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February 13 2016

Sweet Treats By Kerry Silverman

Can’t think of anything to get your sig fig for Valentine’s Day this year? Have no fear the sweet treat master is here.  I’m all for breaking the oven instead of my wallet, so here are some great dessert ideas to show the person you love how much they mean to you. And for all my single ladies out there these work for Galentine’s Day too!




 
Red-Velvet-Truffles-1Red Velvet Truffles
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Serves: 40
 
Red Velvet Truffles are bites of red velvet cake rolled up and dipped in white chocolate.
 
Ingredients

– box red velvet cake mix (plus ingredients listed on the box to prepare the cake)
– 8 oz cream cheese-softened
– 16 oz white chocolate
– 2 oz dark or semi-sweet chocolateInstructions

1. Prepare the 9 x 13 inch cake according to package instructions, let it cool completely then crumble the cake in a large bowl.
2. Add softened cream cheese and knead gently with your fingers until cream cheese is fully incorporated.
3. Roll about 1 heaping tablespoon of the mixture into balls and place on a baking sheet lined with a parchment paper. You will get about 35-40 balls. Set in the fridge to chill.
4. Melt white chocolate, remove cake balls form the fridge and using a fork dip them into melted chocolate. Place one ball at a time into the melted chocolate, roll the ball to coat evenly coat with the chocolate, then slightly tap the fork against the side of the bowl to trim the excess chocolate and place the truffle on the parchment paper. Set them back in the fridge until chocolate is firm.
5. Melt dark chocolate, transfer into a small bag, cut the corner off and pipe melted chocolate on top of the truffles.
6. Store in the fridge.




Pinkie-Bars-copy“Pinkie Bars” Sugar Cookie Bars:
– 3 1/2 cups flour
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon bak­ing pow­der
– 1 cup but­ter, softened
– 1 1/2 cups sugar
– 2 eggs
– 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 1 teaspoon red food coloring
Cream Cheese Frosting:
–  1 8 Oz cream cheese, softened
– 1/2 cup butter, softened
– 2 cups powdered sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have a cookie sheet (jelly roll) pan ready. I like to line mine with aluminum foil and spray it with cooking spray so that the bars easily lift out and are easy to cut.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
3. In a mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup butter softened and sugar until light and creamy. About 2-3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and food coloring until combined.
4. Add the flour mixture until a soft dough forms. Press into the bottom of the cookie sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes until the edges start to pull away from the sides and a toothpick entered into the center comes out clean. Allow to completely cool before frosting.
5. To make the cream cheese frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat together until smooth. Frost the top of the bars and sprinkle with your favorite sprinkles. Enjoy!

nutella-stuffed-strawberryCheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

These cheesecake stuffed strawberries are packed full of creamy cheesecake and topped with a dusting of graham cracker crumbs. A perfect 2 bite dessert!

yield: 10 – 12 STRAWBERRIES (DEPENDING ON SIZE)

prep time: 15 minutes

cook time: 0 minutes

total time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound large strawberries
8 ounce block cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)

Graham cracker crumbs

DIRECTIONS:

1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry, leaving a nice hole to fill the strawberry with filling.

2. If the inside of your strawberry is not hollow you can use a small knife and clean out some of the inside. If you are using large strawberries they tend to be hollow in the middle.
3. Optional: If you would like you strawberries to stand upright (like you see in the picture) slice a tiny section off the bottom. I normally skip this step and just let them rest on their side.

4. Continue until all the strawberries have been prepped.
5. After the strawberries are prepped add cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla bean paste to the bowl of a stand mixer.
6. Mix together until smooth and fully combined.
7. Add mixture to a piping bag and fill the inside of the strawberries until the filling reaches the top of the strawberry.

8. Dip the top of the strawberry in graham cracker crumbs.

9. These are best tasting the day they are made.

10. Optional: Feel free to add mix-ins to the cream cheese – lemon zest, flavored extract or even mini-chocolate chips.

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