the girl, or something like that.

To be honest, Twinkies are a jillion times better than ladyfingers because I am not a cannibal and also because ladyfingers are HELLA expensive in my neighborhood. You get like 12 for $6 and I am already eating frozen pot pies for dinner so I’m not about to blow my budget on some stale cookies. If you prefer ladyfingers, you may absolutely use them in this recipe. You clearly have more money than I do. Congrats.

This MIXED BERRY TIRAMISU is a fun spin on a traditional Italian dessert! Layers of fluffy Twinkie snack cakes topped with raspberry liqueur and a fluffy cream cheese/raspberry whipped cream mixture with four kinds of fresh berries. So perfect for spring and summertime, it's an easy no-bake dessert! OTHERWISE, use the Twinkies, dude. They are fluffier, provide a wonderful vanilla deliciousness and their cream filling is surprisingly perfect in this tiramisu. It’s drizzled with Chambord and topped with a raspberry jam/cream cheese/whipped cream mixture that’s SO fabulous. Topped with a boatload of fresh berries, it’s the perfect springtime treat!

This MIXED BERRY TIRAMISU is a fun spin on a traditional Italian dessert! Layers of fluffy Twinkie snack cakes topped with raspberry liqueur and a fluffy cream cheese/raspberry whipped cream mixture with four kinds of fresh berries. So perfect for spring and summertime, it's an easy no-bake dessert! *idea adapted from here

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Mixed Berry Tiramisu
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This Mixed Berry Tiramisu is perfect for spring and summertime! Loaded with fresh, bright berries and a secret ingredient... Twinkies! If you'd prefer, substituting the Twinkies for ladyfingers is okay, too, but the Twinkies add a wonderful fluffiness and great texture to the tiramisu.
Ingredients
  • 1 box (10 count) Twinkies, split in half lengthwise (if you prefer, you may use ladyfingers. I believe you'd need about 20, as ladyfingers are thinner than Twinkies are)
  • 4 Tbsp Chambord or another raspberry liqueur
  • 1 & ½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • One 8-ounce pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raspberry jam/preserves (I used seedless)
  • 4 cups assorted chopped berries (I used diced strawberries, halved blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8" or 9x9" square baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil lightly with cooking spray. Lay out 10 Twinkie halves (cream side up) onto the bottom of the pan. Drizzle evenly with 2 Tbsp of the raspberry liqueur. Set aside briefly.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the heavy cream and ½ cup of the powdered sugar together on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 5-7 minutes. While the heavy cream whips, beat the cream cheese, remaining powdered sugar and vanilla extract with an electric mixer in a medium bowl. Fold in the raspberry preserves and the whipped cream until combined and smooth.
  3. Spread half of the whipped cream mixture over the Twinkie layer; top with 2 cups of assorted chopped berries. Top with the remaining Twinkie halves, cream side up, and drizzle them with the remaining raspberry liqueur. Top with the remaining whipped cream mixture, smoothing it out evenly, followed by the remaining 2 cups of assorted chopped berries.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until set and flavors have combined. Keep covered in the fridge up to 2 days.

This MIXED BERRY TIRAMISU is a fun spin on a traditional Italian dessert! Layers of fluffy Twinkie snack cakes topped with raspberry liqueur and a fluffy cream cheese/raspberry whipped cream mixture with four kinds of fresh berries. So perfect for spring and summertime, it's an easy no-bake dessert! The raspberry liqueur-soaked Twinkies topped with that light & fluffy raspberry whipped cream cheese mixture is amazing on its own… but throw in 4 cups of assorted fresh berries and you get the most outrageous and delicious tiramisu ever!

This MIXED BERRY TIRAMISU is a fun spin on a traditional Italian dessert! Layers of fluffy Twinkie snack cakes topped with raspberry liqueur and a fluffy cream cheese/raspberry whipped cream mixture with four kinds of fresh berries. So perfect for spring and summertime, it's an easy no-bake dessert! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding

This Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is made with a secret ingredient: coffee creamer! It yields such a flavorful, silky-smooth pudding that tastes like melty vanilla ice cream! Easy, made entirely from scratch and can be made with any flavor of coffee creamer! #InDelight #CreamerNation #adThis Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is fantastic! Such an easy recipe that yields such smooth, creamy and silky pudding made entirely from scratch! No one will know coffee creamer is the secret ingredient!

Up until this post, I had never made homemade pudding before. In fact, I don’t even think I’ve tasted homemade pudding, either!

That had to change – and I am so glad it did because homemade pudding is where it’s at!

I have a really good feeling that I will be making this pudding all summer long, because who doesn’t want a fresh-from-the-fridge, ice cold pudding on a hot day? And in Sacramento, it gets hot and early, too! While now it’s all spring showers and breezy days, that will soon change come May and I’ll be reaching for pudding relief all day long 🙂

But in the meantime, this Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding will make a fantastic last-minute Easter dessert, or would make a lovely addition to a springtime tea party!

Normally, homemade pudding is made with whole milk or cream, but for this recipe I used International Delight’s Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer which is my hands-down FAVORITE. You can always use another flavor from their line-up of creamers, like French Vanilla, Butter Pecan (OMG), or even Irish Creme! It’s truly limited to your imagination, but I went with Sweet Cream because of its almost melty ice cream flavor and decadence.

This Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is made with a secret ingredient: coffee creamer! It yields such a flavorful, silky-smooth pudding that tastes like melty vanilla ice cream! Easy, made entirely from scratch and can be made with any flavor of coffee creamer! #InDelight #CreamerNation #adMix it up in a saucepan with some sugar, cornstarch (for thick pudding!) and a pinch of salt, then let it cook until thickened. Temper some egg yolks with the hot sugar mixture and add in the yolks, a splash of vanilla extract, and some butter for good measure. The yolks and butter add such a wonderful texture and flavor to this pudding that I truly feel they’re almost mandatory to add!

This Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is made with a secret ingredient: coffee creamer! It yields such a flavorful, silky-smooth pudding that tastes like melty vanilla ice cream! Easy, made entirely from scratch and can be made with any flavor of coffee creamer! #InDelight #CreamerNation #adNow you could serve this warm… but as I mentioned above, I have a thing with chilled pudding, so I chilled mine. Topping it with fresh whipped cream and berries, though – that may also need to be mandatory! OR, layer the fresh pudding with pound cake or angel food cake cubes and sliced fruit for trifles! So simple and perfect for springtime.

This Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is made with a secret ingredient: coffee creamer! It yields such a flavorful, silky-smooth pudding that tastes like melty vanilla ice cream! Easy, made entirely from scratch and can be made with any flavor of coffee creamer! #InDelight #CreamerNation #ad

Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding
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This Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is a real standout recipe! Smooth, silky, buttery vanilla pudding made with a secret ingredient: coffee creamer!
Ingredients
  • 2 & ½ cups International Delight Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer (or you may try this recipe with their French Vanilla Creamer!)
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp butter, cubed
  • Fresh whipped cream and berries for serving, optional
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the coffee creamer, salt, granulated sugar, and cornstarch until combined and fully incorporated. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture has thickened, about 5-7 minutes. Make sure the mixture doesn't scorch! Remove from the heat.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks until lightly beaten. Temper the eggs by adding a Tablespoon or two of the hot sugar mixture to the eggs, whisking constantly. Temper again with another Tablespoon if needed. Pour the tempered egg yolks into the sugar mixture along with the vanilla extract and butter, stirring until melted and combined.
  3. Spoon the pudding mixture into individual bowls or cups, or pour into a large bowl. Cover the pudding with plastic wrap by gently pressing the plastic wrap onto the surface of the pudding - this helps prevent a film from forming on the pudding. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1-2 hours.
  4. Just before serving, garnish with fresh whipped cream and berries, if desired.

This Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is made with a secret ingredient: coffee creamer! It yields such a flavorful, silky-smooth pudding that tastes like melty vanilla ice cream! Easy, made entirely from scratch and can be made with any flavor of coffee creamer! #InDelight #CreamerNation #adThis pudding is so thick, creamy and silky-smooth with a wonderful, almost ice-cream-like flavor from the Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer! It’s truly unlike any other pudding I’ve tried!

This Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is made with a secret ingredient: coffee creamer! It yields such a flavorful, silky-smooth pudding that tastes like melty vanilla ice cream! Easy, made entirely from scratch and can be made with any flavor of coffee creamer! #InDelight #CreamerNation #ad Be sure to follow International Delight on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest and sign up to receive their emails for news, recipes, and more!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Best Banana Pudding Pie

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie! If you love banana pudding, you’ll flip for this Banana Pudding Pie! All the flavors of homemade pudding in one simple to prepare pie!

So last week I traveled to West Chester, Pennsylvania for training for QVC. Yes, they require training – and it was the best job training I’ve ever had! (Think about it – QVC is a well-oiled machine. They know what sells and what doesn’t. They want everyone to be on the same page. And like I said, the training was soooo worth the whole day of flying before and after the training class and the fact that I got the flu).

Anyway, it was so valuable and wonderful to meet fellow guests who will be selling their products on QVC, too! (And BTW, if you’re reading this and totally clueless as to what I’m talking about, I’m going on QVC this month – the 29th to be exact – to sell my second cookbook, Two in One Desserts!)

And of course, while I was there I thought I was the only cookbook author training that day. But in walks a tall, gorgeous woman wearing a floor-length fur coat and designer shades and announces she wrote a dessert cookbook to be sold on QVC, too. And her name was Patti LaBelle.

PATTI FREAKING LABELLE, Y’ALL.

At first I didn’t register who she was – I spent the better part of the morning exercising all my concentrated efforts not to puke all over their gorgeous offices – but when it hit me I tried my hardest not to be starstruck by her larger-than-life presence.

And then I thought, oh great – how am I gonna compete with Patti LaBelle?!

But you guys – Patti is the sweetest, most genuine person I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. She was so kind and warm-hearted and offered wonderful praise for everyone who was there pitching their products to QVC. And of course, she was as glamorous as I’d expect.

Once I spent time at training and with Patti, I realized I am not competing with this woman – I am honored to have written a dessert book like she has – and she was so excited about my book, too! (So should I tell my publishers to put “Patti LaBelle loves this book!” on the back? Kidding. Kind of).

So yeah, that’s the story of how I met Patti LaBelle. She’s awesome, and I hope you have the pleasure of meeting her one day. Also, buy her book! It comes out in May and everything she told me about it sounds AMAZING.

Speaking of amazing… can we talk real quick about this Banana Pudding Pie? Because it’s totally incredible.

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie! We’re talking Nilla Wafer crust, a layer of freshly sliced bananas, a layer of creamy, decadent, silky-smooth banana pudding, and lots of fresh whipped cream. It is HEAVEN and it totally satisfied my intense need for banana pudding that I had a few weeks ago.

MAKE IT BECAUSE PATTI TOLD YOU TO.

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie!

The Best Banana Pudding Pie
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Serves: 8-10
 
This Banana Pudding Pie tastes just like banana pudding, but there's no hassle about distributing it among jars or cups. Everyone gets a heaping slice of creamy, decadent banana goodness!
Ingredients
  • One prepared Nilla Wafer (or graham cracker) crust
  • One 3.4 ounce box INSTANT banana pudding mix
  • 1 & ½ cups cold milk
  • 2 & ½ cups fresh whipped cream (or whipped topping)
  • 2 medium bananas, cut into coins
  • Miniature Nilla Wafer cookies
Instructions
  1. Layer banana coins on the bottom of the pie crust; set any remaining coins aside for garnishing the top of the pie.
  2. Whisk together the instant banana pudding mix and the milk together until thickened and combined, about 2 minutes. Fold in 2 cups of the fresh whipped cream (or whipped topping, if using) until combined and fluffy. Spread into the prepared pan in an even layer.
  3. Pipe remaining whipped cream around the pie and garnish with the miniature Nilla Wafer cookies and remaining banana coins. If desired, crush some Nilla Wafers to sprinkle over the top of the pie.
  4. Refrigerate covered for at LEAST 4 hours or until set. If pie filling is still too soft, freeze briefly for about 10-15 minutes to make it easier to cut. Note: if you freeze the pie, leave the fresh bananas off as they will turn brown once brought to room temperature.

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie! I love how easy and simple this pie is – only a few ingredients, a couple minutes of prep and a hugely delicious payoff awaits. Perfect for banana pudding lovers like myself!

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

No-Bake Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Pie

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. This No-Bake Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is wonderful! Smooth & creamy and bursting with fresh strawberry flavor, it’s great for spring and summertime and is entirely no-bake!

So when I was a kid, I was obsessed with the idea of being older.

My parents love telling the story that when I was 3 years old and people asked me how old I was, I would dead-pan “I’m 9.”

When I was a kid and my family & I would go out to dinner, I would always order a “virgin” strawberry daiquiri to seem like I was this experienced old soul who knew allthethings about fine alcoholic beverages.

When I was entering middle school, my new school was called a “middle school.” But because I watched Degrassi fervently, I knew some middle schools were called “junior high schools” and so therefore I told everyone I knew I was entering “junior high school” because it sounded more mature.

When I was in high school, I liked an older guy for a long time and was obsessed with the idea of looking older and more mature so he wouldn’t think I was just a dumb freshman girl with a crush.

And when I turned 18, I wanted everyone to know I was an ADULT, DANGIT, and made sure everyone knew. (Side note: I know I must be wonderful to be around. *eye roll*)

But back to my childhood days of ordering alcoholic beverages minus the booze – strawberry daiquiris were my favorite drink to order as a kid. I remember vividly going to Red Lobster with my fam and looking through their drink menu like I was some 10 year old booze-hound, poring over the pictures and descriptions of the colorful, umbrella-clad drinks. A lot of the drinks are virtually impossible to make virgin, but strawberry daiquiris were an easy one to blend up sans the booze, so it became a staple for me. It felt like such a huge graduation from childish Shirley Temples.

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. But as I actually became older, I stopped ordering fancy bar drinks and settled for plain ol’ Diet Cokes and iced teas. Now that I’m 26 and trying to slow down time, I barely order alcohol anymore because I’d rather spend the extra cash on a bangin’ dessert instead.

To be honest, in the last 15 years I’ve forgotten about strawberry daiquiris until recently when I was grocery shopping. I spotted the frozen strawberry daiquiri drink mix in the freezer case and instantly those memories rushed back to me like the flood gates had opened. There I was, a freak holding a strawberry daiquiri frozen drink mix having a reverie in the frozen foods aisle of Safeway, thinking about ways to use this drink mix when it hit me: PIE.

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. This pie is such a cinch to whip up and is SO tasty. It’s creamy, smooth, flavorful and fresh and tastes amazing frozen or chilled in the fridge, though it’s required to be frozen to set at first. I topped mine with dollops of fresh whipped cream, but this would be excellent drizzled with chocolate sauce, additional strawberry sundae sauce, or even white chocolate. The world’s your oyster, kid.

Now let’s all take a bite and reminisce about our childhoods, ‘kay?

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge.

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No-Bake Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Pie
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Serves: 8-10
 
This Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is phenomenal! Creamy, dreamy, smooth pie flavored with strawberries. A wonderful staple for spring or summertime!
Ingredients
  • One 9" Nilla Wafer pie crust
  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 ounces frozen strawberry daiquiri drink mix, slightly thawed
  • 1 tsp strawberry extract
  • One 8-ounce tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Additional whipped cream and fresh strawberries for garnish, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. Cream the cream cheese, condensed milk, strawberry daiquiri drink mix and strawberry extract together with an electric mixer on medium speed until blended, about 30 seconds. Continue beating for 2 more minutes until mixture is smooth and slightly thickened.
  2. Fold in the Cool Whip until mixture is fully incorporated. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and smooth out the top. Carefully place in the freezer and freeze until firm and solid, about 3-4 hours.
  3. Just before serving, garnish with additional whipped cream and halved strawberry slices, or serve with chocolate or white chocolate sauce. You may store the pie in the freezer for about 1 week (the fresh berries on top may not last that long), or keep covered in the fridge for about 1-2 days.

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. I love how creamy, fabulous and utterly delicious this pie is! I took it to my apartment manager’s office and it went fast. It’s a total hit!

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! If you love peanut butter cups but wish they were jumbo-sized, I’ve got you covered! These Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars are just the ticket to squashing your giant PB cup craving!

I have yet to bake in my new kitchen… but that changes TODAY!

I have been dying to test out my appliances and get baking for my new neighbors, but the whole organizing your life back into order thing after moving is kind of exhausting. Who knew I had so much stuff that needed to be bubble-wrapped, then unwrapped, then put away? GAH.

And no, I have not read that magical book about tidying up, thankyouverymuch.

So basically I’ve been waking up, feeding my still-confused dogs and getting to work around the house. But oddly, I love all the chores of putting things away and wiping down my own counters. Yes, I’ve found some odd sense of joy in laundering my own socks, and I appreciate how nice it is to come home to a clean house.

I know this feeling will eventually wear off and I will want to set fire to my clothes rather than launder them, but for now I’m enjoying this new-house honeymoon stage 🙂

Anyway, I was thinking about what to bake first in my new place and these Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars, which I’d previously made at my old place, came to mind. But the thing is… these bad boys are no-bake, so I don’t even need the oven to whip them up.

…Which is going to rock in a few months when it’s a bajillion degrees and turning on the oven is about as logical as jumping from a three-story building into a pit of rocks.

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! These are slightly addictive; you’ve been warned! The base consists of a little confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, and graham cracker crumbs, which give them a slight crunch and helps the bar hold its shape. The mixture is poured into a pan and set in the fridge, then topped with a thick, smooth layer of chocolate ganache. The result is a deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cup bar that’s totally out. of. this. world.

Who wants to come over!?

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert!

Reese's Peanut Butetr Cup Bars
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Recipe type: Bars
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 15-18
 
These Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Bars are like a fudgy, deep-dish PB cup! Totally easy to prepare, comes together quickly and is entirely no-bake!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE BARS:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups honey graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use the natural kind, as it is too oily)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • FOR THE CHOCOLATE:
  • 1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 4 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Line a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla until combined. Mixture will be runny. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Once the bar layer has somewhat firmed up, make the chocolate topping. In a microwaveable bowl, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter and heavy cream. Microwave on HIGH power for 20-30 seconds, stir, then heat again for another 10-15 seconds, stirring until melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter layer and smooth out the top.
  4. Refrigerate once more for another 30 mins at least (up to overnight if you wish) before cutting into bars.

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! Fudgy, peanut buttery goodness topped with a silky smooth chocolaty layer. These bars are the definition of HEAVEN!

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake

This No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake is such a winner! Chewy, crunchy, gooey Lucky Charms cereal treat crust topped with a lusciously creamy & smooth marshmallow no-bake cheesecake. Perfect for kids and adults alike, and so easy to prepare! Perfect for kids and adults alike, this No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake is a real winner! A Lucky Charms crust filled with a lusciously light & creamy marshmallow cheesecake. Great for St. Patty’s Day!

So. Online dating.

It is still the worst. 

“Try Tinder,” my friends said. “You’ll love it,” they said. “I’ve met so many cool people on there,” they said.

And who do I get? Hunters, shirtless dudes, and pictures of things you don’t want to know about.

Seriously? Why can’t I get matched with normal people? Are there still semi-normal people in this world? I don’t mean that they can’t be weird in some way, but can we cut it out with the pictures of dudes holding up animals they just killed? #umno

And there are SO many “couples” looking for “play mates” that I just may become a nun. Only half-joking. Mostly serious.

And don’t tell me “that’s just Tinder! Try somewhere else!” HONEY. Do you think I haven’t tried Match, Plenty of Fish, Bumble, OkCupid and eHarmony? I’ve tried them all except for Farmers Only, but I can’t even keep a plant alive and I don’t think fishing is fun so I’m pretty sure I don’t meet their qualifications.

IT’S CRAZY. CRAZINESS EVERYWHERE.

So congratulations if you met your sweetie on a dating site. I truly am happy for you! But your sweetie was literally the only viable option and the rest are lunatics in disguise. At least they make for great stories?

ANYWAY, I have been swiping until my fingers feel numb and no such luck. So it’s back to the drawing board, which means spending my time wisely by eating this No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake. Folks, it’s a divine one! Smooth, creamy, with that gooey, crunchy Lucky Charms crust… HEAVEN!

And no, I will NOT stop making cereal-crusted cheesecakes. Not unless you tell me to stop. (Pretty please don’t tell me to stop).

If you have kidlets, this would be super fun to make with them! Have them mix together the gooey marshmallows and cereal, or delegate them to pressing the cereal mixture into the pan. They can even sprinkle the cereal marshmallows on top of the finishing product… assuming you don’t eat all of those marshmallows!

This No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake is such a winner! Chewy, crunchy, gooey Lucky Charms cereal treat crust topped with a lusciously creamy & smooth marshmallow no-bake cheesecake. Perfect for kids and adults alike, and so easy to prepare! This recipe does use a bag of cereal marshmallows which I found online at Amazon. If you don’t want to order an entire bag of cereal marshmallows (which… for many reasons, I understand), feel free to sprinkle on extra Lucky Charms cereal OR isolate the marshmallows from the Lucky Charms cereal to sprinkle on top!

Now who wants to dive right in?

This No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake is such a winner! Chewy, crunchy, gooey Lucky Charms cereal treat crust topped with a lusciously creamy & smooth marshmallow no-bake cheesecake. Perfect for kids and adults alike, and so easy to prepare!

3.0 from 1 reviews
No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake
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Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 10-12
 
This Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake is heavenly! A gooey, crunchy, chewy Lucky Charms crust filled with a divine and light marshmallow no-bake cheesecake. A must-make!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • 7 cups Lucky Charms cereal
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag miniature marshmallows
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • Pinch salt
  • FOR THE CHEESECAKE & TOPPING:
  • 1 (8 ounce) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow fluff
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Additional whipped cream and cereal marshmallows for garnish
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease a 9" round springform pan and set aside. Meanwhile, pour the Lucky Charms into a large bowl.
  2. Melt the marshmallows, butter and pinch of salt together in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until smooth. Pour the hot marshmallow mixture evenly over the cereal and toss to coat completely. Pour the coated cereal into the prepared pan and use a greased glass to compact and press the cereal gently into an even layer. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  3. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the marshmallow fluff until combined, and then fold in the Cool Whip completely. Spread the marshmallow cheesecake mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
  4. Just before serving, garnish with additional whipped cream and cereal marshmallows.

This No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake is such a winner! Chewy, crunchy, gooey Lucky Charms cereal treat crust topped with a lusciously creamy & smooth marshmallow no-bake cheesecake. Perfect for kids and adults alike, and so easy to prepare! Creamy, sweet, gooey and chewy, this cheesecake is a real winner in the flavor and texture department, and is sure to knock the socks off of adults and kids alike!

This No-Bake Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cheesecake is such a winner! Chewy, crunchy, gooey Lucky Charms cereal treat crust topped with a lusciously creamy & smooth marshmallow no-bake cheesecake. Perfect for kids and adults alike, and so easy to prepare! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Cookies & Cream Waffles

These Cookies & Cream Waffles are so flavorful! Fluffy, light, crisp vanilla waffles studded with real chocolate cookie pieces! So easy to make and a total crowd-pleaser! #krusteaz #ad

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals to make and eat. For starters, there are so many options: scrambles, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast… and those are just a few of your main course choices! Personally, I’m a big carb fan for breakfast, and my carb of choice would have to be WAFFLES. Big, fluffy, light-as-air waffles with a slightly crisp exterior and fully loaded with butter and syrup.

But sometimes, you need a change from the regular ol’ waffle. An upgrade, if you will. And these Cookies & Cream Waffles are quite the upgrade! Light and fluffy waffles studded with real chocolate sandwich cookie pieces and a wonderful, almost creamy vanilla flavor. And because you can’t just serve cookies & cream waffles plain, I jazzed them up with some whipped cream, chocolate syrup and additional sandwich cookies for a decadent treat that’s sure to please the entire family!

These Cookies & Cream Waffles are so flavorful! Fluffy, light, crisp vanilla waffles studded with real chocolate cookie pieces! So easy to make and a total crowd-pleaser! #krusteaz #ad So for Breakfast Night tonight, whip up these easy waffles – made with Krusteaz Belgian Waffle Mix – for a simple yet sinfully delicious breakfast!

GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Peppermint Bark Swirled Fudge

This Peppermint Bark Fudge is such a simple dessert to whip up during the holidays! Soft, chewy, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and vanilla swirled fudge with crunchy peppermint bits on top. A must make for a holiday party or cookie tray! Attention all peppermint bark lovers! This Peppermint Bark Swirled Fudge is the ticket to sweet peppermint perfection. Swirled chocolate and white chocolate fudge topped with crunchy candy cane pieces and peppermint chips!

I’ll admit: I’m a peppermint bark freak.

You could peppermint barkify just about anything and I’d inhale it as if my life depended on it. And in a way, my life kind of does depend on peppermint bark: it’s one of my favorite seasonal treats by far.

And so I got to thinking: I don’t have a whole lot of fudge recipes on my blog, and I don’t have a ton of peppermint bark recipes either.

That ^^ is precisely when the lightbulb moment happened. And the rest is blissfully delicious peppermint bark history.

This fudge has two layers swirled together: a chocolate layer, and a white chocolate peppermint layer. It’s super simple to make, because my fudge recipe is a no-brainer. Simply melt some chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk together, add some extract and voila. DONE. No joke!

This Peppermint Bark Fudge is such a simple dessert to whip up during the holidays! Soft, chewy, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and vanilla swirled fudge with crunchy peppermint bits on top. A must make for a holiday party or cookie tray! Layer ’em up in a greased and foiled pan and let them set, which is by far the hardest part of the recipe. But if you practice patience with this recipe, I promise it’ll pay off big time!

Happy Fudge-Making! (Er, that sounds weird. Nevermind).

This Peppermint Bark Fudge is such a simple dessert to whip up during the holidays! Soft, chewy, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and vanilla swirled fudge with crunchy peppermint bits on top. A must make for a holiday party or cookie tray!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Peppermint Bark Swirled Fudge
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Recipe type: Candy
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 36
 
This Peppermint Bark Swirled Fudge is such a treat this time of year!
Ingredients
  • FOR CHOCOLATE FUDGE:
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • FOR WHITE CHOCOLATE FUDGE:
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg white chocolate/vanilla chips
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 cup peppermint baking chips (such as Andes)
  • ½ cup crushed candy cane pieces
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8" or 9x9" square baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and condensed milk together over medium-low heat, stirring and folding it constantly until melted and smooth. Mixture will be quite thick. Whisk in the vanilla extract and pour the fudge in the bottom of the prepared pan, smoothing it into an even layer. Set aside.
  3. In another large saucepan, melt the white chocolate chips and condensed milk together over medium-low heat, stirring and folding it constantly until melted and smooth. Mixture will also be thick. Whisk in the peppermint extract and pour the vanilla layer over the chocolate layer slowly. Using a butter knife, swirl the fudge layers together. Immediately top with the peppermint baking chips and crushed candy canes.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until set before cutting into squares.

This Peppermint Bark Fudge is such a simple dessert to whip up during the holidays! Soft, chewy, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and vanilla swirled fudge with crunchy peppermint bits on top. A must make for a holiday party or cookie tray! Minty, soft, chewy and melt-in-your-mouth with crunchy bits of peppermint on top…. this fudge is out of this world amazing! Give it a try and let me know what ya think 🙂

This Peppermint Bark Fudge is such a simple dessert to whip up during the holidays! Soft, chewy, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and vanilla swirled fudge with crunchy peppermint bits on top. A must make for a holiday party or cookie tray! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Watergate Lush Dessert

No-Bake Watergate Lush Dessert: pecan shortbread cookie crust, smooth & fluffy pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, whipped cream and pecans combine to make this light, fluffy, EASY dessert! Have you heard of Watergate Salad before? It’s a mixture between pistachio pudding, pineapple and pecans and it’s fabulous! This Watergate Lush Dessert is sure to please and a fun twist on the classic!

So this dessert.

If you’re an American (well, you probably know even if you aren’t from the States), you probably know about the Watergate Scandal.

I’m not going to go into politics, so I’ll spare ya the details, but basically from the scandal came… a salad?

Still not sure how the two are linked. But I digress.

From the scandal has come the salad, originated from Kraft Foods called a Pistachio Pineapple Delight. Someone down the line renamed it “Watergate Salad” and the rest was history.

Then some ladies made a Watergate Cake and their reasoning was: “the frosting is a ‘cover-up’ and it’s filled with nuts.” Good enough for me!

So back to this lush: It’s a cover-up filled with pistachio and pineapple… and it’s filled with nuts. Voila! History is explained, one dessert at a time. You’re welcome, historians.

Admittedly, this flavor combination is a little old-fashioned. In my lifetime I’d never heard of Watergate Salad until I was a food blogger in the last 6 years. BUT it’s intrigued me ever since, and now I’m glad to have made this Lush to try it out. Hey, those people are onto something, because there’s something very uniquely delicious about this wild combination. And of course, the bright green color.

No-Bake Watergate Lush Dessert: pecan shortbread cookie crust, smooth & fluffy pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, whipped cream and pecans combine to make this light, fluffy, EASY dessert! It’s just like my other lush desserts, which starts with a cookie crust. For this, I used pecan shortbread (aka, Pecan Sandies) cookies. I topped it off with a creamy, fluffy pistachio & pineapple filling and topped that with whipped cream and pecans. (Traditionally, the salad also has miniature marshmallows… but I decided to let people decide if they wanted to top the salad with the marshmallows). It’s unexpected, it’s unique, and it’s totally something you should make once in your lifetime, even if you never grew up with Watergate Salad.

I’m thinking I’m going to Watergate everything from now on, ‘kay?

No-Bake Watergate Lush Dessert: pecan shortbread cookie crust, smooth & fluffy pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, whipped cream and pecans combine to make this light, fluffy, EASY dessert!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Watergate Lush Dessert
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Recipe type: No Bake
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 9
 
This Watergate Lush Dessert is a unique combination of flavors! Pistachio, pecans and pineapple combine to make a fluffy, no-bake treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 (11 oz) pkg pecan shortbread cookies (such as Pecan Sandies), coarsely crushed
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 (3.4-3.9 oz) pkg instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅔ cup crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed & divided
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease an 8x8" square pan with cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the coarse cookie crumbs and butter until moistened. Press evenly into the prepared pan and set aside.
  2. Wipe out the bowl and add in the pistachio pudding mix and the milk. Whisk until thickened, about 2 minutes. Fold in the pineapple and 2 cups of the Cool Whip until combined and fluffy.
  3. Spread the filling into the prepared pan in an even layer. Top with the remaining Cool Whip and the pecans.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or overnight, until set. Cut into squares to serve.

No-Bake Watergate Lush Dessert: pecan shortbread cookie crust, smooth & fluffy pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, whipped cream and pecans combine to make this light, fluffy, EASY dessert! Fluffy, smooth, creamy and packed with flavor, this unique lush dessert will be sure to please everyone who tries it!

No-Bake Watergate Lush Dessert: pecan shortbread cookie crust, smooth & fluffy pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, whipped cream and pecans combine to make this light, fluffy, EASY dessert! Have a super sweet weekend!

xo, Hayley

 

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