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Orange Creme Dessert (using Twinkies)

Orange Creme Dessert (using Twinkies)

On the Cookie Madness website, the blogger, Anna, admits this rather retro recipe is not healthy recipe, nor would it be found in a Whole Foods cookbook! In fact, she said "If you served it to me at a hotel, I’d check out. But if you served it to me at a tailgate or a picnic, I’d ask for the recipe."

See the Comments below for a lower fat/lower sugar variation.

Ingredients:
10 Twinkies, halved lengthwise
(15 oz can of mandarin oranges - optional)*
1 3-oz package orange Jell-O
1/2 cup boiling water
1 3.4 oz package instant vanilla pudding (or French)
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup French vanilla liquid coffee creamer
1 (12 oz) container non-dairy whipped topping, such as Cool Whip (big tub)
Instructions:
Arrange the Twinkies cut side up in a 13×9 inch baking dish.
If using, lay some drained mandarin oranges over Twinkies.
In a bowl, stir together the Jell-O and boiling water.
When Jell-O is dissolved, put the mixture in the refrigerator to cool for 10 minutes.
(To hasten the process, drop in an ice cube - the extra liquid won’t hurt anything).
In a large bowl, beat together the pudding mix, milk and coffee creamer for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Add the orange Jell-O/water mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until smooth.
Fold in two-thirds of the whipped topping.
Spread the orange mixture (pour it, smooth it) over the cut Twinkies.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 6-8 hours.
Before serving, spread the remaining whipped topping over the top.
Decorate thematically.
*Try another fruit!

If you are on a diet and need something low in fat and sugar, this can easily be modified. For the base, use Ladyfingers or low fat snack cakes. For the Jell-O products, go with the sugar free varieties, use low fat milk, fat free vanilla creamer and Cool Whip Lite.
Posted by LuAnn.
Source: http://www.cookiemadness.net/?s=twinkie, which credits the Twinkie Cookbook with the recipe.

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