The holiday season is once again upon us! The Halloween candy has been eaten (well, the GOOD candy anyway), and the air has a crispness to it that you only find this time of year! Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and if you got put in charge of bringing the dessert to this year’s meal, why not make something special that your guests won’t soon forget? And while you’re at it – why not recreate that amazing dessert from your last Walt Disney World trip? Check out these Disney DIY Dessert Recipes that are perfect for your holiday gathering:
This deliciously moist cake is best served warm and a la mode – which is exactly how you get it when it’s served at Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom! It’s perfect for Thanksgiving – as it incorporates two classic tastes of the holiday – apple and cranberry, plus – it’s super easy to make!
1. 4 tablespoons Butter, softened
2. 1 1/2 cups Sugar
3. 2 cups Yellow Cake Mix
4. 1/4 cup Water
5. 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
6. 2 Eggs
7. 2 cups Apple Pie Filling
8. 1 1/2 cups Sweetened Dried Cranberries
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl with a whisk, cream butter and sugar together.
Add yellow cake mix, water, vanilla extract, eggs and mix well.
With rubber spatula, mix in the apple pie filling and cranberries.
Spray an 11x9x2 inch cake pan with non-stick spray.
Fill cake pan with cake mix.
Bake for 20 – 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
Pie is pretty much a “must-have” Thanksgiving dessert, and there’s always the standard apple and pumpkin, but why not try this caramel apple version to change things up a bit? This dish is served at Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort – a place where raucous antics are always on the menu (as well as delicious meals and desserts like this one!)
1. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2. 13 1/2 oz. package refrigerated sugar cookie dough at close to room temperature
3. 2 1/4 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
4. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
5. 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
6. 3/4 tablespoon chopped candied ginger
7. 3/4 cup caramel topping
8. 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
9. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Coat the bottom and inside of a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.
At medium-low speed, beat the flour and the dough until combined.
Press the sugar cookie dough into sides and bottom of pan, creating a 1/4-inch thick crust.
In a mixing bowl, toss the apples with sugar, flour, ginger and cinnamon. Spoon into prepared crust.
Spoon on caramel topping.
Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake one hour.
While pie is baking, in a mixing bowl at low speed, combine flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Increase speed to medium; gradually add butter and vanilla, beating until wet crumbs form.
After pie has baked for one hour, remove from oven and uncover.
Sprinkle crumb mixture over top of warm pie.
Cover exposed edges of crust with aluminum foil to prevent burning.
Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool on rack and remove sides from the pan.
Stir together the confectioners’ sugar with enough water to make icing.
Transfer to a plastic food storage bag, snip one corner, and drizzle over crumbs.
Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Hopefully these mouth-watering desserts will find a place on your Thanksgiving table – and if you want more ideas, there are plenty more available in the assorted Disney cookbooks available online (via the Disney store website, Amazon, or Ebay). I don’t know about you, but I have a LOT to be thankful for this year – an amazing family, health, happiness, and of course I am thankful for Walt Disney World and all the joy it brings to my life each and every day!
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