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.
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)
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.
*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.