Frozen Desserts for Summer

Hey there! We hope you had a fun week and if you are looking for a sweet way to cool off this summer or planning your next summer bash we’ve got three great frozen recipes for you! Making frozen desserts seems intimidating at first, but in reality it’s pretty simple and the results are stunning (and an unexpected surprise for guests). We love these recipes because not only will they help you cool off, they are all summer themed!

Frozen Grasshoppers with Mint Fudge Sauce – the sweet and refreshing combination of mint and chocolate come together perfectly in these perfect little frozen treats from Random Sweetness. And the best part of this recipe: you only need 7 ingredients!

Frozen Grasshoppers with Mint Fudge Sauce – Image & recipe by Random Sweetness

Frozen S’mores – Nothing says summer camping like s’mores! But we’d suggest enjoying this frozen version by Reading Confetti at home!

Frozen S’mores – Image & recipe by Reading Confetti

Frozen Strawberries & Cream Dessert  – Strawberries and summer go hand in hand. If you love the perfect pairing of strawberries and cream give this delicious frozen dessert by The Recipe Critic a try!

Frozen Strawberries & Cream Dessert – Image & recipe from The Recipe Critic

What are your favorite frozen summer treats?

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3 Fresh Takes On Cake Batter Treats!

Who doesn’t ADORE cake batter flavored anything? It is such a happy, festive, colorful, and DELICIOUS combination! Perfect for any birthday celebration of course! This week we rounded up three new takes on cake batter flavored treats: homemade truffles, Oreos, and cinnamon rolls! Even if it’s not your birthday this weekend, we highly recommend you make up a batch of these sprinkle laden cinnamon rolls! They are awesome 🙂

Cake Batter Truffles – Truffles are so simple, but look amazing and really wow people. This recipe comes from The Novice Chef and takes little effort but some patience while these treats chill!

Cake Batter Truffles – Image & recipe from The Novice Chef

Homemade Cake Batter Oreos – Oreos meet cake batter, and love ensues! The cookies on these Oreos are definitely softer than the store-bought kind… so kind of like a cake batter whoopie pie. This recipe comes from The Teenage Taste!

Homemade Cake Batter Oreos – Image & recipe from The Teenage Taste.

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls – We have died and gone to cake batter heaven! How perfect would this be for a birthday breakfast (or even breakfast this weekend)? This amazing recipe comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. And it wouldn’t be hard to become addicted to these cinnamon rolls!

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls – Image & recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction

So which take on the cake batter treat was your favorite? We think you know ours (psst…. it’s the cinnamon buns)!

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Super Simple & Festive Confetti Snack Ideas

Are you looking for some quick recipes and ideas for your next party that will impress kids and parents alike? Today we’ve got three perfectly festive and perfectly simple ideas for your next event!

Marshmallow Pops – This recipe comes from Kids Kubby and is so simple. All you need are marshmallows, white and dark chocolate or peanut butter, and your favorite toppings (think sprinkles, coconut flakes, nuts, crushed candy bars, mini M&M’s). You could make a few example pops and then set up a station to let your guests create their own!

Marhsmallow Fun Pops – Image/Recipe from Kids Kubby.

Confetti Pretzels – These adorable pretzel sticks come from the blog Freckleberry Finds! They are so simple to make, all you need is chocolate, pretzel sticks, and sprinkles! We love this recipe too because it could be easily adapted to fit different dietary needs (sub normal pretzels for Glutino gluten free pretzel sticks if you need to make them gluten free).

Confetti Pretzels – Image & recipe from Freckleberry Finds!

White Chocolate Confetti Popcorn – how gorgeous is this popcorn? This simple recipe comes from the The Glitter Guide, and only requires chocolate, canola oil, popcorn, and sprinkles! Are you noticing our sprinkle and chocolate trend here? Who doesn’t love chocolate and sprinkles?
Looking to jazz up popcorn even more? You could experiment with different colored chocolates!

White Chocolate Confetti Popcorn – Image from Tumblr, recipe from The Glitter Guide.

What foods have you funfettied (covered in sprinkles and chocolate)?

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3 Creative Birthday Cake Ideas

Oh sweet, sweet birthday cake! Are you looking for some fresh ideas to try at the next party? Maybe one of these three cake ideas will get your creative baking juices flowing. They are all gorgeous and tasty! Enjoy 🙂

Banana Split Birthday Cake – this decadent cake comes from alanabread, and don’t worry the “ice cream” won’t melt… they are actually butter cream balls! This is definitely a cake worthy of a special birthday. Her recipe even comes with a helpful step by step illustration of how to construct the cake!

Banana Split Birthday Cake – Recipe & Photo from alana bread.

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Doughnut Birthday Cake – How whimsical and simple? You can save time by using pre-made donuts, or if you are feeling adventurous why not make your own (here is a recipe we like). This birthday confection is perfect for the doughnut-lover in your life.

Doughnut Birthday Cake – Image & Recipe by Best Friends for Frosting.

Homemade Cake Batter Truffle Mini Cakes – Cake batter anything is amazing… and in truffle form cake batter may be even better. This arrangement of truffles is great for events where you don’t feel like cutting a traditional cake, and let’s guests control their portions. These sweet truffles would be great for a wedding or bridal shower too!

Cake Batter Truffle Mini Birthday Cakes – image & recipe by Club Chica Circle.

Which is your favorite take on the traditional birthday cake?

3 Gluten Free Party Perfect Treats!

We know we said these recipes are perfect for parties, but honestly they are simple enough to whip up for an afternoon snack or weekend treat. These recipes are sweet twists on traditionally savory treats. So make any day feel like a party, and whip up one of these sweet treats that are great for sensitive tummies!

Gluten Free Almond Butter & Banana Quesadilla – This recipe from With Style & Grace promises to knock your socks off… and we don’t doubt it. Who doesn’t love the classic combination of nut butter with bananas? And if nut allergies cause you troubles, why not try a soy nut butter or  apple butter? Want another way to really amp it up? Drizzle  a little honey or agave on the inside for an extra decadent kick. You won’t regret it!

Gluten Free Almond Butter & Banana Quesadilla – Image & Recipe from With Style & Grace.

Gluten Free Brownie & Berries Pizza – This recipe from Betty Crocker is super easy to whip up since it uses a mix, but is sure to make you look like you spent hours in the kitchen. Who doesn’t love cookie or brownie cakes? If you don’t want to use Betty Crocker GF Brownie Mix you could always swap it out for your favorite organic or natural brand… or use your favorite from scratch recipe. We also think you could swap out berries for a cherry pie type filling for a tasty alternative!

Gluten Free Brownie & Berry Pizza – Image & Recipe from Betty Crocker.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Empanadas  – Yum! We love pumpkin, even though Fall is passed. This simple recipe from Simply Gluten Free makes 12 tasty dessert empanadas 🙂 How adorable are these? It would be so easy to swap out the filling for warm apples, cherries, or even a sweet cinnamon & cream cheese filling!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Empanadas – Image & Recipe from Simply Gluten Free.

Hope you enjoyed these seriously fun, seriously delicious, and seriously gluten free treats! And even if you aren’t sensitive to gluten we still think these recipes are worth a try. Let us know your thoughts!

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Valentine’s Day Treats: 3 Valentine Themed Sweet Treats!

Earlier this week we shared three different tutorials and resources for making amazing Valentine’s Day crafts. Today we’ve got three recipes to share for some decadent and beautiful Valentine’s Day themed goodies. Enjoy!

Valentine’s Day S’mores Cookie Sticks – This simple and adorable recipe comes from Haniela’s food blog. Who doesn’t love s’mores? And can you imagine dipping them into a cup of homemade hot chocolate? Yum! Her recipe includes homemade graham cracker cookies, but if you don’t have the time for that you could always use store bought graham crackers. Check out this recipe and some of her others while your at it.

Valentine’s Day S’more Cookie Sticks – Image & Recipe by Haniela’s.

Ice Cream Heart Sandwiches – If warm treats aren’t your thing you could give these cute ice cream sandwiches by 36th Avenue a try! These sandwiches are ready in just minutes, so they are perfect if you’re crunched for time.

Ice Cream Heart Sandwiches – Image & Recipe by The 36th Avenue.

Heart Shaped S’more Pops – So if you aren’t into dipping your s’mores than maybe you’ll enjoy eating them on a stick? This recipe and beautiful treat comes from the blog In Between Laundry. It’s a pretty easy recipe to follow, especially if you used store bought graham crackers!

Heart Shaped S’more Pops – Image & Recipe by In Between Laundry.

Do you usually bake or make anything special on Valentine’s Day?

3 Healthier Ways To Indulge In Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!

Who doesn’t love cookie dough? We will fess up to having cleaned a spoon or two that was covered in the stuff. It is so sweet, so comforting, and guess what it doesn’t have to be so unhealthy! Today we’ve got 3 recipes to share with you that offer healthier ways to indulge your cookie dough craving. These treats would be great for parties or girls night, or even just good treats for your kids!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt – this glorious recipe comes from The Suburban Girl Gone Country and has been circulating Pinterest boards! We tried it out and it really does taste like cookie dough (different texture but similar taste). We used unsweetened plain soy yogurt and a little stevia in place of Greek yogurt. This would make a great snack for kids, especially if you are trying to get them to enjoy yogurt (and get their calcium)!

Image & Recipe by The Suburban Girl Gone Country

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles – These truffles from Chef Chloe are less sinful then traditional cookie dough. She omits eggs and uses vegan margarine. But we’d be interested to try using yogurt or apple sauce for part of the margarine to cut back on fat. The best part about this recipe… you can control your portions by just having one (OK maybe two) truffle(s) at a time.

Vegan Cookie Dough Truffles – Image & Recipe from Chef Chloe

Healthy Cookie Dough Dip – You won’t believe the secret ingredient in this dip… and neither will your friends. This dip is gluten free, high in protein, and can easily be made sugar free & vegan! Make up a batch and indulge mostly guilt free… we promise you won’t regret it!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dip – Recipe & Image from Chocolate Covered Katie

Are you a cookie dough fanatic? If so let us know what you think of these recipes!

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Gluten Free Brownies

Image from Comfy Belly

Today we’ve got a recipe for delicious, cakey gluten-free brownies adapted from the book Gluten Free Baking Classics! These are so tasty nobody will even notice they don’t contain any wheat. We whipped up a batch of these for a joint birthday party this past weekend (but forgot to snap pictures), and they were a hit. These are great for birthday parties, pot lucks, or the holidays. You can add mix-ins according to your preferences. Chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, or caramel sauce make nice additions! Oh and did we mention we seriously cut the sugar on these too by using stevia in place of sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Mix
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 2 ozs. unsweetened chocolate
  • 4 ozs. semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup stevia in the raw
  • 2 tsps. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • Optional: 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, or chocolate chips, or dried fruit, or a combination.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Farenheit, 350 if you are at altitude. Position rack in lower-middle oven, and grease an 8-inch square pan.
  2. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and xanthan gum in a bowl, then set aside.
  3. Over low heat, melt chocolate and butter in a heavy sauce pan. Once melted, remove the pan from heat and whisk in stevia and vanilla.
  4. Whisk in eggs, one at a time until mixture becomes smooth and glossy.Add the flour mixture and whisk until incorporated. If you are adding nuts or chocolate chips add them and stir to combine.
  5. Pour batter into prepared 8-inch square pan and place in the oven for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the brownies to cool completely, then cut & serve!

What is your favorite brownie recipe? And do you like dense or cakey brownies? We can’t make up our minds.

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Birthday Brownie Pops

We think pop cakes are simply adorable, so why not give pop brownies a try at your next party? This recipe uses a boxed brownie mix making it super easy and fun!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) of your favorite brownie mix (we love this low-fat version from Trader Joes)
  • Water, vegetable oil (or direct substitute with apple sauce) and egg called for on brownie mix box
  • 16 craft sticks (flat wooden sticks with round ends)
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips (4 oz)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons shortening
  • Sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. (325°F for dark or nonstick pan).
  2. Line 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with foil so foil extends about 2 inches over sides of pan. Spray foil with cooking spray. Make the brownies as directed on box. If you have a cake pop pan, make these brownies in that pan!
  3. Place the brownies in freezer for 30 minutes after allowing them to cool for an hour.
  4. Remove brownies from pan by lifting foil and peel the foil from sides of brownies. Cut the brownies into 16 bars, 4 rows by 4 rows.
  5. Gently insert craft stick into end of each bar, peeling foil from bars. Place on cookie sheet and freeze the bars for an additional 30 minutes.
  6. In a small microwavable bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and shortening uncovered on high for about 1 minute; stir until smooth. If the chocolate still isn’t completely melted, simply heat in 5 second increments as needed.
  7. Dip top 1/3 to 1/2 of each brownie into chocolate; sprinkle with candy sprinkles (or completely dip your brownie pops). Then lay them flat on waxed paper or foil to dry.

What do you think of these brownie pops?

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Unusual Cupcake Recipe: Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes!

Chocolate bacon cupcake with chocolate butterm...

Chocolate bacon cupcake with chocolate buttermilk frosting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So at Make A Birthday Wish we love cupcakes, and today we’ve got a recipe we found on All Recipes to share with all of you that is a balance of sweet and salty and reminds us of a cupcake version of Voodoo Donuts famous Bacon Maple Bar donuts (which we are seriously craving)! So put aside your skepticism and give chocolate bacon cupcakes a try!

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices bacon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cold, strong, brewed coffee
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a large, deep skillet cook the bacon over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Using paper towels drain and remove excess oil from the bacon, crumble and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 3/4 cup cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, coffee, buttermilk and oil. Stir just until blended (careful not to over mix).
  5. Mix in 3/4 of the bacon, reserving the rest for garnish. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter.
  8. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting and sprinkle reserved bacon crumbles on top. Dust with additional cocoa powder.

We are excited to indulge our donut craving with these cupcakes! What do you think about recipes that mix sweet and salty?

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