Dynadot Dessert Bake-Off for National Dessert Day!

Robyn Norgan
Oct 15, 2012

In case you missed it, yesterday was National Dessert Day! In honor of this noble holiday, Team Dynadot had a dessert bake-off and today we wanted to share our recipes and results with you.

The Plan
We broke into three teams and each team had to find and agree on a dessert recipe to create their dessert masterpiece. Then the teams reconvened for the hardest part of the day - the tasting of each dessert.

The Rules
We decided that you couldn't vote for your own dessert and to keep things simple, the dessert with the most votes was the winner.

The Contenders

The Healthy Choice Dessert:

Watermelon Salad
Watermelon Salad

2 small watermelons
1 (15 ounce) can canned diced pineapple juice - drain juice and reserve
1 pound seedless grapes
2 apples - peeled, cored, and chopped
2 bananas - cut into bite-size pieces

1. Cut each watermelon in half lengthwise. Hollow out the insides using a melon baller, reserving rind for later use. Drain pineapple, and discard juice. Cut apples in half, remove cores, and cut into bite size pieces. Peel banana, and slice in to bite size pieces. Rinse grapes under cold running water, and pat dry.
2. In a bowl, toss together the watermelon balls, pineapple, apple, banana chunks, and grapes. Divide fruit salad among the 4 reserved watermelon "bowls," and serve.

The Easy-To-Make Dessert:

Cool Whip Sandwiches
Cool Whip Sandwiches

Graham crackers
Cool Whip light (regular or chocolate)
Sprinkles (our addition)

1. Unthaw Cool Whip slightly in fridge, so it is easier to work with (but not completely unthawed or it will be messy!)
2. Break Graham Cracker into two pieces.
3. Spread a serving of Cool Whip onto one cracker & top with the other, making a "sandwich".
4. You can eat it right away. OR make multiples, wrap in saran & freeze for future use!
5. Our addition: dip sides in sprinkles or topping of your choice!

The Over-The-Top Dessert:

S'mores Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
S'mores Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
8 graham cracker squares broken into halves
4 marshmallows, snipped in half lengthwise
1 full-size Hershey's bar, divided between each of the prospective cookies

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. To assemble and bake: Lay half of the graham crackers out on the baking sheets – two crackers per sheet. Top each cracker with 3-4 pieces of chocolate then top the chocolate with two marshmallow halves, laying them side-by-side. Lay the remaining graham crackers on top of the assemble s'mores. Sandwich the s'mores between two large spoonfuls of cookie dough and using the remaining dough to wrap around each of the s'mores; the result should resemble a small cookie brick.
3. Space the cookies at least 4 inches apart on the two baking sheets. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until the tops and edges are lightly browned and the edges just lift off the pan with a spatula. (While baking, the s'mores will press down under the weight of the cookie dough and will sink further while cooling. Don't worry if the cookies don't end up completely covering the s'mores – it only adds to the charm here.) Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks and cool the cookies on the sheets for at least 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to the wire racks and cool for another 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Dessert Day Dynadot TrophyDrum roll please...and the winner is...Watermelon Salad! I guess we're just a healthy bunch here at Dynadot! Though we will tell you that they were all amazing and you should definitely try each one. And since you probably can't read it, our trophy says "Dynadot 1st Annual Jedi Master of Dessert," because we're cool like that.

Author Robyn Norgan opening oven
This post was written by Robyn Norgan, who would love to hear about your dessert day! Did you make anything special? Feel free to share your favorite recipes in the comments. We're always open to trying new desserts!

1 comment
Oct 22, 2012 10:06pm
I want some cookies. Not browser cookies, I have plenty of those, but chocolate cookies :) I think Dynadot should write a blog post about how awesome Firefox is :) why? no idea, just thought of it. Sure it tastes good too...