Mango Cream Cheese Cake

Mango Cream Cheese Cake

Mango Cream Cheese Dessert

Mango, the king of fruit as it’s known in many parts of the world, is not high in calories and is an excellent source of beta carotene, vitamin A, and potassium.  It’s also very delicious!

Now that we are in peak mango season my husband has been bringing home loads of this sweet juicy fruit.  We love them fresh but also love to make them into different desserts.  This year’s bumper crop has allowed me to whip up all the recipes my family loves and create a few new ones.

This Mango Cream Cheese Dessert is a long time family fave!  I got the recipe years ago from a cookbook my aunt gave me.  It’s one of those loosely bound cookbooks the local churches publish every so often to sell in a fund raiser, it contained a compilation of their members’ favorite recipes.  This cookbook was published in 1985.  My cherished copy is in poor condition, missing it’s covers, grease stained, fading, and taped up; it’s moved with me from Hawaii to Texas and back twice!  Old as it is the recipes are still our favorites.

This dessert takes a bit longer to make as it is made in 3 layers and can take all day, you have to wait for the crust too cool and the layers to set.  I tweaked it a bit to make it a bit simpler.  It is definitely worth the effort!  You end up with a refreshing creamy dessert on a cookie crust that is perfect for summer barbecues or any other time!

I make it in a 9″ x 13″ pan, the number of servings will depend on the size you cut it, in my house that means it will barely serve 6.  Whenever I make this it never stays in the fridge for more than a day or two, it’s that good!

If you can’t find fresh mango you can use peaches or your favorite fruit, just change the jello flavor to compliment the fruit.

Mango Cream Cheese Cake

Ingredients:

3/4 butter – softened

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 cups flour

3 boxes (3 oz. size) lemon jello

4  cups boiling water (divided into 1 cup & 3 cups)

1  8oz. cream cheese – softened

1 cup sugar

1  8oz. container cool whip – thawed

1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatin

1/4 cup water at room temp.

4 cups sliced mangoes (about 3 medium sized mangoes)

Directions:

Mango Cream Cheese Dessert

Crust:

1.  Mix butter, brown sugar, and flour in large mixing bowl until it is crumbly.

2.  Press into 9″ x 13″ baking pan.  Be sure you get it all the way to the sides and into the corners or the other layers will seep under the crust and you will end up with an upside down mess.  (It will still take great, but will look unappetizing)

3.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool completely before proceeding to the 1st. layer.

Mango Cream Cheese Dessert

1st. Layer:

Before you start this layer dissolve 1 box of lemon jello in 1 cup of boiling water.  Let cool completely to room temperature.  Stir every so often to keep it from hardening.

1.  Beat cream cheese with sugar.  Fold in Cool Whip.

2.  Slowly pour COOLED jello into the cream cheese mixture.

3.  Gently stir the jello/cream cheese mixture.  It will be a bit loose with a few clumps but that’s ok.

4.  Pour into the crust.  Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 -3 hours.

Mango Cream Cheese Dessert

2nd. Layer:

Before you start the next layer dissolve 2 boxes of jello in 3 cups boiling water; soften unflavored gelatin in 1/4 cup water at room temp.; add softened gelatin to jello until dissolved.  Let cool completely to room temperature.  Stir occasionally to keep the bottom from setting.

1.  Arrange sliced mangoes on top of 1st. layer.  It doesn’t have to look neat as the fruit may float when you pour the jello over it.

2.  Pour COOLED jello mixture over mangoes.  BE SURE your jello is completely COOLED before pouring over the mangoes!!  If the jello is hot or warm it will dissolve the cream cheese mixture and you will have a mess on your hands.   Refrigerate until firm, I usually leave it overnight.

Cut into desired size and serve.  Lifting the first piece out of the pan is the hardest part, be sure you cut clean thru to the crust and use a cake server to get under the crust and lift the whole piece out.
My first piece usually falls apart so I use it to “taste” the dessert.  Once you get that first piece out the rest is easy, just remember to cut thru to the crust every time.

This dessert will keep in the fridge for several days, that is if you can refrain from snacking on it.  At my house this dessert rarely lasts more than a day!


Mango Cream Cheese Dessert
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Servings Prep Time
8 Squares 1 Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
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8 Squares 1 Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 5 Hours
Mango Cream Cheese Dessert
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Servings Prep Time
8 Squares 1 Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 5 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 Squares 1 Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 5 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Squares
Instructions
Crust
  1. Mix butter, brown sugar, and flour in large mixing bowl until it is crumbly.
    Mango Cream Cheese
  2. Press into 9" x 13" baking pan. Be sure you get it all the way to the sides and into the corners or the other layers will seep under the crust and you will end up with an upside down mess. (It will still take great, but will look unappetizing)
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before proceeding to the 1st. layer.
    Mango Cream Cheese
1st. Layer
  1. Before you start this layer dissolve 1 box of lemon jello in 1 cup of boiling water. Let cool completely to room temperature. Stir every so often to keep it from hardening.
  2. Beat cream cheese with sugar. Fold in Cool Whip.
    Mango Cream Cheese
  3. Slowly pour COOLED jello into the cream cheese mixture.
    Mango Cream Cheese
  4. Gently stir the jello/cream cheese mixture. It will be a bit loose with a few clumps but that's ok.
  5. Pour into the crust. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 -3 hours.
2nd. Layer
  1. Before you start the next layer dissolve 2 boxes of jello in 3 cups boiling water; soften unflavored gelatin in 1/4 cup water at room temp.; add softened gelatin to jello until dissolved. Let cool completely to room temperature. Stir occasionally to keep the bottom from setting.
  2. Arrange sliced mangoes on top of 1st. layer. It doesn't have to look neat as the fruit may float when you pour the jello over it.
    Mango Cream Cheese
  3. Pour COOLED jello mixture over mangoes. BE SURE your jello is completely COOLED before pouring over the mangoes!! If the jello is hot or warm it will dissolve the cream cheese mixture and you will have a mess on your hands. Refrigerate until firm, I usually leave it overnight.
  4. Cut into desired size and serve. Lifting the first piece out of the pan is the hardest part, be sure you cut clean thru to the crust and use a cake server to get under the crust and lift the whole piece out. My first piece usually falls apart so I use it to "taste" the dessert. Once you get that first piece out the rest is easy, just remember to cut thru to the crust every time.
Recipe Notes

This dessert will keep in the fridge for several days, that is if you can refrain from snacking on it. At my house this dessert rarely lasts more than a day!

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Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole

Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole

Chicken casseroleI’m not even going to try to lie about how this  dish came to be!  I made this Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole because a while back during a Costco shopping trip I sample a dip that was made with Lawry’s Carne Asada Seasoning.  Of course I had to buy the large industrial sized bottle of this seasoning!  I seemed like a good idea at the time!

Then the bottle of seasoning sat in my kitchen cabinet along with a shelf full of other spices for months.  It seemed to taunt me every time I opened the cupboard to grab a bottle of spice.  It said “use me I dare you!”  So I just had to find a way, other than the dip, to use this tasty seasoning.  That’s how I came up with this Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole!  (Well having my fridge go on the blink with a big bag of Costco chicken thighs and shredded cheddar made me super creative!)

But seriously I whipped up a tray of this Chicken Casserole and my family absolutely loved it!  There was barely any left overs.  In fact they were practically fighting over the 2 left over pieces the next day!

chicken casseroleAnd best of all it’s super easy to make!  It literally is dumped into a baking dish and baked for about an hour and it’s done!  I served it with some Mexican rice, trust me it really was a big hit! They can’t wait til I make it again!  At this rate I’m going to have to go back to Costco for another bottle of that seasoning.

So here it is, my awesome Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole!


 

Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole
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Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole
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Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Place chicken thighs in a large shallow baking dish
  2. Sprinkle Carne Asada Seasoning over chicken and let sit covered with plastic wrap in refrigerator for about an hour
  3. Mix cream cheese, salsa, whipping cream, and sour cream together in a bowl and pour over chicken. Make sure you cover all the pieces.
  4. Spread shredded cheddar over all.
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 1 hour or until chicken is fully cooked and cheese is completely melted.
  6. Serve hot.
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Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry Bars

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry Bars

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry BarsOne of my husband’s favorite treats are blueberry cream cheese danishes, he picks up a box every time we’re at the bakery shop. That’s why I decided to make this Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry Bars.

These bars are very easy to make.  No need to make pastry dough, not one of my favorite activities, you use refrigerated crescent dough for the pastry.  The pastry is filled with a cream cheese mixture and blueberry pie filling, with this combination how can you go wrong?

I make these bars for dessert and also serve them for breakfast.  They make a great addition to a brunch buffet too!

I like to line my baking pan with parchment paper for easier clean up, but you don’t have to.  Instead of lining the pan with parchment you can spray the pan with cooking oil.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry Bars

Ingredients:

2 Tubes refrigerated crescent roll dough – any brand

2 Packages (8oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened

1/2 Cup Sugar

1 Large Egg

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Can Blueberry Pie Filling

1/2 Stick Butter, melted

1/4 – 1/2 Cup Sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line 9″x1 3″ baking pan with parchment paper

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry BarsGently unroll one can of crescent dough and place it on the parchment paper.  Pinch seams closed. Make sure you don’t have any holes.  The sides of the pastry sheet can run up slightly on the pan’s sides.

 

Beat cream cheese and sugar together.  Add egg and beat well.  Mix in vanilla.

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Lay the second can of crescent dough over the blueberry filling.  Again pinching seams and holes closed.

Brush melted butter over the top layer.

Sprinkle sugar evenly over the top.

Bake 35 – 40 minutes or until the top layer is golden brown.


Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry Bars

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry Bars
Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry Bars
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8 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time
35 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time
35 Minutes
Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry Bars
Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry Bars
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Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time
35 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time
35 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 9"x1 3" baking pan with parchment paper
  3. Gently unroll one can of crescent dough and place it on the parchment paper. Pinch seams closed. Make sure you don't have any holes. The sides of the pastry sheet can run up slightly on the pan's sides.
    Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry Bars
  4. Beat cream cheese and sugar together. Add egg and beat well. Mix in vanilla.
  5. Spread cream cheese evenly on top of the pastry dough layer.
    Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry Bars
  6. Spread Blueberry Pie Filling evenly on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  7. Lay the second can of crescent dough over the blueberry filling. Again pinching seams and holes closed.
  8. Brush melted butter over the top layer.
  9. Sprinkle sugar evenly over the top.
  10. Bake 35 - 40 minutes or until the top layer is golden brown.
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Baked Spinach Dip

Baked Spinach Dip

Spinach Dip

Easy and Delicious!

Need a quick and easy dip for game day? Here’s a really good dip you can throw together, your guests will love it!
My family loves this Baked Spinach Dip.  Served warm with plain pita chips, it’s awesome!

The crunchy panko topping gives this dip that extra texture that regular spinach dip is missing.

Not only is this delicious, it’s very easy to make too!  You can make it a few hours ahead of time and pop it in the oven just before serving.  I don’t recommend saving leftovers, it gets very watery, but I don’t think this will be a problem.  It’s so good I doubt you’ll have leftovers.

It’s a pretty heavy dip so you want to use thicker or sturdier items to dip.  Pita chips work great as does crostini or slices of crusty baguette.  Tortilla and potato chips don’t fare so well, they tend to break while dipping.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Ingredients:

2 (10 oz.) packages frozen chopped spinach – thawed
1 package cream cheese softened and cut into cubes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup butter – melted
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
Directions:

1.  Squeeze out as much water as you can from the thawed spinach.

2.  Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix very well.

3.  Place spinach mixture in an oven safe baking dish.

4.  Sprinkle panko over all.

5.  Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until cheeses have melted and topping is browned.

6.  Serve warm with pita chips or whatever you want to dip.

If you want to add a bit of spice to this stir in 1 tbls. crushed red peppers to the spinach mixture.

The recipe calls for Panko which is an Asian style breadcrumbs.  If you can’t find Panko you can substitute plain breadcrumbs instead.

You can prep this ahead of time.  Store covered in the fridge and pop in the oven before serving,  this may add a few minutes to the baking time depending on how cold it is.

If you must store leftover do so in an airtight container, and be sure you use it the next day.  The longer it stays in the fridge the more watery it gets.

 

 

 

 

 

Baked Spinach Dip
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A baked version of everyone's favorite dip. The panko topping gives it that extra crunch missing in the regular version.
Servings Prep Time
12 People 30 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 People 30 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Baked Spinach Dip
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A baked version of everyone's favorite dip. The panko topping gives it that extra crunch missing in the regular version.
Servings Prep Time
12 People 30 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 People 30 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Squeeze out as much water as you can from the thawed spinach.
  2. Place all ingredients, except butter and panko, in a bowl and mix very well.
  3. Place spinach mixture in an oven safe baking dish.
  4. Stir panko in melted butter until it is crumbly.
  5. Sprinkle panko over the spinach mixture.
  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 - 30 minutes, until cheeses have melted and topping is browned.
  7. Serve warm with pita chips or whatever you want to dip.
Recipe Notes

If you want to add a bit of spice to this stir in 1 tbls. crushed red peppers to the spinach mixture.

The recipe calls for Panko which is an Asian style breadcrumbs.  If you can't find Panko you can substitute plain breadcrumbs instead.

You can prep this ahead of time.  Store covered in the fridge and pop in the oven before serving,  this may add a few minutes to the baking time depending on how cold it is.

If you must store leftover do so in an airtight container, and be sure you use it the next day.  The longer it stays in the fridge the more watery it gets.

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Rock Your World with this Banana Chip Earthquake Cake!

Rock Your World with this Banana Chip Earthquake Cake!

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 I recently started seeing pins of “Earthquake” Cakes on Pinterest.  They looked yummy!  I made me curious, what exactly is an “Earthquake” Cake?

I read descriptions about how delicious these cakes were and looked at recipes for various flavors.  The “original” seems to be a chocolate cake with shredded coconut and chopped pecans, sort of like a German Chocolate cake without the icing.  There was also a recipe for a pumpkin earthquake cake that I may try for Thanksgiving.

After looking at recipes and reading the raves people have posted about these cakes I gathered that the reason for the name is because the cake is made with a cream cheese concoction that will seep into the cake batter as it bakes.  This is what gives the top surface an uneven churned look, sort of like the sidewalk upheaval after a fairly strong earthquake.  This also results in the sweet gooey yumminess when you cut into the cake.  The name could also be due to the fact that this cake is so good it will rock your world!

I decided I should make one of these cakes, it quite easy.  But I didn’t want to make it using the recipes I found online, basically because my family does not like shredded coconut in anything, and think that pecans belong solely in their beloved Pecan Pie.  The pumpkin flavored cake wasn’t going to work for me either, the only one who likes anything pumpkin is my younger daughter and she lives in another state.  Besides, I was hungry for something with bananas and chocolate!

To make a long story short I made up my own version of the Earthquake cake.  It’s very simple to make using Duncan Hines Supreme Banana cake mix.  Instead of water I use sour cream for a moist rich cake.  The cream cheese mixture that’s layered on the cake batter seeps into the batter during baking resulting in a cake with a sweet gooey center that is oh so good!

Here’s my recipe, enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 Duncan Hines Supreme Banana Cake Mix
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream – softened to room temp
1 stick of butter
1 package of cream cheese
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Cooking spray

Directions:

1.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

2.  Generously spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray

3.  Melt butter on the stovetop using a heavy saucepan.  You can melt it in the microwave as well, but I feel I have more control on the stovetop.

4.  Remove from heat and stir in softened cream cheese until it mostly melts.

5.  Stir in white chocolate chips. Chips don’t have to melt completely.  Set aside.

Earthquake Cake
6.  Put cake mix in a mixing bowl.  Add eggs, oil, and sour cream.  Mix until smooth.
7.  Spread cake batter evenly in oiled baking pan.
Earthquake Cake

8.  Drop dollops of the cream cheese mixture over the cake batter.  Make sure you get some around the edges.

Earthquake Cake

9.  Sprinkle chocolate chips over all.

Earthquake Cake

10.  Bake for 50 minutes.  Don’t over cook it, remove from oven after 50 minutes.  If you test the center with a toothpick the toothpick will not come out clean,  you might think the cake is not done, but it is, the center is supposed to be gooey.

Earthquake Cake

Serve warm or cold, it’s delicious either way.  My son loves it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Rock Your World with this Banana Chip Earthquake Cake!
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Servings Prep Time
12 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Rock Your World with this Banana Chip Earthquake Cake!
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Pieces
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Generously spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray
  3. Melt butter on the stovetop using a heavy saucepan. You can melt it in the microwave as well, but I feel I have more control on the stovetop.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in softened cream cheese until it mostly melts.
  5. Stir in white chocolate chips. Chips don't have to melt completely. Set aside.
  6. Put cake mix in a mixing bowl. Add eggs, oil, and sour cream. Mix until smooth.
  7. Spread cake batter evenly in oiled baking pan.
  8. Drop dollops of the cream cheese mixture over the cake batter. Make sure you get some around the edges.
  9. Sprinkle chocolate chips over all.
  10. Bake for 50 minutes. Don't over cook it, remove from oven after 50 minutes. If you test the center with a toothpick the toothpick will not come out clean, you might think the cake is not done, but it is, the center is supposed to be gooey.
  11. Serve warm or cold, it's delicious either way. My son loves it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
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