August 06, 2016
Comfort Food, Desserts, Dairy,
Vegetables, Pumpkin , North American, Budget-Friendly, Cooking For A Crowd, Easy/Beginner Cooking, Kid Pleaser, Make-Ahead, No-Cook, Entertaining, Fall/Autumn, Potluck, Thanksgiving, Winter, Electric Mixer, Refrigerator, Vegetarian, Spices more
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"So cute and so simple - NO BAKE mini desserts. I like to serve these in a shot glass or small cup. And, for parties ... I get them from the party store. They are inexpensive and disposable, come in a variety of sizes and colors; which make these desserts perfect for a large group or party. And, because of the pumpkin; these are perfect for Fall or Winter. Prep time does not include time for the mousse to chill and firm up."
Graham Crackers or Chocolate Wafer Cookies ... Add to a large ziploc bag; and crush using the bottom of a heavy pot, meat mallet, or rolling pin. Or you can use a food processor; whichever is easiest for you. I find a ziploc bag is quick and easy.
Pumpkin Mousse ... Add the softened cream cheese, pumpkin, vanilla, sugar, spices; and, mix with a stand up or hand held mixer until well combined - smooth, and creamy. Fold in 1 2/3 cups of the whipped topping by hand; then, transfer the mousse to a ziploc bag, and refrigerate until well chilled. This will make piping the mousse into the glasses easier. Also, add the remaining whipped topping in another ziploc bag.
Mini Glasses ... Now, depending on the size or type of glass you use; the amounts can vary. And, there really is no right or wrong for the layers. Add a little of the graham crackers on the bottom, a drizzle of the caramel, then the mousse, a little plain whipped topping. Then repeat (crackers, caramel, mousse, whipping topping). Finish with more graham crackers; and, another drizzle of the caramel sauce. The ziploc bags make piping the mousse and whipped topping into the glasses easy. Simply snip off a corner of the bag and squeeze. You could always use a pastry bag; but, the ziploc bag is easy and disposable.
Finish, Serve, ENJOY! ... Refrigerate until ready to serve. Finish with a whole pecan or walnut (shelled of course) right on top. Super easy, super delicious, and always a favorite. Perfect to make ahead for a party. Again, you can use small shot glasses or, a bit larger cups. Their are some fun shapes and sizes; so, just use your imagination.
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