Tag: Fourth of July dessert

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

Serve up a little slice of sunshine with our White Chocolate Fruit Tart! As summer heats up it’s only natural to crave juicy fruits and refreshing desserts and this beautiful tart is both. This marvelous dessert is super versatile and perfect for brunch, picnics and […]

S’mores Sandwich Cookies

S’mores Sandwich Cookies

Hey Y’all! Soooo….I’m about to change your life right now with S’mores Sandwich Cookies!! You don’t even need a campfire to create this delightful little treat. The cookies on their own are completely amazing so you’re going to have to resist devouring them hot out […]

Pina Colada Cake

Pina Colada Cake

If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain…..then you’ll LOVE this cake!!! Pina Colada Cake is moist, delicious, and loaded with the same tropical goodness as the popular summer drink. Now you can sip your favorite drink and eat it too. This tasty bundt cake is flavored with coconut, chunks of pineapple, and a splash of rum, then brushed with a sweet pineapple glaze, smothered in creamy coconut frosting and topped with toasted coconut. Ok you can stop drooling now! This cake is so over the top amazing, your guests will never believe that it’s actually made from a box cake mix. I won’t tell if you don’t.

Here’s all you’ll need: white cake mix, instant coconut cream pudding, canola oil, water, eggs, rum, crushed pineapple, confectioners’ sugar, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and shredded coconut.

Pina Colada Cake ingredients list

Let’s get started! Add the cake mix, instant coconut cream pudding, canola oil, water, eggs, and 1/4 cup of rum to a large bowl. We used Malibu to give this cake even more delicious pineapple flavor! Beat with a hand mixer for 30 seconds at low speed, then crank it up to medium and beat for an additional 2 minutes. The addition of pudding gives this cake a really nice, thick texture as well as added flavor.

Cake mix, instant coconut cream pudding, canola oil, water, eggs, and 1/4 cup of rum mixed together in a large mixing bowl.

Next drain the pineapple. And when I say drain, I really mean DRAIN. Like we want this stuff to be almost dry. I ran this through a strainer, squeezed even more juice out by hand, and then patted it off with paper towels. You can even bust out the hair dryer if you have to (I’m kidding!!!) But we want it to be D-R-Y!!! Stir the crushed pineapple into cake batter. You’ll need to break it up as you go to make sure it’s evenly distributed throughout.

Crushed pineapple after its been drained, patted dry with a paper towel.

Now it’s time to grease the cake pan. Bundt cakes can be a little intimidating at first, especially if you’re a first timer, but I’m telling you they’re really not that bad. This Faberware pan is pretty amazing!! I’ve never had problems with sticking or removing the cake from the pan. Here’s how I do it! Take a stick of butter and grease the pan. Rub it over every nook and cranny. Then add a handful of flour and roll it around inside the pan to coat all those crevices that you just covered in butter. Shake out any extra flour remaining in the cake pan. I’m telling you this method works like a charm!

Bundt pan being rubbed with a stick of butter.

Pour the cake batter into the bundt pan around the center ring. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I recommend sipping a Pina Colada cocktail while you wait for your Pina Colada Cake to bake because why not? Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling. It helps to gently run a butter knife around the edges of the pan before removing.

Bundt cake cooling in the cake pan.

This pineapple glaze is SOOO good I could just drink it right up! In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar with 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice to form a glaze.

1 cup of confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice whisked together in a small bowl to make a glaze.

While the cake is still warm, gently brush the glaze over the top to cover. It’s like one big, giant glazed donut!!! The glaze will soak into the cake and drip down onto the plate. Don’t pay any attention to the drips, this part doesn’t have to be perfect. But DO make sure you go all the way and use every last drop of that glaze!!

Warm bundt cake brushed with pineapple glaze.

Now make sure that cake is cooled completely before this next step. If the cake’s not cool this luscious coconut frosting will run right off and we don’t want that! In separate bowl, whisk together the cream of coconut, 1 tablespoon of rum, and 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar to make this lick your lips delish coconut frosting. Whatever you do, don’t try it. You’ll likely end up eating it right out of the bowl and none of it will make it to the Pina Colada Cake!

Spread the frosting over the cake then top with shredded coconut before it has a chance to set. I toasted the coconut lightly in a a skillet. Cook on low for 5-10 minutes or until coconut turns golden brown. This step is all about personal preference but for me toasted coconut just tastes so dreamy!!!

Cream of coconut, rum, and confectioners' sugar whisked together in a small bowl to make a frosting.

If summer were a dessert, it would be Pina Colada Cake! Cut me off a slice!!

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Pina Colada Cake

August 6, 2019
: 12

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Ingredients
  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant coconut cream pudding mix
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple, glazed
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened pineapple juice
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream of coconut
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Directions
  • Step 1 Add the cake mix, instant coconut cream pudding, canola oil, water, eggs, and 1/4 cup of rum to a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer for 30 seconds at low speed, then increase to medium and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Step 2 Drain the pineapple until almost completely dry. Add to the cake batter and stir, breaking apart as you go, to evenly distribute.
  • Step 3 Prepare the cake pan. Rub with butter, coat with flour, and then shake out any excess flour.
  • Step 4 Pour the cake batter into the bundt pan around the center ring. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Step 5 In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar with 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice to form a glaze. Brush the glaze over the warm cake. Cool completely.
  • Step 6 In separate bowl, whisk together the cream of coconut, 1 tablespoon of rum, and 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar to make coconut frosting. Spread the frosting over the cake then top with shredded coconut before it has a chance to set. Enjoy!
  • Step 7 **To toast coconut, cook on low for 5-10 minutes or until coconut turns golden brown.

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S’mores Bars

S’mores Bars

I’m pretty sure S’mores are the official dessert of Summer. Well if you like S’mores then you’re gonna flip out over S’mores bars!! These deliciously decadent bars taste just like S’mores but without all the mess. Heck, you can even skip the bon fire which […]

Slice and Bake Watermelon Cookies

Slice and Bake Watermelon Cookies

When I think of the Fourth of July, I think of hot dogs and hamburgers cooking on the grill, lots of yummy corn on the cob and tasty pasta salads, and of course, a big ole juicy watermelon. Well now you can add Watermelon Cookies […]

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats

If you haven’t tried Cookies and Cream Rice Krispie Treats, then you’re doing it wrong! This extraordinary mashup combines two of my most loved goodies, Oreo cookies and Rice Krispies cereal. Have you ever asked yourself what happens when Oreo cookies and Rice Krispies collide? This spinoff on the traditional Rice Krispies Treat recipe is born. And it’s to die for!! They’re seriously the most delicious Rice Krispie Treat you’ve ever tasted (coming from a girl who’s tasted a lot of Rice Krispie Treats). We’ve jam-packed chunks of Oreo cookies throughout the cereal bar, smothered them in white chocolate, then loaded up the top with even more double-stuffed cookies and cream goodness. They’re crunchy, they’re chewy, they’re ooey, they’re gooey. THEY’RE AMAZING!!! Put ’em out at a party and they’ll be the first thing gone!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, mini marshmallows, Rice Krispies, Double-stuffed Oreos, and white chocoalte baking chips. Seriously only 5 ingredients!

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats ingredients list

Ok first things first let’s get our prep work done because once we get rollin’, this recipe comes together pretty quickly. So chop up those Oreos into decent sized chunks and set aside. Double-Stuffed Oreos are the obvious choice! Split the pile in half and set aside.

Oreo cookies cut up into chunks on a cutting board.

Oh and one more beyond fabulous bonus to this recipe, just like the regular version of Rice Krispies Treats, they’re no bake! Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Next add the mini marshmallows and stir and stir and stir until they’ve melted in with the butter. Be cautious while stirring. This mixture will get very hot and sticky.

Mini marshmallow sand butter melted down in a Dutch oven on the stovetop.

Remove from the heat and stir in half of the Oreo cookie chunks and all 6 cups of the Rice Krispies cereal. You want to not only evenly distribute the Oreo cookies throughout the mixture but also make sure everything is covered in marshmallow. I find that it’s easiest to work “gently” and also to constantly scoop from the bottom of the pan. It’ll take a few minutes to mix it all up. Just keep mixing til you’re happy with it.

Oreo cookie chunks and Rice Krispies cereal coated in marshmallow in a Dutch oven.

Grease a 9X13″ baking dish with butter. Really all that means is your smearing butter all over the pan so the cereal treat mixture doesn’t stick. Spoon the Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treat mixture into the pan. Gently press it out to flatten. Don’t pack them too hard otherwise we’ll end up with super firm, hard to bite into treats. If you use a gentle touch, you’ll achieve light and airy, perfectly soft and chewable Rice Krispies snacks.

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats spread into a 9X13" baking dish.

Add the white chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Continue to heat but this time in 15 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the white chocolate chips are smooth and creamy. White chocolate can be a bit tricky to work with. Basically if you heat it too quickly it becomes hard and unusable. But I find that 15 second intervals with lots of stirring in between heating helps to avoid this problem.

White chocolate chips melted in a microwave safe glass bowl.

Spread the melted white chocolate over the top of the Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats to cover. Use a butter knife of the back of a spoon to spread that deliciousness over every nook and cranny. We want it all covered!

Melted white chocolate spread over top of the Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats to cover.

Press the remaining Oreo cookies into the white chocolate before it has a chance to set. Cool to room temperature or until the white chocolate topping has set. Remove from the baking pan and cut into bars.

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Grab yourself a big ‘ole glass of milk and enjoy!!! If you love keeping your kitchen cool in the summer, try our No Bake Black Forest Ice Cream Pie next! Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats by Happyifeblogspot.com #cookiesandcream #ricekrispietreats #oreoricekrispietreats #dessert #summerdessert #bakesale #nobakedessert

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats

June 12, 2019
: 2 dozen
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 8 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 3 cups double-stuffed Oreo cookies (about 20), chopped, divided
  • 1-1/3 cups white baking chips, melted
Directions
  • Step 1 Chop up the Oreo cookies into chunks and set aside.
  • Step 2 Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Next add the mini marshmallows and stir until they’ve melted in with the butter. Be cautious while stirring. This mixture will get very hot and sticky.
  • Step 3 Remove from the heat and stir in half of the Oreo cookie chunks and 6 cups of the Rice Krispies cereal. Mix until well combined.
  • Step 4 Grease a 9X13″ baking dish with butter. Spoon the Rice Krispies Treat mixture into the pan. Gently press it out to flatten. Don’t pack it too hard.
  • Step 5 Add the white chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Continue to heat but this time in 15 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the white chocolate chips are smooth and creamy. Do not overheat.
  • Step 6 Spread the melted white chocolate over the top of the Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats to cover. Press the remaining Oreo cookies into the white chocolate before it has a chance to set. Cool to room temperature or until the white chocolate topping has set. Remove from the baking pan and cut into bars. Enjoy!

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Red, White, and Berry Fruit Pizza

Red, White, and Berry Fruit Pizza

We make my famous Red, White, and Berry Fruit Pizza every Fourth of July. And sometimes on Memorial Day. And Labor Day. And whenever berries go on sale. And even on just because days. It’s so good that I promise you will never get sick of […]

Foolproof Cake Pops

Foolproof Cake Pops

Cake pops can be a nightmare to make! They can crumble, they can fall off the sticks, they can even taste like a mouthful of mushy, wet cake. I have heard all the horror stories! But even though they can be terrifying to make….they are […]