Blueberry Cheesecake Homemade Ted’s Tarts

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Anyone who knows me knows the story of how I met my husband, Gavin.

I worked at the most wonderful restaurant in D.C., Ted’s Bulletin.

I’d worked there since it opened in May 2010, when I’d first moved to D.C., in the role of server, then bartender, then host.

On the morning of September 10, 2011, I was working the host stand.

I was actually scheduled to serve that evening, but I told my friend, the manager, that I wanted to shift back to hosting, so she let me work the morning as host instead.

And I will never be able to repay her for that.

Because at around 10am that morning, the most beautiful man I’d ever laid eyes on walked into the restaurant, and my life would never be the same.

I remember two things distinctly about that morning:

1. For some unknown reason, there was only a 5 minute wait for brunch that morning. If you know Ted’s Bulletin, you know that the line for brunch on any given day — but especially on Saturday mornings — is at least an hour long. Why there was no line that morning remains a mystery. But I’m sure glad it was short, because Gavin’s since admitted that they probably would’ve gone elsewhere instead of waiting. Whew. Crisis averted.

2. Gavin was wearing an ice blue polo that day. I know this because when he walked in, I abandoned my host stand to run to the back and get all of the servers, managers, and kitchen staff to look at “the gorgeous guy who just walked in in the ice blue polo.” My goodness. Swoon.

When I composed myself and went up to take his name for a table, we struck up casual (Read: I was beside myself) conversation, and I discovered his grad school program shared the floor with mine at George Washington University.

(We also later realized that we’d met at a POLITICO event months earlier when I’d picked lint off his jacket as we waited for the elevator. Needless to say, he was not ready for Cara at that meeting. He gets me now. lol)

Anyway, the reason he was at Ted’s that morning was because 1. it was his birthday the next day, and 2. Ted’s makes the best biscuits and gravy in the entire city.

His parents were in town from Montana for the weekend, so he took them to the famous breakfast place.

(And yes, that means I got to meet his parents before our first date. I’d recommend this to anyone. Takes a whole lot of pressure of that official “first” meeting when you meet the parents before you meet the guy.)

Since it was his birthday, I decided to have his server, Sydney, bring Gavin a famous blueberry cheesecake Ted’s Tart with a candle in it.

…And I bet now you’re wondering how the heck we ended up here, married with a kid?

Well, as he was leaving, I abandoned my host stand once again (Sorry, customers!) and grabbed his arm. I printed out some receipt paper, wrote down my number, and handed it to him as he walked out.

He texted me a few hours later, and then the rest was history.

A history which has involved lots of love, sprinkles, and even a giant batch of mini Ted’s Tarts at our wedding, courtesy of the Ted’s Bulletin pastry chefs and management!

Needless to say, one of the hardest parts of leaving D.C. was saying goodbye to my beloved Ted’s.

This summer, I wanted to see if I could recreate their delicious pastry in my own kitchen. I was shocked to see how easily I could!

[Disclaimer: These are nowhere near as delicious as Ted’s’. In fact, no Pop Tart variation ever will be. That’s why they’re famous across the country. But these serve as a tasty comfort when you’re missing your D.C. extended family.]

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Blueberry Cheesecake Homemade Ted’s Tart

To make this treat, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Pillsbury pre-made pie crust
Duncan Hines blueberry pie filling
Jell-O No Bake cheesecake filling (Filling only, no crust)
1 2/3 cup cold milk
1 egg (optional)
Parchment paper

Confectioner’s sugar
Milk

Rainbow sprinkles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, now bear with me as I reveal how insanely simple this is, and what a cheat of a “baker” I am.

**Remember: Assembly over oven.

…Although in this case you’ll need an oven, too.***

 

1. Speaking of, preheat your oven to 425 degrees

2. Make your Jell-O cheesecake mix

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Mix the Jell-O filling with 1 2/2 cups milk until thick. Then, put that sucker in refrigerator Time Out while you whip up the shells.

3. To make the crusts, start by taking one of the pre-made pie crusts out of the box (each box contains two — woo!)

4. Unroll the pie crust onto a flat surface and use a rolling pin to flatten it into a thin layer

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5. Cut the crust into rectangles in the size your prefer

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I’ve made these in ‘normal Pop Tart size’ as well as ‘mini Pop Tart size,’ and both worked flawlessly, so the size is up to you. They don’t have to be perfect, either. Because who wants to eat a perfect Pop Tart, amiright? (Answer: Anyone who likes original Pop Tarts lol)

6. Lay the rectangles onto a parchment paper-lined pan

7. Take your cheesecake filling out of the refrigerator (it should be Jell-O consistency, and solid-ish to the touch)

8. Put a dollop of cheesecake onto each rectangle

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Keep in mind that you’ll need to shut the top layer of the tart, so don’t go overboard. But know that if you do, your tart will still shut, and it will be no less delicious either way!

9. Then, add half a spoonful or so of blueberry pie filling on top of the cheesecake filling

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Blueberry Cheesecake Ted's Tarts © Politics to PlayDoh

If you’re going Ted’s all the way, you’ll use fresh blueberries instead of blueberry pie filling. But I never want to see my waistline again, so…

10. Next, unroll the second piece of pre-made pie crust from the box onto a flat surface and repeat steps 4 and 5

11. Take each newly rolled rectangle and lay it onto the filling-covered crusts on the tray

12. Then, use a fork to ‘crimp’ the sides so they seal

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Blueberry Cheesecake Ted's Tarts © Politics to PlayDoh

Don’t be alarmed if some of your filling oozes out – That happens! Just make sure you seal thoroughly, since otherwise your layers won’t connect and you’ll end up with more of a sandwich than a tart.

13. If you want, use a brush to add a little eggwash (legit just a beaten egg) onto the tops of your tarts

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Blueberry Cheesecake Ted's Tarts © Politics to PlayDoh

This will give them the lovely brown and crisp we love in pies!

14. Place your tray in the preheated oven for about 7-10 minutes for regular sizes, and about 4-5 minutes for mini tarts

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15. While your tarts are heating, you can prepare your simple icing

Simply combine confectioners’ sugar and milk until the consistency is about that of toothpaste. It should be liquid and run, but it shouldn’t dribble right off the spoon.

16. Once your tarts are a nice golden brown, pull them from the oven and let them cool completely

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17. Then, paint them with your icing and add sprinkles to taste

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Blueberry Cheesecake Ted's Tarts © Politics to PlayDoh

Ted’s uses a lovely blue and purple mix on their blueberry cheesecake tarts, but I had a bunch of rainbows lying around, so I opted for those.

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And with that, you’re done!

These things won’t taste quite like a Ted’s Tart, but dang it feels good to have them back in my life again!

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Blueberry Cheesecake Ted's Tarts © Politics to PlayDoh

Blueberry Cheesecake Ted's Tarts © Politics to PlayDoh

Blueberry Cheesecake Ted's Tarts © Politics to PlayDoh

If you’re ever visiting D.C. or the area, make sure you go to Ted’s Bulletin. Seriously. You will NOT be disappointed. And you might even end up meeting the love of your life!

xoxo,

Cara

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Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Chili Sea Salt Pop Rock Bark

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Did you read that title?

I mean, how much can you pack into a plate of chocolate bark?

Well, my friends, a lot. 

A few months ago, my coworker mentioned to me that there’s a place in St. George, Utah, that sells spicy Pop Rock chocolate bars, but that they’re really expensive for chocolate.

My response? Challenge accepted.

In no time, I’d whipped up a decadent treat that packs a real punch: Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Chili Sea Salt Pop Rock Bark.

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Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Chile Sea Salt Pop Rock Bark

This treat is seriously so easy, you’ll wonder why you’ve never put it together before!

First, gather your ingredients:

 

2 bags dark chocolate chips (or your meltable dark chocolate of choice)

Dash of ground cayenne pepper

Sea salt

2 packets Pop Rocks

Parchment paper

 

Easy!

Now for the ‘hard’ part.

 

1. First, line a pan with parchment paper

I use a pan that’s as shallow as I’d like my bark, for reference.

 

2. Next, melt your chocolate

You can use the double boil process, or you can pour your chips into a glass microwaveable bowl and pop that little guy in the microwave until melted.

 

3. Then, pour your chocolate onto your parchment paper

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4. Add cayenne, sea salt, and Pop Rocks to the top, to your liking

I found that initially I hadn’t added nearly enough cayenne (even for me!), so keep in mind that the dark chocolate will oftentimes overpower any spices on it. I ended up dumping more on afterwards lol.

Also, the Pop Rocks can often get wet and begin to melt in the chocolate, making them unpoppable. One solution would be to wait until the chocolate has almost hardened before you add them to the top.

As always, this is all to taste! So pile it on or sprinkle it around — You can’t mess up dark chocolate!

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5. Then, refrigerate for a few hours

6. Once it’s nice and solid, break that bugger into a million pieces

I like to fold the parchment paper over the slab and then pound it with my fist. I feel like this is more humane than just beating it to a pulp without the cover? Right? I mean, chocolate has feelings, too, you guys…

7. Voila! Sweet and spicy chocolate chili sea salt Pop Rock bark!

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Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Bark - Politics to PlayDoh

Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Bark - Politics to PlayDoh

Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Bark - Politics to PlayDoh

Are you a fan of spicy? Or are you like me: You’ve gotta cover spicy with sweet to tolerate it!

 

xoxo

Cara

Easy-Assemble Salted Caramel Snickers Ice Cream Cake

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My parents have a house in North Carolina, and it’s one of my favorite places in the world.

Years ago, their neighbors (my son’s wonderful godparents) hosted a little get-together and invited the folks in the neighborhood to join. Everyone brought a side dish or dessert.

For the most part, we covered all of the basics: Potato salad, seven layer dips, mac ‘n cheese, that green stuff rabbits eat (I’m told it’s called ‘regular salad’?)…

But one woman brought something I will never forget: Ice cream cake.

I love me some sugar, and I’ve been around the gumdrop block a time or two, but this was a level of delightfulness I’d had yet to experience.

It was seriously the best ice cream cake I’ve ever tasted.

And then came the finale: She showed me how she’d made it.

You guys, when I say “mind blown,” this is the conversation that comes to, well, mind.

Maybe I was just naive. Maybe this had been done before. Who knows.

But what I did know was that I had to make this cake.

 

…Fast-forward a decade.

Here I am, checking this long-awaited treat off my To Do List – finally.

And guys, it was so worth the wait. (Ask my neighbor, Aleisha, to confirm).

So now I am sharing with you all the super simple steps to assemble this delectable summer ice cream treat.

Easy-Assemble Salted Caramel Snickers Ice Cream Cake

First off, as always, let’s start with the ingredients.

Hold tight, this one’s a doozy! (Not. Obviously. lol.)

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20ish Snickers ice cream bars (If a few “disappear” on their way to the pan, oh well)

1 dozen ice cream sandwiches

2-gallon tub of vanilla ice cream

Caramel sauce

Chocolate sauce

Snickers bars, chopped OR 1 pack Snickers unwrapped bites

Planters Salted Caramel Peanuts

Reynolds parchment paper

1 3-inch deep disposable pan (Or any pan you want, really. Just try to make it deep)

 

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Snickers Ice Cream Cake - Politics to PlayDoh

Now comes the fun part!

1. Line your pan with parchment paper (for easy, mess-free removal).

2. Place your ice cream sandwiches, unwrapped but intact, in the pan.

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Snickers Ice Cream Cake - Politics to PlayDoh

3. Cover the sandwiches in a layer of vanilla ice cream.

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4. Drizzle caramel and chocolate sauce over the ice cream, and sprinkle with peanuts and Snickers pieces.

(You can use any type of sauce; I choose Smucker’s Toppings because I love that they’re ooey gooey and warm, and I can refrigerate and reuses again and again!)

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5. On top of your ice cream, add a layer of Snickers ice cream bars.

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6. Cover this layer with vanilla ice cream, as well.

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7. Drizzle with caramel and chocolate sauces, and sprinkle with peanuts and the remaining Snickers pieces.

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Snickers Ice Cream Cake - Politics to PlayDoh

Snickers Ice Cream Cake - Politics to PlayDoh

Snickers Ice Cream Cake - Politics to PlayDoh

8. Cover the entire treat with parchment paper and place it in the freezer for an hour …or until you can’t take the anticipation any longer!

9. Remove the pan and slice and serve!

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Snickers Ice Cream Cake - Politics to PlayDoh

Voila! A delicious, hassle-free ice cream cake, ready in moments and so delicious you’ll wonder how you’ve lived without it!

 

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The best part of this treat? You can layer and layer to your heart’s content! Add ice cream sandwiches or Snickers bars until you can’t layer no more!

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Snickers Ice Cream Cake - Politics to PlayDoh

Snickers Ice Cream Cake - Politics to PlayDoh

Snickers Ice Cream Cake - Politics to PlayDoh

What’s your go-to summer dessert? And have you heard of these Salted Caramel Peanuts before?? I stumbled upon them in the grocery store and had to incorporate them into this perfect nutty caramel deliciousness!

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xoxo

Cara

 

Copycat Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies

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Be honest. How much do you hate solicitors? Scale of 1 to Get Off My Lawn?

BUT do you change your tune REAL fast when said solicitors are 4 feet tall and clad in green and brown and rainbows?

Yeah, I’m talkin’ Girl Scouts. And I don’t think a single American can claim dislike for these little fairy-like creatures, frolicking through neighborhoods and office cubicles delivering magical sugary goodness.

Girl Scout cookie season, unfortunately, comes but several times a year, and there’s no established time frame for it. It always seems to appear out of nowhere, amiright?

Suddenly, Sally-down-the-hall is shuffling around the order form for cookie boxes, and in seconds your wallet is empty and your pantry is full.

But the anticipation is almost too much to take.

So I created a quick-and-easy copycat recipe for the ever-elusive Thin Mint cookies, perfect for the off-season when the cravings really take their toll.

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Copycat Girl Scout Thin Mints - Politics to PlayDoh

Copycat Girl Scout Thin Mints - Politics to PlayDoh

Copycat Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies

These things are easy as pie…Er, cookies.

First, you’ll want to gather your ingredients.

 

1 bag of Mint Oreos

CandiQuik chocolate melts (or any dark chocolate)

Andes Mint Pieces (if desired)

 

That’s literally all, you guys!

CandiQuik chocolate is seriously the most magical candy-making accessory for those times when you just don’t have the time or energy to double boil chocolate chips into chocolate.

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You just pop this little guy into the microwave for a few minutes and voila! Dippable chocolate!

(The instructions tell you 1. Microwave for 1 minute, and 2. Do NOT overheat, but I’ve never gotten the thing to melt with fewer than 2 minutes.)

Once you’ve microwaved your chocolate, just dip your Oreos in it until they’re completely coated, and then allow to dry.

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*CandiQuick only takes a few moments to dry, so if you add accoutrements like Andes Mint Pieces to the top, you’ll have to move a little to get them to stick.

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And then you’re seriously done, you guys. That’s all it takes to create these delectable treats!

And they taste just like Thin Mints!

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Copycat Girl Scout Thin Mints - Politics to PlayDoh

Copycat Girl Scout Thin Mints - Politics to PlayDoh

Copycat Girl Scout Thin Mints - Politics to PlayDoh

These little yummies will deliver rich, minty goodness to your mouth until little angels can deliver the real thing to your door.

 

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Copycat Girl Scout Thin Mints - Politics to PlayDoh

 

Copycat Girl Scout Thin Mints - Politics to PlayDoh

Copycat Girl Scout Thin Mints - Politics to PlayDoh

What’s your all-time favorite Girl Scout cookie? (And do you call them by the old names or those funky new ones?)

xoxo

Cara

4th of July Star-Spangled Jell-O Sparkler Treats

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How many Fourth of July BBQs have you been invited to this year? Does it seem like you scramble every year for a dessert that will wow guests with its patriotic pizzazz?

Well, have I got a surprise for you.

Remember that one time we made Red White & Blue July Fourth Jell-O Bites together?

I’m back to show you how to make those even more patriotic: Your basic Jell-O recipe, but with a star-spangled twist!

 

 

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4th of July Jell-O Sparkler Treats - Politics to PlayDoh

4th of July Jell-O Sparkler Treats - Politics to PlayDoh

If you’re really into festive Jell-O, but you like your desserts to match your décor (I’m with ya there), then 4th of July Star-Spangled Jell-O Sparkler Treats are the dessert for you!

 

4th of July Star-Spangled Jell-O Sparkler Treats

What’s great about this dessert is that it’s the exact same thing as the Red White & Blue July Fourth Jell-O Bites recipe, but you replace the cold water with cold Sprite. (Or ginger ale. Anything that sparkles!)

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You’ll prep and layer everything the same way.

And you’ll use the exact same ingredients (plus the ‘sparkle’), but add a small star cookie cutter to the equation. (Sometimes a simple addition can make all the difference, amiright?)

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4th of July Jell-O Sparkler Treats - Politics to PlayDoh

The steps? You guessed it! The same as the Red White & Blue Jell-O Bites recipe, too!

 

First, make your blue layer.

Boil 1 cup of water and mix it with your Jell-O contents.

Once all of the powder is dissolved, add 1 packet of Knox unflavored gelatin.

Stir until completely dissolved. (See No. 1 below).

Add 2 cups cold water to the mixture and stir until completely dissolved.

Pour into pan and refrigerate for an hour.

 

Once the first layer is set, begin making the white layer.

Combine one 14 oz. can of unsweetened condensed milk with 1 cup boiling water, and stir until smooth.

Mix the Knox gelatin with 1 cup boiling water until dissolved.

Pour cold mixture into hot mixture and stir until combined.

Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes.

Pour white mixture onto solid blue mixture in refrigerated pan.

Refrigerate for an hour.

 

For your red layer, follow the same instructions you used for the blue layer, but use red Jell-O mix instead.

 

After your Jell-O has refrigerated for an hour or two (check it with your finger to see if it bounces back at your touch), remove it from the fridge.

Cut out star-shaped pieces using a star cookie cutter. (I use a small one because it makes for an easier and less floppy bite!)

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4th of July Jell-O Sparkler Treats - Politics to PlayDoh

Add these firecrackers to your holiday this year, and see friends and family giggle and wiggle with a little Jell-O jiggle.

After all, isn’t that what America is all about?

#America

 

xoxo

 

Cara

 

 

 

Rainbow Chocolate Popcorn Treat

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Be honest. How many unicorn parties have you been invited to this year?

I bet it’s a lot.

Don’t you wish there was an easy contribution you could make to these things? (Or, if you’re hosting your own, a simple dessert?)

Well, you sparkly people, you. There is!

I almost feel silly posting this because it’s just. that. simple. 

But chocolate-covered popcorn is one of my main go-to’s for easy treats, second only to chocolate-covered Oreos. (Sensing a theme here?)

Since the unicorn craze (unicraze?) doesn’t seem to be dying any time soon, I figured now was as good a time as any to share this super simple three-step treat.

Rainbow Chocolate Popcorn Treat

To make this sweet concoction, you’ll need only three ingredients:

  1. Popcorn (I like kettle corn because it makes the whole thing even sweeter and more magical)
  2. Melting chocolate
  3. Sprinkles

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Now, when it comes to melting chocolate, you can do the double boiler thing. Or you can meet my friend Candiquik, which does all the hard work for you.

Literally, with Candiquik you just stick the pre-filled tray in the microwave for a few minutes and voila! Perfectly melted chocolate. And it dries in a matter of seconds, too, making it perfect for those last-minute desserts!

I just discovered this stuff, and I’m not ashamed to say, by golly, I’m gonna use it!

 

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So now let’s make this tasty treat:

  1. Pop your popcorn (2 minutes – Don’t burn ’em!)
  2. Pour popcorn into a bowl, like this adorable ceramic one
  3. Melt the melting chocolate
  4. Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn
  5. Add sprinkles
  6. Enjoy!

It’s seriously that easy.

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Rainbow Chocolate Popcorn Treat - Politics to PlayDoh

But it looks gourmet when it’s all done, so people will ooh and ahh for hours…until their mouths are so stuffed with delectable popcorn that that’s no longer an option.

The best part of this treat?

As always, you can modify!

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Add pretzels, peanuts, mints, M&Ms, cookies, or marshmallows to spice things up a bit, or keep it simple and magically elegant.

It’s always up to you.

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How do you add color and flair to your Rainbow Chocolate Popcorn Treat?

 

xoxo

 

Cara

 

Cannoli Cookie Sandwich Treats

 

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I’m one quarter Italian.

You can tell by my temper.

And my love of pasta.

But mostly the first one.

Being part Italian, I have a special place in my heart for Italian desserts; namely, cannoli.

…Well, let’s be real. I like my cannoli like I like my Oreos: Just the filling.

So really those shells are just vessels. I could do without.

And that’s why my go-to dessert is cannoli dip. I bring this stuff to every Dip ‘n’ Sip or potluck party I attend. Why? Because no one expects it!

Just think, when someone invites you to a Dip party, you show up and a dozen bowls of spinach artichoke dip greet you at the table. (Mmm on that note, now I want some spinach artichoke dip. I digress.)

But I like to throw in a dessert dip here or there. And what dessert is better than cannoli?? (You don’t need to answer that. We all know the answer is: NOTHING.)

So today I’m going to show you the most deliciously straightforward way to make cannoli dip.

But I’m going to take it one step further:

I’m going to put it between two cookies and create, yep, you guessed it: Cannoli Cookie Sandwich Treats.

Go ahead. Pick the pieces of your mind off the floor. Explosions can be messy.

Here are the simple steps to creating your own scrumptious cannoli cookie sandwich:

First, prepare your ingredients.

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You will need the following ingredients:

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies (These are from Pillsbury‘s recipes)

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 to 2 bags (12 oz each) semisweet chocolate chips (2 to 4 cups)

*I used mini chocolate chips for mine because, well, you’ll see in a second:

 

Cannoli Dip

16 oz (two 8 oz packages) cream cheese

16 oz ricotta cheese

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1 cup mini chocolate chips

 

Next, bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I went with a Soft and Chewy recipe from Pillsbury this time, and dang these things were good!

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The steps on this site call for the following:

 

1. Heat oven to 375°F

2. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy

3. Beat in vanilla and eggs until well blended

4. Beat in flour, baking soda and salt

5. Stir in chocolate chips

6. On ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart

7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown

8. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks

 

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I honestly might have to make this my cookie standard because these things were DELISH.

My little guy thought so, too, as evidenced by his tiny paws all over them.

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While your cookies are in the oven, you can get started on the cannoli dip.

This stuff is a cinch to make!

 

1. Combine ricotta and cream cheeses in a bowl and mix until smooth (No lumps)

2. Add vanilla and mix again

3. Slowly fold in confectioner’s sugar, while mixing completely

4. Fold in chocolate chips

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5. Once the mixture is creamy and just a wee bit resistant to your spoon, refrigerate

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches

*As always, my recipes are super flexible, so feel free to add more cream cheese if you like your cannoli to be firmer, sugar if you like it sweeter, or ricotta if you like it creamier. I play with it a bit every time!

*I suggest downplaying the ricotta because it tends to give the cannoli a grainier texture, and I like my desserts smooth as the butter I make them with!

Now for the sandwich part!

Take your cannoli dip out of the refrigerator. Here’s where you’ll need to make a decision. If the dip looks so scrumptious that you can’t wait another moment, take those cookies and dip ’em right in! Throw caution to the wind and go for it!

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If you’re a bit more patient than I’m known to be (Italian, remember?), you can hold out and do the following:

 

1. Choose two cookies of similar size from your cookie pile

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches

2. Next, flip one over onto its back

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches

3. Then, add a dollop of cannoli dip to the cookie (Or however much you want. Let’s not be stingy here)

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches

4. Then, place the other cookie on top to form a sandwich

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches

5. Lastly, coat the sides of the cannoli dip with mini chocolate chips

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches

6. Nom nom nom

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches

Voila! Now you have delicious cannoli cookie sandwiches!

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches - Politics to PlayDoh

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches - Politics to PlayDoh

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches - Politics to PlayDoh

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches - Politics to PlayDoh

 

And the best part of these treats? They’re easy to assemble any time! (For example, I completely forgot to take a photo of the finished product, so I just went back and made another one in seconds! Easy peasy!)

An easy and delectable treat to have on hand. And it totally brings me back to my Italian roots …for 2.4 seconds before I devour it.

Cannoli Dip Cookie Sandwiches - Politics to PlayDoh

What’s your favorite dessert? Have you ever tried cannoli dip? What do you dip in it? (We use Nilla wafers, or waffle cone pieces if somebody ate all of the Nillas. …Me. It’s always me.)

xoxo

Cara