Sugar High: Fun (and easy) family dessert recipes

Family fun recipes, Twin Cities Agenda

Family activities are a great way to build a stronger bond with your children. They allow for conversation, and – typically when it comes to something messy and fun in the kitchen – plenty of laughter.

Many of us can recall times the whole family was together making, and enjoying, something special in the kitchen. Food memories are an important part of both childhood, and adulthood; there is something about the connection between food and memory that makes everything taste better: The tradition of making Christmas cookies with grandma, toasting marshmallows for S’mores over a campfire, or helping mom and dad make chocolate chip cookies one weekend afternoon.

The following are easy dessert recipes the whole family can get involved in making, while making a few fond new memories as well.

Fun, easy dessert recipes the whole family can enjoy

Strawberry Dessert

What you’ll need:
3 packages of strawberry Jello (You can also do 2 packages strawberry and 1 raspberry)
2 10 ounce packages of strawberries
2 8oz containers of Cool Whip
1 Angel Food Cake (premade if you can find it)
1 9×13 pan
1 small bowl (metal preferred, helps with cooling of Jello)
1 large mixing bowl
Spatula (rubber scraper)
Liquid Measuring Cup

* First things first: You’ll need 1 1/2 cups of hot water for the jello, so get 3 cups of water boiling. I say three to make up for any evaporation and/or life sidetracking you, or you might have a goldfish memory like I do.
* Once you have your hot water, dissolve your jello in the hot water.  Once it is all dissolved, take 1 1/2 cups of cold water and mix that in with your jello.
* If your minions, children, are helping.  Have them begin to tear the Angel Food Cake up and place into a large mixing bowl.
* Set your jello aside, or place it in the refrigerator to hurry things along. Once the jello mixture has a maple syrup/pudding like consistency add the strawberries to the jello mixture. No need to thaw the strawberries! Them being frozen will help set the Jello.
* Add one container of Cool Whip to the Jello/Strawberry mixture.
* Pour your Cool Whip/Jello/Strawberry mixture over the Angel Food Cake bits. Dump mixture into a 9×13 pan.
* Refrigerate for a few hours, this will feel like forever.  Serve with Cool Whip on top!

Puppy Chow

What you’ll need:
1 small box of Crispix Cereal
1/2 cup of peanut butter(creamy). Sorry extra-chunky lovers.
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter(two sticks or a 1/2 pound)
6 oz chocolate chips
Pan or microwave safe bowl
Large Ziplock bag(1 gallon Freezer bags work great)

The butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips need to be melted together. There are two options:
* Combine them in a pan and melt them on the stove over low/medium heat stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn
* Put the ingredients into a microwave safe dish that you aren’t attached to.  I’ve ruined a few dishes. They just melt away, thank you technology. Just make sure you are only doing this in 30 second intervals so you don’t burn it. (Remember that microwaved food continues cooking even after the microwave is finished running)
* While mixture is still hot, remove from the stove if you melted it in a pot.  Add cereal and gently fold cereal into mixture.  If you are wondering what I mean by “fold”, check out this video by Good Food Stories; it is only 50 seconds and is very well done.
* Put the cereal mixture into the large Ziplock bag and add the powdered sugar. Shake gently while you do a little dance.
* Store in an airtight container.

Oreo Truffles

What you’ll need:
8 ounces of cream cheese
48 Oreos (typically this is the “Family Size” package)
8 ounces of chocolate (chocolate chips work)
1/2 cup heavy cream
Metal bowl

* Place Oreos into a large Ziplock bag.  Let out some aggression and crush up Oreos. (You could also use a food processor but what is the fun in that?)
* Place cream cheese in a bowl and mix together with crushed Oreos.
* Time to get your hands dirty!! Ball up your cream cheese/Oreo Mixture. Place your truffles on a sheet tray with parchment or wax paper on it.
* Place in freezer and freeze until hard.
* Add about an inch of water to your kettle and place on a burner over medium heat.  Put metal bowl over kettle with chocolate in the bowl.
* Once chocolate is melted, add 1/2 cup of heavy cream and mix until fully combined.
* Just when you thought these couldn’t get any better. Dip your truffles into the chocolate!
* Freeze again until chocolate is hard.
* Enjoy.

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