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Iced Mocha Pops!

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Stir this delicious frozen pop into your coffee, and you have an instant, creamy iced peppermint mocha! 

The heat of summer is here, and I find myself craving iced coffee drinks in yummy flavors. These easy-to-make frozen pops can be stored in your freezer and pulled out any time you have a craving for something a little more fun than just plain coffee!

I made mine with peppermint syrup- but you could certainly make yours with your favorite flavor! Don’t skimp on the chocolate- I used Torani Dark Chocolate Sauce and it is to die for!!  Seriously. Use it.

Iced Mocha Pops

Aren’t they so fun?!? And the smiles when you serve these….. love it!

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

INGREDIENTS (makes 10 pops)

  • 3 cups of whole milk (if you can get it in your part of the world, Fairlife ultra-filtered milk is SO worth trying. It is unbelievably creamy. I’ve never had milk this good…)
  • 2/3 cup Torani Dark Chocolate Sauce (plus a little to drizzle on top, if desired)
  • 3/4 cup Torani Peppermint Syrup (or whatever flavor you love!)
  • Pink food coloring (if desired- match the color to the flavor you use– you can have several flavors in your freezer and know which is which!)
  • Whipped Cream (to top, if desired)
  • 8 oz. of brewed coffee for each serving
  • Crushed ice

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat 2 cups of milk in the microwave or on the stove until warm (not hot).
  • Add Dark Chocolate Sauce and mix until well-combined.
  • Set 10 (3 oz.) paper cups on a small baking sheet and pour Dark Chocolate milk mixture into each cup. Fill them about 2/3 full.
  • Freeze for 3-4 hours. Press a wooden dowel into each one (the pointed end helps with this) and re-freeze.
  • Mix peppermint syrup with remaining 1 cup of milk and pour all but about 1/3 cup into each cup, leaving a little room on the top of each pop to add some PINK peppermint milk.
  • Freeze for 3-4 hours (keep unused peppermint milk covered in fridge until you need it).
  • Add pink food coloring to remaining peppermint milk, and pour a little on top of each pop.
  • Freeze overnight.
  • The next day, clip the top of the cup with a scissors and tear away the paper cup. Place uncovered pop on a paper plate or parchment paper in the freezer.

Iced Mocha Pops

  • To serve immediately, in a 12-14 oz. cup, brew 8 oz. of strong coffee. I used my Keurig with a dark blend.
  • Place pop into coffee and stir until dissolved. Add a little crushed ice to chill completely and top with whipped cream and chocolate drizzles if desired.

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  • To have a mocha-on-demand, place these little pops into cake-pop cello bags and tie them shut. Keep these frozen for up to a month. When you are craving an iced mocha, simply make coffee and add a pop!
  • Enjoy!!!!

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My thoughts: Ah….these are so yummy! I love the deep chocolate taste and how it blends with the coffee. I made some with caramel syrup too, and I can’t wait to try others! Give yourself a day to make them, since they have to freeze in stages. I started my first batch in the afternoon and finally put them in to freeze overnight at 10pm! So plan ahead and start them early.

These are so cute in little cello bags with ties- a perfect addition to a coffee bar- just be sure to keep them on ice! Enjoy!!  ~r

Iced Peppermint Mocha Pops

Other coffee themed desserts here on Easybaked: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Espresso Cookies 6Mocha cupcakes in edible fondant mugMocha Caramel Cream Cupcakes!Spiced Mocha and Tim Tam Slams!

Baked Alaska Cookies!

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These dark chocolate cookies are topped with a scoop of ice cream and a cloud of toasted meringue~ a cookie sized Baked Alaska! So fun!

Baked Alaska is a dessert that is dear to my heart. Every year, for as long as I can remember, my mom, sis-in-law and I have celebrated our (nearly-Christmas) birthdays with this dessert. At Christmas, the ice cream of choice is peppermint stick. I made these with Mocha Chip ice cream. Pick your favorite ice cream flavor, and give these sweet mini desserts a try!

Baked Alaska Cookies!!

Oh- and remember that hot fudge sauce I shared here a few days ago? Well…put that to good use here:

Baked Alaska Cookies!

Here is how we made these: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 18-22 desserts)

Cookies:

  • 1 sticks (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 gallon of ice cream

Meringue topping:

  • 8 egg whites
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar

DIRECTIONS: (note: you will need a Kitchen Torch to toast the tops of these)

Cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Add butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa together in  large mixing bowl.
  • Blend on medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until smooth (use clean hands at the end, to knead into a soft ball of dough)
  • Roll out cookie dough on floured counter, using a floured rolling pin.
  • Cut into 2 1/2″ circles and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  
  • Bake for 8 to 11 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Gently slide parchment paper off of cookie sheet and onto a flat surface. Cool. 
  • Place cookies back on cooled cookie sheets and freeze them to get them cold while you make meringue.

Meringue topping: (Don’t be afraid- this is easy! It just takes some quality time with your mixer.)

  • Place egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a medium heat-proof bowl that will set 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 about 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 glossy white yumminess into a bag fitted with a decorating tip.

Assembly of dessert:

  • Assemble one dessert at a time, and then pop it into the freezer immediately.
  • Take a cold cookie, use a small cookie scoop or melon baller and place a scoop of ice cream in the center of the cookie.  Pipe meringue all around it, being careful to seal up all the ice cream at the bottom and them working your way up to a swirled top!

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  • Immediately toast this meringue with a Kitchen Torch to firm up the outside of the meringue and then FREEZE!
  • Serve frozen with a little bit of hot fudge on top.
  • Enjoy!!!!

Baked Alaska Cookies

My thoughts: **Smile** I loved these…. oh my. SO much! I made a mistake with the ice cream by using yogurt instead- it was softer than ice cream and harder to assemble- so use ice cream! I tried to take a picture of the inside and is was so soft that as soon as I cut into it, it fell apart into a pile of yummy frozen yogurt..that’s why there are no pictures of the insides 🙂 These were well-loved by everyone who tried them- including me!  Enjoy!!!  ~r

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Other mini desserts to try: (click on a photo to be taken to a recipe)

Turtle Cookie CupButterscotch Ice cream towers!!!!S'mores Pie!!!Marshmallow Turtle Pops!

Ice Cream Punch Pops!

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Add ginger ale to this cute frozen pop and you’ll have a cup of creamy, fruity, ice cream punch!  A perfect summer treat!

So I have this incredible punch recipe. It is soooooo yummy! I’ve made it for all sorts of parties, showers, picnics, and receptions. I’ve been asked for my recipe so many times that I’m actually surprised I haven’t added it here on Easybaked yet!

Last week I was craving it. I was headed to the pool and thinking about a cup of this creamy summer happiness- but you know punch…you have to throw all the ingredients into a big bowl and it is delicious for maybe an hour- and then it melts and you can’t save it for later. So I sat by the pool and thought about how to make punch in single servings, and these little ice cream punch pops came into being!

Punch Pops !

Aren’t they CUTE? I wrapped mine up in cello bags and tied them with ribbons. When anyone wants  cup of punch, all I need is some ginger ale to pour over the top. Stir….. and….

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YUM! Punch in whatever fruit flavor you choose! One cup at a time!

These are fun and fairly easy to put together- they just take some freezer time. Make sure you have some freezer space available- and you need some height- so you can fit them in with those straws poking out of the top. Once they are made, you can place them in cake pop bags and tie them with cute ribbons. This makes storage in the freezer easier and keeps them fresh longer.

Here’s how I put these cute little pops together: (if you prefer a big bowl of punch, put all the ingredients in a punch bowl- but use a little less ginger ale).

INGREDIENTS: (makes 20 pops)

  • 24-30 oz of pineapple juice
  • ½ gallon vanilla ice cream
  • 1 quart of fruit sherbet- any flavor (I used 3 flavors and only used 1/3 of each quart)
  • 2 liters of ginger ale at room temperature
  • 6-7 strawberries, sliced 
  • 20 (3 oz) paper cups and 20 straws

DIRECTIONS:

  • In 20 small (3 oz) paper cups, measure about 1/8 cup of pineapple juice and add a slice of strawberry
  • Freeze until hard (4-6 hours)

Note: I did this on a small cookie sheet so that I could pop them all into and out of the freezer at once.

  • Scoop ice cream into a large zip top bag and microwave in 10 second increments until soft-serve consistency. Mix bag by squeezing. (Tip: wear gloves to keep your hands warm!)
  • Clip a corner off this bag and squeeze the softened ice cream over frozen juice, leaving room at the top for a layer of sherbet (you will add about twice as much ice cream as sherbet, and use almost all of the ½ gallon)
  • Slide a straw into the center of each cup and re-freeze until ice cream layer is hard (2-3 hours)
  • Scoop sherbet into a large zip-top bag and microwave/squeeze until a soft-serve consistency (this melts faster than ice cream, so be cautious)
  • Clip a corner off this bag and squeeze the softened sherbet over the top of the frozen ice cream. Tap each cup against the counter to flatten the sherbet out a little bit on top.
  • Re-freeze overnight (10-12 hours)

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  • To remove them from the cup, snip a tiny cut into one of the cup’s edges and tear the cup away.
  • Set the pop on a small cookie sheet that has been covered with parchment paper and keep frozen until use.

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  • If you want to place them in individual bags, keep them frozen, and one at a time, slide into a bag, tie shut and refreeze.

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  • To serve these cute little pops, simply place one in a glass that holds at least 12 ounces, and pour room temperature ginger ale over the top- just until the pop is covered. 
  • Stir your punch with the straw until it has melted into a cold frothy ice cream treat!

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Punch pops!

My thoughts: I love these! They taste exactly like my favorite punch and I love that I can have a cup of it whenever a craving strikes. I had a party a couple of days ago, and the guests enjoyed choosing a flavor (I made raspberry, lime and orange), and making their own punch! It’s just plain fun. 🙂

Oh- and don’t you love the glasses?!? I’m CRAZY about them! Bring me sunshine!!!!  I found them on Amazon while looking for something entirely different- and knew they would make perfect little punch glasses! They are actually intended to be candle holders- so if you use them you will have to wash by hand. I love them so much I will happily wash by hand every time! They are especially cheery with juice at breakfast! Click on the photo below if you want your own: 

I hope you get a chance to try these fun little punch pops- they really are one of my favorite ideas in awhile 🙂  ~r

Other frozen summer treats here on Easybaked:

Creamy Mango Pops!Frosty Almond Joy Cups!Raspberry Lemon Cream Cups!!!Heath Bar Ice Cream Dessert3

 

Banana Split Cupcakes!

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Banana Split Cupcakes

Do you like banana split sundaes? If so, you will love these little cupcake treats- tasty and oh, so cute!!

I love going out for ice cream- not the soft-serve window kind, but the sit-down in a cute parlor with a million combinations of ice creams and toppings to decide from kind. I usually skip the banana split, because I’m not a huge fan of bananas unless they are in bread (or, in this case a cupcake!). Banana splits are the gold-standard of ice cream though- they have that sundae “look” to them. They are pretty.

I wanted to capture the look, and flavor of a sundae in these cupcakes and I love how they turned out! YUM!!!!

A few months ago I made Root Beer Float Cupcakes using scoops of Cool Whip as ice cream. They were so easy and cute and DELICIOUS, that I used the same idea here~ with banana cupcakes and a yummy strawberry ice-cream-topping filling!

Banana Split Cupcakes2 Want to try them? Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed banana cake mix (I used Duncan Hines), plus water, oil and eggs to make according to box.
  • 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 teaspoons of strawberry flavoring
  • 2 tubs of Cool Whip (frozen)
  • One jar of strawberry ice cream topping
  • One bottle of chocolate “shell” ice cream topping
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
  • Sprinkles and spoons (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix according to package and bake in 24 cupcake liners in muffin tins.
  • Make frosting by combining butters, powdered sugar and strawberry flavoring in a large bowl and beating on high until light and fluffy. Place in a zip-top bag, fitted with a decorating tip.
  • When cupcakes are cool, remove a core from the center using a knife or a cupcake corer. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of strawberry ice cream topping into the middle (you could use pineapple here too, if you wanted) Place “top” of core back on cupcake.
  • Use a cookie scoop or a small ice cream scoop to scoop frozen Cool Whip onto the top of one cupcake. Immediately pipe frosting around the edges of the scoop to hold it in place. Keep cupcakes chilled as soon as they are frosted, and keep your second tub of Cool Whip in the freezer until ready to use.
  • Once all cupcakes are frosted, drizzle them with chocolate shell- this makes a little bit of a mess, but I just dropped them into a second cupcake liner to catch the drips 🙂

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  • Immediately sprinkle with nuts and decorations.
  • Keep cupcakes refrigerated until serving.
  • Enjoy!!!

Banana Split Cupcakes

My thoughts: These are a little more time consuming that your average cupcake– but look at how fun they are!! The flavors and textures are just perfect too- that cold Cool Whip and those crunchy nuts with the banana cupcakes… YUM! I really hope you get a chance to try these little treats! ~r

Banana Split Cupcakes

Other ice cream- inspired treats here at Easybaked: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Butterscotch Ice cream towers!!!!Heath Bar Ice Cream Dessert3Raspberry Lemon Cream Cups!!!Ice Cream Cake

Caramel Gelato with Gingerbread Spoons

Caramel Gelato with Gingerbread cookie spoonsThis creamy frozen caramel dessert is perfect when it is eaten with a spicy gingerbread cookie spoon.  Does dessert get much more fun than this?!?

This recipe has a story. I was flying home to Michigan for a wedding when I saw the most amazing dessert in one of those in-flight magazines.  It was some sort of mousse with a COOKIE SPOON in it.  I stared at it and thought….and wondered if spoon cookie cutters exist (they do), and I decided right then that I would make something caramel with gingerbread spoons.

Something caramel…..something sweet and rich.  About a week later, I saw this post on Foodgawker and the words, “Three ingredients. No churn. No machine. No whipping cream. It’s magic.” swirled in my head.  Sour cream, Sweetened condensed milk, Vanilla. No machine.

What if I added Dulce de Leche instead of the sweetened condensed milk?  I had to try it.  I felt like I was surely wasting a container of sour cream when I mixed this up….but then…. creamy, cold caramel deliciousness. It is magic.  You need to try this!

Caramel Gelato!!!

Here’s how: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

Caramel Gelato:

  • 1 1/2 cups of sour cream (use full-fat)
  • 1 can (13.4 oz.) of La Lechera Dulce de Leche (now….imagine coconut cream in this recipe….!)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Cookie Spoons:

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves

DIRECTIONS:

Caramel Gelato:

  • Mix all ingredients together well, spread into a freezer safe bowl and cover tightly.  
  • Freeze overnight.
  • Allow gelato to warm a little before serving.

Gingerbread Cookie Spoons:

  • Cream together butter and sugar.
  • Beat in egg, molasses and vinegar.
  • Blend in sifted dry ingredients.
  • Chill 2-3 hours (this is important– the dough is very easy to roll after chilling)
  • Roll 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick on a floured counter or board and cut into spoon shapes, using a cookie cutter, and place on greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Check often- take out when cookies have risen and are easily removed from sheet.

Caramel Gelato!My thoughts: This caramel desert is unbelievably creamy and rich.  I pictured 2 scoops in my photos, but I would serve just one.  It is almost like frozen custard- so heavy and rich.  The caramel flavor is amazing though!  Amazing.  The cookies are so delicious with the caramel.  They are hard to actually use as spoons until the frozen caramel warms a bit.  I love this flavor combination!  I hope you get a chance to try it!  Enjoy!!! ~r

Caramel Gelato and ginger bread cookiesOther fun chilled desserts you might enjoy:

Heath Bar Ice Cream Dessert3Peppermint Ice cream pieIce Cream Cakefrozen s'more cups

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.

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  • 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

 

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