Summer Recipes

Summer is the perfect time to try new, fun recipes to test on your friends and family! Here are four recipes for you to try out…

{Raspberry Lemonade Slushy}

Now, I have to admit, I have not tried this one out. But, it does like pretty easy and delicious! Credit for this lovely treat goes to Make it and Love it.

Ingredients: Simply Lemonade brand lemonade (my note: I’m guessing,  you could substitute this with any real lemon juice if you can’t find that brand), frozen unsweetened raspberries, ice, and sugar.

Directions: Blend up some of the juice with the ice. There’s no science to it, just add enough ice to make it a bit slushy. Then add some frozen raspberries. Blend that all up again and add some sugar.

{Lemon Bars}

I have tried this recipe and they were so yummy! The recipe is really simple too. Credit goes to Simply Semplicita`.

Crust

Ingredients: 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 cup butter

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 9×13 pan. Combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter with pastry blender. Press into the pan. Bake at 350F for 20 mins.

Filling

Ingredients: 4 eggs, 2 cups of sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 6 Tbs lemon juice from 2 medium lemons.

Directions: Combine and pour over hot crust. Bake at 350F for 25 min. Cool. Refrigerate. Dust with powdered sugar.

{Nutella Brownies}

This recipe is also from Simple Semplicita` and looks amazing!

Ingredients

1/2 cup Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread (the off-brand works too!)
1 large egg
5 Tbs. all-purpose flour
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts (or cream cheese frosting)

Directions

Heat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup mini muffin pan with paper or foil liners.
Put the Nutella and egg in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth and well blended. Add the flour and whisk until blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins (about 3/4 full). Sprinkle with the chopped hazelnuts. (Unless you’re frosting them)
Bake until a pick comes out with wet, gooey crumbs, 11 to 12 minutes. Set on a rack to cool completely. Serve immediately or cover and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

{Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes}

These fun cupcakes would be perfect for a picnic or summer party! Credit goes to: Coco Bean.

Filling

Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups flour, 3/4 Cup sugar, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 large egg, 1/2 Cup buttermilk, 2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 3 Tbs cocoa powder, 3/4 Cup Coca-Cola, 1/4 cup marachino cherry syrup, 24 marachino cherries

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 F.In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla in a second bowl. In a saucepan, boil the Coca-Cola, and cherry syrup gently for five minutes. Melt in the butter and cocoa powder. Pour into the dry ingredients, stir well with a wooden spoon, and then add the liquid ingredients, beating until everything is blended.  Pour into the cupcake pans and push a cherry into the center of each cupcake. Bake for 15 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean

Icing

Ingredients: 1 cup icing sugar, 2 tbsp cola

Directions: When cupcakes are cool drizzle over the Cola Icing and let dry. Top with cherry buttercream and a cherry.

Happy Baking!

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