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Pina Colada Cake

Pina Colada Cake

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S’mores Bars

S’mores Bars

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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 to that list! These over the top adorable little cookies will be the hit of every single bbq or cookout this summer. I mean seriously, does it get any cuter?!? A little food coloring and mini chocolate chips are all it takes to turn this basic sugar cookie recipe into something spectacular. Watermelon Cookies are really fun to bake but even more fun to eat. I’m not sure who loves them more, the kids or the adults. It’s probably a tie!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, flour, salt, baking powder, red and green food coloring, mini chocolate chips and sesame seeds.

Slice and Bake Watermelon Cookies ingredients list

So Watermelon Cookies may look complicated but I’m here to walk you through it so don’t even worry about it. We’ll start by making a basic sugar cookie dough. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and white sugar with a hand mixer until its light and fluffy. If you don’t have time (or just plain forgot) to soften the butter, you can nuke it in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds. (literally me every time a recipe calls for softened butter)

Next beat in the egg and the almond extract. You can also swap out for vanilla or any extract of your choice.

Butter and white sugar creamed together in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer.

Add the baking powder and salt and mix well. Then gradually mix in the flour about a half a cup at a time. This soft dough will make up all three layers of our Watermelon Cookies.

Baking powder, salt, and flour added to the mixing bowl to form a soft cookie dough.

Now it’s time to mix our colors. Separate out 2/3 of a cup of cookie dough. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside. This is the batch of dough that will remain uncolored.

Then remove an additional 1/2 cup of cookie dough and add it to a small bowl. Using a spoon (or gloves), mix in enough food coloring to tint it a nice, bright green color. This will be make up our watermelon rind.

1/3 cup of cookie dough that has been tinted green.

The remaining dough left in the mixing bowl will be tinted red. Add enough red food coloring to the mixing bowl to make a pretty watermelon colored dough. Roll the red dough into a 3-1/2 inch log. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate all the dough for two hours or until firm.

Red cookie dough about to be covered with plastic wrap and placed in the refrigerator.

Remove the cookie dough from the fridge. On a lightly floured surface roll the plain dough into a 10 X 3-1/2 inch rectangle. Cut with a knife to shape into the rectangle. It’s ok if it’s a little bit longer. It’s better to be a little long than a little short. We need the long side to be able to wrap all the way around our red dough to cover.

Plain cookie dough rolled into a 10X3-1/2 inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface.

Next unwrap our red dough, and place the log on a short end of the plain dough, like so.

Red cookie dough log placed on the short end of the plain cookie dough o a lightly floured surface.

Roll the plain dough all the way around the red dough log to cover. Pinch the seams to seal.

Plain cookie dough wrapped around red cookie dough to form a log.

Unwrap the green cookie dough and roll it into a 12 X 3-1/2 inch rectangle. Place the cookie log on a short side of the green rectangle. Roll the green dough all the way around the dough log to cover. Pinch the seams to seal. The green layer will be very thin and that’s totally ok. We don’t want a massive watermelon rind.

Wrap the cookie dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or freeze for 1-2 hours or until firm (not frozen).Green cookie dough wrapped around the original cookie dough log.

Unwrap the cookie dough and cut into 1/4 inch slices. Cut each slice in half and place two inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. If you haven’t jumped on the parchment paper train yet, then it’s time to start. Parchment paper will really elevate your cookie baking to the next level. It helps them to bake more evenly and also keeps them from sticking to the pan. Try it, you’ll love it!

Cookie dough log sliced into watermelon slices.

Now here’s the fun part! It’s time to decorate these sweet treats to look just like mini watermelon slices! Press mini chocolate chips and sesame seeds into the top of the cookie to resemble fresh, juicy, watermelon. So cute!!! Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 9-11 minutes.

Here’s a simple trick for perfect cookies every time. Always rotate the baking sheets halfway through baking. I always use the top and middle racks in my oven, never the bottom. Then halfway through baking time, I swap positions. So the cookies that were baking on the top rack get bumped down to the middle rack and the cookies that were baking on the middle rack get moved up to the top. I also rotate the baking sheets so that the cookies that were in the front of the oven are now in the back and vice versa. This helps to give the cookies a more all around even bake and will give you fabulous results!

Chocolate chips and sesame seeds pressed into the top of the cookies to look like watermelon seeds

Remove from the oven and place on wire racks to cool. OMG! Look at those cute lil seeds!! I can’t even with these Watermelon Cookies!!! While we’re on the watermelon theme, have you tried our Watermelon Cucumber Salad???

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Slice and Bake Watermelon Cookies

July 3, 2019
: about 3 dozen
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Red and green gel food coloring
  • 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chipschopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and white sugar with a hand mixer until its light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and the almond extract.
  • Step 2 Add the baking powder and salt and mix well. Gradually mix in the flour about a half a cup at a time.
  • Step 3 Separate out 2/3 of a cup of cookie dough. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside. This batch of dough will remain uncolored. Remove an additional 1/2 cup of cookie dough and add it to a small bowl. Mix in enough food coloring to tint it green. The remaining dough left in the mixing bowl will be tinted red. Add enough red food coloring tint it red.Roll the red dough into a 3-1/2 inch log. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate all the dough for two hours or until firm.
  • Step 4 Remove the cookie dough from the fridge. On a lightly floured surface roll the plain dough into a 10 X 3-1/2 inch rectangle. Cut with a knife to shape into the rectangle. Next unwrap our red dough, and place the log on a short end of the plain dough. Roll the plain dough all the way around the red dough log to cover. Pinch the seams to seal.
  • Step 5 Unwrap the green cookie dough and roll it into a 12 X 3-1/2 inch rectangle. Place the cookie log on a short side of the green rectangle. Roll the green dough all the way around the dough log to cover. Pinch the seams to seal. Wrap the cookie dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or freeze for 1-2 hours or until firm (not frozen).
  • Step 6 Unwrap the cookie dough and cut into 1/4 inch slices. Cut each slice in half and place two inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Press mini chocolate chips and sesame seeds into the top of the cookie.
  • Step 7 Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 9-11 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on wire racks to cool. Enjoy!

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Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispies Treats

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Red, White, and Berry Fruit Pizza

Red, White, and Berry Fruit Pizza

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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 just SOOOO darn cute!!! Once you’ve really mastered the basic cake pop technique, you can totally take it to the next level with the decorating and really create adorable treats to match any party theme. The possibilities are endless!! In this tutorial I will show you how to make basic cake pops. But don’t worry, we’ll still use sprinkles to make them super cute!!

Here’s all that you’ll need: Cake mix, frosting, Wilton Candy Melts, sucker sticks, and sprinkles.

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Start by preparing cake mix according to package directions. I chose Funfetti! I love the pops of color it leaves inside the cake! So fun!! You can use a basic cake mix and a can of frosting. You don’t need anything fancy for this! Any flavor will work just as well.

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Bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Let it cool.

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Once the cake is cool enough to handle, toss it all in a large bowl. You can just chunk it up any way you like. Try not to let your OCD get the best of you (me).

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Now it’s time to get down and dirty! Crumble the cake into fine crumbs using your hands. This is a great time to let the kids help. They get to make a mess, but it’s a contained mess, so you both win!

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Add two heaping spoonfuls of frosting. I don’t measure it out. I just take a regular old spoon from my utensil drawer and pile up the frosting. It doesn’t seem like it would be enough frosting for all that cake but it really is. The cake is moist enough that we really don’t need to go overboard. Less is more. Trust!

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I used a cookie scoop to get my cake balls uniform (see OCD comment above) but you can also use a spoon or your hands as well.

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Squish the cake mixture between your hands. Have some fun! Play with it like Play Doh if you want. Then once you’re done with that, roll it into a ball approximately 2 inches or so in size.

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Continue to roll the rest of the cake mixture into 2 inch balls or make as many as you need. I used a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper as my tray.

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Place Wilton Candy Melts in the color of your choice into a microwave safe mug. Heat for 30 seconds and then stir. Heat for another 30 seconds and stir. You can even heat for another 30 seconds and stir. After that I would heat in 15 second intervals. It’s very important not to burn the chocolate! Once it’s burned, it’s game over! There’s no saving it, only wondering what time Michaels is still open and if you have time to run out and get some more.

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Be sure to reach all the way to the bottom when you stir. Microwaves don’t heat evenly, so it’s important to really mix the candy melts well.

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Next dip the tip of your sucker stick into the melted candy melts. This is our first trick! This helps to ensure that your sticks won’t fall out.

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Insert the stick into a cake ball. It’s like you’re gluing it with the candy melts.

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Repeat the process for all of the cake balls. I try to use the same color candy melt for inserting the sticks as I do for covering the outside. It just makes it easier and it all blends better in the end. Next, we’re going to pop the tray of cake balls into the freezer for about 20 minutes. The trick to this is that you want them to be firm but not frozen! If they freeze, the temperature between the cold cake balls and the hot melted chocolate will be too much of a difference. This results in cracked chocolate and oozing oil! Not cute!!

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You may have to remelt your candy melts. Do so in 15 second intervals. Once you reach the desired consistency, allow melts to cool for 1-2 minutes. We want it to be melted but not hot (see above). Dip the cake ball into the candy melts and gently swirl, making sure to cover the entire ball with candy coating. Lightly tap the cake pop on the side of the mug, allowing the excess candy coating to drip off. You’ll need to repeatedly tap the stick to the side of the mug. Sometimes I rotate the stick while I’m doing this just to keep everything nice and uniform.

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Add sprinkles to the outside of the cake pop before the candy coating has a chance to harden. You’ll have to act fast so make sure you have a sprinkle station set up and ready to go! Caps off!

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Stick cake pop into a foam block (I get them at the dollar store in the floral section). You’ll want to take a sucker stick and pre insert it so that you’re holes are ready to go. It’s easier to have it ready ahead of time and it helps to ensure your cake pop won’t get damaged or pop off the top! Another great idea it to use a deep pan filled with rice if you’re in a pinch. I’ve also seen them stuck through the holes of a colander but none of mine seem to accommodate sucker sticks.

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Allow cake pops to air dry. This will also help with the cracking and oozing. They really don’t take that long, maybe 5 minutes.

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I’m loving this red, white, and blue theme for Fourth of July! And the best part was I had all of the colors already on hand! My mason jar is filled with red, white, and blue skittles. These are going to be adorable centerpieces for our July 4th BBQ!! So patriotic!

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Aren’t they adorable?!? Are you team chocolate or team vanilla??? What are your favorite cake pop and frosting combinations??? Once you’ve mastered the technique try our Ice Cream Cake Pops or our Melted Ice Cream Cake Pops!

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Foolproof Cake Pops

July 3, 2017
: 36 cake pops
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1 box cake mix (any flavor)
  • 2 Tablespoons canned frosting (any flavor)
  • Wilton candy melts
  • sucker sticks
  • sprinkles for decorating (optional)
Directions
  • Step 1 Bake cake according to package directions. Cool.
  • Step 2 Crumble cake into fine crumbs with hands.
  • Step 3 Add two heaping spoonfuls of frosting and mix well by hand. Shape cake mixture into round 2 inch balls.
  • Step 4 Place Wilton candy melts into a microwave safe mug. Melt in 15-30 second intervals. Stir well between each interval.
  • Step 5 Dip the tip of the sucker stick into candy melts. Stick candy coated side of stick into cake ball. Place in freezer for 20 minutes.
  • Step 6 Remove cake pops from freezer. Re melt the candy melts in 15 second intervals. Allow candy melts to cool slightly.
  • Step 7 Dip cake pop into the candy melts. Tap stick against the side of the mug to allow excess candy coating to drip off.
  • Step 8 Immediately add sprinkles. Place sucker stick into a foam block with pre drilled holes. Allow candy coating to harden. Enjoy!

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