Last-Minute Easter Desserts

Easter is quickly approaching and we all know family get-togethers can get a little hectic. Alongside the screaming children, excited pets, and bickering relatives, the kitchen is always a frenzy of panic and stress. With the oven always stuffed full and the stovetop constantly occupied, those in charge of dessert are left with few options. If you’re looking for simple, yet unique, desserts that require little to no baking, these recipes are for you. Simply mix, layer, and freeze or refrigerate. Perfect for holidays or cook-outs, these desserts are sure to be a hit at your next family gathering!


Mississippi Mud Pie


8 tablespoons butter

1 cup flour

4 ounces chopped pecans

8 ounces cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

12 ounces cool whip

3 small boxes instant chocolate pudding

5 cups milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare the crust, mix butter, flour, and ½ cup chopped pecans.

  3. Press mixture into a 9x11 cake pan and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool completely.

  4. For the first layer, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together. Fold in 6 ounces whipped cream. Spread on cooled crust.

  5. For the second layer, mix instant chocolate pudding powder and milk. Spread on above layer.

  6. For the third layer, spread the remaining cool whip on above layer. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped pecans.

  7. Refrigerate and serve.

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Oreo Icebox Dessert


28-30 oreo cookies

8 ounces cream cheese

2 cups powdered sugar

⅔ cup peanut butter

⅔ cup milk

16 ounces cool whip

½ cup chopped nuts


  1. Place oreo cookies into a large freezer bag and beat with a crab mallet until broken into small pieces.

  2. Spread cookies into a 9x11 cake pan.

  3. Whip together cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and milk.

  4. Fold in cool whip.

  5. Pour mixture over cookies and top with chopped nuts.

  6. Freeze and serve.