On a Budget? 100 Desserts for $5 or Less Makes Homemade Treats Possible

I don't know about you, but my bills just arrived and everything seems to have gone up a little bit. A new service charge here, taxes here - it all adds up to having to pay a lot more each month.

But I've got just the thing to help!

Fall is full of bake sales, making cupcakes for your kid's class and dinner, housewarming and birthday parties where it would be nice if you brought something. To be able to wow the crowd while sticking to my budget (making desserts from scratch can be so expensive!), I'm using 100 Desserts for $5 or Less by Angel Shannon as my go-to bake bible.

This sweet li'l paperbook is jam-packed with everything from cookies and bars to cakes and pies and even includes how to made handmade candies and frozen treats that will be your saving grace the next time someone decides to "drop by" unannounced.

And if you're like me and trying to keep winter weight from creeping in, Angel has included calorie counts and fat grams per servings for each recipe so that you can watch what you eat and yet, still enjoy a sweet treat now and then. She even provides grocery shopping tips and what you need to have on hand to keep a well-stocked pantry and fridge. 

The only drawback to the book is that it's so hard to choose what to make - Coconut Lover's Cream Cake, Homemade Melt-in-Your-Mouth Marshmallows, Cherry Nut Bars, Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies, Mom's Baby Ruth Cookies, Awesome Apple Fritters, Caramel Dumplings, Custard Macaroons, Doughnut Bread Pudding, Chocolate Almond Ice Box Cake or Pina Colada Pie, to name just a few?

I love that the ingredients are affordable, most recipe directions are only a paragraph long and that you can whip up a fun, delicious dessert by the time it's time to watch SYTYCD.

This is one book that no home cook should be without. 

Stephanie Dickison

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