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Kool Aid Pie!

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KoolAid PieWith a fruit cereal crust and sweet, creamy Kool Aid filling, this cake will have you and every child in your life asking for seconds!

This recipe is made in a springform pan- like a cheesecake. The crust is made of crushed Trix Cereal and I made my filling with watermelon Kool Aid.  It was perfect with the sweet crust and slightly tart filling.  The cool thing?  You can use ANY flavor of Kool Aid you want!  Blue Raspberry, Green Apple, Cherry, Grape, Strawberry….ANYTHING!

Kool Aid Cake!

So. Much. Fun!!!!!!!!!

Here’s how we made it: (for a printable recipe, click here)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 cups of Trix Cereal (crushed into about 3 cups)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter (melted)
  • 3 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 package (8 oz) of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened to room temperature)
  • 1 packet of Kool Aid drink mix (any flavor~ if you use a lemonade, add it to taste, as it will be more tart than the other flavors)
  • 1 (13 oz) jar of Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
  • 1 tub (8 oz) of Cool Whip (thawed in refrigerator)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine crushed cereal, sugar and melted butter. Mix until well- combined,
  • Press into an un-greased, 8″ springform pan, pressing crumbs up sides and into bottom.
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 15-18 minutes.
  • Leave sides on pan, and cool completely.

Crushed CerealKool Aid Pie Cereal Crust!!

  • Make filling by creaming together the cream cheese with the Kool Aid. Add Kool Aid according to how much flavor, color and tartness you enjoy.  I added the whole packet, and YUM!
  • Mix in the entire container of Marshmallow Creme and blend well.
  • Fold in 1/2 of the Cool Whip until well blended.
  • Carefully spoon filling into cooled cereal crust, and very gently (as to not pick up crumbs of cereal), spread it to the edges.
  • Spoon remaining Cool Whip on top.
  • Store chilled, and just before serving remove sides of pan, and sprinkle extra cereal on top.

Kool Aid Pie with Cereal Crust!

My thoughts:  The only thing even a tiny bit hard about this recipe is pressing that crust into a springform pan.  The rest is just mixing and pouring.  So easy- but such a pretty and fun dessert.  The watermelon version I made got RAVE reviews and it was gone in one evening.  Almost everyone had seconds!  I wasn’t sure how well the watermelon flavor would go over, but it was so refreshing!  I loved it!  I hope you get a chance to try this easy summer recipe!  Enjoy!!! ~r

Kool Aid Pie!!!

 More recipes that kids will love:

Hamburger Cookie!Toxic Slime-filled Cupcakes!Ladybug Oreo Pops!Confetti Cake Filled with Candy

Popsicle Punch!!!!

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Popsicle Punch

 Love popsicles?  Love a fruity, refreshing punch?  Try making popsicle punch!  Everyone can choose their own flavor!

Popsicle Punch!!

I was sitting in the sun, thinking about punch the other day.  I was thinking about how you never really get to have punch unless you make a ton of it in a big punch bowl~ which sends it into the “only at a big party” category of treats.  I started thinking about how much fun it would be if you could make a single-serving punch, and suddenly—POPSICLES!!!!!!  A little bit of Sprite, maybe a bit of pineapple juice and a POPSICLE!  Choose your flavor, pick your punch!

I had to run to the store and get popsicles to try this little experiment, and YUM!!!!!!  YUM! YUM! YUM!!!!!!

I loved the plain popsicles- beautiful colors and delicious fruity punch.

THEN, I tried the popsicles that have the ice cream filling… you know, these:

Popsicle Punch!

So much creamy, fruity happiness in one little mug…. well, two little mugs because I had to try a couple of flavors:

Popsicle Punch!

That orange punch?  Like a creamsicle in a cup….!  Unbelievably good!!!

Here’s how I did it:

INGREDIENTS:

  • Sprite (or another lemon-lime soda)
  • Pinapple (or another fruit) juice
  • Popsicles!

DIRECTIONS:

  • Fill a cup about 1/2 full of soda (leave room for the popsicle- the ice cream ones foam up a bit) 
  • Add juice to taste- I added about 1 part juice for 4 parts soda.
  • Place a popsicle into cup and stir to dissolve
  • ENJOY!

Popsicle Punch!!!

My thoughts:  You can make individual cups of punch, or make the base punch in a big punch bowl (just the soda and the juice) and set a cooler full of popsicles out for people to choose flavors from.  I just made a cup of punch with a frozen juice bar— oh my.  So yummy!  The possibilities are endless!!!!  Enjoy!  ~r

Cheers!!!!

Cheers!!!!

Other fun beverage (and beverage inspired!) recipes:

Spiced Mocha and Tim Tam Slams!Cotton Candy Fizz Mexican Chocolate MilkMalted Milkshake Cupcakes

 

 

 

Butterscotch Ice Cream Towers

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Butterscotch Ice cream towers!!!!

 These beautiful, stacked desserts have layers of ice cream sandwich and a creamy butterscotch filling.  Topped with melted chocolate, they make a fun and elegant summer dessert!

Butterscotch Ice cream towers!

I’ve been craving ice cream sandwiches.  These little desserts were a combination of that craving and an extra box of butterscotch pudding in my cupboard.  I love how they turned out!  They require some hands-on time and an overnight in the freezer, so they aren’t a last minute idea- but I think the extra time is worth it!!  The end result is pretty and SO yummy!  Here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS: (printable recipe here)

  • One box of 12 ice cream sandwiches
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package of Jell-O Instant Butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups of cold milk
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip topping
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons of butter

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make butterscotch filling first, and freeze overnight
  • In a large bowl, beat together milk and pudding mix on high for 3 to 4 minutes until thick.
  • Fold in 1/2 of the container of Cool Whip topping
  • Put parchment paper in a small (I used a 9×9 square) pan, and spread pudding mixture evenly into container.
  • Freeze overnight.
  • To assemble, use a fluted square (I used a 2″ inch square) cookie cutter to cut ice cream sandwiches.  I got 2 squares from each sandwich. Return to freezer after cutting.

Butterscotch Ice cream Towers

  • Remove pudding mixture from freezer, lift out of pan using edges of parchment paper, and lay on a clean counter.
  • Cut squares using the same cookie cutter (dip in warm water between cuts, if it becomes sticky), return to freezer as you cut them.
  • Assemble no more than one or 2 hours before serving, and keep frozen.
  • Melt chocolate chips and butter together in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
  • Place an ice cream sandwich square on a plate, top with butterscotch filling square, top with a second ice cream sandwich square.
  • Drizzle with melted chocolate (and I added a few butterscotch chips).
  • Return to freezer and keep frozen until serving.

 

Butterscotch Ice Cream Towers!!

My thoughts:  These are the most spectacular dessert to serve (you should have heard the oohhh’s and ahhh’s!), and the most awkward dessert to eat.  The kids figured out that you need to just pick these up and eat them with your fingers!  I allowed mine to melt just a touch, and then it was perfect with a fork!  The flavors are so yummy! Butterscotch and chocolate?  Yes, please!!!!  Enjoy!  ~r

Other yummy frozen treats:

Mango Smoothie PopsPudding popsicles!Frosty Almond Joy Cups!Heath Bar Ice Cream Dessert3

 

Piña Colada Cupcakes!

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Pina Colada Cupcakes!

 These pineapple cupcakes are full of coconut and rum flavored happiness.  A perfect pool party treat!

Aren’t these just the cutest little things?  I love the flavor combination of coconut and pineapple, it is such a refreshing taste!  The light whipped frosting on these, combined with the crunch of toasted coconut makes them such a delicious summer treat!  I even added a cute little edible coconut drink topper that I found on Party Pinchers.  So. much. fun!!!!

Pina Colada Cupcakes!!

INGREDIENTS: (printable recipe here)

  • 1 boxed pineapple cake mix (I used Duncan Hines), plus water, oil and eggs to make according to box directions.
  • 5 cups of shredded, sweetened coconut
  • 3 teaspoons of rum flavoring (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut flavoring
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • Decorations (as desired)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 325F degrees
  • Spread 5 cups of coconut out on a large baking sheet that has edges.
  • Toast in 5 minute increments, stirring with a big spoon to evenly toast (It usually takes me about 20 minutes)
  • Allow coconut to cool, then place in a large zip-top bag, and crush into smaller pieces.
  • Make cake mix according to directions on box, and after it is made, add one cup of crushed, toasted coconut and mix completely into batter.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of rum flavoring and stir completely into batter.
  • Divide batter evenly into 24 cupcake liners placed into tins.
  • Bake according to package directions and cool completely.
  • To make frosting, place butters, coconut flavoring, remaining rum flavoring, and powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl and beat on high for 3 or 4 minutes until very light and fluffy.  Add one cup of crushed, toasted coconut and stir until well blended.
  • Use a spoon or a cookie scoop to place a rounded scoop of frosting on the top of each cupcake.  
  • Place the rest of the crushed coconut into a small bowl, and turn each cupcake upside down into it, pressing coconut into the top and sides of each scoop of frosting.
  • Decorate as desired. I found these cute little edible “coconut cups” on a site called Party Pinching, and I couldn’t resist making them for my pina colada cupcakes!  You just cut the tops off of a Whoppers malted milk ball, put a dab of melted white chocolate and add little flower sprinkles and a bit of string licorice.  FUN!

Pina Colada Cupcakes!Pina Colada Cupcakes!

My thoughts: I really thought these captured the flavors of coconut and pineapple in a perfect combination.  I loved the little crunchy bits of coconut in the cake and frosting.  These are such a festive cupcake and make a perfect refreshing summer or vacation dessert for all ages! 
Pina Colada Cupcakes!Other fun cupcake recipes:

Malted Milkshake CupcakesKey Lime Cupcakes!Brownie Oreo Cookie CupButter beer cupcakes

 

 

Mini S’mores Pies

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S'mores Pie!!!Rich dark chocolate pie in a graham crust, topped with marshmallow meringue.  S’mores with a new, fun look!

Everyone loves these flavors together.

Don’t they?

It just occurred to me that someone might hate s’mores.

Ok, well I don’t personally know anyone who doesn’t just adore this flavor combination.  I LOVE them, and crave them, and sometimes cheat by making them in the microwave when it’s snowing and a campfire is out of the question!

These little pies capture the flavor of a s’more, but add a rich chocolate flavor that is incredibly delicious, and can’t be had with just 2 squares of Hershey’s chocolate.  Or four squares… sometimes I use four.  Don’t tell.

S'mores Pie!!!

Here’s how these simple little treats are made: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 12 mini pies)

  • 12 pre-made mini graham cracker crusts.
  • 1 cup of Ghirardelli Bittersweet chocolate chips (melted)
  • 1 cup of Ghirardelli Semi-sweet chocolate chips (melted)
  • 8 eggs (divided)
  • 5 Tablespoons of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons of vanilla
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Divide eggs, keeping ALL of the 8 egg whites and only 5 of the yolks.
  • Place the melted chocolate, 5 egg YOLKS, whipping cream and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
  • Evenly divide among all twelve mini pie crusts.
  • Bake (I put them all on a baking sheet) for 14-16 minutes, until the middle of each pie is set.
  • Make meringue while these bake, by adding all of the 8 egg WHITES, sugar and cream of tartar together in a medium heat-proof bowl that will sit on the top of a sauce pan of boiling water without touching the water.  (I had to experiment a bit to find a good fit.)
  • Bring water to a boil in the saucepan and set the bowl on top.
  • Whisk ingredients together for about 3-4 minutes.  Sugar will be dissolved and egg whites should be heated to 145F degrees.
  • Remove bowl from top of sauce pan and beat on low until the mixture thickens a little, then beat on high for about 10 minutes.  The meringue will become the most beautiful, white, glossy mixture.  It should form stiff peaks before you stop beating it.
  • Spoon all that wonderful marshmallow yumminess into a bag fitted with a decorating tip.
  • Once mini pies are removed from the oven, let them cool completely.
  • Pipe marshmallow meringue on the top of each pie and toast it with a kitchen torch.
  • Add a few graham cracker crumbs if you want, and enjoy!!!!


S'mores Pies!!!!My thoughts:  These are delicious. You can see from my pictures that I didn’t beat my meringue as long as I should have.  The are not the tall swirls of happiness I wanted them to be….  it was only my second time making meringue though, so I guess I won’t beat myself up too much.  My 1st time was perfect.  If you want to see how fluffy it SHOULD be, click here.  I LOVE this meringue.  When you read the instructions you might think it is too hard to make- but once you do it, you will realize that it isn’t hard at all.  Just a lot of time with a mixer in your hands.  I hope you get a chance to try this recipe out!  Enjoy! ~r
S'mores Pie!!!

We like our chocolate and marshmallow here at easybaked… here are other recipes that feature that yummy combo:

frozen s'more cupsMelted Smores cupRocky Road Cupcakes!!!!Baked Alaska Cupcakes!!

 

Triple Chocolate Truffle Cups

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Triple Chocolate Truffle Cups

Delicious dark chocolate cookie cups filled with melted milk chocolate and a white chocolate truffle.  Yum.

I love little mini desserts.  I used to work for a hospital and they would have a big, fancy Christmas party every year.  My favorite part was all the adorable little desserts at the end.  You can try like 8 of them for the calorie price of one big dessert!

This is an adorable (easy to make!) mini dessert.  Perfect for showers, receptions, tea parties and any occasion that calls for a little bit of “fancy” dessert.

The cookie cups use my favorite chocolate cut-out cookie recipe (pressed into a cup!), melted chocolate and a Lindt White Chocolate Truffle. Quick, easy, and delicious!

Triple Chocolate Truffle Cookie Cups!

Here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 48 mini desserts)

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 bag of Wilton’s milk chocolate Candy Melts (if you want to melt higher end chocolate for this, feel free!)
  • Approximately 48 Lindt White Chocolate Truffles (Walmart has them in large boxes of 60, for a reasonable price)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Make cookies by combining butter, sugar, egg, vanilla and cocoa powder and beating until completely combined.
  • Add other dry ingredients gradually, mixing with beaters until too heavy to beat. Use clean hands to knead dough into a soft ball.
  • Use a small cookie scoop (I used a scoop that holds 1/2 Tablespoon of batter) to portion out your dough into mini muffin tins that have been sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Use a tart shaper or a wooden spoon to press the dough into a cup shape (really, the tart shaper works best for this and you will use it again- I use mine all the time!)

Making cookie cups

  • Bake at 350F degrees for 7 to 8 minutes and remove from oven.
  • Press centers in a second time with the tart shaper and allow them to cool for just a couple of minutes.
  • Use a small paring knife to pop each cup out and allow them to cool completely on the counter.
  • Melt candy melts in a microwave safe bowl, in the microwave, in 30 second increments, stirring in between until melted and smooth.  
  • Pour melted chocolate into a sturdy zip-top bag.  Zip it closed and clip a corner off.
  • Unwrap all of your Lindt truffles.
  • Carefully pipe warm chocolate into each cookie cup, filling each one about half way.
  • Gently press a truffle into the center of each chocolate-filled cup, allowing the warm chocolate to squeeze up around the edges (yum!)
  • Drizzle any left-over chocolate over the tops of the mini-desserts and allow them to cool and harden completely.
  • Enjoy!!!

Triple Chocolate Truffle Cookie Cups!!!My thoughts: Well, you can see for yourself what happens when you bite into this little dessert. Pure deliciousness!!!! Those truffles are so good.  Mine got a little melted before I cut one in half– but all that soft white chocolate….!!! They make this dessert a touch pricey- but they are SO worth the cost!  If you want to make a smaller batch just cut the cookie recipe in half.  I hope you get a chance to try these- I am filing this recipe away for the next time I need something little for favors or a mini dessert table.  These are perfect for both!  Enjoy!!!!  ~r

Triple Chocolate Truffle Cups

Other mini desserts you might enjoy:

Melted Smores cupDark Chocolate Ganache CupcakesKoolaid truffles!!Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

Root Beer Float Cupcakes!

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Root Beer Float Cupcakes!!!!These cupcakes capture all the summer flavors of a root beer float~ all you need is a frosty mug!

People ask me a lot about if I would ever open a bakery, and I always say no.  I can’t imagine making hundreds of the same thing every day.  My favorite part of baking is the process of creating something new.

I thought about this recipe for a long time.  I wanted root beer in the cupcake and root beer in the frosting, but how to create that “scoop of ice cream” flavor without actually using ice cream?  I sometimes cheat in my photos by using scoops of frozen cool whip instead of ice cream.  It melts slower and keeps a scoop shape longer under the heat of my photography lights.  I decided to try Cool Whip as my scoop of ice cream for these cupcakes.

Oh my.  If I could jump up and down and point giant neon arrows toward this cupcake recipe I would.  These are so, sooooooooooo good. You need to make these!!!  They even use a cake mix, so they aren’t horribly complicated.  That Cool Whip…with the root beer buttercream…. perfect.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes!!!Here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 24-26 cupcakes)

  • One boxed white cake mix, plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package.
  • 1 cup of root beer
  • 5 teaspoons of root beer concentrate (divided)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of salted butter (softened)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tubs of Cool Whip (frozen)
  • Sprinkles and straws (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make white cake mix as directed on box.
  • After beating cake, add root beer and 3 teaspoons of root beer concentrate. Mix well until combined.
  • Place cupcake liners in muffin tins and fill each one only about 1/2 full (these cupcakes rise a bit higher than just a plain mix)
  • Bake according to package directions, remove from oven and cool completely.
  • Make buttercream by adding both butters, powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons of root beer concentrate to a mixing bowl and beating on high for 4-5 minutes until very light and fluffy.
  • Place frosting into a sturdy zip-top bag that has been fitted with a large round decorating tip in one corner.
  • Assemble cupcakes one at a time.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop and place a ball of frozen Cool Whip in the center of a cupcake.
  • Pipe round “bubbles” around it immediately, by squeezing the frosting out into a circle and then pulling straight out.

Root Beer Float CupcakesRoot Beer Float Cupcakes

  • Only have one container of Cool Whip out at a time, and if it starts to get soft, switch it back into the freezer to harden up.
  • Keep these chilled until you serve them.
  • Just before serving, add some sprinkles and a straw for a root beer float feel!
  • Enjoy!!

Root Beer Float Cupcakes!!My thoughts:  Such a fun summer dessert.  It is actually very light and not too sweet because a lot of the topping is just Cool Whip.  I was really happy with how this experiment came out and I can’t wait to make them again!  Enjoy!!!!!

Root Beer Float Cupcakes!!

Our very first cookbook is available for purchase this week!!!  Check it out in our new “Store” tab.  You can also find our greeting cards from Warner Press and our fun new recipe notecards distributed by Trifle Recipe Cards there.

These aren’t our first cupcakes that recreate a yummy beverage!  Try these other fun recipes:

Lime Soda Cupcakes!!!!Malted Milkshake CupcakesStrawberry Lemonade Cupcakes!!!!Baileys Irish Cream Cupcakes

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