Whether you’re planning the perfect birthday bash or are kicking off the holiday entertaining season with an open house, you definitely want to make guests happy. On my blog, Best Friends for Frosting, I explore the sweeter side of kitchen life. Now I’m thrilled to be sharing four of my favorite desserts on Inspired Living. From the perfect ruffle cake to quick and easy peanut butter blondie bars, these go-to treats are an unforgettable finish to any occasion. —Melissa Johnson
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Looking for a dessert that is guaranteed to give your guests something to talk about? Color Blocked Broken Glass Jell-O not only looks like a work of art, but is simple to whip up on the fly and makes for the perfect fruity snack. You can mix and match to create any color and flavor combination you want. All you need are two boxes of your favorite Jell-O, a can of sweetened condensed milk, 2 envelopes of Knox unflavored gelatin and a drop of edible gel dye. Serve with whipped cream or slice these up into squares and serve in pretty cupcake wrappers to turn this simple treat into a sophisticated dessert. Click here for the complete recipe.
These chocolate peanut butter blondies are soft and chewy, combining the rich flavor of peanut butter with the sweetness of chocolate. Tasty and portable, they’re the perfect bars for picnics, fundraisers or any celebration.
And the prep couldn’t be easier: Simply mix together peanut butter, eggs, vanilla and chocolate chips, spread in a pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Once cool, finish off this decadent dessert with chocolate frosting and a few sprinkles of peanut butter chips before cutting into bars. Click here for the complete recipe.
Nothing is prettier than a cake covered in a sweet ruffle texture—and it’s surprisingly easy to pull off. The trick to perfecting this treat is finding the right consistency so frosting can hold its shape throughout the piping process.
Simply combine butter, confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla extract and your favorite color of gel dye. Holding your pastry bag vertically, make sure the slot of your tip levels perpendicular to your cake, and use a quick back-and-forth motion at least 1-inch wide to create ruffles up the side. Click here for the complete recipe.
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a perennial favorite among kids and adults, and who doesn’t love cupcakes? Combine these two sweet treats for pure culinary bliss. My cake recipe (which makes two dozen cupcakes) is full of rich, chocolate flavor and the peanut butter frosting is the ultimate multi-tasker: Use it to decorate cupcakes, birthday cakes or as a filling for cookie sandwiches. Click here for the complete recipe.