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Easy and Quick Dessert Recipes for Homemade Desserts- Peanut Butter Fudge, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Lemon Pie, and Fudge Pie

Updated on August 26, 2018
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Rose Mary's mother and all of her aunts are great Southern cooks. She likes to think she's not so bad herself.

When I became a teenager, baking started popping up on my chore list. While I didn’t mind cooking dinner, I never enjoyed baking. To this day, I don’t enjoy baking. When I bake, I look for something easy and quick. I hope that’s what I’ve presented here: easy and quick dessert recipes for tempting homemade desserts.

Recipes in this article:

  • Peanut Butter Fudge
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Lemon Pie
  • Fudge Pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake | Source

Pumpkin Cheesecake

This was something I used to make for Thanksgiving and Christmas when I lived in Turkey. I prepared the full Southern Feast by myself for my Turkish friends. I liked this cheesecake because it is simple, and it left me more time for preparing the main dishes and side dishes.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ sleeves of graham crackers
  • 1 ½ sticks of butter
  • 1 large can of pumpkin pie filling (No additional spices needed!)
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened; low fat cream cheese, or a combination works fine
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Put graham crackers in the blender to make into crumbs.
  2. Melt butter. Combine butter and graham cracker crumbs in a bowl. Crumbs should be dampened.
  3. Press crumbs into the bottom of a 9” X 13” greased pan.
  4. With a mixer, combine pumpkin, cream cheese, and eggs.
  5. Pour mixture into pan.
  6. Bake at 350º for about 45 minutes, or until set.

Peanut Butter Fudge
Peanut Butter Fudge | Source

Peanut Butter Fudge

This used to be one of my dad’s favorites. I always made it for our family holiday treat-fest.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Baking Pieces (find them with the chocolate chips and other baking items)
  • 1 can of Eagle Brand condensed milk
  • 1 pinch of salt (If you have a 1/8 teaspoon measuring spoon, a pinch is less than this!)
  • Shortening

Instructions

  1. Prepare your pan first. Grease a 8” X 8” baking pan with shortening. Press waxed paper to bottom and sides of pan. The shortening will help it stick.
  2. Pour peanut butter chips in a saucepan. Heat over medium low, stirring constantly.
  3. When chips are melted, add condensed milk and salt. Stir to thoroughly combine.
  4. Pour mixture into pan. Allow to “set” for a couple hours.
  5. Cut into 1” or 1 ½” squares. Keep refrigerated.

Lemon Pie

Lemon Pie made with condensed milk, egg yolk and lemon juice
Lemon Pie made with condensed milk, egg yolk and lemon juice | Source
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Finished Lemon Pies.  Personal photo.  Everything you need!  Personal photo. Adding lemon juice to sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks.  Personal photo.  Triple batch made 2 deep dish pies and 3 individual servings.  Personal photos.
Finished Lemon Pies.  Personal photo.
Finished Lemon Pies. Personal photo.
Everything you need!  Personal photo.
Everything you need! Personal photo.
Adding lemon juice to sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks.  Personal photo.
Adding lemon juice to sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks. Personal photo.
Triple batch made 2 deep dish pies and 3 individual servings.  Personal photos.
Triple batch made 2 deep dish pies and 3 individual servings. Personal photos.

Lemon Pie

This is a quick and easy pie that my brother often makes in multiples for work gatherings- for his job or for me (when I was still active duty Air Force and working). You can use lemons, limes, or key limes. You can also use Real Lemon juice or Real Lime.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 1 graham cracker pie shell

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325º.
  2. Combine lemon juice, condensed milk, egg yolks, and lemon zest with a mixer.
  3. Pour batter into pie shell.
  4. Bake 10 minutes.
  5. Cool for about 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

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Slice of Fudge PieFudge Pie
Slice of Fudge Pie
Slice of Fudge Pie | Source
Fudge Pie
Fudge Pie | Source

Fudge Pie

This is another quick and easy pie my brother often makes in multiples for short notice gatherings. It is deliciously rich- a little dab’ll do ya’!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup self rising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 unbaked pie shell

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Using electric mixer, combine butter, cocoa, flour, sugar, vanilla, and eggs.
  3. Pour batter into pie shell.
  4. Bake 25 minutes, or until set.

Memories of Desserts

My regular followers no doubt know that my mom has a huge sweet tooth. I suppose I like sweets as good as the next gal, but I don’t need them every day. When I was growing up, Mom had a daily sweets habit. She was working shift work in the cotton mill, so I guess she didn’t have to worry about gaining weight.

Apparently Mom’s sweet tooth could only be satisfied by homemade desserts. I don’t really remember having many store bought cakes, cookies or pies in the house. It seemed like we always had a homemade cake or pie in the house though. I don’t know that my mom enjoyed baking so much as she just didn’t want to settle for less when it came time to feed that sweet tooth.

I hope these quick and easy dessert recipes meet your sweet tooth needs.

© 2010 rmcrayne

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  • Rachel L Alba profile image

    Rachel L Alba 

    3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

    These desserts look so good. I really love peanut butter fudge too. I can't wait to try them

    Blessings.

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    Katya Drake 

    7 years ago from Wisconsin

    All I have to say is YUM!! I cant wait to try these recipes!

  • Miss Paula profile image

    Miss Paula 

    7 years ago

    Thanks for these great recipes they look delicious. I think I will need to try them all.

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    proteinshakes 

    7 years ago from United States

    I love pumpkin but could never imagine it in cheesecake. Gotta try it. Thank you for the recipe.

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for visiting iZeko. Good luck with the recipe.

  • iZeko profile image

    iZeko 

    7 years ago

    The pumpkin cheesecake looks delicious! I have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for visiting teresa and cashmere.

    The lemon pies are so good and so easy. My brother makes them for office functions all the time.

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    cashmere 

    7 years ago from India

    I was looking for lemon pies and found this great hub....yummy!

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    teresa joseph 

    7 years ago

    I have a sweet tooth and just love any kind of dessert, sure to try all ur recipes. thanks

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    AKdude I haven't made the pumpkin cheesecake in a while. Now you got me thinking...

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    AKdude 

    8 years ago from Alaska

    These are some delicious looking recipes - especially that pumpkin cheesecake. I'm gonna have to give that one a try.

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks midnight. These are always crowd pleasers.

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    Haydee Anderson 

    8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

    everyone just loves desserts. thanks for all the yummy recipes.

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks loads Leenie!

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    Leenie Pooh 

    8 years ago

    Definitely easy and quick! I liked these so much I posted a link to this Hub on my Facebook Fan page.

    http://www.facebook.com/sittersunlimited

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for the visit and the comment agent.

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    agent007 

    8 years ago from Florida

    Some good recipes, love to bake, I will try them

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for visiting cindyvine!

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    Cindy Vine 

    8 years ago from Cape Town

    Definitely have to make some of these!

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for the visit and comments sabrinaaq and Jesus saves.

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    Jesus_saves_us_7 

    8 years ago from Seeking Salvation

    The pumpkin cheesecake sounds devine...yumm, I can't wait to try it out, thanks.

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    sabrinaaq 

    8 years ago from United States

    Thanks for sharing these awesome recipes especially the peanut butter fudge, it sounds sooo good. :) Thanks again!

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for the visit and comment legendindia. I visited your site and bookmarked it because I love clothes of Indian influence. As a rule however, it is against HP rules to post links/self promote in comments.

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    legendindia 

    8 years ago

    Thank you for your delicious recipes.after seeing your delicious recipe water came in mouth.

    www.artoflegendindia.com

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for visiting candle.

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    candle62 

    8 years ago from London

    Thank you for these all the recipes.

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Loren we could get most everything in the military commissary that we could get state-side. I use Libby, which has cinnamon, nutmeg etc. You could use pumpkin or sweet potato. If plain, just add a teaspoon or so of cinnamon and maybe a half teaspoon of nutmeg and allspice. Maybe a pinch of ground cloves. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of sugar, then taste and see what you think.

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    sanjeeta, these are all easy I promise!

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    Loren's Gem 

    8 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

    RM, I'm planning to make that pumpkin cheesecake of yours for dessert this weekend as my friends will be coming over. Yet I have difficulty finding a can of pumpkin pie filling here. Which one (or particular brand) did you use in making the pumpkin cheesecake while you were in Turkey? Can you still remember? :-)

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    sanjeeta kk 

    8 years ago from India

    Great recipes to try out, and seems to be easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks Kay.

    Loren my friend Necmiye's mother's favorite during the holidays was my pumpkin bread- a recipe I've sadly lost over the years.

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    Loren's Gem 

    8 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

    These all sounds new to me. Looking forward to try that very tempting pumpkin cheesecake so I'm bookmarking this hub and rated it up! :-)

  • Kay Creates profile image

    Kay Creates 

    8 years ago from Ohio

    Thank you for these tempting recipes.

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