5 Desserts that start with sugar cookie dough

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Here are five ideas for what you can do with store-bought sugar cookie dough.
By themselves sugar cookies are tasty, no one will argue that; however, with the clever use of a rolling pin and a few of your favorite ingredients, you can turn everyday sugar cookies into a dessert of monumental proportions. Even better, you can do it while the little Christmas elves are playing outside or, if you must have a dessert ready for a Christmas bash and you have about 15 minutes in which to prepare one.

Here are five ideas for what you can do with store-bought sugar cookie dough. All of these ideas start with a package of pre-purchased dough that you roll out (don't break it apart into individual cookies) and bake according to package directions. (Note: if you have a choice, the dough that comes in squares rolls better than the dough in a tube, but they both taste fine.)

After the cookie is baked, you have the basis for one of these five desserts:

1. Sugar Cookie Fluffernutters

Quick refresher: in case you don't know, a fluffernutter is the world's most sugary sandwich. It is a layered sandwich—bread, peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, and another slice of bread. If that sounds good, it's even better as a cookie.

>>Big batch sugar cookies

All you need to do is spread about a cup of room temperature peanut butter over the cookie. Do this while the cookie is still warm as it will slightly melt the peanut butter and make it easier to spread. Top this with marshmallow fluff and serve.

2. The Nutella Experience

The nutella experience uses the world's most popular chocolate hazelnut spread in place of peanut butter to make a sort of fluffernuteller. Really, all you have to do is spread the nutella as listed above, but then sprinkle chocolate chips on the cookie since really what it needs is more calories.

>>Nutella Recipes

3. Strawberries Galore

Strawberries galore takes a little more effort than the first two cookies, but not much. All you need to do is make some instant strawberry pudding or strawberry gelatin salad (which you might be able to get in some form from your local grocery store salad bar), top that with sliced strawberries, a little lemon zest, and powdered sugar.

>>Strawberries and Cream Cookies

4. Fruit Tart

The fruit tart is a homemade replacement for those fruit pizzas you find at the store. Take vanilla pudding (which you can definitely find at your local grocery store salad bar) and add sliced strawberries, kiwis, bananas, etc. If you have time, you can also make a white pudding that goes great with fruit: it is simply equal parts marshmallow fluff and cream cheese beaten in a food processor, then add sugar and vanilla to taste.

>>Fresh Fruit Tart

5. Dessert Pizza

The pizza is the way to go if you have a creative flair. Bake your cookie, then add a thin layer of vanilla custard that you have dyed red and top with either shaved white chocolate or coconut. What you have should look like a pizza. Then, it's up to you to add your favorite toppings. Jelly beans would look very nice, as would chocolate candies or candied fruit like you find in fruit cake. The sky is the limit.

>>Fruity Almond Dessert Pizza