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Key Lime Cookie Bars

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These delicious cookie bars have white chocolate and coconut on the bottom and key lime pie filling with whipped cream on top.  Such a refreshing treat for summer!

I love key lime pie. I love cookies. These smash those two worlds together into a sweet and tart summer dessert! Love it!

Key Lime Cookie Bars

Here’s how we made it: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

Cookie base:

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1/3c. oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

Key lime topping:

  • 1 cup of lime juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can (14oz) of sweetened condensed milk
  • One tub of cool whip, or 2 cups of whipping cream, whipped.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, oil and eggs well.
  • Add chips, coconut and graham crumbs, and mix together with clean hands until well- combined.
  • Press mixture into a greased cake pan and bake for 10 minutes at 350F degrees.
  • While this is baking, make key lime topping.
  • Mix together lime juice, condensed milk and one egg until well combined.
  • Pour over partially baked cookies and return to oven for another 20 minutes.
  • Cool completely and top with whipped topping, sprinkle with  graham crumbs, if desired.
  • Chill until serving, but allow dessert to return to room temperature before serving.
  • Enjoy!

Key Lime Cookie Bars4My thoughts: Sweet and fruity and white chocolatey….what is not to like here??? I love the sweet and tart balance of these little desserts and they just LOOK like summer! Enjoy! ~r
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Other refreshing summer treats: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Caramel Gelato!!!Kool Aid PieRaspberry Lemon Cream Cups!!!Root Beer Float Cupcakes!!!

 

 

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

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Filled with cream and topped with rich chocolate, these cupcakes capture all the delicious flavor of a Boston Cream Pie in a single-serving form! Easy and soooo yummy!

I’ve never understood why they call it a pie, when it is SO obviously a cake, but Boston Cream Pie is one of my favorite desserts. There’s something about that filling that makes it so moist and flavorful!

These little creations are as easy as can be because they use a cake mix and instant pudding. Easy and delicious!!

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Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed yellow cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package)
  • One packet of Jell-O White Chocolate Instant Pudding (plus milk to make according to package)
  • One cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 Tablespoons of butter
  • Cool Whip, or Butter Cream frosting (1 stick of (softened)butter with 3/4 cups of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla)
  • 24 red Sixlets candies (as desired for decoration)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix according to package and divide into 24 cupcake liners placed in tins. Bake according to package, and cool.
  • Make pudding according to package and spoon into a large zip-top bag. Refrigerate until use.
  • Make chocolate sauce by melting chocolate chips and butter together in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between, until melted and smooth.
  • If you are making butter cream for the top (this gives you a swirl on top that is more firm for transporting than Cool Whip): Beat together the butter cream ingredients until they are light and fluffy.
  • Place either Cool Whip or butter cream in a zip-top bag fitted with a decorative tip.
  • To assemble: use a cupcake corer (or a knife) to remove a core out of the center of each cooled cupcake.
  • Cut the tip off the bag containing the pudding and pipe a dollop of pudding into the center of each cupcake.

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  • Trim the “core” a little bit (makes room for the pudding) and place the top of the core back on, covering the pudding with cake.
  • Carefully spoon the warm chocolate over the top of each cupcake, gently pushing it toward the sides, but not over the sides.
  • Allow chocolate to cool. It will firm up.
  • Once it is completely cool, pipe Cool Whip or butter cream in a little swirl on top.
  • Decorate using sixlets (or any other sprinkles or decorations you like!)
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: These really are delicious… I try to only “taste” my treats and give the rest away, but you better believe I finished this little cupcake…with a cup of coffee. Yum!  I hope you get a chance to try them too! ~r


Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Here are some other fun uses for pudding! Click on a photo to see the recipe.

Heath Bar Ice Cream Dessert3Toxic Slime-filled Cupcakes!Mini Filled Boston Cream Pies!frozen s'more cups

Fourth of July Dessert Ideas!

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Bomb Pop Cupcakes!!!

 

Bomb Pop Cupcakes!

Oh my, I love the fourth of July! I love the picnics, and pool parties, and cookouts, and fireworks…and the time with family!

My parents have always (like always, for as long as I can remember!) had a giant pool party for the fourth and invited our entire extended family for burgers and brats and volleyball and sunshine….and for a competitive display of our best “at home” fireworks we could find, later in the evening. I have so many fun memories of chasing fireflies and waving sparklers with my cousins (that are all grown with kids of their own now!). This year is different. For starters, mom isn’t here to orchestrate the complexities of the celebration. The house is in boxes and bags- ready to show to whomever might be interested in buying, and the pool and yard are immaculately kept. Pool toys and floats are all deflated and either sold or put away. Sometimes I sit on the back porch and watch the fireflies and remember all the laughter and fun.

I know that these times are not forever over. This year is different, but once dad settles into his new place there will be other celebrations and family times over the fourth. This year though…my heart wasn’t in the “create something new and fun” place. So instead, I thought you might enjoy a collection of some of my previous red-white-and-blue recipes. You can click on the photo or the title, to be taken to the recipe.

American Flag Oreo Pops!!!!

American Flag Oreo Pops

Patriotic Polka Dot Cake!!!!

Patriotic Polka Dot Cake!!!

Patriotic Flip Flop Cookies!!!!

Flip Flop Cookies for the Fourth!

Patriotic Tie-Dye Cake!!!!

Patriotic Tie-Dye Cake!

Stars!!

Stars and Stripes Brownies!

Patriotic Bundt Cake!!!!

Red White and Blue Bundt Cake!

And if you are grilling out for the Fourth, you might need these…

BBQ Grill Cupcakes!!

BBQ Grill Cupcakes!

Hamburger Cookie!

Grilled Burger Cupcakes!

However you celebrate this summer, I hope you have fun making memories with your friends and family~ and I hope you enjoy trying fun, new recipes that become a part of your family traditions! ~r

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Fire Cracker Cookies!!

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These fun little fire cracker cookies have a crackling surprise inside– pop rock candy! A perfect treat for your Fourth of July celebrations!!!

I can’t believe it’s almost July already- this summer is passing too fast…! These cookies were a HUGE hit among my friends- the experience of eating a cookie that is popping in your mouth is truly a unique one, and everyone was a huge fan!

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adore sugar cookies…especially in the summer. They are so…expected at Christmas- but the 4th of July? Such a fun treat! These are easy to make and cut just beautifully. The dipping in candy melts takes a little time, but the end result is just so fun!

Here’s how we made these: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 60 circles that end up at 20 completed cookies)

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of butter flavoring
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 bags of Wilton Candy Melts in red, white and blue
  • Star sprinkles
  • 3 packets of Pop Rocks in any flavor
  • String licorice (or the pull-apart kind works too)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add eggs, vanilla and butter flavoring and mix well.
  • Add all dry ingredients and mix until able to knead into a firm ball of dough (add additional flour if necessary).
  • Roll out on a floured counter with a flour coated rolling pin to desired thickness (I made them fairly thick)
  • Cut about 60 circles using a cookie cutter (I used a 1″ cookie cutter)
  • Use a smaller circle cutter to cut out a center circle from 20 of these cookies.
  • Place cookies on cookie sheets covered in parchment paper and bake at 350F degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Slide baked cookies and parchment paper together onto a counter to cool completely.
  • Melt candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth.
  • Dip 1/3 of cookies into blue melts first and allow them to harden slightly before setting a snip of licorice on top. You may need to experiment with this a bit. The melts need to be soft enough to stick the licorice in, and hard enough to hold it upright.
  • Dip remaining cookies- 1/3 into red and 1/3 into white melts (add star sprinkles on the sides of the white cookies) and allow them to harden completely.
  • Put the cookies together by piping or spreading a little white candy melt on the bottom of the white piece and setting it on the red. Fill the open spot in the white cookie with pop rocks, pipe or spread a little white candy melt on the top ring of the white cookie and set the blue cookie on the very top. Allow cookies to harden together. Enjoy!!

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My thoughts: These take a little time, but they are genuinely fun to make and SO fun to serve! I loved the giggles at those surprise Pop Rocks in the middle!!! I hope you get a chance to try them!!!

Fire Cracker Cookies!

Other fun summer cookie recipes: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Goldfish Oreo Pops!Hamburger Cookie!Ladybug Oreo Pops!Patriotic Flip Flop Cookies!

Fishing Pond Cupcakes

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These delicious chocolate cupcakes are filled with a blue frosting “pond” and salty goldfish crackers! A perfect treat for the fish (or fishing!) lovers in your life!

We have a fishing theme on Easybaked these past few weeks. Last week I shared my fishing bobbers and this week a cute little fishing pond! I cannot underestimate the yummy sweet and salty combination of these cupcakes! Those goldfish are a perfect little bite of salt- and simply adorable! These are cute for Father’s day or Birthdays~ and you can even add a few little flower sprinkles for the girls in your life that adore their goldfish!


Fish Pond Cupcakes

These are easy-peasy to make, they use a boxed cake mix and a tub of frosting (although, if you are an over-achiever you certainly could do both from scratch!)

Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed chocolate cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package)
  • Two tubs of white frosting
  • About 2 cups of green sugar crystals
  • One bag of Goldfish Baby crackers (they are smaller than the original crackers)
  • Green and blue food coloring gels

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix according to package and bake in 24 cupcake liners set in a baking tin. Cool completely.
  • Open one tub of frosting, spoon it into a bowl, heat it for about 15 seconds in the microwave to soften it a little and color it green with food color.
  • Open the second tub of frosting spoon it into a bowl, heat it for about 15 seconds in the microwave to soften it a little and color it blue with food color. Spoon it into a zip-top bag and set aside.
  • Pour green sugar into a small bowl.
  • To assemble: Cut a pond-shaped circle hole into the top of each cupcake using a small knife and pull out the core.
  • Dip the top of the cupcake into the green frosting and then into the green sugar, coating it completely.
  • Cut a corner off the bag holding the blue frosting and pipe it into the pond opening on the top of the cupcake.
  • Add a couple of goldfish and flower sprinkles if desired –and enjoy!!!

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 My thoughts: How fun!!! I hope you get a chance to make these cute little cupcakes for your next “fishy” get-together ~ maybe this weekend at the lake cottage??? ~Enjoy!!!

Fish Pond Cupcakes

Need some other fun summer ideas? We have lots of them! Click on a photo to see the recipe:

Cheesecake Sundaes frozen s'more cupsRoot Beer Float Cupcakes!!!!Pina Colada Cupcakes!

Fishing Bobber Cupcakes!

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If your dad loves fishing, these fun bobbers on waves of blue buttercream frosting will make him smile!

A perfect Father’s Day treat!

The idea for this recipe began last year before Father’s Day. I was pondering the idea of cutting a hole in the top of a cupcake and finding (or making) an edible golf ball to set inside of it. One morning the lightbulb came on: Lindt White Chocolate Truffles! They were perfect, and as I unwrapped all that yummy chocolate I brainstormed for other ideas.

Golf Cupcakes!!

One of those ideas was another Father’s Day treat- fishing bobbers! I filed the idea away until this year came around and then gave it a go. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to dip the truffle in warm chocolate without it melting, and if it would actually look like a bobber– but I love them! My dad loved them too.

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Here’s how we made these yummy treats for dad: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package)
  • Blue food coloring gel
  • 2 sticks (one cup) of salted butter
  • 2 sticks (one cup) of unsalted butter
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of clear vanilla flavoring
  • 24 Lindt white chocolate truffles
  • One bag of Wilton candy melts in red

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix according to package.
  • Divide out about 1/3 of batter and color it blue
  • Swirl the 2 colors together (don’t mix too much!) and scoop into 24 cupcake liners placed in a baking tin.
  • Bake according to package and cool cupcakes completely
  • Make frosting by placing butters, powdered sugar and vanilla into a large bowl and beating on high until light and fluffy. 
  • Divide frosting in half and color one half blue. Swirl together the blue and white frosting and place into a large zip-top bag, fitted with a decorating tip.
  • Pipe frosting on top of cupcakes.
  • To make toppers: Unwrap all Lindt truffles.
  • Melt red candy melts in a bowl in the microwave for 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
  • Allow candy melts to cool a little before dipping.
  • Use a small skewer or fork to dip each truffle into red candy melts, covering the bottom half in red. Place these on clean parchment paper to cool and harden.

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  • Place remaining melted red chocolate into a small zip-top bag. Clip a corner and carefully pipe a small circle of red on the top of each “bobber”, covering the hole made by the skewer used for dipping.
  • Once “bobbers” are completely cooled and hardened, place them on the top of each cupcake and enjoy!!!

Bobber Cupcakes

My thoughts: I really have the most incredible dad. He is funny (hilarious!) and smart and brave. He loves golf (last year’s cupcakes) and he loves fishing (this year’s cupcakes)~ he goes to Canada every summer to fish for GIANT Walleye and Pike and then he fries them up for us all when he gets back- and they are delicious! He does roll his eyes when I say that I like bobber fishing best….but in any case, these are for you dad! I love you!!!!!!!

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Need more ideas for your Father’s Day celebration? Try some of these! (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Chocolate Pecan TartCookie Dough BrownieBBQ Grill Cupcakes!!Golf Cupcakes!!!!

 

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Pecan Praline Cupcakes

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Praline Cupcakes1If you love pralines, you will love these pecan praline cupcakes with delicious homemade pralines on top!

Two desserts in one!

I’m a huge fan of pecan pralines. Our family has often traveled to the southeast part of the US and there’s just nothing better than a still-warm praline in Charleston or Savannah… YUM!  I’ve always wanted to try making homemade pralines, but I’ve never had a good recipe. Last month, we visited family friends, Dave and MaryAnne, and Dave told us he has the BEST pecan praline recipe. He whipped some up for us and oh my…. He shared his recipe and I had the idea to carry some of those flavors over into cupcakes.

Really, these two desserts stand alone, but are especially fun together!

Let’s start with those pralines (printable recipe):

Pecan Pralines

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups of hot water
  • 1 1/4 cups of chopped pecans
  • 24-36 pecan halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon of maple extract

DIRECTIONS:

  • Use oil or butter to coat a mini muffin tin well.
  • Place all ingredients (except the whole pecans) into a large saucepan and heat over stove, stirring occasionally, until it reaches 234F degrees.
  • Remove from heat and stir for 5-8 minutes until the candy loses it’s glossy look and gets more cloudy and granular.
  • Spoon (carefully!!!) into well- greased muffin tin.
  • Press a pecan half into the top of each praline and allow to cool.
  • When cooled, tip onto clean surface and ENJOY!

Pecan Pralines

Now for those cupcakes…..! (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

Cupcakes:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 
  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons of maple flavoring
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans (as desired)

Praline Buttercream frosting:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 sticks (one cup) butter
  • 5 cups powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS: (start the frosting first, as it needs to cool before beating)

Cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with 24-30 cupcake liners 
  • In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream together the sugar and butter for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs once at a time until incorporated and then mix in vanilla and maple flavoring.
  • In a different large bowl mix together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to the sugar and butter, alternating with the cream.
  • Stir in pecans.
  • Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full and bake for 15-18 min. Be careful to not over-bake.
  • Cool in pan for a few minutes before removing to finish cooling on the counter.

Frosting:

  • In a small sauce pan, heat brown sugar, cream and 2 tablespoons of butter on medium heat, stirring often, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the cooled brown sugar mixture with remaining butter until smooth.
  • Add powdered sugar and beat on high until light and fluffy.
  • Place in a zip-top bag fitted with a decorator’s tip, and pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.
  • Top with a praline- or even a pecan half instead.
  • Enjoy!!

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My thoughts: These are perfectly wonderful together in one beautiful dessert, or they can be made as individual recipes. Either way, if you love pecan pralines, you will love these yummy treats! Enjoy! ~r

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Other fun cupcake recipes from Easybaked (click on the photo to see the recipe):

Malted Milkshake CupcakesKey Lime Cupcakes!Coconut Cupcakes!!!Rocky Road Cupcakes!!!!!

 

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