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Short and Sweet: Sudden Desserts

Stephanie's Moo-Moo's Cake

Our daughter, Stephanie, got this recipe from a fellow teacher at a boarding school in NH.

Rosalie Smith

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Mix all together with a spoon in a large bowl.
  2. Add: 1 cup hot coffee. Mix into above mixture.
  3. Pour into greased and floured bundt pan.
  4. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.

Frosting for Moo-Moo's Cake

  • 3 ½ cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp. cocoa
  • ¾ cup soft butter
  • 2 T. milk with 2 T. instant coffee granules dissolved in it
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  1. Beat butter with mixer.
  2. Add sugar and cocoa.
  3. Beat in coffee milk.
  4. Beat in vanilla.
  5. Frost cool cake.


A's Apple Crisp

My mother-in-law's recipe.

Rosalie Smith

  1. Into a buttered 10" square casserole slice apples to fill the dish at least ¾ full.
  2. Pack apples down and add ½ cup of water. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  3. Mix together:
    1 ½ cups white sugar
    1 cup flour
    1 tsp cinnamon
  4. Cut in ¼ lb. butter.
  5. Pack this mixture on top of apples. Pat down.
  6. Bake at 325 for approx. 1 hour.


This Girl Scout Mint Cookie Pie recipe from my mom should be printed on the side of every box of Thin Mint cookies that the Girl Scouts sell. I buy many boxes of Thin Mints each year and pop them straight into the freezer. Each sleeve contains 18 cookies… 14 for the recipe and one for each of us in our family. This makes the ugliest dessert you will ever see but it is delicious and a quick fix when unexpected company is about to arrive.

Catherine Kraft

Girl Scout Mint Cookie Pie

  • Chill or freeze 14 thin mint cookies then crush. (I put them between 2 sheets of wax or freezer paper and roll with rolling pin to make crumbs.)
  • Beat 3 egg whites with a dash of salt until soft peaks form.
  • While mixer is running on high, gradually add ¾ cups sugar and beat whites until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold in crumbs, ½ cup finely chopped walnuts, and ½ tsp vanilla.
  • Scrape into buttered 9 inch pie plate and smooth out to edges gently.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool.
  • Serve with ice cream or whipped cream

The Forgotten Cookies are very similar except you create small meringue cookies that “bake” overnight in a pre-heated oven that has been turned off. These are my daughter’s favorite Christmas cookies.

Forgotten Cookies

  • Beat until very stiff: 2 egg whites
  • Gradually add: 2/3 cup sugar
  • Fold in:
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 cup chocolate chips
    1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • (optional: food coloring for the holidays)
  1. Drop by teaspoonfuls on parchment paper (or plain brown paper like a grocery bag) placed on a cookie sheet. This recipe makes 2 cookie sheets of cookies.
  2. Keep the cookies fairly small, about 1-1 ¼ inch across) so they get cooked all the way through.
  3. Place cookie sheets in pre-heated 325 degree oven.
  4. Turn oven off and leave overnight or at least 4 hours (put a sticky note on the oven so no one opens it or turns it on!)

Happy eating! Cathy

North Country Food Book page 

I am not sure where this recipe idea came from but know it was a favorite in our home when I was growing up. Schweizer means Swiss in German where my father emigrated from at age 19. It was the one recipe that convinced my husband that we should make our lives together. Hmmm….

This is basically a cold rice dessert.

Schweizer Rice

  1. Cool bowl and beater - 15 minutes in freezer is good.
  2. Add 1 ½ cups heavy cream, (fresh and not the ultra pasteurized as it inhibits whipping.)
  3. 1 ½ Tbs. granular sugar
  4. ½ tsp. vanilla extract or more to taste
  5. Beat at medium speed to form soft peaks.
  6. Blend in 4 cups of cooked rice (any rice will do) - cooked to the slightly dry side and refrigerate to serving. (This is not a day ahead type of dessert.)
  7. Serve in bowls topped with maple syrup.

Elise Widlund, North River