Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cheesecake Shots #recipe, ala #PioneerWoman from @DarylWoodGerber



Happy almost Fourth of July!!!

To celebrate, I have a first-week-of-the-month giveaway below. Read on.  

The other day, I was eating lunch with my husband (yes, we do that!), and we turned on the television to the Food Network. The Pioneer Woman was on. I’d never seen her show. I’ve read her blog a number of times. I said, “Stop, let’s watch.” I had just been reviewing recipes from her latest cookbook for my next Cookbook Nook Mystery, which features barbecue and down-home kinds of recipes. I wanted to see what she was like in person.

Darling!! Easy to watch. Fun.

Anyway, she was making something ultra easy, and I thought, I must make these. Tonight. I had all the ingredients in my refrigerator. 5 ingredients. Perfect for my protagonist Jenna, who is still learning how to cook – she’s getting better, by the way.

A cheesecake shot is perfect for the Fourth of July! And wham-bang, are they ever good!

So Happy Fourth of July. May you relish your independence. May you continue to enjoy the freedoms that are ours because we live in this country. May you do your part to make sure everyone enjoys those freedoms!


CHEESECAKE SHOTS ala The Pioneer Woman

(serves 4 - 6)

Ingredients:

1 12-ounce carton cream cheese
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
6-8 graham cracker squares
1 can cherry pie filling
blueberries, if desired
slivered almonds, if desired

Directions:

In a small bowl, using a hand-mixer or whisk, mix cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. [The Pioneer Woman says this is one of her favorite go-to items in her pantry!]


Crush graham crackers. (If you need to eat gluten-free, you can find GF graham crackers at lots of stores. Or you can use GF sugar cookies.)

In small dessert bowls (or wine glasses) (4-6 portions), put 2-3 tablespoons of graham crackers.

Fill a pastry bag with the cheese/milk concoction. Squeeze about 1/3 to ½ cup of the filling on top of the graham crackers.


Top with 2-3 tablespoons of cherry pie filling. (For those who need to eat gluten-free, make sure the pie filling has modified corn starch or tapioca starch as it’s thickener.)

If desired top with blueberries and/or almonds.

Chill for about 1-2 hours. Serve cold.






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84 comments:

  1. The 4th of July I will have an old College Friend down and be out on the water...
    I love these recipes.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  2. Those do look good. I just bought a lot of fresh fruit so I have perfect toppings. We will have a quiet 4th of July. In the middle of remodel so enjoying no workers here and hoping for cooler weather so we can sit outside and just relax. Thanks!
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. A remodel sounds like fun. Work. But fun...anticipation!

      Daryl aka Avery

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  3. It looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe, and for the giveaway. Congrats on your soon to be released book Fudging The Books.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I forgot to say I will be working on July 4th so no fun plans.

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    2. Ah, Jen, working. No fun. But hopefully you can spy some fireworks!

      Daryl aka Avery

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  4. I love your books. This recipe is perfect for the 4th of July. We will be riding the motorcycle in the local parade and then we're headed down to the VFW Post for a BBQ. I'll also be working on some patriotic photo ideas I have. And of course I have to squeeze in some reading time.

    bevarcher AT me DOT com

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    1. Wow, sounds like a packed weekend. Enjoy the ride!

      Daryl aka Avery

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  5. That couldn't be much easier, could it?!

    I think I'll skip the pie filling and use fresh raspberries and blueberries for my red, white, and blue.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  6. Thank you for the giveaway -- a book and swag -- gotta love it! Thanks for sharing the Pioneer Woman's yummy dessert, it would be a delicious accompaniment to watching fireworks, which we will be doing at a friends house. bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Celia, enjoy being with friends. Always lovely!!

      Daryl aka Avery

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  7. What a delectable treat. Perfect for the 4th. We will be celebrating with family and enjoying the day together. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I'll be with my family, too. Such fun! Good memories.

      Daryl aka Avery

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  8. Your talent and creativity is wonderful. These are beautiful and appealing. The 4th will be spent with friends at their house and a bar-b-q. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Um, remember, I didn't make these up. Pioneer Woman did. I was pretty amazed at how easy they are!! And truly yummy. But thanks for the pat on the back. :)

      Daryl aka Avery

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  9. Pat (patdupuy@yahoo.com)July 1, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    We'll be taking my mother and mother-in-law to a brass band concert followed by food and drink. And maybe fireworks.

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    1. Brass band. Oh, what fun! Memories of The Music Man!! Tra-la!

      Daryl aka Avery

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  10. I love your gluten-free tip for this yummy dessert! I'll be hanging out with my granddaughter and grandpuppy...maybe even visiting the dog beach for awhile!

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  11. this looks delicious and great for the summer picnics. I will be getting together with family for a bbq and fireworks over the lake. I think that I will try your recipe to take with me for dessert. I know everyone will love it. Thanks for the chance : ) darholley1 (at) aol (dot) com

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  12. This is a recipe that I think even I can make---and it sounds delicious. Do you think you could make it with nonfat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk?
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  13. This sounds like something hubby can make for him and I. I don't cook much as have lost the use of my rt hand due to nerve disease that has gone thru my body. We have 2 chiwahwahs and since they are afraid of fireworks we live on a hill in a rural area so we put our chairs out and watch fireworks from many cities here in Ia and Wi.

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    1. PT, sorry about the right hand issue. What a bummer. But I'm sure you can put this together.

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  14. Love the books and the recipes! Sorry that I will miss the August event (sisters retreat in the north woods), but I know you will have a blast!
    I already have all of the books, although I wouldn't say no to some swag. :-)
    lizc@mac.com

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    1. Liz, sweet. Have a great time at the retreat.

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  15. Would love to read the books and do a review on them. I read over 500 books a year and do reviews to bless the authors and let readers know about great books. This Fourth of July, we will be getting our fifteen year old son ready for his first ever missions trip that Starr's on Monday.
    Jhdwayne@peoplepc.com

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    Deana

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    2. 500 books a year? Wow! Congrats to your son for doing a mission trip. :)

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  16. My husband & I will probably take our 2 daughters to a parade and then later watch the fireworks. Happy Independence Day!
    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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  17. Looks like an interesting recipe to try. Unfortunately, there aren't really any plans for the 4th for me and my family. Most of them are working, so it's just a laze around the house kind of day. Maybe do a movie or TV show marathon of some sort. Thanks for the chance to win.

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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    1. I love laze around the house days! Enjoy.
      ~Daryl / Avery

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  18. I will be watching fireworks after a neighborhood BBQ. This recipe would be great to take! stclairck@gmail.com

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    1. A neighborhood BBQ What fun!

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  19. These look so yummy. I think they will be on my picnic table for the 4th. maxtonsmamaw@gmail.com

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  20. Those look yummy. I like to watch her show. I have a few of her cookbooks.thanks Lois Rotella

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  21. For the 4th I am staying home and trying to stay cool. I am running all of my errands tomorrow so I won't have to be out in all the weekend traffic. Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win a book!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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    1. No weekend traffic. Yes!!!

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  22. I love cheesecake, I'll have to try this! Our 4th will be spent at the local lake where the town converges to play before the fireworks display. My daughter will be helping to man her Rotary Youth Group's fundraising booth, raising money for ShelterBox to help "provide emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis." I get to be chaperone ;)

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    1. Have fun being the chaperone. :)

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  23. For the 4th, I am just found to lounge on my deck with my dog, a tall glass of lemonade and a good book :) I really like your books, and would love to win this giveaway!

    vjvereeke (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  24. For the 4th, I am just found to lounge on my deck with my dog, a tall glass of lemonade and a good book :) I really like your books, and would love to win this giveaway!

    vjvereeke (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Vivian, a good book and lemonade sound delicious.

      ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  25. I don't know what I'm doing for the fourth yet. I'm just hoping it's cooler here. We've been having a huge heat wave.

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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    1. We have been having a heat wave too. So ugh!! At least ours is dry. Is yours?

      ~Daryl / Avery

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  26. Cheesecake shots look and sound tasty. As far as Independence Day, I stay home and watch TV fireworks. I like East Coast fireworks. They have good programs in NYC and Washington, DC and I like the music too. No traffic or crowds either.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Linda, I think the East Coast fireworks are fabulous. Love the DC ones and the music!

      ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  27. Those cheesecake shots look great. What a great giveaway, I live in Canada so I am not sure if we can enter or not.

    Vikiwilson@outlook.com

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    1. Viki, I'm allowing for Canadian entries this time. It's a random number generator that picks, so good luck.

      ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  28. Cheesecake shots I did but used banana pudding and vanilla wafers. Yum-oh! Love the cookbook series. Can't wait for Fudge.....um book, linbutler@att.net

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    1. Lin, those sound yummy! Hmmm, maybe add some "fudge" to that banana pudding. ? Experiment time.

      ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  29. Stay home comforting the critters who are none too fond of booms! This year, I'm praying the idiots heed the fireworks ban since we have 320+ fires already burning....arid winter followed by arid summer :(
    Kathleen Bylsma h5apby@yahoo.com

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    1. Poor four-paw critters. Wish we could explain it to them.

      ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  30. Cheesecake shots I did but used banana pudding and vanilla wafers. Yum-oh! Love the cookbook series. Can't wait for Fudge.....um book, linbutler@att.net

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  31. On the 4th of July will either be at my step daughter's family for BBQ or home where I don't have to be outside in desert summer and can catch up on a little work or a couple reviews. ... call my family back home. jeaniedannheim ( at ) ymail ( dot ) com

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    1. Crank out those reviews, Mama Cat. And keep cool.

      ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  32. I will be caring for our daughter's (medically complex, technology dependent) given no private duty nurses are available. Hopefully the day will be quiet and we'll make a family time day of it. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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    1. Wishing you a good bonding time with your daughter. :)

      ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  33. Fourth of July? Family is spread out all over the country, but my husband and I still seem to connect with family and enjoy a good meal. Baseball is on the Telly and burgers on the grill! kat8762@aol.com

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    1. Baseball and burgers. Nothing more "American" than that. Enjoy.

      ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  34. We are enjoying hot dogs at home and trying to keep our one dog calm....he hates fire crackers and panics when they go off. Kuzlin at AOL.com

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    1. How about putting your dog in a private, well-lit room, with music piped at a high note so he/she is distracted???

      ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  35. As we don't celebrate over here in the UK (odd that lol), then nothing really! dragonsteeluk@gmail.com

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    1. Hmm, you don't celebrate? Gee, I wonder why? Enjoy doing nothing! :)

      ~ Daryl aka Avery

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  36. Essaying home cause my doggie is afraid of all the firecrackers.
    patti.s@comcast.net

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    1. Same note as above. Try staying in a well lit room with plenty of other noise to distract. Good luck!

      ~ Daryl aka Avery

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    2. Patti, you are the winner of the giveaway!! I'll send you an email and you'll have until Monday night to respond. Congrats!

      ~Daryl

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  37. What an easy dessert! This would be a nice dessert to make for the 4th. Thank you for the recipe share and for this giveaway! Congratulations on the new book.
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  38. For the fourth July going to family Reunion. Noting like seeing family and eating good food. Love the bookcover.

    xzjh04@ Gmail.com

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  39. What a colorful dessert for the 4th of July! We are having a cookout with family and friends for the holiday.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  40. Fun recipe, love all your books, can't wait to read this next one, lilflynracer at msn.com

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  41. Oh those cheesecake shots look yummy. Thanks for sharing that recipe. Must try them. I am loving your books. Have a Happy 4th!!

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