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Orange Cloud Dessert Recipe

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This delicious recipe is my own creation, brought to you by Minute Maid®.

Have you seen the Minute Maid® #Doingood videos? They always pull at your heart strings. I was talking with a friend recently and I actually thought about their encouraging messages of how most parents are doing better than they think they are. I’m not sure if I thought of their video because of the situation or because I had just made an Orange Cloud Dessert with Minute Maid® orange juice!

Orange Cloud Dream Dessert

My friend and I were in deep conversation about kids, husbands, parenting and expectations when she turned and looked at me. She half-sheepishly disclosed, “My dad’s nickname for me has always been Princess. For the first part of my life that seemed to fit. I thought my life would be one of those happily-ever-afters.” She sighed. “Now I might as well be named Scullery Maid. I feel like Cinderella without a Prince Charming.” She kind of laughed when she said it, but I knew she was seriously trying not to cry.

As she continued to talk, I realized how many expectations she was putting on herself about the upcoming holiday season. Her husband has been dealing with health issues and hasn’t been able to work. She works from home but hasn’t been able to overcome the physical, emotional and financial pressures of her husband’s illness. She hasn’t been able to spend as much time with her son since she’s been working. And now she is stressing about everything she can’t do or buy for her son this Christmas.

There’s no denying she is in a hard spot. Maybe she can’t make all the Christmas magic happen in the same way that has been their tradition, but I know she actually does a lot for her little guy all the time. No child that is as happy and generous-hearted as he is can be lacking very much.

Listening to my friend talk, I realized how often we all stress ourselves with things that don’t have to be a problem. Yes, some of life’s realities are harsh. Yes, the holidays are busy with extra work. Choosing (and paying for) meaningful gifts, holiday travel, special menus and hosting “perfect” parties can suck the joy right out of the season if you’re not careful.  But by the end of our conversation, I think we both resolved to hold on to more “happy” this season by focusing on the “good enough”.

And then to seal our pact, we both had a piece of the dessert I brought to her house! Here’s the recipe:


Ginger Snap Crumbs

Ginger Snap Crust

Minute Maid Pulp Free

Orange Rind

Cream Cheese Layer

Cool Whip Dessert Recipe

Cream Cheese with Cool Whip Dessert

Cool Whip Dessert

Orange Cloud Dessert Recipe
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  1. 1 box gingersnap crackers, crushed into 2 1/4 cups of crumbs
  2. 1/3 cup butter, melted
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
Cream Cheese Layer
  1. 1 package cream cheese, room temperature
  2. 1 stick butter, room temperature
  3. 2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons of Minute Maid® Orange Juice
  5. Rind of one orange, finely grated
Whipped Topping Layer
  1. 1 container of whipped topping
  2. 1 teaspoon orange juice
  1. Combine ingredients and press into a 9×9 inch pan.
Cream Cheese Layer
  1. Cream butter and cream cheese. Mix in powdered sugar, orange juice and orange rind. Spread mixture over gingersnap crust.
Whipped Topping Layer
  1. Combine ingredients and spread on cream cheese mixture.
  2. Top with additional gingersnap crumbs and grated orange rind.
  3. Put dessert in fridge overnight.
  1. I used a springform pan for the photos. Unless you are going to serve the dessert immediately after removing, make it in a 9×9 pan so that it does not start to shift shape.
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Watch the Minute Maid #Doingood video for yourself!

Do you know a parent who’s #doingood this holiday season? Please share a story about them with me in the comments below and join the conversation with Minute Maid® on social media by following @minutemaid_us and using the hashtag #doingood!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute Maid®.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.