I grew up eating Little Debbie treats, so I totally get the fascination with these sweet little cakes. One of my favorite treats to pack in my school lunches many years ago was the Swiss Rolls.
The best way to eat those little chocolate rolls is to peel off the outer layer of chocolate and eat that first, and then unroll the cake before eating it. It turns out my husband used to eat his like that too when he was younger. No wonder we are a perfect match.
This spring I had the opportunity to create a recipe using a Little Debbie snack cake, so I went to the grocery store and bought a couple boxes of a few of my favorite treats. I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go with my recipe, so I had to be prepared for when dessert inspiration hit.
You should have seen our children’s eyes when they got home from school that afternoon and they saw the boxes of snack cakes piled in the pantry. Immediately, they started asking questions about why I had so many…and of course, the top question was, “Can we eat some, too?”
I had to make a snap decision right away about which snack cake was going to be forbidden from the hungry mob. I was leaning towards the Swiss Rolls anyway, so I gave them permission to attack the boxes of Zebra® Cakes and Oatmeal Creme Pies.
I’m pretty sure those cellophane wrappers hold a little bit of magic in them because I haven’t seen my kids this excited for sweets in a while.
Of course, I’m not really surprised at how fast the kids devoured the extra boxes of snack cakes. My mom bought these little cakes for our lunch boxes when I was growing up, and I’m still crazy about them years later. You just never outgrow the taste of Little Debbie snacks.
I learned how to bake by watching my mom and my gram in the kitchen when I was little. It’s fun to look back on those sweet memories of making homemade pie crusts with my mom. Now as a mom myself, I love to get in the kitchen and create fun treats with or for our kids.
For this cake, I cut the Swiss Rolls into little circles and lined a springform pan with them. Make sure to line the pan with parchment paper first, so the pan ring comes off without messing up the outside of the cake.
The filling for this no bake cake is just cream cheese, pie filling, and Cool Whip. This fun mousse is perfect for topping cupcakes, filling cakes, or eating with a spoon. Trust me, I had a few spoonfuls before I started layering everything together.
Two layers of mousse, three layers of Swiss Rolls, one layer of Cool Whip, and more pie filling, and this cake was ready for the refrigerator. No bake treats are the best for summer time because who wants to turn on the oven and make it ever hotter in the house!
A few decorations on top gives this no bake cherry Swiss Rolls cake the perfect finish! Just make sure that no one swipes a few rolls from the top while it is setting up in the refrigerator.
I suggest keeping a few Swiss Rolls hidden, just for emergency decorating purposes. Little hands like to snatch chocolate rolls when no one is looking…at least in my house, they do!
2 Cartons of Little Debbie Swiss Rolls
1 8 oz. Package Cream Cheese, Softened
1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 21 oz. Can Cherry Pie Filling, Divided
1 12 oz. Container Whipped Topping, Thawed & Divided
- Spread 3 tablespoons of whipped topping on the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan. Spray the ring with non-stick spray and place parchment paper on the sides. Lock the bottom and sides of the pan together.
- Cut each Swiss Roll into 6 slices; Place a few of the Swiss Rolls standing up along the bottom of the pan so that the frosting is along the outside of the rim of the pan. Fill in the bottom of the pan with more rolls laying flat to create a "crust."
- Beat the cream cheese until creamy; Add the powdered sugar, and continue to beat the mixture until smooth.
- Add 1 cup cherry pie filling to the mixture and beat it again until it's mixed together and the cherries are broken apart.
- Fold in 2 1/2 cups of the whipped topping, gently.
6. Spoon half of the mousse into the prepared pan and spread it out.
This is a sponsored post written by Jackie Cravener on behalf of Little Debbie®
My mom was the queen of the kitchen in our household, she loved the smiles and the full bellies when we were all finished. She always included us in the kitchen, and my siblings and I would lick the beaters, the bowl and the spoon while trying to patiently wait until those fresh baked goods came out of the oven.
She was known for her famous Peanut Butter Pie that was requested at all of the family gatherings and was always a childhood favorite of mine. Her secret and what made this pie better than just any other Peanut Butter Pie was the crust, which was made from Little Debbie Nutty Buddy Bars. The chocolate, peanut butter, and crisp blend to make the most irresistible flavor ever. It’s ‘The Taste You Never Outgrow’, I still keep a little stash that I like to sneak for myself when the kids aren’t looking. I know every mother does it!
My brother, sister, and I always tried sneaking some Nutty Buddy Bars off the counter while my mother would prepare the pie. And now with two little ones of my own, I catch my kids doing the same exact thing. They love licking the spoons after mixing the creamy peanut butter filling. And when they visit their Nana the first thing they go for is her little stash of Little Debbie baked goods.
NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER NUTTY BUDDY PIE
The pie has a cream cheese peanut butter filling, that goes perfectly on top of the Little Debbie Nutty Buddy pie crust. The best part about this pie is that it is a total crowd pleaser and won’t last long at all. That coupled with the fact that it can be made completely ahead of time makes it a perfect go-to recipe for easy entertaining.
8 Little Debbie Nutty Buddy Bars
4 tbsp melted Butter
1 cup Peanut Butter
8 oz softened Cream Cheese
1 cup Powdered Sugar
8 oz package Cool Whip thawed
Place Nutty Buddy Bars in a food processor and pulse until the consistency of small crumbs. Add the melted butter and stir with a fork to combine.
Press into a pie pan and place it in the fridge while you finish the rest of the pie.
Combine peanut butter and cream cheese and beat until it’s combined. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Pour into the crust and smooth the top. Refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight.
It is back to school time! So, bring out all the pencils, markers, notebooks and snacks! Today on the Little Debbie blog, we are so excited to bring a few of our favorite school-themed snack creations. These adorable treats will get your kids extra happy about going back to school, and they will have fun making them!
Between the Fancy Cakes® Notebook Paper, Banana Twins Rulers, Powdered Mini Donut Apples and Fudge Brownies Chalkboards, your child will have a blast snacking at lunch or after-school. Each snack shown is really easy to make and can be a fun activity for you and your child to do together.
You need just a few supplies to get started:
1 Carton Little Debbie Fancy Cakes
1 Carton Little Debbie Fudge Brownies
1 Carton Little Debbie Banana Twinss
1 Bag Little Debbie Powdered Mini Donuts
1 Package Red Cookie Icing
1 Package Blue Cookie Icing
1 Package Black Cookie Icing
1 Package White Cookie Icing
1 Bag Pretzel Sticks
1 Small Pack White Mints
1 Small Pack Green Leaf Decorations
1 Handful of Toothpicks
FUDGE BROWNIES CHALKBOARDS
Chalkboards are a staple in any classroom and these Fudge Brownies Chalkboards are the perfect addition to studying. Unwrap three to four Fudge Brownies and get ready to write! You don’t have to have perfect handwriting, just be creative with your letters, numbers and ideas! Write a few school-related items like a math problem or spelling word with the white cookie icing, then add the pretzels at the bottom! Make sure to top it off with a small white mint for the chalk.SNACK FINDER
POWDERED MINI DONUTS APPLES
No school year is complete without an apple for the teacher! Make these fun, poppable treats for your child or your child’s teacher to show your appreciation for them. Using a few Mini Powdered Donuts, add the red cookie icing across the top, spreading a generous amount to cover. Be careful, though, it might get a little messy! Then break a pretzel stick in half, add it to the top of the donut and don’t forget your leaf! Place them in the freezer until the cookie icing is hardened or enjoy immediately!
BANANA TWINS RULERSLet’s rule out any downtime with our Banana Twins Rulers! These are super simple to make and oh so delicious to eat! Use the black cookie icing and a toothpick to create small lines as shown in the picture. Don’t worry, making it to scale is not required for this fun treat. Just be creative and draw as many or as few lines as you like. Plus, you can get even more creative and add in numbers too!SNACK FINDER
FANCY CAKES NOTEBOOKSUndoubtedly some of the cutest snacks we have made, these treats are an “A”-plus addition to your after-school routine! Unwrap four to five Fancy Cakes and create two straight lines with the blue cookie icing to create lined paper. Then take the red cookie icing and draw one straight line for the ruled side of the paper. Using the black cookie icing, make three dots on the side of the cake as shown in the photo. Easy peasy! Be sure to place them in the fridge so the cookie icing does not melt before all your other yummy treats are created.SNACK FINDER
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But, we know what you are thinking - sometimes it is not fun, and it might even be difficult for you to understand as you start to help them on their assignments. While we cannot help solve your math problems or make flashcards for an upcoming spelling test, we can offer a few helpful tips that will help ease the stress.
Our list is compiled from real moms who work at the Little Debbie bakery. Who better to help! Check out their tips below that they use for their own children!
Using the phrase, “once you do this, we’ll do this” is always a handy thing to have in your back pocket. Your incentive for them? Their favorite Little Debbie® snack! Maybe it’s Zebra® Cakes, Mini Donuts, or Mini Muffins. Keep it close by and when they are finished, let them take a bite!
Before distractions, before TV or a video game, have an after-school routine set for homework first. While they are still in “school mode” set up their homework station and let them get to work. While you prepare dinner, they can study away and then play their favorite video game afterwards.
Creating flashcards is a great way to establish healthy memory habits. Practice in the car, at the grocery store or for a few minutes after dinner. Flashcards are portable, functional and fun!
Using a rolling cart, you can easily create a homework station that stays in their room and can be rolled to any part of the house. On it, have pencils, markers, notecards, paper, and whatever else to help them get the job done. Having their materials organized creates less stress for them and allows them be more productive. It might even make them look forward to studying for science!
TAKE A BREAK
Let’s face it, after a full day at school, their energy is built up and ready to be released! For every ten minutes of work give them five minutes to wiggle around! You can even set a timer on your phone to make it easier. Letting them “get their wiggles” out lets them be silly and you a little less stressed.
Yes, helping them is important but, maybe you are a blogger, a student yourself, or have emails to catch up on. Set some time where both of you can work together on your own projects. Then once you are done, do something fun together - like a dance party!
APPLY IN REAL LIFE
Applying math concepts in real life like cooking in the kitchen or picking up toys, allows them to see the practical side of their studies. You can also weave spelling words into conversation, and then ask them to spell it back to you. Easy, simple and effective!