Found: festive peppermint dessert


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January 07, 2004|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Donna L. Sanderson of Salem, Ore., remembers a peppermint dessert that had crushed peppermint, whipped cream, miniature marshmallows and graham crackers and was served in small squares. She jokes that she is no cook but wants that recipe.

LaVonne G. Hill of Walkersville responded. She wrote, "I have your recipe. It is from a cookbook entitled Our Favorite Desserts: Favorites From Home Economics Teachers, published 1967. I grew up in North Dakota where graham-cracker refrigerator desserts are very common. I note the requester is from Oregon - I would bet she has Midwestern roots! While I have used crushed Starlight Mints in a pinch, crushed candy canes taste best."

Recipe requests

Jay Jones of Crofton writes briefly: "I'm looking for a peach sheet cake like the one Simon's bakery made in South Baltimore years ago. The dough had the consistency of a bun dough, and the peaches were laid on top. I sure hope someone responds."

Marla A. Colton of Titusville, N.J., says she is seeking a cookie "made from chocolate, peanut butter and oatmeal like those I had as a child in the public-school cafeteria. I believe the cookies or bars were prepared in a saucepan."

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Peppermint Dream Dessert

Serves 8 to 10

2 cups graham-cracker crumbs

1 cup crushed peppermint candy canes

1 cup miniature marshmallows

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups whipping cream

Lightly butter a 9-inch-square pan; sprinkle half the crumbs over the bottom of the pan. Combine crushed candy canes, marshmallows and walnuts. In a separate bowl, add vanilla extract to cream and whip the cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into the candy-cane mixture and mix well. Pour over the crumbs in the pan. Spread the remaining crumbs over the top. Refrigerate.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "A festive dessert! The request was for a frozen dessert -- all of the responses were refrigerated. I tried freezing this, and it makes a pleasant, almost chewy dessert that thaws quickly.

"I would not use Cool Whip or other topping in lieu of whipping cream -- the results would be too sweet. The candy canes [crush them in a heavy plastic bag with a kitchen mallet or rolling pin] make a sweet, minty dust that flavors the cream. For visual appeal, you could even mix red-and-white and green-and-white candy canes."

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