Save Money By Cooking At Home: Top 10 Copycat Desert Recipes

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It is possible to have a love/hate relationship with cooking.  You might enjoy cooking baked goods, but not daily meals or you might be the type who enjoys slaving over a hot stove to prepare a meal for a holiday or family gathering, but cannot make a cupcake to save your life! Every now and then, we all need a break from cooking, but what if that money could be saved by bringing the taste of popular restaurant recipes into your own kitchen.  There is a certain rewarding feeling serving up a meal your family and friends enjoy.  That feeling does not go away!

Today is the first in a series of articles related to taking the food back in to save money, starting with dessert.  Instead of starting with the main course, which likely entices you to the restaurant, knocking out dessert can be used as the bait to entice the other members of your household, your family or friends who you usually dine out with to stay in.

Dessert can sometimes be the most costly portion of the meal, so whether you skip it or splurge, Who can say no to these delectable copycat dessert recipes? Try a reverse menu, listing the dessert first.

  1. McDonald’s Shamrock Shake: Gone, but not forgotten.  For the price of just TWO Shamrock Shakes, you make about 10 using your own ingredients.
  2. Applebee’s White Chocolate Walnut Blondie: Have you ever thought to try making this at home? If not, it will save you about $5.00 a pop!
  3. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: Who can resist Krispy Kreme doughnuts? Imagine waking up to them without leaving the house.  If breakfast is your family’s soft spot for eating out, I highly recommend this, but it can most certainly be eaten at any time.
  4. Chocolate Lava Cake: Many restaurants have a Chocolate Lava Cake on their menu.  A chain named Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar‘s secret is attempted with this “copycat” recipe.
  5. See’s Candy Fudge: If you’ve ever had See’s, you’ve fallen in love.
  6. Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake: The cheesecake is one of the 10 most popular desserts in America, according to TLC’s How Stuff Works.
  7. J. Alexander’s Carrot Cake: Complete with nutritional information and options for a lower fat version, this carrot cake recipe is divine.
  8. McCormick & Schmick’s Upside Down Apple Pie: From the crust to the filling, this recipe is a staple in Amercian households, despite it’s origins.  Be sure to check out the other copycat recipes on the site.
  9. Make Your Own Ice Cream: How much better can it get than your own ice cream maker? Snag this model from Cuisinart and you can make your own Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream or Sorbet.  The opportunities are endless.
  10. Olive Garden’s Tiramisu: “The translation of the name Italian tiramisù (tirami sù) means “pick-me-up” (metaphorically, “make me happy”)” (Source: Wikipedia)

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