The holidays are here . . . cooking, baking, shopping, wrapping, trimming and planning. If you are like me, there are always a few things on my ‘To Do List’  that do not get crossed off due to lack of time. Sometimes only four batches of cookies are baked instead of the seven to eight varieties on my list.

Baking since childhood and having grown up with a mother and aunts whose desserts were always homemade and delicious, it goes against my grain to buy dessert. I really try not to, but I admit in recent years I have purchased apple pie from Costco for Thanksgiving dessert. This holiday season I have an easy dessert for you.

My favorite dessert is chocolate mousse and when it is on the menu in a restaurant, I order it. I have never made it from scratch but have made it from mixes found in the baking aisle. It takes ten minutes to prep and makes a nice impression in a pretty dessert dish. No doubt it is not as good as homemade but who has the time? Unless a guest inquires, I do not reveal my secret. It is a great dessert for a small holiday get-together or dinner party any time of the year. Each box makes four servings. It comes in various chocolate flavors such as dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate. I have used two brands and one definitely surpasses the other. Southern Gourmet has an attractive box but falls short in taste and portion size. I prefer Dr. Oetker which tastes better, whips up to generously fill four dishes nicely and has a good taste. Add crumbled candy cane for a holiday touch.

Combine 1 cup of cold milk and contents of packet into a chilled mixing bowl.
Using a wire whip attachment, mix for 1 minute on lowest speed. Scrape sides of bowl.
Mix for 3-5 minutes on highest speed.
Spoon into serving dishes and chill at least 30 minutes. Serve cold.
Makes 4 servings.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your cookie talents, recipes and this mousse recommendation! Merry Christmas! :)Joyce

    1. Hi Joyce, Thank you for your sweet comment. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. Your recipe sounds perfect for the Holidays!
    Merry Christmas!

    1. Hi Melissa, It sure can be a time-saver during the busy holiday season. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  3. I missed this great looking dessert for the holiday, but I'll bring it into the New Year. Hope yours is off to a fab start!

    1. Hi Brooks, Happy New Year wishes to you and yours for a happy and healthy new year!


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