Whether it’s from high school or college, graduation is a time to celebrate years of hard work, wear a funny cap and gown and shamelessly eat grad-themed sweets. After all, you’ve earned it.
Throwing a graduation party can seem like as big of an undertaking as earning the diploma itself. With a few easy and festive recipes, you can pull off a fun party for your family and friends with food that’s guaranteed to be better than a veggie tray.
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With these four sweet recipes, you may not even need a cake. (But if you do, here’s where to get custom graduation cakes locally.)
MINI CUPCAKE GRADUATION CAPS
From Lil’ Luna.
You can get really creative with these bite-size treats and use school colors.
- Chocolate cake mix (If you’re really in a hurry, use store-bought brownie bites.)
- Chocolate frosting
- Deluxe graham crackers (the chocolate frosted ones)
- Mini M&Ms
- Pull-and-peel licorice (choose school colors, if desired)
- Make cupcakes in mini cupcake pan. After they are done and cooled, let freeze for a few hours.
- When ready, cut off the tops of the mini cupcakes.
- Add frosting to the bottoms of the cupcakes (which will be the top). Add chocolate graham cracker on the top.
- Cut pieces of pull-and-peel licorice (about two inches) and flatten both ends.
- Pipe more frosting on the top center of the graham cracker to stick licorice to, then add more frosting on top of licorice for M&M to stick.
GRADUATION S’MORES POPS
From Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons.
Cake pops, out. S’mores pops, in. These little pops are almost too cute to eat.
- Jumbo marshmallows
- Chocolate graham crackers
- Chocolate (for melting)
- Twizzler strings
- Edible eyes
- Cookie icing
- Lollipop sticks
- Push a lollipop stick into a marshmallow.
- Melt the chocolate and dip the top of the marshmallow into it.
- Place the pops in a sheet of styrofoam or in a tall glass to stand up. Place the graham cracker on top and let sit so the chocolate dries.
- Decorate the pop with the eyes, licorice and candies to make a face.
From Land O Lakes. Makes 24 cookies.
After all, no academic regalia is complete without a diploma.
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup melted butter
- 1 pound vanilla almond bark
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray. Butter the handle of a wooden spoon and set aside.
- Combine egg whites and lemon or lime juice in a bowl. Beat at high speed until foamy. Gradually add sugar until glossy, stiff peaks form. Gently stir in flour and butter.
- Spoon 2 teaspoons batter onto prepared cookie sheet; evenly spread batter to 3-inch circle. Place only 3 cookies onto each cookie sheet. (Wash cookie sheet and spray with nonstick spray for each sheetful.)
- Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Immediately shape cookies by wrapping around the buttered handle of the spoon. Gently remove from the sheet and let cool.
- Melt the candy coating in a saucepan over low heat and stir occasionally. Carefully dip each end of the cookie in the chocolate and shake to remove any excess.
- Place on waxed paper for 15 minute or until coating is set. Tie a ribbon around each cookie.
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