I am looking forward to a great weekend with friends. Hubs and I are hosting a small dinner party with 2 other couples in celebration of Valentine's day. We absolutely love Valentine's day as it is our wedding anniversary and what a better way to start celebrating but by sharing food and wine with some friends!
I sifted through my recipes to come up with a fancy schmancy dessert. Well, no time for that and besides I really hate baking. Just not my thing. So I found my Mom's recipe for Anise Sponge Italian Cake. It's a keeper. Give it a try.
One year Mom forgot the cookies for our Christmas dessert tradition and sent Dad and I to snag a few bags. It was Christmas Day and they were sold out everywhere. We persevered and found them at a butcher shop of all places.
Here's the recipe.
2 packages of Anisette Sponge Cookies
2 packages each of Instant Chocolate and Instant Vanilla Pudding
Extra Large Cool-Whip
I ended up buying the sugar free version of pudding and lite version of Cool-Whip, but feel free to load up on the other version.
In a 9x13 glass baking dish (or similar size), lay cookies over entire bottom of dish. You need to cut the cookies in half lengthwise. I used a serrated knife. They are not perfect, but you'll never know.
Then mix 2 cups cold milk with 2 packages of vanilla pudding. Fold in about a third Cool-whip. Make sure it's thawed. Don't be impatient like me and try to use frozen Cool-whip. That doesn't work. Spread the vanilla pudding mixture over layer of cookies.
Now bust open second package of cookies and cut those babies in half again. Layer on top of the vanilla pudding mixture.
Next do the same with the chocolate pudding. Mix 2 packages with 2 cups cold milk. Fold in same amount of Cool-whip. Spread over cookies.
Last step is to spread last of the plain Cool-whip over the top. Cover and refrigerate. Overnight is best as all that pudding soaks into the cookies. I add some fresh strawberries or raspberries on top right before serving. You could also sprinkle almond slices or what ever else you'd like.