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World’s Greatest Dessert Recipe

Alright, I’m going completely off the investment script today.  I should have sent this email out last week so you had it in time for the holiday weekend, however, better late than never. I am sharing one of my top-secret dessert recipes.  My kids refer to it as the World’s Greatest Dessert.  I call it Diabetes in a Bowl.  After you read the description I have a feeling you will agree with my line of thinking.


1 fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)

2 packages (13 ounces each) miniature peanut butter cups
4 cups cold 2% milk
2 packages (5.1 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup creamy peanut butter
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cartons (8 ounces each) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Bake in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack; cut into 3/4-in. pieces.  I recommend you cook them the night before so they have lots of time to cool. Cut peanut butter cups in half; set aside 1/3 cup for garnish. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Add peanut butter and vanilla; mix well. Fold in 1-1/2 cartons whipped topping. Place a third of the brownies in a 5-qt. glass bowl; top with a third of the remaining peanut butter cups. Spoon a third of the pudding mixture over the top. Repeat layers twice. Cover with remaining whipped topping; garnish with reserved peanut butter cups. Refrigerate until chilled.


We only break out this dessert when we are going to a large function as you need lots of people to eat this.  It is huge and rich and pure sugar.  It is great for big cookouts, end of the season banquets and the like.  I would NOT recommend it for a nice family dessert, unless you have a family of 20+.

So, when was the last time you received an article from a financial planner where he shared his own recipes?  Probably never.  Most are too busy talking about boring investment topics and not getting personal enough.  If you read my stuff regularly you know I am not like most planners and hopefully that is a good thing.  Don’t worry that this will become a trend.  I will be talking about the market post-Brexit at the end of the week, assuming nothing too odd happens in the next few days.  In the meantime, keep this handy for any graduation parties or big events where you need to bring a dessert.  And please let me know if it was a success.

About Dan Johnson, CFP

I am the President and CCO of Forward Thinking Wealth Management, LLC, which is the flat-fee financial planning firm located in Akron, OH, and set up to work virtually with clients across the country. I charge clients a flat fee of $4,800 regardless of asset size. My firm is a solution to what I feel is a broken system where clients pay advisors based on something out of their control - the performance of the market.
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