Easy Strawberry Shortcake

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Strawberries
1 1/2 lbs strawberries, stemmed and quartered
3 tablespoons sugar
Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Whipped Cream
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

Directions:

Mix strawberries with 3 tablespoons sugar and refrigerate while juices develop, at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add heavy cream and mix until just combined. Place mixture in an ungreased 8-inch square pan and bake until golden, 18 to 20 minutes.

Place a metal bowl and beaters in the freezer during shortcake cooking time.

Remove shortcake from pan and place on a rack to cool slightly. Cut into 6 pieces and split each piece in half horizontally.

Mix all whipped cream ingredients in the metal bowl with metal beaters about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

Spoon some of the strawberries with their juice onto each shortcake bottom. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and then the shortcake top. Spoon more strawberries over the top and serve.

Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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This is a easy, quick recipe for unique and gourmet cupcakes! It starts with a store bought box of strawberry cake mix and ends in beautiful couture Strawberry Champagne cupcakes. This is the perfect dessert to make the morning you find yourself with some already opened champagne left over from the night before!

Ingredients:

1 box strawberry cake mix

1 cup sparkling wine or champagne

1 block of Philadelphia cream cheese

1 stick room temperature butter (I would not recommend margarine, it does not taste the same)

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted (confectioners)

1 teaspoon red food coloring (optional)

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Cake Instructions:

1. Prepare the cake mix as instructed, but substitue the 1 cup of champagne for the 1 cup of water that the cake mix calls for.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT use water and champagne, substitute the champagne for water.

2. Pour into cupcake molds and bake according to instructions.

For the Frosting:

1. Place the block of cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and whip until softened. Add the stick of butter and whip together until blended well.

2. Add 1 cup of sifted powdered sugar to the cream cheese mixture and whip until blended completely and frosting is smooth and fluffy.

3. Place frosting in a icing bag and use to frost cooled cupcakes. The optional food coloring is to dye the frosting pink or red, if you wish. You can top the frosting with pink sprinkles or a fresh slice of strawberry if you wish.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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This is as simple as gourmet chocolate covered strawberries can be made. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any other special occasion. They symbolize love and romance, so share them with someone special!

  • 16 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves attached

Directions

  1. Insert a toothpick into the top of each strawberry.
  2. In a double boiler (stainless steel or Pyrex bowl over a stock pot of boiling water) melt the chocolate and shortening together, stirring occasionally until smooth. Holding each strawberry by the toothpick, dip them one at a time into the chocolate mixture.
  3. Turn the strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick into styrofoam for the chocolate to cool.
  4. You can drizzle with melted white chocolate (after cooled) or any use sprinkles or other decorative sugars while they are still warm and will stick.

Angel Food Strawberry Shortcake

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Delicious Angel Food Strawberry Shortcake recipe. Fresh, fun, and perfect for Summer!

Ingredients

  • 1 (10 inch) angel food cake
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 (18 ounce) jar strawberry glaze

Directions

  1. Crumble the cake into a 9×13 inch dish.
  2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Fold in whipped topping. Mash the cake down with your hands and spread the cream cheese mixture over the cake.
  3. In a bowl, combine strawberries and glaze until strawberries are evenly coated. Spread over cream cheese layer. Chill until serving.

Strawberry Frosting

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Preparation Time:  10 minutes
Cooking Time:  35 minutes

Servings: 12

Ingredients

 

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin mix
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

 

Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9 inch round pans.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together cake mix, gelatin mix and flour. Make a well in the center and pour in water, oil, and eggs. Stir in half of the container of strawberries. Beat on low speed until blended. Scrape bowl, and beat 4 minutes on medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  4. To make the Strawberry Frosting: In a large bowl combine butter, confectioners’ sugar and the remaining half of the frozen strawberries. Beat on high speed until creamy.

Sweetheart Sandwich Cookies

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Preparation Time:  30 minutes
Cooking Time:  17 minutes

Servings: 36

Ingredients

Sweetheart Cookies

  • 1  Batch Classic Sugar Cookie Dough (see below)
  • 1/4 cup(s) (.5 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 jar(s) (7-oz.) marshmallow creme
  • 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 1 box(es) (1-1b.) confectioners’ sugar, (about 3.75 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon(s) milk
  • 3 drop(s) (red) food coloring
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) (semisweet) chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) shortening

Classic Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe

  • 3 cup(s) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 cup(s) (2 sticks) butter, unsalted and softened (don’t use margarine)
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Prepare cookie dough: In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar with a mixer at low speed until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until light and fluffy, 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low; beat in eggs and vanilla until mixed, then beat in flour mixture just until blended. Divide dough into 4 quarters; flatten each into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight.
  2. When you’re ready to make the cookies, preheat oven to 350ºF. On a lightly floured surface, using a floured rolling pin, roll 1 disk of dough until slightly thinner than 1/4-inch thick; keep remaining dough refrigerated. Use 3-inch round cookie cutters or a glass to cut dough into as many cookies as possible; reserve trimmings. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on 2 ungreased large cookie sheets.
  3. Bake until edges are golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool. Repeat with remaining dough and trimmings, one disk at a time.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare marshmallow filling: With an electric mixer, beat butter, marshmallow crème and vanilla in small bowl until well blended. Gradually beat in sugar, then blend in 1 Tbsp. of the milk. Tint the filling pink using red food coloring. Add the remaining 1 Tbsp. milk if necessary for desired consistency.
  5. Spread about 1 Tbsp. filling between 2 cookies to make a sandwich, pressing the cookies gently together. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.
  6. Line cookie sheets with waxed paper. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until just melted and smooth (4 to 6 minutes). Dip half of each cookie sandwich into the chocolate. Place cookies on lined cookie sheets and refrigerate until chocolate is firm. Store refrigerated in airtight containers, with waxed paper separating layers of cookies.

Easy Chocolate & Hazelnut Dessert Crepes

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Preparation Time:  10 minutes
Cooking Time:  10 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 4 crepes (pre-made from grocery store)
  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • 1 (7 ounce) can pressurized whipped cream

Directions

  1. Spread 1/4 cup of chocolate hazelnut spread onto each crepe. Arrange 1 sliced banana down the center of each one. Roll up, and place in a warm skillet over medium heat. Let them warm up for about 90 seconds. Transfer to plates, and serve topped with whipped cream.

Pretty-In-Pink Strawberry Cupcakes

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Preparation Time:  15 minutes
Cooking Time:  25 minutes

Servings: 22

Ingredients

Cupcake Recipe

  • 1 package(s) (18 1/4-oz.) cake mix, plain white or yellow
  • 1 package(s) (3-oz.) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup(s) (finely chopped fresh) strawberries, with juice (from 1 1/2 cups whole berries)
  • 3/4 cup(s) milk
  • 3/4 cup(s) vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs

Frosting Recipe

  • 1 package(s) (8-oz.) cream cheese, reduced-fat, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoon(s) (1/2 stick) butter, unsalted, at room temperature
  • 3 cup(s) (up to 3 1/2 cups) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup(s) (fresh ) strawberries, mashed and drained (3/4 cup hulled berries)
  • sprinkles, pink and white, for garnish (optional)
  • 24 slice(s) strawberry, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 24 cupcake cups with paper liners.
  2. Combine the cake mix, gelatin, strawberries and juice, milk, oil and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping down sides again if needed. Spoon about 1/3 cup batter into each lined cupcake cup, filling it 3/4 full. (You will get between 22 and 24 cupcakes; remove empty liners, if any.) Place pans side by side in the oven.
  3. Bake until cupcakes are lightly golden and spring back when pressed gently with a finger, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven, place pans on wire racks to cool for 5 minutes, then remove cupcakes to wire racks to cool for another 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare frosting: Blend cream cheese and butter in large mixing bowl with electric mixer on low speed until combined, 30 seconds. Stop mixer and add 3 cups confectioners’ sugar and the mashed strawberries. Mix on low speed until incorporated, 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and blend until frosting is fluffy, 30 to 45 seconds longer, adding up to 1/2 cup more sugar if needed to get a spreadable consistency.
  5. Place a heaping tablespoon of frosting on each cupcake and swirl to spread it out with back of spoon. Refrigerate, uncovered, until frosting sets, 20 minutes. Decorate with sprinkles and strawberry slices, if desired.