Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Try These 5 Creative Thanksgiving Desserts (That Aren't Pie!)

With Thanksgiving around the corner, homemakers, mothers, grandmothers and hostesses across the country are getting their kitchens ready for one of the biggest dining days of the year. It’s an interesting time of year from a culinary perspective because the menu never really changes. Some folks might throw a Turducken in every now and then, but for the most part, households nationwide will be basting a bird, baking stuffing (or dressing, if that’s what you call it), shaking cranberry preserves out of a tin can and serving up some sort of a pie for dessert.

There’s not much leeway when it comes to the main courses, but lucky for you, the dessert is completely up for debate! Pies always dominate the post-dinner course, so this year, we’re calling all of our bakers, candy-makers and pastry chefs to get a little creative.

We’ve been drooling over some great Thanksgiving meal dessert ideas the past few days, and here are five of our favorite ideas you can try out.

1. No-Bake Eggnog Cheesecake


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We’re always looking for unique ways to use the leftover eggnog after a holiday meal. With a flavor profile that is nutty, savory and creamy, it’s almost too tempting not to make use of it somehow. This No-Bake Eggnog Cheesecake is a great option to incorporate more holiday-themed ingredients into an easy-to-prepare, low-hassle dessert. This cake even works with folks who aren’t necessarily eggnog fans. One bite, and they’ll be hooked.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of graham cracker crumbles (just get the pre-crushed stuff; it’s easier and the taste is the same)
  • ½ cup of your favorite eggnog
  • 16 oz. of cream cheese
  • 16 oz. of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp. of butter
  • 1 dash of cinnamon
  • 2 dashes of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract (optional)

Directions:

Incorporate melted butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs and add to the bottom of a springform pan and refrigerate it for 30 minutes to allow it to firm up. You want to make sure you press it hard across the bottom and slightly up the sides. Then, beat the sugar and cream cheese in a bowl until it is creamy. Once it’s at a good consistency, you can then mix in the eggnog, spices and rum extract (if you want to include it). Then, whip the heavy cream until it starts to thicken up. Whip a bit more. Then, fold the eggnog mixture into the whipped cream until it’s fully integrated. Spread it over your crust and refrigerate for 2 hours.

2. Miniature Acorn Hershey Cookies


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These are super-fun candy snacks that everyone will love, especially the kids. The best part about these is that they’re delicious and painfully easy to put together.

Ingredients:

  • Bag of Hershey Kisses
  • Box of Vanilla Wafers (minis)
  • Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Cake Icing

Directions: 

First, with your icing in a pastry bag, apply a nickel-sized dollop to the flat side of the vanilla wafer. Press the flat side of your Hershey Kiss to the flat side of your vanilla wafer, allowing the icing to adhere them. Then, take a chocolate chip and dip the flat side in some icing and pop it in the middle of the rounded side of the vanilla wafer. Viola! You’re done!

3. Chocolate and Caramel-Dipped Pears


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This recipe is a really creative and seasonal mod on the traditional chocolate-covered apple recipe. Pears are a great fall fruit that have a mildly sweet flavor with softer texture than apples typically, so a bite into a chocolate or caramel-covered apple is a much creamier experience.

Ingredients:

  • Taffy Apple Sticks
  • In-season pears
  • Caramel dip
  • Magic Shell (hardening chocolate)

Directions:

The main task here is to make sure you’ve got pears that are in season. Because they’re fall fruits, many of the fruits you find at the market will be ripe, or at least well on their way. Test the texture of your pear with a slight squeeze. If it gives a little bit but not too deeply, then you’re good to go. If it’s too hard, it will still be bitter, and if it’s too soft, it won’t hold up to the dip and eating process.

Once you’ve got some good pears, it’s pretty self-explanatory. Stick your dipping stick through from the stem of the pear through the core to the base. We like to go halfway through so we can freely eat all of the pear meat without having to work around the stick. Make sure it's sturdy. Then, dip your pear in caramel up to the neck. Once it hardens, turn your pear upside down and drizzle Magic Shell over the base and on the sides. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

4. Health-Conscious Pumpkin Fudge


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Not only is this a really great way to re-interpret an overused seasonal flavor - the pumpkin - but it’s also one of the most visually mouthwatering desserts we’ve seen. Pumpkin pies are a huge mess to bake, serve and clean up. So how do you get that seasonal pumpkin flavor in a neat, tasty package? Pumpkin fudge is your answer. Not only will this recipe appease the sweet tooth at the table - it’s also healthy and easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of your favorite nut butter (some recipes call for cashew, others sunflower seed butter)
  • ¼ cup of pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup of pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • Pumpkin spice

Directions:

Because this recipe is so simple, it’s all about the quality of the ingredients you’re using. Make sure to get the good stuff. Melt your nut butter and your coconut oil in the microwave and stir in your maple syrup and pumpkin puree once it’s melted through. Be sure to stir thoroughly. You can top with pumpkin spice if you want. Once the mixture is completely incorporated, pour it into a lined cake pan and then refrigerate it for a few hours until it is firm. You can test the firmness with a toothpick by inserting into the middle of the pan and pulling it out. If there isn’t any fudge on the toothpick, your brownies are ready to serve.

5. Candied Pecan Divinity

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Divinity is a classic Southern candy that is often served around the holidays. When made properly, divinity has a sweet chewiness and an unmistakable swirling texture on its surface. Kids will love it, and it’s something that the adults at your dinner will certainly appreciate. In keeping with the seasonal theme, we’re going with the tried-and-true vanilla pecan divinity with a little twist. Instead of raw pecans, we’ll be using candied pecans to add that extra level of sweet.

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 ¼ cups of granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

First, you’ll want to candy your pecans. You can use any old recipe to see how that’s done if you don’t know. Next, heat the sugar, salt, water and corn syrup in a large saucepan over medium heat. Be sure to stir the mixture regularly. Do that until the mixture reaches 260 degrees. In a separate dish, beat together your egg whites until peaks form. When your candy is at temperature, you’ll want to beat in your candy mixtures very slowly on high until the mixture holds its shape. Be sure to do this very, very slowly. Once the mixture is fully incorporated, stir in your candied pecans and vanilla extract. With a lined baking sheet, you’ll want to quickly spoon the divinity mixture onto the pan. Be sure to oil your spoons ahead of time because the mixture will want to stick. (You may want to practice your quenelle ahead of time.) Once the divinity is in the pan, set it aside and let it dry. You’ll want to make sure it's dry to the touch, otherwise, it’s still setting. Also, divinity is particularly hard to set on humid or rainy days, so be aware of that.

Once the divinity is dry, give it a beautiful presentation with some of our candy packaging supplies.



This Thanksgiving, don’t rest on your laurels. Mix things up a bit with these five simple and unique recipes! If you need a little more inspiration, head over to our Pinterest page where we’ve been pinning some of our favorite “non-pie” recipes. Check out our board on Creative Thanksgiving Desserts (That Aren’t Pie).

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Five Sweet Ways to Jazz Up Your Halloween Party

Fall is one of the most wonderful times of the year. The summer heat starts to die down, the leaves start to change colors, and one of the most universally loved holidays is just around the corner – Halloween. Whether it’s the spooky stories, horror movie marathons or endless cornucopia of sweets, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy about Halloween. Below are a few delicious ways to help make your Halloween get-together with friends and family as sweet as possible.


Baking With Perfect Form

Cookies and cakes are always a crowd pleaser. But with Halloween on the horizon, there is endless opportunity for creativity. So why not get into the spooky spirit and bake up some cakes in a themed form pan like this bat-shaped baking form or this coffin-shaped pan. Just make your favorite boxed cake and allow one of these uniquely shaped pans turn it into a truly creepy confection for all your guests to enjoy.

Candy Couture

Halloween is one of the only times of the year when people get to truly express their creativity with some wild and zany costumes. Why not combine two of the best parts of Halloween, costumes and candy, by letting your guests use your sweets as part of their costumes! These face mask molds will let you create a delectable disguise for your guests, while these vampire teeth chocolate molds will satisfy every sweet tooth in your group.

The Icing on the Cake

Fondant is probably one of the most versatile ingredients you can have in your baking arsenal. This type of icing takes your cake decorating to the next level and gives you the opportunity to add a truly personal touch to anything you bake. Whether it’s a regular cake with some fun designs on top or a truly out-of-this-world cake ball creation, fondant lets your imagination run wild.

Mummified Morsels

Because it’s Halloween, you’re going to have to put a creative spin on how you offer up these sweet treats to your friends and family. Try wrapping candy up so that it looks like a mummy before giving it to your guests. By using something as simple as crepe paper streamers to wrap up your candy, you can create a mummy illusion for your guests that doubles as a truly memorable party favor.

Bleeding Baked Goods

Finally, Halloween would not be Halloween without some good old-fashioned fake blood. With something as simple as a candy writer, you can make any baked good look like its oozing and bleeding all over the dessert tray. This illusion is so simple and easy to create yet has such a huge payoff. Your guests will be so impressed with your creativity and attention to detail and will no doubt be back for more next year.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Five Exceptional Desserts for Autumn Gatherings

The gorgeous season of autumn is going to be here before you know it, and it's the perfect time of the year to start baking again after the long, hot summer has kept you out of your kitchen. If you're an enthusiastic baker, then you're probably already thinking about all of the wonderful desserts that you can make to celebrate the fall season. Here at Sweet Treat Supply, we've put together a few of our favorite fall recipes that you're sure to enjoy making for your family and friends.

Apple Crisp

If you're lucky enough to live near an apple orchard, then you already know about the wonderful smell of crisp, fresh apples waiting to be picked right from the tree. Spend a morning with your family picking the best apples for this recipe, and your kitchen will soon be filled with the most delicious scent of baking apples. Top this mouth-watering dessert with ice cream, and sprinkle on a few of these cinnamon candy chips for the perfect fall treat.

Pumpkin Bars

It wouldn't be fall without the vast fields of bright orange pumpkins that are destined to be turned into fabulous food or festive jack-o’-lanterns. These yummy pumpkin bars are perfect for a child's party or an adult gathering, and edible pumpkin confetti turns a rather basic bar into something special for the season.

Apple Pie

A warm pie fresh out of the oven is always a welcome treat, and it doesn't get any better than the classic apple pie. You can make it your own by adding your choice of fresh apples, and this handy leaf mold will allow you to place delicate, delectable autumn leaves on top of the crust for the picture-perfect fall pie.

Sparkling Cider Pound Cake

This ultra-buttery cake may wreck your diet, but it's worth the extra pounds. The sparkling apple cider in the recipe brings this decadent dessert to an entire new level, and it can only be made better by preparing it in this delightful cornucopia cake pan. Get creative with a bit of food coloring in the frosting, and you'll have a beautiful and tasty centerpiece for the table that will have everyone hurrying to get to dessert.

Autumn Leaf Cookies

These are delicious cookies with a fall twist, and you'll definitely want to allow the children or grandchildren to participate in the fun preparation. This recipe involves tinting dough with the colors of red, green, orange and yellow so that you can create the beautiful colors of the season's changing leaves, and this maple leaf cookie cutter allows you to make perfect leaf shapes every time.

It's definitely not too early to stock the pantry with your fall baking supplies, so feel free to come visit us here at Sweet Treat Supply. We have everything that you could ever want or need to create the most amazing fall desserts.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Best Back-to-School Baked Goods


It’s finally August, and summer is quickly coming to an end. While we’re sad to see the poolside days and sunny rays go, this ending brings an exciting beginning: a new school year! Get your kids ready for the first bell with these three yummy treats! These back-to-school baked goods are perfect as a lunchbox surprise or as a new teacher gift.

PB&J Cupcakes


Did you know the average American eats 2500 peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches before graduating from high school? PB&J is not only one of the most famous food pairings in the country, it’s also a school staple! Try these delicious-duo-inspired cupcakes for a surprise snack your kids will never forget!

Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter (melted and cooled)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅓ cup strawberry jam


Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place 12 cupcake liners into cupcake pan.
  • In large mixer bowl, beat sugar with eggs. Add in flour, baking powder, milk, butter, oil, peanut butter and vanilla. Mix on low until creamy.
  • Place 3 tablespoons of batter into each cupcake liner. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes (or until toothpick comes out nearly clean).
  • Cool cupcake pan for five minutes, then remove cupcakes from pan and allow to completely cool.
  • With a cupcake corer or the wide end of a large piping tip, core out the center of the cupcake to make an area for the filling.
  • Place jam into the center of each cupcake, then place a small piece of removed cake to cover jam.
  • Frost cupcakes with peanut butter frosting (recipe below), then drizzle tops of cupcakes with jam and top with a mini peanut butter cookie.


Peanut Butter Frosting Ingredients
  • ½ cup salted butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
Peanut Butter Frosting Directions
  • In mixer bowl, beat butter for 30 seconds, add in peanut butter and beat to incorporate.
  • Add in powdered sugar and heavy cream and start beating on medium low. Move to high once combined so the powdered sugar doesn't go flying.
  • Place frosting in a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Swirl frosting onto cupcakes.


School Bus Rice Krispies Treats



Even if your kids don’t usually take the bus, they’ll love taking these buses to school…in their lunchboxes! These Rice Krispies Treats school buses are as super simple and easy to make as they are cute!

Ingredients
  • 8 Rice Krispies Treats
  • 6 ounces yellow candy melts
  • orange food coloring
  • 6 Tootsie Roll Midgees
  • 8 brown Mega M&M’s
  • black food coloring marker


Directions
  • Unwrap the Rice Krispies Treats.
  • Melt the yellow candy melts and add some orange candy coloring to make school bus color.
  • Glue two Rice Krispies Treats together using a small amount of the melted candy coating. Cut one end of the cereal treats to look like the front of the bus.
  • Flatten the Tootsie Roll Midgees (you may need to heat them on low in the microwave for a few seconds to get them soft enough), and cut out small square windows for the buses.
  • Pour or spread your melted candy over the treats. Scrape off any excess candy from the bottom of the treats.
  • While the candy coating is wet, add the Tootsie Roll windows and the Mega M&M wheels.
  • Set the Rice Krispies Treats school buses on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and put in the freezer for about five minutes, or until the candy coating hardens.
  • Use a black food coloring marker to add details to your school bus treats. You can add lines or even write the name of the school district on the sides of the bus!


Apple-Shaped Cupcakes



At the beginning of a school year, teachers can get so many apples that they don’t know what to do with them all. Switch up your new-teacher gift with these adorable apple-shaped cupcakes! Could showing teacher appreciation be any cuter?

Ingredients
  • cupcake mix of choice (and necessary ingredients)
  • cupcake liners and muffin tin
  • marbles or tinfoil
  • red-colored frosting
  • pretzel sticks
  • green gumdrops


Directions
  • Place your cupcake liners in the muffin pan. Roll your tinfoil into small 1/2 inch balls and place into each liner. They might pop out until you have your batter into the liners as well. These tinfoil balls will create the indents on the sides of your cupcakes. Alternatively, you can use a marble!
  • Prepare your cupcake batter as your chosen mix directs. Pour the batter into your liners.
  • Bake your cupcakes according to box directions and let them cool. Remove the tinfoil balls or marbles.
  • Mix up some red frosting and frost your cupcakes. My favorite tool for this is an offset spatula, a small ½-inch-wide one, which is so great for spreading frosting.
  • At the top of the cupcake indent, add a stick pretzel, pressing it three-quarters of the way through. (Be careful it doesn’t come all the way out on the other side.)
  • Using kitchen scissors, trim down your green gumdrop into a small leaf size and place it next to the pretzel, on the frosting to help it stick.

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!

Ingredients
  • 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)
Directions
  • 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?

Ingredients
Directions
  • 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
Directions
  • 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.

Ingredients
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

Directions
  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!

Ingredients
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

Directions
  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!

Ingredients
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

Directions
  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

Instructions:
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

Instructions:
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

Instructions:
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.

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

Instructions:
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.