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Written by Marilyn B., Sprout Volunteer

Are you like me, do you like to have a “sweet treat” every once in a while, but don’t want to spend a whole lot of time or money on a recipe? Here are a few treats that will cost under 2 dollars to make. They are tried and true or they just looked simple and delicious.

Poor Man’s Cocoa Pudding
4 rounded Tbsp Flour
1 C. sugar
2-1/2 C. boiling water
4 T. cocoa (level)
margarine (size of a walnut)
1/2tsp salt
2 tsp. vanilla

Mix flour, salt, sugar, and cocoa; Add boiling water slowly and stir well. Cook until thick adding vanilla and margrine.


Kool-Aid Sherbert
1 C Sugar
1 envelope of any flavored Kool-Aid
3 C Milk

Add all ingredients. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a shallow dish, cover and freeze for one hour or until slightly thickened. Transfer to a mixing bowl; beat until smooth. Return to freezer container and freeze until firm. Remove from freezer 20 min. before serving.


Magic Apple Pie
Very simple and tasty makes its own crust. My children devoured this and we had no leftovers.
1 egg
1/2 C all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
3/4 C sugar
1 Med. Tart Apple, peeled and diced

Mix all ingredients together except apple. Stir in apple. Spread mixture into a well greased 9″ pie plate. Bake at 350 for 25-30 min. or until golden brown and a tooth pick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the pie.


Apple Brownies
Another favorite for my family. My youngest loves this for breakfast.
3/4 C sugar
1 egg
1 stick margrine ( I use butter)
1C flour
1/2tsp. baking soda
1/2tsp baking powderv
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 peeled, chopped apples

Mix together: sugar, margarine and egg
Add : 1C flour, 1/2tsp. baking soda, 1/2tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp. salt mix well.
add in 2 peeled and chopped apples. Place in a greased square brownie pan. Bake at 350 for 35-45 min.


Cake Mix Cookies
These are very good, easy, and you can make a completely different cookie just by the cake mix you choose. Feel free to play with this recipe and add dried fruit and nuts or sprinkle with sanding sugar or sprinkles. I love this recipe with press cookies.
1 box cake mix
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 C. oil
2 eggs

Mix all together well. Drop by tsp. on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 8 min. for a chewy cookie 10 min for a crisp cookie.


Meringue Cookies
This is my oldest child’s favorite he calls this cotton candy cookies. This is one of the cheapest of the 6 recipes also the trickiest. However, well worth the effort and makes 4 dozen small cookies. Pre heat oven to 225
4 large egg whites
3/4 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cups sugar
2 tsp corn starch

Mix the dry ingredients in a zip lock bag and set aside in a mixing bowl (I use a hand held mixer). Add the egg whites, vanilla, and salt and mix till soft peek stage (Whites do not stand firm). Cut the corner off the zip lock bag (small cut) pour the sugar slowly into bowl while mixing on Med. speed. Stop the mixer after all the sugar has been poured, scrape the sides gently with rubber spatula. When finished turn mixer to high speed and mix until stiff peaks (peaks stand high). Make small kisses with meringue on cookie sheets ( work as fast as you can ). Cook for one hour turning half way through the process. Turn oven off after the hour keep in oven for one more hour.