Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites

I was asked to bring the dessert to our annual Christmas party that my friend holds at her house every year. I tried to come up with something that the kiddos and adults as well would like! I found this recipe online that used these Chocolate Desert Cups…they looked scrumptious but knew I would not find them anywhere locally and had no time to order them online. Put this recipe in the back of my mind and set out to do some grocery shopping to see what I could come up with. Well, low and behold right there in the baking aisle at Wal-Mart there the chocolate dessert cups sat…awesome! Now I can make these super cute Santa Hats!

 Here are the Chocolate Dessert Cups I used…found in the baking aisle at Wal-Mart.

So easy my 6 year old piped in the cheesecake filling in all the cups!!

Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese softened
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 1 package of Cheesecake Pudding
  • 1 package of chocolate dessert cups
  • 12 strawberries
  • white sparkling Sugar Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except the chocolate cups and strawberries. Beat well on high until the Cheesecake Cream is light and fluffy. Put the mixture into a piping bag and fill each chocolate cup up and over slightly around the rim. Place a strawberry with the top cut off on top of the Cheesecake Cream layer and press down slightly. Put a little Cheesecake Cream at the top for the top of the hat. Sprinkle with some white sugar sprinkles if desired. Enjoy!

Enjoy!!

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Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls

I absolutely Love popcorn balls…have since I was a kid and still do!  The gooey-er  the better in my opinion, a little extra marshmallows never hurt anyone…right!?  My kiddos love them and we even handed some out to the neighbors! They will go perfect with our pre-4th of July party tonight…along with some s’mores by the bonfire of course! 🙂

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Popcorn Balls

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Popcorn Balls

Ingredients

  • 14 heaping cups plain popped popcorn
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 10.5 oz pkg of mini marshmallows
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped salted peanuts, optional

Instructions

  1. Remove any unpopped kernels from the popped popcorn. Lightly grease a large mixing bowl with cooking spray and add popcorn; set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add marshmallows, brown sugar, vanilla and salt and cook, stirring, until marshmallows have melted and mixture is smooth, 4 to 5 minutes. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn, along with peanuts (if desired). Mix with 2 lightly greased rubber spatulas until popcorn is evenly coated. Using greased hands, form mixture into 2 1/2 inch balls. Eat immediately or wrap balls individually in plastic and keep for up to 3 days! Makes 12

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Rainbow Cupcakes

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The kiddos and I made these for our annual St. Patrick’s Day lunch…they loved making them and gobbling them up!

What you need:

  • You favorite cupcake recipe (or a box)
  • Candy Rainbows (I found mine at Party City)
  • Mini Marshmallows for the clouds
  • Chocolate candy Rolo’s
  • Gold edible flecks (I found mine at Michael’s)
  • Cupcake liners (if you wish)

Cloud Cupcakes

Choose your favorite cupcake recipe…ours happen to be a Betty Crocker boxed version! 🙂  Then we melted some mini marshmallows so we could spread them on the top to look like clouds.  You could also use marshmallow cream, regular white or even light blue frosting (for the sky)!  We then stuck a few whole mini marshmallows on top so the clouds could be extra fluffy. I found candy rainbows at Party City…we just arched them on to the cupcakes and stuck them a bit down in the clouds to hold their rainbow shape.  We then took some gold edible flecks (found at Michael’s) and sprinkled them on to a chocolate rolo (for our pot of gold) and placed it at the end of the rainbow…of course!!  That’s it!!  Super fun to make and super fun to eat!

Enjoy!

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