Greetings, Spatulans! So, for some reason, Seattleites seem obsessed with lights. Like, moreso than normal for Christmas. Construction cranes, radio towers, sky scrapers, and of course the Space Needle, all decked out in lights. I do NOT want to get the city's light bill this month. Just sayin'.
Speaking of things lighting up, my first attempts at Christmas baking ended up with quite a bit of carbon left over. In retrospect. lining my oven with aluminum foil for easy cleaning and to save energy probably wasn't a good idea, since they are designed to vent heat anyways. Lesson learned. I will stick to a favorite no-bake treat that I will share with you here. Do not ask for nutrition advice. I don't have any as I don't want to know myself. I'm not here to make health food. I'm here to make Christmas magic, dammit.
Yum-yum Dessert (no, really... this dessert is called a Yum Yum)
1 carton Cool Whip
1 1/2 c. graham crackers, crushed into crumbs.
1 can cherry pie filling
1/4 c. butter
3/8 c. sugar
1/4 c. flour
1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
Mix flour, crumbs, and butter and 1/8 cup sugar in 8x8 inch pan. Bake at 350 until golden brown. Basically make your own really buttery pie crust. Beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar. Add Cool Whip and mix well. Pour cherries over crumb mixture. Pour cream cheese mixture over cherries. Sprinkle with leftover crumbs. Chill overnight before serving. My mom and I like to add some chopped walnuts and/or pecans to the crust too.
Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!