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The kitchen is the heart of the home, and no one knows that better than “Chrisley Knows Best” matriarch Julie Chrisley. No matter what her crazy family throws at her, she’s there with a smile and a delicious meal to bring everyone together and soothe any ailments. Nothing accomplishes that better than a homemade dessert.
Thanks to the USA miniseries “What’s Cooking With Julie Chrisley,” fans of the OG “Chrisley” series can follow along with Julie in the kitchen to get some super sweet inspiration. They’ll also get a special guest chef working alongside Julie in the kitchen in each episode. While we’ve seen Julie make plenty of mouthwatering and delicious desserts over nine seasons of “Chrisley Knows Best,” these are some of our favorites.
Homemade Ice Cream
Simple yet oh-so-satisfying. With her daughter Savannah’s help, Julie will walk you through making the same strawberry ice cream she and her family grew up with. Whether it’s for ice cream socials or a simple at-home treat, you can never go wrong. In this video, you’ll also get plenty of mother-daughter banter as Julie details a time when Savannah wanted to bring an ice cream churn on a beach trip.
Who could really blame Savannah, though, when this ice cream is just that dang good?
Julie's Carrot Cake
This right here is Julie’s signature carrot cake. As she says in the video, she makes this carrot cake for all her friends’ birthdays — and as her husband, Todd, explains, “It’s the cake you made to get me to marry you.”
Starting with the dry and wet ingredients separate, you’ll slowly combine to create a hearty batter. You’ll grate the carrots (though obviously not as well as Todd does as Julie’s assistant) and add in the pecans. Together, these ingredients create the perfect flavor and texture for Julie’s super moist and ultra-delicious carrot cake.
Plus, three words: Cream. Cheese. Frosting.
Goochies are great, but this episode of “What’s Cooking” is made all the more special by Julie’s guest baker, her granddaughter Chloe Chrisley. As Julie explains, Goochies are similar to praline brittle; there are only four ingredients: graham crackers, chopped pecans, butter, and light brown sugar. This simplicity means it’s the perfect dessert to bake with the whole family.
This dessert is super customizable. As you’ll see in the video, Chloe opts to include rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, and two kinds of chocolate chips because she knows what she’s about. Julie might want to hand Chloe off to Todd, though, once that sugar high kicks in. Just a thought.
This recipe for banana pudding actually comes from Todd’s mother, Nanny Faye Chrisley. As guest chef Todd explains, the first banana pudding Julie ever made for him wasn’t exactly up to par because he’d been so spoiled by the layers of meringue and fresh bananas in the version his mom always made for him. So, never one to back down from a challenge, Julie stepped up her game.
Custard, meringue, vanilla wafers, and bananas come together to create this out-of-this-world dessert that’s sure to impress at your next cookout. Or on a date with your future spouse. Options!
Wet Chocolate Cake
Super moist and super nostalgic for guest chef Todd, this is the perfect cake for people starting out in the baking game. You can make it without a mixer, and as Julie jokes, not even Todd can mess this one up. Once the cake is in the oven, you put together the super simple chocolate frosting. It’s once the cake is out of the oven, though, that things get fun.
While the cake is still hot, you’ll poke holes throughout so that when you pour the frosting over, it soaks in to make the cake super moist and delicious. (And, yes, it does live up to the Patriarch of Perfection’s exacting standards, in case you were wondering.)
White Chocolate Pound Cake
Bluprint Chef and professional baker Joshua John Russell joins Julie in the kitchen for this one, so you know it’s special. With Joshua’s help, Julie takes her usual pound cake recipe and makes it a bit on the healthier side by taking out some sugar and upping the “nutrient-dense ingredients.”
Meaning: no butter. Both of their grandmothers are rolling in their graves.
This one’s a bit more on the complicated side in comparison to the other recipes here, but it’s equally delicious. You don’t have to use the mini bundts they use in this video, but they’re almost too cute not to, especially when you add the white chocolate ganache glaze on top.
Chocolate Chip Chew Bread
When Nanny Faye gets into the kitchen, you know it’s gonna be a good time. Chocolate, brown sugar, butter, and pecans (and, y’know, some other stuff) come together to make one of Todd’s favorite recipes — sans the chocolate chips, but Faye and Julie make the rules in the kitchen.
Julie got this recipe from her grandmother, who held back on the right proportions for years in order to be Todd’s favorite cook. However, as any good “Chrisley Knows Best” fan knows, no one can really beat Julie in the kitchen. Part blondie, part brownie, and part fudge, this is the perfect late-night dessert. Nanny Faye recommends pairing it with a cup of coffee to get the full effect.
Punch Bowl Trifle Cake
This trifle is the perfect summer dessert, not only because of the beautiful colors, but because it’s sharable for parties. Once again joined by Bluprint chef Joshua John Russell, Julie walks us through this simple and delicious punch bowl cake with a twist. Adding toasted pecans, quality vanilla, and mixing fresh mint in with the berries will really make this dessert stand out.
Even with some healthy substitutions, this refreshing treat is sure to be a hit at any backyard barbecue or event this summer.
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