Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Fun and easy dessert

Bananas are a little pricey this week, so you may want to wait until they come down a bit.

Festive Banana Split Cups
1/2 cup thawed whipped topping

3 ounces softened cream cheese

3 tablespoons powdered instant vanilla pudding

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

3 tablespoons small diced banana

3 tablespoons drained, crushed pineapple

3 tablespoons drained, chopped maraschino cherries

15 Mini Fillo Shells (1 box)

1/4 cup thawed whipped topping, for garnish

2 tablespoons mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, for garnish

8 whole maraschino cherries, drained and cut in half, for garnish

In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat whipped topping, cream cheese, instant pudding and powdered sugar until well blended. Stir in bananas, pineapples and chopped cherries, mixing lightly. Chill 1 hour.

Spoon 1 tablespoon of filling into each shell. Garnish each with dollop of whipped topping and chocolate chips and top with a cherry half. Serve immediately.

--recipe and photo courtesy Athens