Cool No-Bake Desserts: Red, Blue, and Boozy

July 3, 2009

I know lots of you are going to be grilling for July 4th, and you’re going to need a dessert that doesn’t involved heating up the kitchen with a blazing oven, right?  Right.

When I think of a cool no-bake dessert, the first thing that comes to my mind – and makes my mouth water – is the classic Cherry Cream Cheese Pie!  When we were kids, this was our favorite.  There weren’t many leftovers with 4 kids around, but whoever got up earliest the next morning always scarfed up the remaining bit of pie for breakfast!  SisMama still makes this and we all still love it!

It looks like Paula Deen makes our Cherry Cream Cheese Pie too!  That’s one of the things we love about you Paula…you know what good is, whether it’s fancy foo-foo or not!

Cherry Cream Cheese Pie from Paula Deen

Cherry Cream Cheese Pie from Paula Deen

This other awesome cool pie just popped back into my head today.  I got this recipe from a boss MANY blue moons ago!  I wish my darn camera hadn’t passed away, and I’d make this and take a photo, but alas, I’m still camera-less.  I do have two notes on this recipe for you.

  1. Do they still make Dream Whip?  I hope so, because this is a good pie and I’m not sure what we’d substitute for it.
  2. Fresh Texas blueberries are so awesome now that I feel guilty giving you a recipe using blueberry pie filling, but I’m sure you could modify the recipe to use the fresh blues.

Now for the pie!

Banana Blueberry Pie

2 graham cracker pie crusts
3 bananas, sliced
2 packages Dream Whip
1 cup sugar
Dash of salt
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 can blueberry pie filling

Line pie crusts with banana slices.  Mix Dream Whip as directed on package.  Mix sugar and salt with cream cheese and add to prepared Dream Whip.  Pour into shells over bananas and cool until firm, about 1/2 hour.  Top with pie filling.  Keep refrigerated.

I haven’t mentioned it before, but I’m not the hugest Rachael Ray fan in the world.  I’m not hatin’, cause life’s too short for that; I’m just not lovin’.  I do have to give snaps to her for her scrumptious-looking Frozen Mojito Cake-tail. Note that I didn’t say yummo, or delish…I just said scrumptious.  This dish screams summer to me, and it’s all boozed up with rum!

Raechel Ray's Frozen Mojito Cake-tails

Rachael Ray's Frozen Mojito Cake-tails

Enjoy your 4th of July everyone, and stay cool with a delicious no-bake dessert!

~BigSis

9 Comments so far

  1. Posted by noble pig

    July 3, 200910:20 am

    I have always wanted to try that mojito cake…thanks for reminding me!

  2. Posted by BigSis

    July 3, 20093:20 pm

    You’re welcome, Noble Pig. It looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it.

  3. Posted by grace

    July 4, 20096:03 am

    no-bake is definitely the way to go during the heat of summer (and, let’s be honest, any other time), and both of these treats are pretty darn enticing. something about oozing cherries just makes my mouth water, so if your goal was to make me hungry, you’ve succeeded. :)

  4. Posted by LilSis

    July 4, 20099:55 am

    Hi Grace,
    I’ll be brutually honest and admit that I am not a good baker. I still try, but I am a HUGE FAN of any dessert that doesn’t require baking.

    Just last night, I made the pineapple upside down cupcakes and didn’t let them cool long enough so they stuck to my wax paper! Maybe no one will notice once the whipped cream and cherries are on top.

    It’s always something with me and baking. :-)

  5. Posted by LilSis

    July 4, 20099:58 am

    That cherry cream cheese pie sure brings back some good ole memories. I still love that pie, but never make it because I would eat too much.

    Of course, now I’d have HayHay trying to beat me to the frig for the leftovers the next morning.

  6. Posted by BigSis

    July 4, 200911:51 am

    Hi Grace,

    Do try that pie if you haven’t before…it’s so easy, super-fast, cool creamy, and tart! And all without ever turning on the oven!

  7. Posted by BigSis

    July 4, 200911:52 am

    Hey LilSis,

    You definitely would have competition for the “morning after pie leftovers”! I still love that pie!

  8. Posted by MaryJane

    July 10, 20099:28 am

    Hi Lilsis,
    Been awhile since I looked in on your blog, but I certainly picked a good time! Love the cherry pie, and my mom always made a lemon version. Talk about fighting for leftovers! I would slice off thin slivers and sneak them, hoping no one would notice if the pie got smaller bit by bit. :)

    MaryJane @ King Arthur

  9. Posted by BigSis

    July 10, 20095:24 pm

    Hey MaryJane, thanks for coming back by! We’re always happy to hear from you. I’ve never had the lemon version of that pie, but it sounds awesome, and I can totally see the sliver sneaking! I can’t think of a more summery pie than this!

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