Wednesday, June 28, 2017

3 America-Themed Desserts for the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is one of the best holidays of the year, and it’s no wonder. Other than the mere principle of the United States gaining its independence, July 4th brings bright fireworks, backyard barbecues and everything America-themed. Here are three fun and easy recipes to bring the red, white and blue to the dessert table at your upcoming Independence Day party!

July 4th Sprinkle Cookies

Sprinkle a little extra patriotism into your Fourth of July party with these super-easy vanilla cookies.
These treats are made from cake mix and should only take about an hour from start to finish, and they stay soft and fresh for up to three days!

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon imitation rum extract (or almond extract)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon of each color of sprinkles/jimmies (red, white and blue)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Stir in the vanilla cake mix, then add the beaten egg and extract. Pour and stir in the white chocolate chips and the sprinkles.
  • Roll the dough into small balls. Gently smash the balls with your palm on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow the cookies to finish baking on the baking sheet for another 5-7 minutes after you take them out of the oven.
  • Enjoy!

Patriotic Dipped Oreos

Take a dip in our country’s colors before you take a dip in the pool at your Independence Day party with these red, white, and blue Oreos! Besides, what better treat to eat on America’s favorite day than America’s favorite cookie?

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Melt white candy by heating in microwave for 30 seconds, then stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
  • Dip each cookie in white chocolate and flip to coat. Remove from chocolate, allowing excess to drip off, and place on lined sheet. Allow to set for 15 minutes. (You can take a knife and shave any excess off cookies to keep nice shape.)
  • Melt red candy by heating in microwave for 30 seconds, then stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
  • Dip each cookie in red chocolate to coat one end. Allow excess to drip off, and place back on lined sheet. Allow to set for 15 minutes.
  • Melt blue candy by heating in microwave for 30 seconds, then stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
  • Dip each cookie in blue chocolate to coat opposite end. Allow excess to drip off, and place back on lined sheet. Allow to set for 15 minutes.

Red, White and Blue Rice Krispies Treats

Is that snap, crackle and pop from the fireworks or from this delicious dessert? These patriotic Rice Ingredients
Krispies Treat Pops will be as much of a crowd pleaser as that Black Cat in the night sky.
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 10.5 oz. marshmallows
  • red and blue food coloring
  • 8-12 Popsicle sticks
  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tbsp. butter on low heat. Add ⅓ of the marshmallows and enough red food coloring to make the mixture your desired shade of red.
  • Add ⅓ of the Rice Krispies cereal and stir until cereal is well coated.
  • Press the mixture into your pan with buttered hands.
  • Repeat the melting process with one more tablespoon of butter and 1/3 of the marshmallows, then add cereal.
  • Press this mixture on top of the red layer.
  • Melt the remaining butter and marshmallows. Stir in blue food coloring until it reaches your desired shade of blue.
  • Stir in cereal and press into the pan on top of the white layer.
  • Insert Popsicle sticks at equal distances.
  • Cool completely before cutting into individual pops.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

3 Watermelon-Inspired Treats to Try This Summer

Happy June! This month marks the beginning of the sunny summer season, bringing pool days, warm weather and an all-you-can-eat watermelon harvest. There’s nothing better than a fat, juicy slice of the red fruit on a hot day … well, almost nothing! Beat the heat with these watermelon-inspired baked treats at your next summer party!

Watermelon Cake Balls

Just when you thought cake balls couldn’t get any cuter! Follow this recipe to make the most adorable dessert your guests have seen. Don’t let their appearance fool you, though — these fruity treats are actually strawberry flavored.

1 box of strawberry cake mix (bake as package instructs, but add an extra egg and replace the oil with an equal amount of melted butter)
1 cup of mini chocolate chips
1 package of green candy melts
1 teaspoon cooking oil
1 can of strawberry frosting
wax paper

  1. Bake the strawberry cake mix according to package directions, except add an extra egg and replace the oil with an equal amount of melted butter.
  2. After the cake has completely cooled, crumble it into itty-bitty pieces in a large bowl.
  3. Thoroughly stir frosting into the crumbled cake bits until it reaches a consistency that can easily be rolled into balls.
  4. Add the chocolate chips.
  5. Roll cake mixture into small, one inch balls. Place them one inch apart on a wax-paper-lined baking sheet to freeze for up to one hour.
  6. After you remove the cake balls from the freezer, place the green melts and oil in the microwave for 15 seconds. Stir until smooth. Repeat until all the green candy melts are completely melted.
  7. Dip each cake ball into the smooth melted candy. Use a toothpick and be sure to evenly coat each cake ball.
  8. Place dipped cake balls into the refrigerator to harden.
  9. Once the cake balls have hardened, serve and wait (not very long) for your guests to devour them. Grab one before they’re gone!

Watermelon Cupcakes

Serve these grab-and-go cupcakes at your next event! These sweets are perfect for a kid’s party—they’ll love the cute colors and fruity flavor!

1 package of white cake mix (including ingredients listed on cake mix package)
light green food coloring
2 sticks of butter, unsalted at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3-4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 tsp of powdered watermelon Kool-Aid mix
little bit of red food coloring to give the buttercream a pinkish color
mini chocolate chips

  1. In a large bowl, mix the white cake mix and ingredients according to package directions. Gradually add in the green food coloring; remember, a little goes a long way!
  2. Divide the batter among the cupcake liners, filling each 1/2 full. We suggest using green cupcake liners to show the green color of the watermelon.
  3. Follow package baking instructions.
  4. While the cupcakes are in the oven, you may prepare the buttercream frosting. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and vegetable shortening with an electric mixer until smooth.
  5. Add in 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix by hand with a spatula.
  6. Using an electric mixer again, add in the watermelon Kool-Aid powder and a small amount of red food coloring (to give the frosting a pinkish color).
  7. Once the cupcakes have cooled, use a 1M Wilton Decorating Tip to stack the buttercream onto the cupcakes in a swirling motion.
  8. Finally, add mini chocolate chips on top of the frosting as “seeds”.
  9. Enjoy!

Watermelon Cake

Put a fruity spin on this classic dessert. When cut, this perfectly moist two-layer cake looks like actual watermelon slices!

1 box white cake mix
1 (3 oz.) box of watermelon Jell-O powder (reserve 2 teaspoons for frosting)
1/2 cup watermelon puree (reserve 2 teaspoons for frosting)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
red food coloring
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
5 cups confectioners' sugar
green food coloring

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line the bottom of two eight-inch round pans with wax paper and spray the sides with cooking oil.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and Jell-O. Add water and oil; mix on medium speed.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well.
  5. Add watermelon puree and beat until blended.
  6. Add red food coloring, a little at a time, until you reach desired color.
  7. Pour into pans and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  8. While the cake is baking, beat cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl.
  9. Beat in watermelon puree.
  10. Gradually add sugar and Jell-O, beating until smooth.
  11. Color 1/3 of the frosting green, color the remaining 2/3 the same color as the cake.
  12. Spread the pink frosting in between the layers and on top of the cake, and press mini chocolate chips on top for seeds. Spread the green frosting around the edges.
  13. Serve and watch the slices disappear!

Monday, May 1, 2017

4 Treats for the Sweetest Moms

Nothing beats your mother's home cooking and baking, so why don't you surprise her with some home baking of your own for your special Mother's Day dinner? If you and your mom both enjoy baking, you could even try out these dessert recipes for some quality family time. Here are five heartwarming Mother's Day dessert ideas.

Pink Swirled Chocolate Lollipops

Who doesn't love candy treats, especially chocolate lollipops? This chocolate mold makes it easy to make quick and simple yet adorable Mother's Day chocolate lollipops. The mold will imprint "Happy Mother's Day" on the center of the lollipop to ensure you let mom know how much you appreciate her.

Materials Needed:
White Chocolate Chips
Red Food Coloring
Happy Mother's Day Lollipop Mold
Two Microwave-Safe Bowls
Butter, Oil or Nonstick Spray
Lollipop Sticks

1. Coat the candy mold using your preferred method to prevent sticking. You can use a light coating of butter, oil or nonstick spray. Place the lollipop sticks in the mold.
2. Divide the white chocolate chips into two microwave-safe bowls. Place the bowls in the microwave so that the chips melt. You might have to melt them in short ten-second intervals.
3. In one of the bowls, add one or two drops of red food coloring to achieve the desired pink color. Leave the other bowl white.
4. With a spoon, pour half pink chocolate and half white chocolate into each mold. Using a toothpick or the end of the spoon, delicately swirl the colors together to achieve a marbled effect.
5. Let the molds harden before popping the lollipops out.

Mother's Day Rice Krispies Treats

One of the sweetest and easiest desserts to make is Rice Krispies Treats. You can even press the soft Rice Krispies mix into some molds to achieve a desired Mother's Day look. Here is a handy heart-shaped Mother's Day mold with "Mom" written across it.

Materials Needed:
2 Tbsp. Butter
Rice Krispies Cereal
1 Bag of Mini Marshmallows
Heart Mom Mold
Nonstick Spray
Cookie Sheet

1. In a pan, melt butter.
2. Add in mini marshmallows and melt them into the butter.
3. Add cereal to the melted mixture until evenly distributed.
4. Coat the mold with nonstick spray and press the soft Rice Krispies mixture into the mold.
5. Pop the molded Rice Krispies Treat onto a cookie sheet and repeat the process until mixture is completely used up.

Mom's Sugar Cookies

Nothing shows appreciation for someone like homemade sugar cookies. You can personalize your sugar cookies for Mother's Day with simple "M" and "O" shaped cookie cutters.

Materials Needed:
Desired Sugar Cookie Dough or Mix
M-Shaped Cookie Cutter
O-Shaped Cookie Cutter
Cookie Sheet
(Optional) Frosting or Melted Chocolate

1. Using your desired sugar cookie dough or mix, spread the dough using a rolling pin to create a thin sheet.
2. Using the M and O cookie cutters, cut out the letters "MOM" from the sheet of cookie dough.
3. Place the cookies onto a cookie sheet or tray.
4. Place the cookies into the oven until they are fully baked. Let cool before taking cookies off the tray.
5. If desired, decorate the tops of the cookies using melted chocolate or frosting.

Chocolate Rose Truffles

Give your mom the gift of roses this Mother's Day, but give her ones she can actually eat using this neat rose-shaped candy mold. The great part about this recipe is that you can fill the chocolate truffles with your mother's favorite filling.

Rose Candy Silicone Mold
Chocolate Chips
Favorite Filling or Ganache
Microwave-Safe Bowl

1. Add chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave until melted. You might need to heat them in ten-second intervals.
2. Using a spoon, scoop a little bit of chocolate into each rose mold, but not enough to fill them.
3. Swirl the chocolate around to cover the edges of the rose molds, leaving a cavity in the center.
4. Once the sides of the chocolate have hardened just enough, place your desired filling or ganache into the cavity.
5. Cover the tops of the mold with chocolate so that the filling or ganache isn't exposed.
6. Wait until chocolate has completely hardened before popping the truffles out of the mold. The silicone mold makes it easy to remove them, so the nonstick spray is not needed.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kid-Friendly Easter Goodies

With Easter coming up, this is the perfect time to make cute desserts with your kids! Whether you’re hosting family for Easter dinner or are simply looking for a fun activity to occupy the kids on a rainy day, these recipes are easy enough for little hands and super delicious! Don’t forget to stock up on all the ingredients and Easter-themed molds that you’ll need at Sweet Treat Supply.

Easter Candy Bark

8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
8 ounces milk chocolate chips
7 ounces pink candy melts (like these!)
1/2 cup Spring Oreos with yellow centers
1/4 cup Easter candy corn
1/4 cup Mini Cadbury Eggs, cut in half
1/4 cup Mini Robin Eggs
1/8 cup M&M's

Lay out a large piece of parchment paper.
Put 8 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips and 8 ounces of milk chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl. Melt the chocolate chips, but be careful not to overheat the chocolate.
Spread the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper into a rectangle (the size depends on how thick you’d like the bark to be; we’d suggest keeping it pretty thin).
In a microwavable bowl, melt the pink candy melts. Be careful not to overheat the candy melts. Pour the melted candy melts on top of the chocolate.
Using a knife or stick, swirl the candy melts into the chocolate (try back and forth, up and down, or in spirals).
Place the candy and cookies on the melted chocolate and candy melts. Press down lightly.
Allow the Easter Candy Bark to dry for at least three hours. Break into pieces and enjoy!

Peeps Rice Krispies Treats

Credit for this recipe comes from Love from the Oven, and the recipe is totally customizable. Let your kids express themselves through treats!

Rice Krispies Treats (either store bought or homemade)
Peeps (bunnies and chicks)
Green food coloring
Robin’s Eggs candies
Shredded coconut
Candy melts or white chocolate
Sucker Sticks

Prepare your candy melts or chocolate according to the package instructions.
Color your coconut into grass: Add two drops of green food coloring to a plastic container, add the coconut, seal and shake well.
Spoon a coating of candy melt or chocolate on top of your Rice Krispies Treat.
Press a Peep into the candy/chocolate.
Add sprinkles or coconut around your Peep.
If you selected a chick Peep, add a few Robin’s Eggs candies.
Add a sucker stick to the bottom of your treat.

There you have it! Easy, quick and fun, not to mention perfect to display on a table along with other Easter goodies.

Bunny Racers

24 Swiss cake rolls
Vanilla frosting
24 rabbit Peeps
Peach ring gummies, cut in half
Lifesavers candies
Spree candies

Lay the Swiss rolls on a flat surface.
Pour your vanilla frosting into a pastry bag. Press all air out and snip off end.
Cut a shallow V-shape on the bottom of your Peep so it sits flat on the cake roll.
Add a small amount of frosting to the bottom of your Peep, then place toward the back of the cake roll.
Take halved peach gummies, add two dabs of frosting to the cut ends, and stick behind the Peep as the back of the “seat.”
Add a small dab of frosting to a Lifesaver candy and place in front of the Peep as the “steering wheel.”
Attach two matching M&Ms to the front of the cake roll as “headlights.”
Adhere four matching Spree candies to each long side of the cake roll as the “wheels.”
Get ready to race!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Traditional Irish Desserts for Your St. Patrick’s Day

We all know the green shamrock cookies that line every grocery store shelf during the weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Green frosting, green sprinkles – sometimes the cakes and cookies themselves are green, too. They’re all delicious. But this year, we wanted to know what a true Irish person eats to mark this festive day. Is it the same green-themed treats we find here in the States? Or something else we should probably try our hand at making? We thought we’d take a look at the St. Patrick’s Day desserts from the motherland itself to see what we’re missing – and how to change that!

We’ve all heard of soda bread, right? Well, on St. Patty’s Day, Irish folk make something a bit more exciting with it: Irish Soda Bread Pudding. This hearty bread is made with buttermilk, which contains lactic acid that forms bubbles of carbon dioxide as it reacts with the baking soda in the recipe, hence the name. The bread pudding recipe involves adding cream, eggs, some spices and sugar to this classic food staple, placing everything in a 9”x13” baking dish like this one and baking it to a sweet, gooey goodness. Yum!

Now for our next traditional dessert. What word do you think of when someone says “Ireland”? There’s a pretty good chance that word is Guinness. The country prides itself on this well-loved beverage – and citizens even make Guinness Cake with it on days like St. Patrick’s Day. It only seems appropriate. This delicious cake is basically just a rich chocolate cake with some Guinness beer added to it. What’s not to love? And with a cream cheese frosting spread on top, this cake tastes like heaven. Try one of our spatulas to spread this creamy frosting on top!

Next up: Irish Shortbread. This simple classic is predominantly made up of butter, butter and more butter – plus some sugar and flour. There are countless recipes out there, but this one uses corn flour to give the cookies a slight nutty flavor. Also, try rolling some lace or other fun fabrics over the top of the dough for a pretty imprint. Our handy dough cutter will help keep your cookies perfectly formed as you transfer them from rolling surface to baking sheet.

And to wrap up our St. Patrick’s Day sweet tribute, we’d like to present an Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce. The word custard connotes nothing but perfect sweetness on anything it touches. With a moist apple cake beneath it, a flawless combination is created. The apples in this cake are plentiful and maintain a touch of crispiness, giving the dish a texture you’re sure to love. It’s recommended you use a springform pan like this one for baking this tender cake. And be sure not to overmix the batter!

These are just a few of the traditional Irish dessert recipes you can make to celebrate this upcoming holiday while embracing everything green and Irish. Whether you’re Irish yourself or just like a good dessert to round out a meal, give these classic dishes a shot – and let us know how they go. Wishing you the luck of the Irish, both in your kitchen and out!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Inspiration for the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, folks! Perhaps you’ve already had it planned out for weeks: a fancy dinner out, a stroll through town, roses, chocolates – the works. Or you may be scrambling at the last minute, hardly aware that the year 2017 has even started. And then there are those of us who want to curl up in bed on February 13th and wake up on the 15th. Regardless of which category you fit in, if you like sweets – or have a special someone in your life who does – you’ll want to read on for some tips from the pros on making this year extra special (or in some cases, more tolerable) with these Valentine’s dessert ideas!

Ingredients You Already Love

So what can you do to make this day of love strike a chord in your very own kitchen? Some of our favorite Valentine’s Day ingredients are edibles you can find year around – but in early February on Valentine’s Day, they’re put to new use. Our top choices include

1) Raspberries – This fresh, sweet berry is a favorite for many and can be used in so many ways for desserts across the board. Throw some into your next batch of brownies for a pop of goodness. Make a sweet filling to put between layers of cake. They’re also the perfect topping for a wide range of desserts, from cakes to crème brulees – get creative! You can also apply strawberries or cranberries to this approach as well.

2) Pomegranate seeds – These little bursts of flavor can be used to top a wide range of baked deliciousness or perhaps get mixed into puddings and such. We don’t actually recommend baking with pomegranate seeds – but that doesn’t mean they can’t be the perfect final touch on your next batch of sweetness.

3) And of course, red food coloring to turn everything into a Valentine’s Day tribute. Perhaps you need a soft gel paste to do the trick or powder food coloring like this Americolor variation. Regardless, your chocolate will turn into red velvet, your frosting will go from white to pink or red, and your sweet treats will become a feast for the eyes as well.

Molds from the Heart

You can really get into the spirit of the day with some candies or chocolates made using our Valentine’s Day molds. And we’ve got dozens to choose from – if you can dream it, we’ve got it – but a few of our favorites include these:

1) Nothing says love like pieces of chocolate that spell the word out – L – O – V – E – in sweet, edible form. With our Love Letters Mold, each letter will measure just over 2½” for an impressive, sweet display of love, whomever it may be for.

2) For a less traditional message, our Be My Honey Chocolate Mold is too darling to pass up. Make chocolates in the shape of little bee hives with the words “Be My Honey” printed across each one. Too cute!

3) Or go for the classic approach of bite-size hearts to show you care. With our Tear Drop Heart Mold, you can make 12 mini hearts with each batch – so the recipient will never know if you ate a few on the way.

And as an added bonus, don’t stop at regular milk or white chocolate. Try using red vanilla- or strawberry-flavored melting wafers for a colorfully festive variation to your delicious gift.

A Last Few Items

We just can’t help but break out all our heart and red/pink shaped favorites this time of year, so before signing off, may we suggest a few more things to round up our Valentine’s Day treat suggestions?

1) If you’re making small treats in bulk, you’ll want to be sure to package them nicely (some say presentation is everything). Red or pink foil wrappers should do the trick, depending on what you’re wrapping. Or this package of heart-designed squares would be darling as well.

2) You can also write on or decorate your items with a pretty pink frosting like this Candy Writer. The recipient will love this personal touch.

3) And let’s not forget the treasured red heart box with space for up to one pound of chocolate or candy. It’s the perfect way to package this special present.

Feel free to add more ideas in the comments below on how you make your Valentine’s Day treats – and may everyone have a very happy Valentine’s Day, however you choose to mark the occasion!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Master Your New Year’s Resolution: Bake Like Never Before With These 7 Tips

The holiday season is often full of goodies and treats like no other time of year. Whether we like it or not, there is a plethora of delicious food to eat – lots of which are probably not the healthiest options. Right now, you might feel like you’ve baked to the maximum – but that feeling will eventually pass, and you’ll be back in the kitchen in no time.

With the start of a new year, you may be interested in improving your kitchen game. Get started on the right foot with these seven baking techniques and tips and unveil a new level of sweet treats you never thought possible. Read on for these seven simple, yet effective tips:

1) Throw out the old stuff. We know you’ve got that bag of, for example, light brown raw coconut sugar (or the equivalent) tucked away in the back of your pantry. And there’s a good chance it’s past its prime. This time of year is the perfect time to purge your kitchen pantry for anything that’s expired or looking a little jaded. This will make it easy to see what it is you use all of the time and what you probably don’t need to buy more of this year. And you’ll have made space for whatever else you need to add!

2) Use salt. According to the recipe, of course. Adding salt to baked goods won’t actually make them taste salty. Rather, the salt will keep the end result from tasting flat or overly sweet. Salt also works to make ingredients like vanilla and lemon pop so the flavors are more prominent. As any baking connoisseur can vouch for, this is not a step to ignore.

3) Invest in quality bakeware. If you’ve ever used flimsy, old bakeware, you’ve likely experienced issues of uneven cooking and inefficient heat conduction. No one wants half of their cupcake to be doughy. Save yourself the wasted time and effort by making baked goods with bakeware you know works as it should. You’ll find our top-quality selection of bakeware right here to get you started. Also make sure your mixing bowls are up to par, and only use glass or metal ones, which can function as double boilers, too. One last note on bakeware: avoid nonstick coatings as these can flake off over time and into your food. Instead, always thoroughly grease your pans.

4) Butter consistency is key. If your recipe calls for room temperature, or softened butter, take it out of the refrigerator about an hour before use. It should give slightly when pressed, but still maintain shape rather than melting. Chilled butter should be just that – taken directly from the fridge so that in mixing, it doesn’t melt but rather creates flaky pockets. For melted and cooled butter, liquefy the butter and then let it cool until it’s lukewarm. This will prevent it from starting to cook the other ingredients, which can get messy.

5) While we’re on the subject of butter, you’ve probably noticed many baking recipes call for unsalted butter. Take heed of this detail. Salted versus unsalted can alter the taste, as there’s likely salt called for separately. You want full control of the sodium level in your treats, and using unsalted butter allows you to have it. If you must use salted butter, then reduce the additional salt to be added by half.

6) Keep opening your oven to a minimum. Every time you open your oven, the temperature inside drops – and takes some time to get back to what you’ve set it for. As expected, this can disrupt the baking process, sometimes quite drastically (depending on how often and long you open the oven door). Try to open the oven only when necessary, and when you do, make it quick. For the toothpick test, take out your baked good, close the door, test it, and put it back in as quickly as possible so as to maintain the oven’s temperature as much as possible.

7) Read the full recipe before you start. It doesn’t take much effort, but it can save you a lot of time if something unexpected comes up. You want to be sure you’ve got all the tools and ingredients you need for the recipe rather than figuring it out halfway through and having to scrounge for a backup. You also want to prepare all of your ingredients before you begin.

We hope these cookie and cake baking tips help you bring your baking up a notch with the coming year (or perhaps get you interested in baking in the first place!). Feel free to add any other tips you’ve found helpful in the comments below. Happy baking!