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Outside the Firewokds this July 4th with
Sparking Sweets
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Red, White and Blue Treat Pops

Makes about 12 Treat Pops

Whoopie Pie Cakes:

    1-1/2     cups all-purpose flour

    1-1/2     teaspoons baking powder

    1/4     teaspoon salt

    6     tablespoons butter, softened

    2/3     cup granulated sugar

    2     egg whites

    1-1/2     teaspoons imitation clear vanilla


    2/3     cup milk


    3     cups buttercream icing

        Christmas red icing color

        Royal blue icing color

        Patriotic mix sprinkles

        Rocket Treat Pops Toppers

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare mini whoopie pie pan with vegetable pan spray.

In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt.

In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg whites and vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Alternately add flour mix­ture and milk in three additions, beating until just combined. Spoon one tablespoon batter into each cavity.

Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until tops of cakes spring back when touched. Cool in pan 3 min­utes. Cool completely on cooling grid.

In separate small bowls, tint 1 cup butter­cream red, 1 cup blue and reserve 1 cup white.

To assemble: Place one cake in bottom

of treat pop. Pipe a swirl of blue icing from back edge following the curve of the con­tainer to the front, then filling in the center; add sprinkles. Add second cake. Pipe a swirl of white icing; add sprinkles. Top  with another cake. Pipe a swirl of red icing. Top with Patriotic Sprinkles or Rocket Treat Pops Toppers.

Convenience tip: Substitute vanilla wafer cookies for whoopie pie cakes.

Family Features

Fireworks don’t have to be the only party element that makes guests ooh and ah during July 4th festivities. With colorful
sweets that sparkle and a themed tablescape exploding with red, white and blue, your party is sure to be the best on the block.

“Adding patriotic flair to your Independence Day celebration is easy with the right recipes and decorating accents,” said Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. “Put your personal John Hancock on the party by turning traditional summertime foods into amazing sweet treats.”

Try these dessert ideas from the Wilton test kitchen for a celebration that ends with a bang:

*    Burgers with a Sweet Bite: Traditional burgers are a staple for summer parties; switch things up with Sweet Sliders and build your burgers with unexpected ingredients. Start with whoopie pies for
the buns, add a brownie “patty,” roll yellow fruit candies into thin layers for cheese, and top it off with red and yellow Sparkle Gel for ketchup and mustard.
*    Playful Twist on Summer Fruit: Make mouths water by serving
up slices of delicious watermelon ... cheesecake! Strawberry cheese­cake dotted with mini chocolate chips imitates the center of the fruit, and a pistachio and coconut crumble crust mimics the water­melon rind.

*   Patriotic Treat Pops: For the grand finale, nestle Red, White and Blue Treat Pops in a bowl of red Cinnamon Drops. Layer on the festive colors with vanilla cake, colored icing and star-shaped sprinkles. Finish with stars and stripes Rocket Treat Pops Toppers
or red, white and blue pinwheels.

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