Apple OREO Balls

Easy Apple OREO Balls to kick off back to school season. Enjoy a fun food craft recipe with free printables for an adorable teacher gift or back to school party. Sponsored by Oriental Trading Cute Apple OREO Balls I can’t believe we’ll be back to school soon! I made some cute Apple OREO Balls to […]

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Boots Banana Freakshake

If you think you know Dora…think again! Dora’s going on her biggest adventure yet when Dora and the Lost City of Gold hits theatres August 9! Get ready for the fun with a bigger than Boots Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by the film.

Boots inspired Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold. A mega milkshake with hot fudge, sprinkles, brownies and whipped cream.

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Easy Boots Banana Freakshake Recipe

I was so excited when I first saw the trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold! If you’re like me and watched hundreds of episodes of the cartoon version with your kids, you might be excited for this live-action adventure too. It’s so fun that Dora, Diego and Boots are back! This new film in theaters August 9, will most definitely bring back memories.

Dora Party Ideas inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

To get you in the “swing” of things, I created the ultimate ice cream shake inspired by Dora’s best monkey friend, Boots. This easy Boots Banana Freakshake is filled with banana ice cream, gooey hot fudge, chocolate sprinkles, brownies, whipped cream and more! It’s delicioso!

Boots inspired Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold. A mega banana milkshake combined with hot fudge, chocolate sprinkles, brownies, whipped cream and more!

What is the Dora movie about?

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School.

Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.

What a great movie to see before school starts up again. I can still sing a lot of the Dora songs. I wonder if they will be in the movie? Be sure to find out on August 9th!

What is a Freakshake?

A freakshake is basically a mega huge milkshake combining ice cream with candy, then stacking the top of the cup with high calorie desserts such as brownies, candy bars, cotton candy and often entire slices of cake. It’s said the freakshake trend started in Australia, but now basically everywhere! If you can eat the whole thing, you’re a dessert loving rock star! ha!

Boots Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

 

Freakshake with Dora and the Lost City of Gold Printables

Make the most of summer by making my easy and super delicioso Boots Banana Freakshake! A simple to make banana ice cream, with hot fudge, chocolate drizzled bananas, whipped cream and more! This fun recipe also comes with the free printables you need to create your Dora and the Lost City of Gold milkshake.

Boots Banana Freakshake recipe. Easy Dora Party Food dessert.

This crazy shake will bring out your adventurous side. Not only is it exciting to make, but would be perfect desserts for a Dora themed birthday party. Make a big batch of banana milkshakes, fill small mason jars and let the kids stack the desserts they want on the lid. Better yet, put the slice of cake on top of the glass!

 

How to make a Boots Banana Freakshake

There are many ways you can make a freakshake. I hope you enjoy some inspiration from this wild banana shake recipe. It will surely get you in the mood for the film in theatres soon.

Step 1: Prepare printables by downloading the Dora and the Lost City of Gold Free Printables. Print, trim and attach Boots to twine and tie to straws or wooden skewers. Attach a Dora flag to drinking straw. Set aside.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold free printables. Easy Dora Party ideas.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold boots free printables. Easy Dora Party ideas.

Click to download Printables

Step 2:  Spread a large spoonful of room temperature hot fudge around the bottom of a glass.

Step 3: Use a bread knife and add hot fudge around the rim of the glass. Use a damp paper towel to wipe excess and create a nice even strip of chocolate.

Step 4: Tilt glass over a large bowl or sink and sprinkle chocolate jimmies onto the hot fudge. Gently press down any sprinkles to secure. Set aside.

 Banana Freakshake recipe with hot fudge

Step 5: Put brownies, rice krisipies treats or desired candy onto a wooden skewer. Set aside.

Step 6: Blend vanilla ice cream, half of a banana and milk to make a banana milkshake.

 Banana Freakshake recipe

Step 7: Gently pour milkshake into glass and add a whole banana onto the glass rim, then add skewer with treats.

 Banana Freakshake recipe. Easy milkshake dessert.

Step 8: Top with whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate and a cherry.

Step 9: Garnish with Dora printables and straws. Enjoy!

 Banana Freakshake recipe. Easy milkshake dessert inspired by Dora for a party.

 

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Banana Freakshake

Boots inspired Banana Freakshake recipe inspired by Dora and the Lost City of Gold. A mega banana milkshake combined with hot fudge, chocolate sprinkles, brownies, whipped cream and more! It’s delicioso!

Freakshake

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/2 bananas
  • 1/4 cup hot fudge
  • 1/4 cup chocolate jimmies
  • 1 brownie
  • 1 Rice Krispies treat
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • cherry for garnish

Dora Party Decor

  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold printables
  • scissors
  • glue dots
  • twine
  • paper straws
  • wooden skewers
  1. Prepare printables by downloading the Dora and the Lost City of Gold Free Printables. Print, trim and attach Boots the monkey to twine and tie to straws or wooden skewers. Attach a Dora flag to drinking straw. Set aside.
  2. Spread a large spoonful of room temperature hot fudge around the bottom of a glass.
  3. Use a bread knife and add hot fudge around the rim of the glass. Use a damp paper towel to wipe excess and create a nice even strip of chocolate.
  4. Tilt glass over a large bowl or sink and sprinkle chocolate jimmies onto the hot fudge. Gently press down any sprinkles to secure. Set aside.
  5. Put brownies, Rice Krisipies treats or desired candy onto a wooden skewer. Set aside.
  6. Blend vanilla ice cream, half of a banana and milk to make a banana milkshake.
  7. Gently pour milkshake into glass and add a whole banana onto the glass rim, then add skewer with treats.
  8. Top with whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate and a cherry.
  9. Garnish with Dora printables and straws. Enjoy!

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Popsicle Party Yogurt Treats

Greek yogurt confetti rainbow treats with sweet popsicle candy toppers. A simple popsicle party recipe made with the Wilton DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kit.

Greek yogurt confetti rainbow treats with sweet popsicle candy toppers.

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Rainbow Yogurt Popsicle Party Treats

I’m excited to share some adorable new Rainbow Confetti Popsicle Party Treats that I made with the new Wilton DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kit. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party or looking for something fun to do with kids this summer, this no-bake recipe is the cutest sweet treat!

Chill out this summer and balance a homemade popsicle lollipop with healthy Greek yogurt topped with rainbow sprinkles. This simple recipe looks adorable on a popsicle party table and since there’s no baking required, it’s also fun for kids to whip up on their own.

Greek yogurt confetti rainbow treats with popsicle candy toppers. A simple popsicle party recipe made with the Wilton Candy-Making Kit.

 

Popsicle Lollipop Kit

Popsicles are the cutest, so when I heard that Wilton made a Lollipop Candy-Making Kit that looks like popsicles, we had to try it! This fun kit includes a popsicle-shaped mold, Candy Melts candy, rainbow sprinkles and all the tools you need to melt, mold and decorate.

Wilton DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kit - Popsicle

Lollipop Candy Kit Includes:

  • pink, orange and yellow Candy Melts candies
  • rainbow jimmies
  • 12 lollipop sticks
  • three decorating bags
  • plastic mold
  • project card with step-by-step instructions

My daughter helped me make the popsicle lollipops. I love how kid-friendly Wilton made their kits. Super easy! Click here to order a kit from Wilton.com.

Easy Rainbow Greek Yogurt Recipe with Wilton DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kit

 

Easy Popsicle Lollipops

You really can’t mess these cute lollipops up! The Wilton kit includes enough items to make 12 lollipops. I think ours turned out really cute.

Recipe with Wilton Candy-Making Kit - Popsicle Party Ideas

This food craft took us about 30 minutes total. The melted candy dries fast, so popsicles are done quickly. This is a great kit to help bring out the creative side in you!

Easy recipe with Wilton Candy-Making Kit - Popsicle Party Ideas

Greek Yogurt Confetti Treats

There’s nothing more fun than rainbow sprinkles! I used the leftover rainbow jimmies from the kit as a topping for the Greek yogurt. I thought about making ice cream sundaes, but Greek yogurt has such great health benefits and less sugar, so I choose to go the healthier route instead.

What is the difference Greek yogurt and regular yogurt?

Greek yogurt is made by straining out the extra whey in regular yogurt. It makes the yogurt thicker, creamier and tangier. Plain Greek yogurt has less sugar and more protein than regular yogurt as well.

Easy Greek Yogurt dessert recipe with Wilton Candy-Making Kit - Popsicle Party Ideas

Just place the popsicle lollipop candy into the yogurt and kids will want to dive into these yogurt bowls!

Easy Greek Yogurt dessert recipe with Wilton Candy-Making Kit - Popsicle Party Ideas

 

Rainbow Confetti Greek Yogurt Recipe - Popsicle Party Ideas

 

Wilton Candy and Cupcake Decorating Kits

Besides the DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kit, Wilton has several other cute party food kits to choose from!

Wilton DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kits

 

Gummy Cupcake Decorating Kit Make, color and mold your own gummy candy to use as a cupcake decoration. Kit comes with shaped molds, 24 printed baking cups, 4 oz. of white gummy mix, red and blue food colorings and rainbow jimmies.

Merrmaid Cupcake Decorating Kit Make a splash with the mermaid cupcake decorating kit. This kit includes everything needed to decorate 12 cupcakes, including Candy Melts candy, a mermaid tail-shaped candy mold, 24 printed baking cups, four 12-inch decorating bags, two plastic decorating tips, mixed Sugar Pearls and mini icing decorations.

Cute Critters Decorating Kit Turn friendly, furry faces into edible treats. Start with your favorite baked treat and icing, then follow the recipe card to roll and cut fondant into cute critters. Kit includes black, white and brown fondant, two tin steel cookie cutters and a fondant roller.

Confetti Yogurt Treats

Greek yogurt rainbow confetti treats with popsicle candy toppers. A simple popsicle party recipe made with the Wilton Popsicle Lollipop Candy-Making Kit.

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  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 4 cups plain Greek yogurt
  1. Make popsicle lollipops according to the candy-making kit.

  2. In a large bowl, mix the honey and Greek yogurt together. Add more honey to taste.

  3. Fill dessert cups with the yogurt.

  4. Add sprinkles to the top of yogurt.

  5. Place a popsicle lollipop on top and serve.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Use vanilla yogurt and omit the honey if you prefer a sweeter treat.

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American Flag Vegetable Tray

This fun American Flag Vegetable Tray Platter and Dill Dip Recipe makes an easy 4th of July party idea! Such a cute patriotic party veggie tray.

Easy American Flag Vegetable Tray Platter and Dill Dip Recipe. Easy low carb appetizer for a 4th of July party.

Easy American Flag Vegetable Tray 

This fun American Flag Vegetable Tray Platter and Dill Dip Recipe makes an easy 4th of July party idea! I love coming up with fun vegetable tray platters for a party and had a blast making this American Flag Vegetable Tray for Memorial Day.  With the 4th of July coming up soon, this easy red white and blue veggie tray idea is sure to be a hit with your party guests!

American Flag Vegetable Tray & Dill Dip Recipe. 4th of July Party Ideas. LivingLocurto.com

Getting creative with summer entertaining and grilling can be easy with these simple party food ideas. Pizza and a vegetable tray are the perfect combination. After baking pizza on the grill, I’m totally hooked on pizza vs burgers or hot dogs for a barbecue! So you’ll notice some yummy Ristorante Pizza by Dr. Oetker on my patriotic party table. It’s the best for grilling because of the delicious thin crust.

Ristorante Grilled Pizza

Originally Published June 16, 2014 

Easy 4th of July Low Carb Recipe

For a low carb option this 4th of July, this veggie tray is one of the easiest things to make! Along with the American flag vegetable tray and grilled pizzas, I made my favorite dill dip recipe and turned it blue to complete the American flag design. I searched through my cabinets to find a blue square container and once it was all together, I thought this veggie tray turned out terrific!

American Flag Vegetable Tray - Easy 4th of July Party Appetizer - Dill Dip Recipe

 

How Do You Make An American Flag Vegetable Tray?

Making this vegetable tray is as easy as 1,2,3! I have to admit that dipping the delicious crispy pizza into the dill dip is very tasty! I found these cute red, white and blue containers at Michaels and they were perfect for serving the grilled pizza.

4th of July Party Ideas with Grilled Pizza. LivingLocurto.com

Can you guess what I made the stars from? They are radishes cut with a small star fondant cutter! You could use cucumbers, but they won’t be as white. A star cookie cutter would be great too.

–> Get a star cookie cutter in various shapes on Amazon here.

Fun 4th of July Party Idea. American Flag Vegetable Tray! Patriotic veggie tray. LivingLocurto.com

How Did You Make the Dill Dip Blue?

I added blue food coloring to my dill dip. I think using a blue sandwich container also helped it look bright colored. You’ll want to gradually add a few drops of food coloring until you get the desired blue you like. Get a blue container like mine on Amazon here.

I hope you enjoy this vegetable tray platter idea! If you grill some pizza or make this veggie tray for the 4th of July, share a photo with me on social media. I’d love to see how it turned out!

 

What Will I Need for this American Flag Vegetable Tray Platter?

Here’s a list of what you’ll need. Feel free to use which ever red and white vegetables you prefer. I found the veggies that are the most popular in my home.

Dill Dip Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Fat Free Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 8 oz. Light Cream Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Dill, minced
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh Parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 6-10 Drops of Blue Food Coloring

I’ve got the full directions that you can print below and also made a fun video! 

  1. Slice the vegetables and line them up on the cookie sheet in rows of white and red.
  2. Mix all ingredients of the dip together in a bowl. Gradually add a few drops of the food coloring until you get the desired blue.
  3. Add the dip to a square container and place in the top left side of the cookie sheet. Thinly slice a radish and cut stars then place in rows on the dip.
  4. Serve with grilled pizza and fruit for a fun and simple 4th of July dinner!


American Flag Vegetable Tray Platter

Easy American Flag Vegetable Tray Platter and Dill Dip Recipe. Easy low carb appetizer for a 4th of July party. Fun patriotic party veggie tray.

  • 1 Large Cookie Sheet
  • Square Container for the Dill Dip
  • Small Star Fondant Cutter
  • 3 Cucumbers
  • 10-15 Radishes
  • Cauliflower
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • 2 Red Peppers

DILL DIP

  • 1/2 cup Fat Free Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 8 oz. Light Cream Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Dill (minced)
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh Parsley (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 6-10 Drops of Blue Food Coloring
  1. Slice the vegetables and line them up on the cookie sheet in rows of white and red to make the American Flag stripes.
  2. Mix all ingredients of the dip together in a bowl.
  3. Gradually add a few drops of the food coloring until you get the desired blue.
  4. Add the dill dip to a square container and place in the top left side of the cookie sheet.
  5. Thinly slice a radish and cut stars, then place in rows on the dip.
  6. Serve with grilled pizza and fruit for a fun and simple 4th of July dinner!


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Do you have any fun 4th of July Dessert Recipes?

Want a dessert version of this American Flag recipe? Try this American Flag Strawberry Shortcake or these easy no-bake American Flag Marshmallow pops. Here’s more of my favorite 4th of July Party Recipes!

Red, White and Blue 4th of July Recipes. Fun desserts, appetizers and free party printables at LivingLocurto.com

What Are Other Good Vegetable Tray Platter ideas for a party?

When you need more healthy party appetizer ideas, here are a few of my go-to recipes.

Easy Homemade Greek Tzatziki Dip Recipe

Traditional Greek Tzatziki dip recipe and fresh vegetable tray platter. Pair sauce with chicken or lamb meat. Greek yogurt and cucumber sauce veggie tray.

10 Minute Spinach Artichoke Dip

Easy Instant Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip baked in only 10 minutes! Easy pressure cooker recipe when you need a simple, fast and delicious appetizer.

 

How to make an American Flag Vegetable Tray Platter, Dill Dip Recipe and grilled pizza. Easy party ideas for the 4th of July. Patriotic party veggie tray. LivingLocurto.com

 

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Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake

Bring back memories of childhood with an easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe. This classic homemade pineapple upside down cake recipe is combined with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer ice box cake.

An easy homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe turned into an ice cream cake. This classic cake combined with vanilla ice cream makes the perfect summer ice box cake.

Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake

This easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake is the perfect summer treat! We all know that pineapple upside down cake is amazing when served with vanilla ice cream. So why not combine the two for an even more fabulous cake? Enjoy this delicious and easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe with a twist. Thanks to Divian for contributing this delicious classic summer dessert!

Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe turned into an ice cream cake.

Just Like Mom’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake

When I was growing up, every week my mother would make some kind of amazing cake.  We would come home from school, my dad from work and we would have dinner and dessert as a family. I remember it all so clear and each time I do, I smile.

While mom made a host of different cakes, one of our favorite cake recipes that she made definitely stands out to me the most… her pineapple upside down cake! I can still see Mom pulling out her huge rectangular baking pan, covering a piece of cardboard in aluminum foil and turning that cake upside down. It was amazing.

An easy homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe turned into an ice cream cake. This classic cake combined with vanilla ice cream makes the perfect summer ice box cake.

How to make a classic Pineapple cake From Scratch

I had not eaten a pineapple cake in years, but when I made this fun version of mom’s recipe with ice cream for summer, it brought back so many wonderful memories.

As you can see, I added vanilla ice cream, which is a simple twist to create a Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake! I’m a firm believer that nothing makes cake better than a nice scoop of ice cream! Something about the butteriness of the cake, paired with ice cream makes it so much more delicious.

 

With this recipe, we combine ice cream as a layer with the cake. What better way to enjoy a childhood memory!

Originally Published on September 2, 2014

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Ingredients

First of all, you’ll need two 9″ spring form cake pans to make this cake.

Springform Cake Pan

Pineapple Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 3 tsp of baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup of Pineapple Juice
  • 1/8 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 stick of butter (softened)

For Topping:

  • 1 Stick of butter melted
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • Pineapple slices or crushed pineapple
  • Maraschino Cherries

Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

For the pineapple cake, mix all dry ingredients and then add in your wet ingredients. Mix well.

In one 9 inch pan spring form pan, spread brown sugar evenly to coat the bottom of the pan. Pour your melted butter over it.

 

Top with pineapple slices and then the cherries.

Pour the cake cake batter over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until top springs back at the touch. You can also stick in a toothpick to check if it is ready. If it comes out clean, it is done!

 

Allow the cake to cool inside the spring form pan and spray another cake pan with nonstick spray. Pour in your remaining batter and bake until done. Allow both layers to cool completely.

With a cup full of warm water, place your spatula in the warm water. Let your ice cream sit until it is slightly softened. Begin spreading ice cream on your pineapple/cherry layer of cake while in the spring form pan. The spring form pan will help the ice cream stay in place.

How long should I freeze this cake?

Freeze until the ice cream is firm about 15-30 minutes per layer.

Start with the first layer, then remove from freezer and top with the second layer of cake and freeze until ready to serve. After placing all the layers, allow Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake to completely freeze before slicing and serving.

How to Get Pineapple Upside Down Cake Out of the Pan

Place your cake stand upside down on top of your spring form pan, flip it over, remove the spring form and voila! Since this cake is frozen, dip a knife in warm water to make slicing easier.

Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake Recipe at LivingLocurto.com

Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake

An easy homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe turned into an ice cream cake. This classic cake combined with vanilla ice cream makes the perfect summer ice box cake.

Pineapple Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened ((one stick))

Cake Topping

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted ((one stick))
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pineapple slices or crushed pineapple
  • 2 tbsp Maraschino cherries

Ice Cream

  • 2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For the cake, mix all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl, then add in your wet ingredients. Mix well.
  3. You will need two 9″ springform pans.
  4. In the first pan, spread brown sugar evenly to coat the bottom of the pan. Pour your melted butter over it. Top with pineapple and cherries.
  5. Pour in half of the cake batter.
  6. Spray another cake pan with nonstick spray. Pour in your remaining batter and bake until done.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until top of cake springs back at the touch.
  8. Allow the cake to cool inside the spring form pans completely before adding layer of ice cream.
  9. Let your ice cream sit until it is slightly softened.
  10. Place a spatula in a cup full of warm water.
  11. While the cake is still in the pan, spread ice cream onto the pineapple/cherry layer of cake using the spatula, dipping continuously to help smooth out the ice cream. The spring form pan will help the ice cream stay in place.
  12. Freeze this cake layer until ice cream is firm. About 15-30 minutes.
  13. Remove from freezer and top with the second layer of cake.
  14. Place your cake stand upside down on top of your spring form pan, flip it over, remove spring form and you’re done!
  15. After placing all the layers, allow cake to completely freeze before slicing and serving.

Stick a toothpick into the baked cake to check if it is ready. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done!

Dip a knife in warm water to easily slice the frozen cake.

Recipe contributed by Divian Conner.

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15 Easy Summer Cookie Recipes

Best summer cookie recipe ideas! Cute desserts to keep cool at a picnic, bbq, beach or pool party. Fun food for summer parties.

Best Summer Cookie Recipes

Best summer cookie recipes

These adorable summer cookie recipes are sure to impress guests of all ages! Summer is quickly approaching and that means planning outdoor parties. I love making all kinds of cookies and since festive treats are a must for a summer party, we’ve rounded up our favorite fun and unique summer cookie recipes.

I love these easy cookie recipe ideas! We’ve found the cutest desserts to keep cool at a picnic, bbq, beach or pool party. Such fun food for any summer party.

15 Easy Summer Cookie Recipe Ideas. Cute dessert food to keep cool at a picnic, bbq, beach or pool party. Fun food for summer parties.

Originally published on May 27, 2014 

 

Enjoy these amazing summer cookie recipes

From lemon and strawberry cookies to pool and beach themed cookies, these fun ideas are so cute and delicious. It will be hard to choose which cookies to make this summer.

I’m drooling over all of these cookie photos and can’t wait to try some of these fabulous summer cookie recipes! Actually there are more than 15 cookie ideas here, I just keep adding as I make and find more. You will surely find a few recipes below that you can’t wait to make. Enjoy!

 

Easy Lemon Cookies

Not only are these Lemon Cookies the best lemon cookies ever, but perfect to get you in the mood for summer!

THE BEST Melt in your mouth Lemon Crinkle Cookies Recipe with Lemon Frosting. Livinglocurto.com

 

Sand Dollar Cookies

Wow your friends and summer party guests with beautiful Sand Dollar Cookies that look like they came straight from the beach by Diamonds for Dessert.

Sand Dollar Cookies - 15 Easy Summer Cookie Recipes

 

Teddy Bear Pool Float Cookies

We made cute Pool Float Cookies with store bought dough. So easy and fun!

 15 Easy Summer Cookie Recipes - Easy Rainbow Life Preserver Cookies. Cute Mini Pool Floats with Teddy Grahams! Summer Pool Party Ideas. LivingLocurto.com

 

Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies

These gorgeous Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies by Mom on Time Out are easy to make and perfect for summer!

15 Easy Summer Cookie Recipes - Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies by Mom on Time Out - 15 Easy Summer Cookie Recipes

 

Flip Flop Cookies

Simple summer Flip Flop Cookies by Amy are easy enough for kids to make and will make a big splash at your next party!

Flip Flop Cookies - 15 Easy Summer Cookie Recipes

 

Disney Cookies

If you’re going to a Disney Park this summer, make sure to make these cute Mickey and Minnie Mouse Cookies to celebrate!

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Cookies - 15 Easy Summer Cookie Recipes

 

 

Strawberry Lemonade Cookies

Enjoy summer with refreshing Strawberry Lemonade Cookies by Back For Seconds.

Strawberry Lemonade Cookies by Back For Seconds - - 15 Easy Summer Cookie Recipes

 

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Orange Creamsicle Cookies by Like Mother Like Daughter combine that creamy vanilla ice cream flavor and orange popsicle. A dreamy dessert for summer!

Orange Creamsicle Cookies by Like Mother Like Daughter - 15 Easy Summer Cookie Recipes

 

Barbecue Sugar Cookies

Get inspired for a summer party by these adorable BBQ Cookies by Munchkin Munchies!

BBQ Cookies by Munchkin Munchies - - 15 Easy Summer Cookie Recipes

 

S’Mores Cookies

Summer wouldn’t be complete without making s’mores! Get in the spirit without the mess with these S’mores Blossom Cookies by Chocolate Moosey.

S'mores Blossom Cookies by Chocolate Moosey - 15 Easy Summer Cookie Recipes

 

Picnic Cookie Bars

Creative Checkered Picnic Table Cookie Bars are perfect for a summer party! What a fun idea by In Katrina’s Kitchen.

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Camping Cookies

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Fish Bowl Cookies

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Popsicle Cookies

These Pretty Popsicle Cookies by Sweet Sugar Belle are easy to make adorable summer cookies!

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Ice Cream Cookies

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Watermelon Cookies

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Have a fun summer!

 

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Under the Sea Donut Kabobs

Easy no-bake Under the Sea Donut Kabobs made with frosted mini cake donuts and gummy candies. Perfect for a summer Descendants party!

Easy no-bake Under the Sea Donut Kabobs

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Under the Sea Donut Kabobs and Milk

The fourth book in the #1 New York Times best-selling Descendants series, Escape from the Isle of the Lost, is IN STORES NOW!. Prepare for an explosive underwater battle between Mal and Uma with these Under the Sea Donut Kabobs! I remember how excited my kids were when the first two Descendants Disney Channel movies came out! This book will be a great summer read!

These magical no-bake treats made with blue and purple frosted cake donuts, gummy candies and fancy sprinkles were inspired by the new book.

Placing under the sea donut kabobs inside of glass jars filled with ocean blue milk makes for a cute summer Disney Descendants party idea!

When is Descendants 3 Coming Out?

Ahead of the third Disney Channel Original Movie, premiering August 2, 2019, Escape from the Isle of the Lost, continues the adventures of everyone’s favorite villain kids, Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos.

This book will provide a much anticipated backstory to the new storyline, as well as picking up where the Descendants 2 movie leaves off. It’s written by Melissa de la Cruz, the best-selling author of many novels, including the Blue Bloods series and the Witches of East End.

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs made with frosted mini cake donuts and gummy candies.

 

What is the order of the Descendants books?

Didn’t know the movies were created from books? Start reading from the beginning to get caught up before the new movie comes out! All three novels in the Descendants series have become instant New York Times best sellers, with Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost hitting the number one spot.

Here are the four Descendants books in order:

  1. The Isle of the Lost
  2. Return to the Isle of the Lost
  3. Rise of the Isle of the Lost
  4. Escape from the Isle of the Lost

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs - Descendants Party Ideas and Book Series

Escape from the Isle of the Lost Summary

Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos may have once been the baddest of the bad, but their wicked ways are (mostly) behind them—and now graduation is almost here! But before the seniors can don their custom-designed caps and gowns, courtesy of Evie, they’ve got an epic plan to put into action.

There are tons of villain kids on the Isle of the Lost who are eager for their chance to come to Auradon Prep—even Celia, Dr. Facilier’s trickster daughter, wants in on the deal!—and Mal’s crew is using their upcoming visit to the Isle to help make it happen. But Auradon’s biggest threat is still at large… Trapped on the other side of the barrier, Uma is more desperate than ever to get her long-awaited revenge against Mal. When she discovers an underground lair belonging to Hades, god of the underworld, Uma realizes she’s found the perfect partner in crime. Together, they can defeat Mal, bring down the barrier, and escape the Isle for good. Mal and Uma have a score to settle, and they’ll come face to face in an explosive underwater battle that could determine the fates of Auradon and the Isle of the Lost once and for all.

How to Make Under the Sea Donut Kabobs and Milk for a Descendants Party

Grab a few supplies and let your kids have fun making these easy treats!

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs - Escape from the Isle of the Lost, Descendants 3 party ideas.

What you’ll need: 

  • Mini powdered sugar donuts
  • Donut holes
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Neon blue, pink and yellow food coloring
  • Gummy candy (I used gummy bears and gummy octopus candy)
  • Blue or purple candy sprinkles
  • Skewers
  • Milk

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs - Descendants Party Ideas and Book Series

Spoon several tablespoons of vanilla frosting into different small microwave safe bowls. Add a few drops of food coloring in each bowl to get your desired sea blue colors. I used several drops of blue with one drop of yellow for a pretty turquoise ocean blue. Mix blue and pink (or red) food coloring to make purple.

Microwave each bowl for about 30 seconds to heat the frosting for donut dipping.

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs - Descendants Party Ideas and Book Series

Decorate Your Donuts

Spread out a sheet of wax paper or foil and dip a donut into the frosting. Cover with sprinkles and let dry.

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs made with frosted mini cake donuts.

Get Creative with Donut Kabobs

After you have frosted your donuts and they are completely dry, begin adding candy and your donuts to skewers.

Easy Donut Kabobs made with mini cake donuts - Under the sea Descendants Party Ideas

Fill a pitcher with milk and add a few blue food coloring drops and stir. Pour the ocean blue milk into jars and garnish with a straw and your cute Under the Sea Donut Kabobs!

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs Recipe - Descendants Party Ideas and new book

These are such adorable and easy under the sea themed party ideas!

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs Recipe - Descendants Party Ideas

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Get the new book, Escape from the Isle of the Lost here and watch the official Descendants 3 music video here!

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs

Easy no-bake Under the Sea Donut Kabobs made frosted mini cake donuts and gummy candies. Perfect for a Descendants summer party!

  • 1 bag mini powdered sugar donuts
  • 8 donut holes
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • Neon blue pink and yellow food coloring
  • 1/2 cup Gummy candy such as gummy bears and worms
  • 1 cup blue or purple candy sprinkles
  • 8 cups milk
  1. Spoon several tablespoons of vanilla frosting into 2-3 different small microwave safe bowls.

  2. Add a few drops of food coloring in each bowl to get your desired sea blue colors. I used several drops of blue with one drop of yellow for a pretty turquoise blue. Mix blue and pink (or refor purple.
  3. Microwave each bowl for about 30 seconds to heat the frosting.
  4. Spread out a sheet of wax paper or foil and dip a donut into the frosting.
  5. Cover with sprinkles and let dry.
  6. After you have frosted your donuts, begin adding candy and donuts to the skewers.
  7. Set aside until ready to serve.
  8. Fill a pitcher with milk and add a few blue food coloring drops and stir. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  9. Pour milk into jars and garnish with a straw and Under the Sea Donut Kabobs!

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Spring Flower Cupcakes

Welcome spring with these pretty flower cupcakes! An easy dessert recipe for a party or simple Easter treat!

Welcome spring with these pretty flower cupcakes! An easy dessert recipe for a party or Easter. Marshmallow flower cupcakes are perfect for any occasion!

Easy Flower Cupcakes

I turned simple chocolate cupcakes into the cutest Flower Cupcakes in minutes and you can too! These adorable marshmallow flower cupcakes are fast, easy and perfect for any spring occasion!

Because I always try to come up with new ideas for fun food I’ve seen around the internet, I think I nailed it with just a few key decorations I found at Oriental Trading. What makes my version of these flower cupcakes extra cute is how the cake is placed into real seed pots and covered with tiny lady bugs so it looks like you’ve just been potting them.

Marshmallow flower cupcakes are a perfect dessert recipe for any occasion.

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Now let’s make some fun flower cupcakes! Because these were so fun to make, I’ll be doing them all year round. Kids will like to make these sweet treats for sure!

Welcome spring with these pretty flower cupcakes! An easy dessert recipe for a party or Easter. Marshmallow flower cupcakes are perfect for any occasion!

How to Make Flower Cupcakes

You can make flower cupcakes with homemade cupcakes or store bought cupcakes. You’ll need:

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  • Green Frosting
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  • Yellow and Pink Sugar Sprinkles

Marshmallow flower cupcakes are a perfect dessert recipe for any occasion.

Directions:

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Crawfish Boil Cakes (VIDEO)

Easy to make individual Crawfish Boil Cakes no-bake recipe! Simple crawfish boil party ideas. Cute dessert food ideas for kids.

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Cute Crawfish Boil Cakes

I had a ton of fun at a Crawfish Boil party this weekend! As you can see, I also had fun making cute crawfish cakes too!

If you’re not from the south, or have friends from Louisiana, then you have probably never been to a crawfish boil. Let me tell you, it’s so much fun when the host dumps a giant pot of steaming hot and spicy crawfish, potatoes and corn onto a long table covered with paper. Then it’s every man, woman and child for themselves!!

This was my husband’s first boil. It was obvious when he got his leg hair singed off after walking by the cooking pots! Luckily he just lost leg hair and not skin. Then I had to giggle when he was surprised that people ate off of the table. Once someone showed him how to get the meat out of the tail, he really liked it and jumped right into the fun. My kids, not so much! ha!

I kept hearing screams from kids who were playing with the live ones and getting pinched. Who knew a crawfish boil was so dangerous?

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Cute Dessert Idea

I love making animals out of cake. Thanks for giving me some great ideas for desserts over on Facebook! Many of you suggested key lime pie or lemon bars as they are desserts that compliment fish.

Then someone suggested cute crab cupcakes made with red icing and candy eyeballs. Those cupcakes inspired me to make these funny crawfish cakes!

Cute & Easy Crawfish Cakes! Fun Food Idea for a Crawfish Boil by Amy Locurto. LivingLocurto.com

How to Make Crawfish Boil Cakes

Since crawfish are more long than round, a cupcake wouldn’t work. I was going to bake brownies and cut them into rectangles. Then I lost track of time and realized I only had about an hour before the party began and I had not even gone food shopping yet! No time to bake anything. So I went to the store in search of ready-made brownies or a cake I could cut up.

Pre-made lady fingers were on sale, so I bought a few packages and figured I could make a crawfish with them. I had no idea if they would work or not. In about 20 minutes I had a huge platter full of funny crawfish cakes! They turned out so cute… everyone loved them!

These cute cakes are a fast and easy party dessert for a crawfish boil!

Cute & Easy Crawfish Cakes! Fun Food Idea for a Crawfish Boil by Amy Locurto. LivingLocurto.com

What you will need:

  • 2 packages of ladyfingers or you could bake brownies or a cake from scratch and cut into rectangles.
  • Candy Eyeballs
  • Twizzlers
  • Red Cake Frosting
  • Scissors

How to make crawfish cakes:

  1. Cut Twizzlers to look like pinching claws. Mine were about 2″ long, I cut into one end and trimmed the edges at an angle.
  2. Put some icing on a lady finger and stick the licorice into the frosting. Add more icing on top of the licorice and cake.
  3. Add another lady finger on top of the frosting to make a sandwich.
  4. Add more frosting to the top and attach two candy eyeballs.

That’s it and so easy!! I hope you have fun making these crawfish cakes.

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Originally Published on April 22, 2013 

Crawfish Boil Cakes

Easy to make individual Crawfish Cakes no-bake recipe! Simple crawfish boil party ideas. Cute dessert food ideas for kids.

  • 2 packages Ladyfingers (12 per pack)
  • 24 Candy Eyeballs
  • 1 package Twizzlers
  • 1 cup Red Cake Frosting
  1. Cut Twizzlers to look like pinching claws. Mine were about 2″ long, I cut into one end and trimmed the edges at an angle.
  2. Put some frosting on a lady finger and stick the licorice into the icing. Add more icing on top of the licorice and cake.

  3. Add another lady finger on top of the icing to make a sandwich.
  4. Add icing to the top and attach two candy eyeballs.

 

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