Friday, September 24, 2010

Prize Winning Dessert Recipes!

Frozen Harvest Pie 
First Place, Entered By: Gina Kohrs

2 (9 inch) graham cracker crusts
1 quart Butter Brickle or vanilla caramel ice cream, softened
2 cups canned pumpkin pie mix
2 (8 ounce) containers frozen whipped topping, thawed

In large bowl, combine ice cream, pie filling, and 1 cup whipped topping.  Mix well.  Pour into crusts.  Freeze 15 minutes.  Spread remaining whipped topping over pies.  Freeze at least 2 hours.  Garnish with cinnamon and candy if desired.  
Cinnamon Caramel Pecan Bake
Second Place, Entered By: Louise Piper
4 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 (12 1/2 ounce) jar caramel ice cream topping
1 cup cinnamon chips
1 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In large bowl, combine eggs, butter, and caramel topping.  Mix well.  Add cinnamon chips and pecans.  Mix well.  Pour into 4, 8 ounce buttered ramekins. Bake 25 minutes. 
Decedent Chocolate Hazelnut Pie
Third Place, Entered By: Liza Ludwig

1 pie crust, baked, cooled
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread
1 tub of Philly Cheese Cake Complete
3 cups whipped topping

In large bowl, combine sugar, Nutella, and cheese cake complete.  With an electric mixer, beat for 5 minutes.  Gently fold in 2 cups of whipped topping.  Pour mixture into pie shell.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Before serving, spread remaining whipped topping over top of pie.  Garnish with chocolate shavings if desired.  
The Winners!
Liza Ludwig (3rd Place), Louise Piper (2nd Place),
and Gina Kohrs (1st Place).

The final contest I judged this summer, was the Quick and Easy Dessert Contest, at the Clay County Fair.  You do the judging in front of an audience.  As you look out over the sea of faces, you can spot the people who have entered the contest.  The stress, anxiety, and hope of winning, is stamped on their faces.  Picking a winner is so hard!  There are so many great cooks who enter the contests.  

The three winners here, out did themselves!  I plan to make each and every recipe in this post.  The Frozen Harvest Pie, will be on my Thanksgiving table.  It is a rich and creamy pie that is sure to please my family.  My mom is making the, Cinnamon Caramel Pecan Bake, this weekend.  That recipe reminds me of pecan rolls.  And I am making the, Chocolate Hazelnut Pie, for the upcoming potluck at our church.  The smooth chocolate flavor, will win over anyone who does not like Nutella. 
Three Iowa State Fair Cookbooks
My Cookbook

I will be drawing a name from my followers to win four cookbooks, on Friday, October 1st.   The contest is open to all of my followers, regardless of where they live.   If your name is drawn and you have a blog, I will mention your blog address on my "Fast Food Friday's" radio show on the The Passion Radio Network, and then post your blog address on my blog. 
Sign up as a FOLLOWER for your chance to win!

Check out my blogging buddy, Bo's Blog (say that three times fast), Bo's Bowl.   Not only does he have great giveaways,  his recipes are incredible!  One visit to his blog and you will see why I faithfully follow it.
Also check out my friend Pam's blog, Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner,  for more great recipes!  Once you read her blog, she will be your friend too!  Pam is also doing a CSN Giveaway on her blog for a $65.00 gift certificate. 


  1. Oh, my gosh those look delicious! I am going to try the Harvest Pie when my daughter gets here in two weeks!

  2. What I love is that you can have this dessert waiting in the feezer when company show up and it sounds real good.

  3. They all look like they could tip the scales after eating, but just once....... Diane

  4. Oh yummy! Those all look so good! I think I just gained 5 pounds looking at them.

  5. Tanna, I thing your daughter will love it!

    Rita, that is one of the things I love about it too! At Thanksgiving, my oven seems to be too full of other dishes so having a pit in the freezer will make it easier to get the dinner ready.

    Diane, they are so worth it but only occasionally.

    McVal, it is worth every pound they are so good!

  6. They all sound delicious! It must have been hard(but fun and tasty) to pick the winners!

  7. I want to try that ice cream pumpkin pie!

  8. They all sound delicious but I'm very partial to chocolate and hazelnuts ;)

  9. They all look good to me! Especially the Chocolate Hazelnut Pie!

  10. Sue, it is hard to pick the winners! I wish everyone could win.

    Scrambledhenfruit, I loved all the winning recipes!

    Bo, I think you will love it!

    Savoring Time in the Kitchen, I have never been a fan of Nutella, but this recipe made me change my mind. It was so good I could have eaten the whole slice they gave me to try.

    Kitchen Flavours, they are yummy!

  11. Excellent giveaway and who doesn't want a recipe that's delicious and easy with a few ingredients. Count me in :)

  12. These all look divine, especially that Decadent Chocolate Hazelnut Pie! I can taste it from here! Congrats to the winners!

  13. Those all look amazing :) Judging this contest would have been an awesome experience!

  14. Thanks Katy for signing up to follow my blog!

    Marguerite, I think you would love the Hazelnut pie!

    baking.serendipity, it was fun judging the contest. The winners were so excited!

  15. Holy cow what I wouldn't give to be a judge! Those look delicious! I want to try them all! Thanks for sharing!

  16. #2 ... the cinna pecan thing looks devine!
    That is on my menu for tomorrow. Yummo

  17. Yep, that harvest pie is going to church with me for the Thanksgiving luncheon. They all look amazing.

  18. All looks delicious & tempting.Especially the harvest pie

  19. Linda, they look decadently delicious! That cinnamon caramel definitely caught my eye! Don't know how I missed this Friday. I must've gotten lost in the blogging world somewhere!

  20. Debbie, I am always looking for help when I judge, wouldn't be fun if we judged a contest together!

    Leslie, I think you will like it!

    Cheryl, I think that pie is perfect for Thanksgiving!

    Madhura Manoj, they were all wonderful!

    Pam, it is easy to get lost in this new world we call blogging!

  21. All of them look really yummy, no wonder it is quite hard to pick the winner...can't decide which one to try out...

  22. The Cinnamon Caramel Pecan bake really caught my eye! What a fun giveaway! You can never have enough cookbooks! :)

  23. I just wanted you to know that I received my cookbooks today and am curling up tonight with them to see all the wonderful recipes I'm going to be trying. Thank you so much!

  24. That chocolate hazelnut pie sounds so good!