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Beat the heat with these treats

Summer may be breezing by, but it’s not over yet. And what better way to spend what’s left of summer break than by whipping up some delicious concoctions with your kids?

These recipes are easy, fun and won’t take up too much time. The best part? Your kids will enjoy their food even more knowing they helped create it. Here are five fun summer recipes to make with your kids.

(Photo courtesy of kraftrecipes.com)

(Photo courtesy of kraftrecipes.com)

Puddin’ Cones

Nothing beats a tasty treaty like this, which is a combination of pudding, whipped topping and ice cream cones, per Taste of Home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 envelopes whipped topping mix (Dream Whip)
  • 8 cake ice cream cones (about 3 inches)
  • Chopped nuts, jimmies and miniature colored-coating baking chips (or whatever you’d like to use to decorate)

Directions: In a large bowl, beat milk and pudding mix on low speed for two minutes. Fold in whipped topping mix; cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Spoon 1/4 cup into each cone, and sprinkle with toppings. This recipe yields eight servings.

strawberry-mice

(Photo courtesy of cutestfood.com)

Strawberry Mice

This Spoonful recipe creates a healthy snack in the form of cute little mice. It’s a great way to get your kids to chow down on fruit.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Black decorators’ icing
  • Almond slivers
  • Toothpick
  • Red lace licorice
  • Wedge of Cheese (Your choice)

Directions: For each mouse, slice a small section from the side of a strawberry so it sits flat. Press a mini chocolate chip into the tip for a nose, using a small dab of icing to secure it in place. Add icing eyes and stick two almond slivers into the top of the berry for ears. For a tail, use a toothpick to carve a small hole in the back of the berry and push the end of a piece of licorice lace into the hole. Serve the strawberry mice with small triangles of cheese.

(Photo courtesy of Keebler)

(Photo courtesy of Keebler)

Fruit and Ice Cream-Filled Cookie Sandwiches

A combination of ice cream and cookies, this dipped-in-chocolate sandwich is delicious and provides a sneaky serving of fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 2 vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice cream
  • 16 Keebler Chips Deluxe Triple Chocolate cookies
  • 1/2 small banana, thinly sliced or 1/2 cup thinly strawberries (you can also do a combination)
  • 1 semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 vegetable oil vegetable oil
  • Finely chopped nuts, toffee bits, and/or multi-colored sprinkles 

Directions: Scoop about two tablespoons of ice cream on the bottoms of eight Keebler Chips Deluxe original cookies. Press fruit slices into ice cream. Top with the remaining eight cookies, bottom sides down, pressing lightly to make sandwiches. Place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Loosely cover and freeze for one to two hours or until firm.

Meanwhile, in a small microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate morsels and oil. Micro-cook at high for about one minute or until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Dip half of each cookie sandwich into the chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with nuts. Return to the wax-paper-lined baking sheet. Loosely cover and freeze for about 10 minutes or until the chocolate is set. Individually wrap each cookie sandwich in plastic wrap. The best part? You can freeze for up to one month.

(Photo courtesy of food.com/jonesies)

(Photo courtesy of food.com/jonesies)

Roaring Campfire

Nothing says summer more than cookie dough, pretzel sticks and icing that are made to look like a cozy campfire.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (18 ounce) package refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks (the thin kind, broken into pieces)
  • 1 package decorator icing (yellow color with decorating tip)
  • 1 package decorator icing (orange color with decorating tip)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease the cookie sheets, and let the dough stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Combine the dough, flour and cocoa in a large bowl, and beat until well blended. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, and place two inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake about seven minutes or until set. Immediately press pretzel pieces into the sides of the cookies to resemble campfire logs. Carefully remove to wire racks, and cool completely. Use the decorating tips, along with the pipe yellow and orange icing, to design flames on the cooled cookies.

fruit-pops

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Flower Fruit Pops

This fun Bakers Royale recipe requires fruit, cookie cutters and popsicle sticks. It’s the perfect treat to help beat the summer heat. And it’s by far, the easiest. Simply pick out the fruit of your choice, and use a cookie cutter to shape it into a fun design, such as a flower. Stick a popsicle stick in, and just like that, it’s done!

A few tips:

    • Use metal cutters if possible, rather than plastic cutters. It’s best to have a thinner, sharper edge when using cutouts for fruit.
    • You can pre-cut the fruit into their chosen shapes, but insert the popsicle sticks prior to serving or they will become soggy.
    • Avoid overly ripe fruit. It doesn’t cut well.
    • Avoid fibrous fruits such as mangoes and pineapples. They usually require the sharp edge of a knife for cutting.
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About Kirsten Yovino

Kirsten Yovino is a Milwaukee-area resident and co-owner of brewcityparent.com.

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