Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Cool off with Cool Whip!

It’s been reeeeally hot outside lately, so I decided to try out a cool looking recipe that I’ve had lingering around for a while (since 2005 to be exact…man, I can’t believe it’s been that long).


Here’s the recipe:
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Ribbon Dessert

It was perfect after a long, hot day… cool & creamy and easy to eat.

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Ribbon Dessert

Next time, I’ll layer this in foil-lined individual ramekins instead of one 9 X 5 pan though. That way I can just pop one out of the freezer as needed. The loaf pan size is pretty, but I should have served it at a dinner party or something, because I still have half of it in the freezer. I think cute layered cups of cool desert would be more fun to eat.


The recipe is from Kraft’s Food & Family magazine. You should check it out. The subscription is FREE and includes 5 issues each year. One for each season, plus a holiday issue. I love getting this in the mail. Lots of quick and easy meal ideas and great photos, too.

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Bobbie said...

we dont have cool whip in australia.. and let me say when i was on holiday in the US… I gained 3kgs …. from all the coolwhip I was consuming.. that stuff is sooo goood!!

oh and that cakes looks delish.. I am so jealous!!

July 24, 2008 01:25 AM
RedEnZed said...

Me too Bobbie. Jealous muchly. No cool whip in NZ or peanut butter cookies *loud sobs of envy*

July 24, 2008 01:33 AM
ladybug said...

Love Cool Whip (especially since I can get it in so many varieties) and I love the free Kraft recipe books. I save every single one as well as the emails (in a special folder of course) and go back to them time and time again. I can’t wait to make this particular recipe and I’ll take your suggestion of making it in the individual ramekins instead.

July 24, 2008 01:56 AM
Glenda said...

This looks really good, especially for a hot summer day. I get the Kraft emails and magazines. I just love them, the look so delicious and they are so simple. I want to make the Frozen Oreo dessert that was in the last one.

July 24, 2008 02:06 AM
Jenn said...

Wow that looks yummy and not diet friendly.

July 24, 2008 02:13 AM
Stella said...

Oh my word that looks delicious!!

July 24, 2008 02:24 AM
Sara said...

I love the Kraft magazine…especially their desserts. I recently moved and needed to sign up for the magazine again. Thanks for the reminder. Your blog is wonderful. Thanks!

July 24, 2008 02:49 AM
cookemila said...

With the heat ago in Madrid do not know how well I would take a little Cool off with Cool Whip! “Just leaving the piece on the computer screen … want to extend his hand and take … . or eat the computer …. and magazines are great pity that here … we do not have that option of compra.Yo’m addicted to magazines … …. would bring greetings, xoxo.

July 24, 2008 06:20 AM
morgana said...

Oh my! You really know how to tempt me… ;-) Is this what they call “love at first sight?”

July 24, 2008 08:24 AM
Dave and Catherine said...

I LOVE Kraft food & family! Almost all of my husband's favorite dishes that I make come from that magazine, which is great because they're all so quick & easy!

July 24, 2008 12:35 PM
stephanie said...

my goodness that looks awesome. I want that now and it’s only breakfast time!

July 24, 2008 12:50 PM
Bunny said...

my husband and kids will love this! this is a great treat to make in all this heat!

July 24, 2008 01:13 PM
Justlikehoney! said...

This looks so delicious! thanks for the recipie.

link to

July 24, 2008 01:36 PM
Grace said...

how does it feel to make the “professionals” who create the dishes for the kraft website pictures look like amateurs? :)

July 24, 2008 01:43 PM
Mary Helen said...

Wow! This dessert looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I signed up for the magazine, too :)

July 24, 2008 01:54 PM
candesintx said...

Ok, I’m having a hard time believing Cool Whip isn’t International! Wow! Is there anything similar?

This looks devine. I get the mag but I’ve never noticed that one. I’ll have to go back over them. lol

July 24, 2008 02:12 PM
Ingrid said...

I love that magazine and have been getting it for years. As someone else mentioned I’ve saved each one, chances are I’ve missed a recipe or two the first go round. Thanks for reminding me of this recipe.


July 24, 2008 02:34 PM
Amy said...

The food always looks so great. Have you told us what Camera you use?

July 24, 2008 03:31 PM
Reeni said...

That looks so delicious and perfectly refreshing on a hot and humid day!

July 24, 2008 04:04 PM
cakegirl20 said...

Ooh, yum! That looks so good right now! I love the kraft mags. as well! Great site too! Thanks for posting!

July 24, 2008 04:22 PM
sharyl said...

i wanna try this recipe… but is there anyway to use chocolate instead of peanut butter? i’m really not a big fun of peanut butter. thanks!

July 24, 2008 04:35 PM
My Sweet & Saucy said...

What a perfect dessert! So glad it had peanut butter in it!

July 24, 2008 04:35 PM
Aimee said...

This looks great. My two favorites – peanut butter and chocolate!

July 24, 2008 05:22 PM
Nicole said...

I wish you lived closer, so I could be the neighbor that sampled everything you made!! Love your blog.

July 24, 2008 07:00 PM
Ann said...

I want to be your neighbor too! I’m a terrific “taste tester!” Great recommendation for the Kraft mag…I’ve gotten so many good recipes that I use over and over. Keep up the inspiring work!

July 24, 2008 07:26 PM
Sharon said...

Thanks for the tip about the Kraft recipe books. I definitely want to sign up after seeing your creation!

July 24, 2008 09:05 PM
Katrina said...

That looks SO good! Don’t tell the real bakers/chefs, but I love Cool Whip more than fresh whipped cream and it’s so much more convenient. I get the Kraft Foods magazine and also love it. Don’t remember that recipe from a few years ago, but probably got it then. Thanks for passing it on. Love the Nutter Butter crust.

July 24, 2008 09:35 PM
Jaina said...

Oooh, that looks nice and refreshing. I could, you know, maybe help finish it off. Ya know, help clear out some space in your freezer?

July 24, 2008 09:40 PM
Bakerella said...

Bobbie – I can't believe that. No Cool Whip? that's crazy!

RedEnZed – no pb cookies either? You guys are deprived.

ladybug – Hope the ramekins work for you.

Glenda – yeah, me too.

Jenn – exactly!

Stella – thanks!

Sara – Glad I could help.

cookemila – too bad you don't get the mags. You would love.

morgana – and after you make it, love at first bite.

Dave and Catherine – I love them too!

stephanie – If you start now, you could have it ready by lunch.

Bunny – you can say that again.

Justlikehoney! – you are welcome.

Grace – that's very sweet of you to say.

Mary Helen – you'll love it.

candesintx – you could try making your own with whipping cream

Ingrid – no problem.

Amy – It's a canon rebel xti with a 50 mm fixed lens.

Reeni – it was.

cakegirl20 – you're welcome.

sharyl – check out the kraft site. I think they have a lot of chocolate pie recipes with cool whip.

My Sweet & Saucy – I looove pb, don't you?!

Aimee – a perfect match.

Nicole – Me too. Then I wouldn't eat it all myself.

Ann – You can come over too.

Sharon – You'll really enjoy the books.

Katrina – Nutter Butters rule!

Jaina – I wish you would.

July 25, 2008 12:06 AM
Bree said...

I love cool whip! Thanks so much for sharing and great pictures :)

July 25, 2008 12:17 AM
Isa said...

That’s so sweet of you to provide the links for both people inside the US and outside it! Thanks and that’s one amazing looking dessert!

July 25, 2008 01:09 AM
the southern hostess said...

Mmm…looks so yummy. Perfect for a summery treat.

July 25, 2008 01:15 AM
puglyfeet said...

Wow. I haven’t been by in a while. I love your blog’s new look, Bakerella!

July 25, 2008 01:50 AM
Pippi said...

I checked and nobody has mentioned this yet..but if i missed it I’m sorry for duplicating.

This magazine also comes to canadians in the form of “What’s Cooking” It’s the exact same magazine..just Canadian content…same recipes. I think is the website?
I get tingles when it comes!

July 25, 2008 03:18 AM
Mommy Mary said...

That looks so good, deff not dairy free though.. so not in this house *tear*

July 25, 2008 03:31 AM
Larry & Erica Evans said...

YUMMMMMMY….Three of my fav. things….Cool whip (I don’t know why some people don’t like it!!! Crazy I guess), Peanut Butter, and of course CHOCOLATE!!! This si a must! I guess I will just have to have a party to make this for!

July 25, 2008 06:40 AM
Sandy said...

I LOVE the Kraft Food magazines and have been getting them for the past few years! I save all of them! They are wonderful!

I loved when they sent the calendars as well, but they no longer do. They felt that they wanted to put more into the magazines and got rid of the calendars… sad day!

July 25, 2008 07:13 AM
Amber said...

I have been making this for a couple years now and every time I make it it’s gone in minutes! It’s one of go-to-recpies!

July 25, 2008 04:51 PM
Team Simmons said...

Bakerella, That looks delicious! Silly question, I am hosting a baby shower and I thought cupcake pops might be cute. She is having a girl. What would you reccomend doing to make them cute? Thanks.

July 25, 2008 07:18 PM
Bakerella said...

Bree – you are welcome

Isa – Just thought people would love these recipe ideas

the southern hostess – it was.

puglyfeet – missed ya. Glad you like the site. It needed a facelift.

Pippi – thanks for the heads up. I added a mention on the post.

Mommy Mary – I feel for you.

Larry & Erica Evans – or you can just treat yourself.

Sandy – At least they're still sending the free mags.

Amber – I know, it's just so easy to eat.

Team Simmons – The easiest thing would be light pink candy melts and white candy melts. Pink on bottom. White on top. And pink m&ms for the toppers. Also white non-pareils to sprinkle. I am hoping to do some soon.

July 25, 2008 09:38 PM
IU said...

Oh My Goodness! You are talented! I love your site! :)

July 26, 2008 02:15 AM
E for KC said...

This is such a pretty dessert! I’m sure it tastes as good as it looks!

July 26, 2008 01:30 PM
Team Simmons said...

Thanks for the help. I will let you know how they turn out!

July 26, 2008 01:40 PM
heidi said...

I love this magazine! i started getting it by accident when we moved and now I’m hooked! there are some seriously delicious recipes!!!

July 26, 2008 07:45 PM
Cathy C said...

What a great anytime treat – Cool whip really adds so much to any recipe. Love these especially when it is triple digits outside.


July 28, 2008 12:02 AM
Mindy Sauther said...

I love this magazine! I look forward to getting it every time it comes and probably look at it over and over for a week. What a tasty treat you made. Sounds like a good idea making it in individual ramekins.

July 28, 2008 03:00 AM
Bakerella said...

IU – thansk

E for KC – better, I think.

Team Simmons – sounds good.

heidi – for sure.

Cathy C – i feel for you. triple digits is tough.

Mindy Sauther – thanks

July 28, 2008 03:03 AM
Cheryl said...

I made this over the weekend, and my boyfriend LOVED it.

July 28, 2008 03:48 PM
ashleyd said...

the kraft foods mag is hands down the best cooking mag out there!

July 28, 2008 04:12 PM
Elizabeth said...

This is my favorite recipe for taking to bbqs at friends’ houses. It is SO easy and always a big hit. Now, I think I will have to make it again just for the family tonight. Thanks!

July 28, 2008 05:47 PM
Bakerella said...

cheryl – glad it was good

ashleyd – it rocks!

elizabeth – make some for me, too!

July 29, 2008 01:32 AM
Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness, I have to bow down, I made this yesterday for our Sunday dinner with my father-in-law and it was DELICIOUS! I am so embarrassed, but between last night and today, I finished it off! It was awesome and a recipe I will definitely keep and do again. I made it with Safeway brand cool-whip and didn’t have enough to do the dollop on top but I didn’t miss it a bit.

August 5, 2008 01:57 AM
Bakerella said...

Stephanie – Don’t be embarassed. We’re all friends here and who hasn’t eaten a whole dessert before. I know I have.

August 6, 2008 12:48 AM
Krissy said...

for those who don’t have access to cool whip (or don’t want to use it because it’s made of nothing but chemicals – ick!), use the real stuff – ACTUAL whipped cream. it will taste even better without the plasticky stuff!

August 6, 2008 11:22 AM
Anonymous said...

i love the chocolate/pb combo, but is this mostly for people who love peanut butter? was wondering if i (a chocolate lover) should put another layer of chocolate in there, or just use more chocolate so there’s more balance between the pb/chocolate flavors.

August 6, 2008 06:56 PM
Suzanne said...

That looks divine! Thanks for all your great recipes!

August 6, 2008 09:47 PM
Bakerella said...

Krissy – true.

Anonymous – you certainly could, but I don’t think they pb flavor is too overwhelming.

Suzanne – you’re welcome.

August 6, 2008 11:17 PM
Christina said...

Just made these today (I don’t have enough ramekins, so I did it in a muffin pan) and they turned out great! My husband was rolling his eyes with each bite – this recipe is a keeper! Thanks!!!

August 14, 2008 01:44 AM
Bakerella said...

Yay! That’s awesome and I’m sure the muffin pans looked just as cute!

August 15, 2008 02:09 AM
Anonymous said...

This blog is like a dream come true! i love cool whip so much! i just squirt it into a 2 liter bottle and chug it all day long. it is such a nice pick me up, when i am having a bad day (you know the drill, suffering from indigestion, and wanting to beat the guy in the cubicle next to you with a bat)! But i don’t, cool whip really helps me keep my cool (no pun intended)!

September 1, 2008 04:05 PM
Dreamer said...

You are just so great to think of people outside the US and Canada…Greetings from Budapest :-)

August 2, 2009 10:04 AM
Debbie said...

I tried to get this recipe following your link to Kraft food and family but I get an error message when I tiry to print it. Also, the magazine is no longer free. Your have to get a paid subscription now.

December 10, 2009 12:33 AM
Elizabeth said...

Food and Family is no longer free. I love that magazine I may just have to get a subscription!

February 4, 2010 10:43 PM
Maggie said...

MMMM! that looks so professional you are a really good photographer.

April 5, 2010 01:55 PM
Danielle said...

just saw this on your blog last week, and decided to make it for my family’s mother’s day celebration! it was a huge hit!!

May 12, 2010 04:34 PM
Kara said...

Just saw this and it looks divine. Thank you for sharing.

May 20, 2010 01:28 PM
Kim said...

Made this a few weeks ago…SOOO good! I want to make it again! The layer of chocolate in the middle is just perfect! Who doesn’t like cool whip, peanut butter, and chocolate!!!

May 25, 2010 09:33 AM
SharonK1973 said...

I use that peanut butter as a filling for chocolate cake and topping for cupcakes too! Its sinfully good!

August 12, 2010 11:34 PM
Debbie said...

FYI – The Kraft Food and Family Magazine is no longer free.

October 8, 2010 09:30 PM
Crystal said...

Please send me the recipe i cant find it anywhereeeeee!! thanks!!

February 22, 2011 04:38 PM
Mary Dominick said...

Please send me the recipe. I cant find it also.

August 23, 2012 01:11 PM
Sarah Perry said...

I can’t find the recipe. Please send it to me also. My family would love this. Peanutbutter is their favorite!

September 28, 2012 10:44 AM
jodie lee said...

I couldn’t find the recipe. Could someone please send it to me?? Thank you

September 30, 2012 10:20 AM
Sandra Coy said...

Very good site. I wish I could get my printer to work from my IPAD.

October 24, 2012 04:29 PM
Kelly said...

The magazine subscription is not free.

January 31, 2013 07:12 PM
honey said...

its look very amazing and tempting & very useful site please guys daily post like new things which we learn very easily

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