Monday, May 21, 2018

4 Easy Father’s Day Sweet Treats

With Father’s Day just around the corner, the pressure to make the day perfect can be stressful. However, one thing that almost all fathers have in common is their love for sweet treats. With any holiday, sweet treats are an absolute must-have, and there is no doubt that having the right ones will satisfy your father’s sweet tooth. If you’re looking to go above and beyond the simple chocolate chip cookie, here are some unique treats that are sure to make you the new favorite:

Peanut Ice Cream Pie

Nothing says Father’s Day like a combination of dad’s favorite things, peanut butter and ice cream. With this dynamic duo all mixed harmoniously into the perfect dessert, your entire family will find this irresistible. Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it’s also extremely easy to make. With only a few simple steps, you can whip up this sweet treat!

·       1/3 cup finely chopped peanuts
·       3 tablespoons margarine, melted
·       2 tablespoons white sugar
·       ¼ cup peanut butter
·       ¼ cup light corn syrup
·       ¼ cup flaked coconut
·       3 tablespoons chopped peanuts
·       1 quart vanilla ice cream

1. To make the crust, mix together the chopped peanuts, butter and sugar. Press the mixture evenly against the sides of a greased 9-inch pie plate. Finally, cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate the crust for about 15 minutes.
2. Combine the peanut butter and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Next, add in the coconut and peanuts as you stir in the ice cream. Remove the crust from the fridge and spoon the mixture into the crust.
3. Finally, cover the dessert with plastic wrap or foil and freeze overnight.
Now that you’ve got your dessert made, you can go ahead and decorate it for the occasion. Without having to do anything too fancy, you can sprinkle fun chocolate chips or chocolate flakes to give it that extra ounce of sweetness.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Although these are quite the simple dessert, chocolate-covered strawberries are seen as a luxury treat when it comes to any holiday. Since the original recipe is quite simple, it’s easy to spruce them up for any occasion. With the proper decorations and a clean technique, these strawberries will provide your Father’s Day celebration with a slightly healthier option. After all, it is still considered fruit, right?

·       1 package of strawberries (or more depending on serving desired)
·       Melting chocolate wafers or chips (white, milk or dark chocolate)

1. Rinse strawberries until clean and dry completely with a paper towel.
2. Place chocolate wafers in a saucepan and melt over low heat until completely melted.
3. Remove from heat and dip strawberries into the melted chocolate and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave until chocolate is completely hardened (or refrigerate).
Now that you’ve got the base down, what you do next is up to you! This dessert in particular is great because you can turn a simple chocolate-covered strawberry into a fancy dessert by simply drizzling a different chocolate, adding some lettering, or using some sprinkles. If you really want to go outside the lines, you can even use colored chocolate instead of milk chocolate. The possibilities are endless, and there’s no such thing as too much chocolate!
Now that you’ve got a good list of funky treats to give you some inspiration, the reins are in your hands. You can now put your own unique twist on these classic recipes to cater to your father’s likes and dislikes and decorate them to celebrate this grand occasion. Remember, calories don’t count on Father’s Day!

Brownie Marshmallow Bars

If you’re looking for something that is packed with gooey sweetness, then this is the dessert for you. This dessert bar pairs a deep chocolatey flavor with the light taste of marshmallow to bring a combination that’ll get your taste buds dancing. Fathers love this dessert because it’s jam-packed with sweet flavor. We all know dads love anything that’s sweet enough to give them cavities!

·       1 package (19.8 ounce) brownie mix
·       ½ cup vegetable oil
·       ¼ cup of water
·       2 eggs
·       1 (10.5 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
·       2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
·       1 cup peanut butter
·       1 tablespoon butter
·       1 ½ cups crispy rice cereal
1. To prepare, start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and greasing a 9x13-inch baking dish.
2. Combine the contents of the brownie package mix with oil, water and eggs and whisk together until smooth.
3. Bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes (or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean).
4. Evenly sprinkle the marshmallows over the cooked brownie and stick it back in the oven until melted (about 3 minutes).
5. In a small saucepan, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter and put over low heat. Stir the contents of the saucepan until everything is melted and smooth.
6. Remove the saucepan from heat, then proceed to stir in the cereal mixture.
7. Spread the finished mixture over the cooled brownies and refrigerate until firm. Slice and serve.

Mudslide No-Churn Ice Cream

One thing that you can never go wrong with on Father’s Day is ice cream. Whether it’s the refreshing nature of the cold dessert or just the delectable creamy texture, there’s hardly anyone who can resist this dessert. Rather than going with store-bought ice cream, surprise your father with some homemade ice cream, mudslide style!

·       2 cups heavy cream
·       1 (14.5 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
·       1 cup chopped chocolate
·       ¼ cup hot fudge sauce
·       2 tablespoons Kahlua
·       2 tablespoons of Bailey’s Irish cream

1. Place the heavy cream in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks appear, about 5 minutes.
2. Gently fold the sweetened condensed milk into the heavy cream until fully combined. Then proceed to do the same for the chocolate fudge sauce, Kahlua and Irish cream.
4. Place the mixture into a 9x5-loaf pan and add some chocolate to swirl for decoration. Move the mixture into the freezer for about 5 hours or until it’s the desired consistency.

Before you serve it, you can even add some decadent decorations to add to the presentation. Adding cute toppings such as candy pearls or even just a pair of googly eyes can really make the ice cream seem like it’s something special!

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