Graduation 2015: Three recipes for a festive graduation party

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By: Danielle Waldron
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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. 

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. 

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  1. Make cupcakes in mini cupcake pan. After they are done and cooled, let freeze for a few hours. 
  2. When ready, cut off the tops of the mini cupcakes. 
  3. Add frosting to the bottoms of the cupcakes (which will be the top). Add chocolate graham cracker on the top. 
  4. Cut pieces of pull-and-peel licorice (about two inches) and flatten both ends. 
  5. 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.

Ingredients

  • Jumbo marshmallows
  • Chocolate graham crackers
  • Chocolate (for melting) 
  • M&Ms
  • Twizzler strings
  • Edible eyes
  • Cookie icing 
  • Lollipop sticks 

Directions

  1. Push a lollipop stick into a marshmallow. 
  2. Melt the chocolate and dip the top of the marshmallow into it. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Decorate the pop with the eyes, licorice and candies to make a face.

DIPLOMA COOKIES
From Land O Lakes. Makes 24 cookies. 

After all, no academic regalia is complete without a diploma. 

Ingredients

  • 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 

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray. Butter the handle of a wooden spoon and set aside. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.)
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. Place on waxed paper for 15 minute or until coating is set. Tie a ribbon around each cookie. 

Happy graduation! Be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below. 

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