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jais:
BF's parents are coming for dinner next Saturday.  This is the first time they will be visiting.  BF is taking care of dinner (he's got a fabulous pork roast recipe), but asked me to make dessert.  Here's the problem:  I'm a pretty decent cook, but in this apartment, the kitchen has all of 2 sq feet of counter space.  It's a chore to make cookies here, and I have pretty much sworn off baking/elaborate cooking since moving in.  :-\

Help me Ehellions!

ETA:  My "WOW" means tastes GREAT.  So far the first 2 both sound good! 
I think I may have to sample all recipes this week!  >:D

Harriet Jones:
Do you like cheesecake?
This is a really easy-to-make version and everyone has loved it. 

Sopapilla Cheescake
2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls 
2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese   
1 Cup sugar
1 T vanilla
1/2 Cup butter, melted
1/2 Cup sugar
1 T cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350
Flatten one tube of crescent rolls and press into the bottom of a 9 x 13
pan.  In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla
until cream and spread over crescent rolls.  Unroll the second tube of
crescent rolls and place over rop of the cream cheese layer.  Pour melted
butter over the top.   
Sprinkle the top with mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. 
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until top is slightly toasted.

Some Notes:

* You can use lower cal version of the cream cheese and crescent rolls
* You can serve it warm or chilled.

* Also, it halves really nicely, just make it in a square pan and cook it a smidge less.  I've found that unless you're serving a lot of people, the 9x13 pan is just too much!


smarterthanu213:
Sliced fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream on top of brownies. The boxed kinds (NOT offbrand) can turn out really yummy.

Not really a wow dessert tho. Sorry.

TarHeel:
Ok, this is a definite "wow" recipe: individual molten chocolate cakes.  They are easy to make, and you can even make the batter a day ahead and put them in the fridge until just before you're ready to bake them.  They're absolutely delicious, and you look like the most amazing chef when you serve them.

This is the recipe I use: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/104604

If you make the chocolate peppermint sauce, I would use only 1/4 tsp peppermint extract, because I think the 3/4 tsp is really too much. 

edenparadox:
Okay this is the most amazing chocolate cake recipe ever. Ever. And it's easy.

Easy Chocolate-Orange Cake
Yield: 12 servings
 
Ingredients
1+ cup (170 g) flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (dutched/dark)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup (200 g) sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2-3 teaspons orange extract
cup (1.2 dl) milk or water
cup (1.2 dl) vegetable oil (flavorless)
2 eggs

Method

   1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F (Gas mark 4 or 180 deg C)
   2. Grease a 9 inch (23 cm) cake tin. Cut out parchment to cover the bottom and grease that.
   3. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sugar, orange and vanilla extracts in a bowl.
   4. Add milk/water, vegetable oil and eggs.
   5. Mix everything together until smooth, either by hand or by using an electric mixer at slow speed.
   6. Transfer to bake tin and bake at 350 degrees until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 35 to 45 minutes.
   7. After the cake has cooled, slice the cake through the middle to make two layers (easier if the cake has been in the fridge).

For easy, easy frosting, take a can of chocolate frosting and add orange extract to taste. No one will ever guess you didn't make it from scratch.

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