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Father’s Day is coming up soon, and no matter how or where you celebrate, you’ll want some dessert to cap off the day. So why not get everyone in the kitchen to whip up some sweet treats?
Baking is a great way to spend the day with your loved ones, and Dad will appreciate the time and love you put into each bite. Here are seven delicious Father's Day dessert recipes you and your family will have fun making (and eating) together. We've even included a few no-bake recipes in case you don't want to fire up the oven on a hot summer day!
1. Ice Cream in a Can/Bag
Making ice cream at home is a great way to kick off the summer and beat the heat. No ice cream maker? No problem! All you need is your ice cream ingredients, a sealable container, and some salt and ice to freeze everything. You and your kids can roll and shake your container until you have a delicious frozen treat. Check out The Best Ideas for Kids for instructions on making homemade vanilla ice cream in a sealable plastic bag!
2. Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
If you’re worried about your ice cream melting, try baking your favorite cake or cupcake batter directly into ice cream cones. Have your kids mix the batter, spoon it into the cones, and decorate with Dad’s favorite frosting and topping. Baking a Moment gives a how-to for the baking process, as well as some recipes if you’re looking to make your cake batter from scratch.
3. Oreo Balls
This oven-free recipe requires just three ingredients: cream cheese, sandwich cookies and chocolate. Kids of all ages can help with measuring, mixing and rolling the cookie-cream cheese mixture into miniature balls. Older children can also dip the cookie balls in melted chocolate. For step-by-step instructions, head over to The Cooking Collective.
4. Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberries are a quintessential summer fruit, and the whole family will love making these strawberry shortcakes from Food Network. Little ones can mix ingredients, cut out the biscuits, make the whipped cream and assemble the cakes; bigger kids can help with all prep and assembly steps. Teenagers can also operate the oven, given appropriate adult supervision and if they/you feel ready for this step. Otherwise, leave the oven work to Mom or Dad.
5. Peanut Butter Blossoms
Chewy peanut butter cookies meet sweet chocolate drops in the perfect blend of sweet and salty. The kids can help in nearly every step – from measuring and mixing, to handling the dough, to decorating with chocolate drops once the cookies are out of the oven. Check out Hershey’s Kitchen for the classic recipe.
6. Fruit Popsicles
For a light and refreshing dessert, try making your own fruit popsicles! Kids can help choose the fruit, measure ingredients and assemble the pops. (Blending and pureeing should be left to Mom or Dad.) Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavor profiles! If you’re looking for inspiration, Jessica Gavin offers four popsicle variations.
7. No-Bake Cheesecake
The whole family will have fun making and eating this creamy treat. The hardest part is waiting for everything to chill before digging in! Your kids can crush the graham crackers, combine the ingredients and assemble the cheesecake. Martha Stewart’s recipe includes base instructions as well as some delicious variations.
We hope you and your family enjoy making these recipes – and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!
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