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Apple’s Banana Pudding

One more from Apple.. This was a big hit on Christmas Eve. Brian had at least three helpings!

3-4 bananas
1 large box of instant vanilla pudding
1 package of cream cheese
1 container of whipped cream
2-3 packages of Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
2 cups of milk*

* Apple says she’s actually not sure about the milk measurement. The only thing she is sure of is that you need to use less milk than the directions state on the box of pudding. So if it says 3 cups of milk on the box, only use 2 cups. LOL.

Pour milk into a large bowl. Add pudding. Mix until they’re completely blended. Add the softened package of cream cheese and the whipped cream. Mix until smooth.

Layer the pan with the Chessmen cookies, then add half of the pudding mixture. Add a layer of sliced bananas. Use the remaining half of the pudding mixture on top of the banana layer. Cover the top with another layer of Chessmen cookies. That’s it.

Simple. Easy. No baking necessary. Thanks for the recipe, Apple! Let me know if there is anything I need to change on this one also.

P.S. Jennifer Cannady and Brian thought this dessert dish would be even better with a layer of chocolate pudding in the middle. We might have to just try it. Chocolate and bananas sounds like a winning combination.

UPDATE: We made this already. You need only 2 cups of milk instead of 3. Also, it’s better to make it the night before you are to eat it because the cookies are softer.

Chocolate-Banana-Vanilla Pudding

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Brian made banana pudding dessert this year and brought it to Thanksgiving. Except, we modified Apple’s original banana pudding dessert recipe by adding a layer of chocolate pudding.

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Basically we did a layer of the Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies, chocolate pudding, fresh bananas, Apple’s vanilla pudding, and then another layer of cookies. I think it turned out well.

At least, the grandparents seemed to love it. 🙂

Brian’s Special Pudding Pie

Brian made a couple of pies to share this weekend. It’s a modification of Apple’s banana pudding dessert thing.

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Basically, we used pre-made pie crust and graham cracker crumbs instead of the Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies.

I like the version with the cookies better because those Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies are yummy. It was still very good, though.

Retired Girl Scout Cookies

I ordered some Girl Scout cookies from Lance’s daughter Ella’s troop today. I’m still mad that they retired Animal Treasures. Those were my one of my favorites. They are similar to the Thanks-A-Lot, except they were square and had animal figures on them. I ended up ordering the Thanks-A-Lot (along with some Peanut Butter Patties, Thin Mints and Caramel deLites) because I didn’t have a choice. Girl Scouts no longer offers the Animal Treasures. Boo!

They’re the same cookies, I know. But I liked the square ones because I felt like I got more cookie. I want the corners of my cookies, darn it! I feel jipped. =P

Besides feeling jipped, I was actually looking forward to getting Animal Treasures this year because I wanted to use them in place of the Chessmen cookies by Pepperidge Farm in Apple’s banana pudding dessert recipe. They would have been fantastic with the chocolate bottoms. Too bad Animal Treasures have been retired for about two years.

I think we will still try making the banana pudding dessert with the Thanks-A-Lot cookies. They’re going to be a little weird with all the gaps, though. We’ll just have to be a bit more creative, I guess.

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