Thursday, June 25

Chocolate Cream Dessert

Ryan and I finished working on/updating our porch just last week. It is a 3-season porch built decades ago. We put indoor/outdoor carpet in, painted, added a ceiling fan and cleaned our windows (and by we I mean with the help of our parents!). We are loving sitting out there!

We can drink our lemonade, sip our ice tea, enjoy our grilled meats, eat our cool treats, play with Samuel and soak in summertime...without the bugs!

Here's another tasty - and very sweet - summer treat to keep you cool on warm days. Makes a lot but keeps well in the fridge.

Chocolate Cream Dessert

¾ cup cold butter (or margarine)

1 pkg (18 ¼ oz) chocolate cake mix

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese, softened

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

4 cups whipped topping, divided

3 cups cold milk

2 pkg (3.9 oz each) instant chocolate pudding mix

2 T chocolate curls, optional

In a bowl, cut butter into cake mix until crumbly. And the egg and mix well. Press into a greased 13x9x2 in baking dish. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until set. Cool completely on a wire rack.

In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Fold in 1 cup of whipped topping. Carefully spread over the crust; refrigerate.

In a bowl, whisk the milk and pudding 2 minutes; let stand until slightly thickened. Spread over the cream cheese layer. Top with the remaining whipped topping. Refrigerate for 2 hours before cutting. Garnish with chocolate curls. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 serving.

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