Notes from the Kitchen: Shortcut Desserts


Perfect for holiday get-togethers, potlucks, or just a night with your own family, Shortcut Dessserts, 123 Yummy Easiest Ever Recipes is now available.

Similar in style and size to 400 Calories or Less Easy Italian and Five Ingredients, Fifteen Minutes, this bookazine from Hearst Publications features recipes for cakes, pies, cookies and other dessert. All recipes can be prepared quickly and easily, often with ingredients on hand in the pantry.

For Thanksgiving, treats such as an Easy Eggnog Pumpkin Pie, Spiced Apple Pie or Cranberry Pie would be an ideal dessert without spending hours in the kitchen. Apple-Cheese Danish, Cinnamon Pecan Spirals or Easy Cherry Stollen would be perfect to have on hand, along with a cup of coffee for Black Friday morning shopping. A section on candy ideas includes Buttery Brittle, Rocky Road Fudge and Chocolate Almond Clusters, a combination of the three on a pretty plate would make a great Christmas or hostess gift.

Tips on baking gear and shortcuts are compiled at the beginning of the bookazine, including advice on mixtures, rolling pins and cookie sheets, as well as suggestions for mixes to further cut back on time when needed. Sprinkled throughout are more ideas for baking success, and several favorite recipes have tips for healthier makeovers, lighter cheesecakes and banana pudding keep the flavor while cutting the calories.

Shortcut Desserts retails for $9.99 and can also be downloaded as a digital edition on Zinio at

Shannon is a Canadian mom to her two little Texans, now living in Colorado, and the author of
'?? '?? What'??s for Lunch at Our House,'? her blog detailing the adventures of feeding her children.

Momtrends was not paid for this post, we did receive a copy of the bookazine for review.

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