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Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Peanut Parfait Dessert

This recipe is part of Linda Larsen's Last Minute Fourth of July Bash Menu

This wonderful, rich dessert is perfect frozen, or simply chilled.
Brownie base:

4 squares unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
12-ounce package chocolate chips

Melt chocolate and shortening. Stir in sugar with whisk until blended. (Mixture will be dry). Add eggs, beating well. Stir in dry ingredients. Finally, add the chocolate chips. Spread in greased 13x9" pan. Bake 25 minutes, or until set. Don't overbake. Cool completely.


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 cups milk
1 8-ounce container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 package instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix (6-serving size)
Chopped peanuts and grated milk chocolate for garnish, if desired

In small bowl, combine powdered sugar and peanut butter until crumbly and set aside. In large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add milk, whipped topping and pudding mix; beat 2 minutes or until well blended. Pour half of cream cheese mixture over cooled brownie base and spread evenly. Sprinkle with half of peanut butter mixture. Repeat layers. Top with chopped peanuts and grated milk chocolate, if desired. Cover; refrigerate or freeze until serving time.

24 servings

Linda Larsen is a freelance Home Economist with a degree in Food Science from the University of Minnesota and a degree from St. Olaf College. She has been on the Pillsbury Bake-Off staff since 1987, and was in charge of Internet Recipe Search in 2000. Linda has developed recipes for Pillsbury and Malt-O-Meal, presented food to taste panels, held cooking seminars, and owned her own catering business "The Perfect Occasion". She loves to cook and entertain, write about food, talk about it, plan parties, read cookbooks and develop recipes. She has a cookbook collection of at least 1000 books and reads them as though they were novels.

Linda's first meal was a Mother's Day dinner from the Betty Crocker Children's cookbook, prepared when she was 11. Since then she has hosted wedding and baby showers, birthday parties, business dinners and cocktail parties, and wonderful simple meals for friends. Join her and learn simple and elegant ways to entertain your family and friends during the week.

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