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)


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


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

  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!

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

      Daryl aka Avery

  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.

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

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

      Daryl aka Avery

  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

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

      Daryl aka Avery

  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

  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.

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

      Daryl aka Avery

  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

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

      Daryl aka Avery

  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

    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