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Shop the Sale: Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream


Vietnamese Coffee Ice CreamPrep Time: 2 hours & 15 mins, plus freezing
Makes: 1 quart
Serves: 8

If you like sweet coffee – or coffee ice cream – you’re going to love this sweet, creamy, Vietnamese-style coffee ice cream. Coffee-infused condensed milk and half-and-half makes for the perfect level of sweet with a lush, creamy texture that will melt in your mouth. Top with shaved chocolate, and you have a dessert fit for a king. Look out for Folgers Coffee on sale this week and whip up a decadent treat for your next dessert.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups sweetened condensed milk (use 1 cup for a less sweet version)
1 1/2 cups strongly brewed coffee or brewed espresso
1/2 cup half-and-half (increase by 1/2 cup for less sweet version)
Big pinch finely ground dark roast coffee
Instant espresso to taste (optional)
Shaved chocolate, for garnish

Instructions
Combine condensed milk, coffee, half-and-half, and ground coffee in medium bowl; whisk until combined. Add instant espresso, if using; stir. Chill mixture in refrigerator until completely cool, about 2 hours. Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. (This ice cream will most likely not set completely in ice cream maker. You can place it in freezer to finish freezing.)

Calories Per Serving: 204, Fat: 7 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 25 mg, Sodium: 79 mg, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 5 g.

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Chef Tips

The History Behind Vietnamese Coffee
Most of us here in the United States wouldn’t think of condensed milk as a creamer for our morning cup of Joe, but in many Asian countries where electricity (and therefore refrigerators) are not necessarily commonplace, condensed milk has become the go-to for many culinary uses, including coffee. Introduced by the French in Vietnam, coffee was adopted by the locals and remains a mainstay today, still made with the more-easily found condensed milk than fresh.

DIY Traditional Vietnamese Coffee
While espresso or strongly brewed coffee works well for making Vietnamese coffee, if you want to be uber-authentic, try a traditional Phin Filter. This slow drip coffee maker is a nifty little set up that makes a single cup in under five minutes using a simple filter chamber and coffee press that sits right on top of your mug or cup. You can make your coffee black or pour condensed milk into your cup before brewing your coffee right on top. Pro tip: use a glass cup so you can watch the brewing process! You can buy a brew kit online or at most Asian markets for around $5-$10.



Shop the Sale: Papaya Salad


Prep Time: 30 mins
Serves: 4-6

Great as a starter for your next barbeque or Asian-inspired feast, Papaya salad is an easy dish that can also satisfy the family for an easy dinner. Ready in 30 minutes or less, this refreshing salad is perfect for summer: light, zesty and a little sweet. And it’s a great time to give it a try with Bell Pepper on sale this week at Brookshire’s.

Ingredients

Salad:
1 firm papaya
1 large carrot
1 red bell pepper

Topping:
1/2 cup roasted cashews
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
1 tsp brown cane sugar
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 bunch basil, chopped (about 1/4 cup)

Dressing:
1/2 cup cashew pieces
2 Tbs soy sauce
3 Tbs brown cane sugar
3 Tbs rice vinegar
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1 lime, juiced

Instructions
Peel papaya with vegetable peeler. Seed papaya and shred into thin strands, or cut into thin matchsticks. (A mandolin works great for this process.) Peel and shred carrot, or cut into matchsticks. Cut bell pepper into about 2-inch-long pieces. Combine papaya, carrot and bell pepper in large bowl.

For the topping, coarsely grind roasted cashews, peanuts, brown sugar, black pepper and salt in small food processor or blender. Mix in basil. Set aside.

For the dressing, puree cashews, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, ground black pepper and lime juice in food processor or blender until a paste forms. Pour dressing over vegetables; toss. Avoid overmixing.

Just before serving, sprinkle topping mixture on salad. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Calories Per Serving: 433, Fat: 25 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 342 mg, Carbohydrates: 47 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 11 g

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Chef Tips

Green VS Orange Papaya
If you’re not familiar with papaya or you’re used to eating it fully ripened, you might think green papayas are a totally different fruit. They’re actually the same fruit: green is harvested when the papaya is immature, whereas orange papaya is picked when it’s fully ripened. Green papaya has a mild flavor similar to a cucumber, and is quite crisp. Ripe papaya on the other hand, has a soft texture with a dry, sweet flavor. You can make this salad with green or orange, just make sure the papaya is firm. Papaya that is soft to the touch and a deep orange color is over-ripe or has gone bad.

Papaya Salad Pairs
Papaya Salad is fantastic all by itself, but for those who prefer a heftier meal, there are a number of ways to enjoy papaya salad as part of a grander spread. You can choose to serve it as a refreshing starter to many light, summer dishes, pair it with grilled steak or fish, or with any number of Asian style noodle, curry, satay or rice dishes. For drinks, serve with ice, cold beer or a refreshing white like a Sauvignon Blanc.



Shop the Sale: Grilled Shrimp with Mango BBQ Sauce


Grilled Shrimp with Mango BBQ SaucePrep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Serves: 2

Our Grilled Shrimp with Mango BBQ Sauce is the ultimate summertime meal. Fresh, perfectly grilled Gulf Shrimp topped with a tangy, fruity mango sauce, it pairs perfectly with a healthy salad and a cold glass of white wine. And with Gulf Shrimp on sale all this week, you can go ahead and throw another shrimp on the barbie any night of the week!

Ingredients:
1 to 2 mangos, peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped (9 to 10 oz skinned, seedless mango)
1/2 large shallot, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 Tbs fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp honey
Salt, to taste
1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 bamboo or metal skewers

Instructions:
Place mango and shallot in food processor or blender to puree. Add lime juice and honey. Season to taste with salt. Preheat grill to medium-high.

Place shrimp in medium bowl. Mix shrimp with 2 tablespoons mango sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Thread shrimp onto skewers. (If using wood skewers, soak in water for 1 hour before using.)

Grill shrimp skewers until shrimp are just cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve shrimp with remaining mango sauce.

Calories Per Serving: 300, Fat: 1 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 324 mg, Sodium: 364 mg, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 44 g

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Chef Tips

Pick the Best Mango
You might be tempted to choose your mangoes based on color – after all, mangoes that have vibrant orange hue must be ripe, right? Wrong. While color can be a sign of ripeness, it’s not the best indicator. The two things you want to look for are texture and fragrance. Ripe mangoes give slightly when gently squeezed, similar to ripe peaches or avocado, and they have a strong, sweet smell. It will be especially fragrant near the stem, so give it the old sniff test. It should have a very fruity, sweet smell.

The Skinny on Shrimp
Many of us think of shrimp as an indulgence – something that should only be eaten on special occasions – but the truth is, there’s nothing to feel guilty about when it comes to shrimp. Here’s why:

  • They’re high in protein. Three ounces of shrimp provides 20 grams of protein with very little fat.
  • Shrimp are nutrient-rich, packed with selenium, vitamin B12, phosphorus, copper, choline, and iodine.
  • They’re low in calories. For roughly 85-100 calories, you can enjoy 3 ounces of shrimp (about a dozen). Yay for shrimp!


Shop The Sale: CAJUN SPICE-RUBBED CHICKEN WINGS


Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 10

Wings are not just for game day! Versatile, crowd-pleasing chicken wings are ideal appetizers for parties and barbeques, or for simply sitting around with friends and family on a lazy Sunday afternoon. For a new take on an old favorite, try our sweet and spicy Cajun Spice-Rubbed Chicken Wings. With a deep flavor thanks to Community Coffee House Blend – on sale all this week – these little guys will become a regular. Note: check out our chef tips below for how to separate whole wings.

Ingredients
2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
3/4 cup Community Coffee House Blend, ground
1/4 cup Creole seasoning
1 Tbs salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
6 lbs chicken wings (drums & flats)
Green onions, for garnish

Instructions
In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, ground coffee, creole seasoning, salt and pepper. In large bowl, combine chicken and brown sugar mixture; toss until thoroughly coated.

Spray grill rack with nonflammable cooking spray. Preheat grill to medium heat (300° F to 350° F). Grill chicken in batches, turning frequently, until meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165° F (about 20 minutes). Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce, garnished with green onions.

Calories Per Serving: 628, Fat: 20 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 242 mg, Sodium: 2236 mg, Carbohydrates: 29 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 79 g

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Chef Tips

Know Your Wings
There are actually three parts to a chicken wing: the Drumette (the part of the wing attached to the body), the Flat or Wingette (the middle section) and the tip. Although you can cook wings whole, many recipes call for them to be separated – plus, it makes for easier finger food. The process for cutting up wings is easy. Simply locate the joints on each end of the flat and use a pair of kitchen shears to snip through the center of each joint, and you’re done!

Cooking With Coffee
While most of us love a good cup of coffee to start our day, it’s also a great flavor to use in cooking, particularly meats. Use it in rubs and marinades for meat and fish, or infuse desserts and cakes – especially chocolate ones – with a shot of espresso or your favorite cup of Joe for a decadent mocha flavor.



Shop the Sale: Avocado BLT


Avocado BLTPrep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Serves: 4

When you have a hungry horde to feed, it doesn’t get easier – or more satisfying – than an Avocado BLT. Perfect for lunches or a quick and easy dinner, these gourmet-style sandwiches are guaranteed to please even the biggest appetites. Ready in 30 minutes or less and filled with the healthy goodness of avocado, tomato and fresh basil, these toasties are so tasty you may want to cook up an extra batch. Plus, with John Morrell Bacon on sale all this week, you can stock up on your favorite bacon.

Ingredients
8 slices thick-cut bacon, halved
2 large ripe avocados, pitted
2 Tbs fresh basil, chopped
1 Tbs mayonnaise
1/2 Tbs garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
8 slices good bread
1 medium tomato, cut into 8 slices
4 romaine lettuce leaves

Instructions
Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate. Mash avocados in medium bowl. Stir in basil, mayonnaise, garlic, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Toast bread. Spread about 2 tablespoons of avocado mixture on one side of 4 toast slices. Top each with 4 bacon pieces, 2 tomato slices and 1 lettuce leaf. Top with remaining toast slices.

Calories Per Serving: 367, Fat: 27 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 15 mg, Sodium: 640 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 13 g, Protein: 11 g

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Chef Tips

Why You Should ‘Ave and Avo
While there are definitely fats you should avoid, the monounsaturated fat found in avocado is not one of them. Monounsaturated fat helps protect against heart disease and lowers blood pressure. Avocadoes also have more soluble fiber than any other fruit, plus they contain a host of minerals such as iron, copper, potassium and folate. They’re also a rich source of vitamin E and carotenes, however, they are high in calories, so moderation is definitely key.

Not Your Ordinary Sandwich
Everything is better with bacon. Even the most basic sandwiches become a more dressed up version with a couple slices of crispy bacon. So imagine what you can do when you take your favorite sandwich up a notch with some gourmet touches. Like mozzarella and bacon on French bread or a grilled Panini with pesto, bacon, cheese and caramelized onions. And why not turn it up for breakfast too, with a crusty baguette filled with bacon, eggs, spinach, tomato and onion for a crunchy, flavor-packed start to your day.



Shop the Sale: Mini Cherry Pies


Mini Cherry PiesPrep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 40 mins
Serves: 6

There’s nothing quite like cherry pie with ice cream for dessert on a warm summer night, but why not try mini pies instead of traditional slices? They’re as sweet and delicious as their bigger cousin, but everyone gets their own pie to enjoy, so there’s no more fighting over the last piece!

Ingredients
1 lb cherries, pitted and chopped (leave some in halves for texture)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup Pimm’s No. 1 Cup
1 Tbs cornstarch
2 pkgs rollout pie crusts
1 egg, beaten

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375° F. Put cherries in medium bowl; add sugar. Mix gently. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add lemon juice and Pimm’s; mix gently. Sprinkle cornstarch over top; toss gently. Set aside.

Roll out dough. Measure and trim to fit 6 mini pie pans. Press and even out crusts. Fill each with about 2 to 3 tablespoons filling, depending on size of shells. If desired, cut out shapes for tops of pies (circles, hearts, stars or strips to make a lattice top). Place shapes on top of filling, if using.

Brush crusts and tops with beaten egg. Place pies on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake pies for 30 to 40 minutes, or until filling is bubbly and tops are golden brown. Remove from oven. Let cool slightly before eating. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

Recipe provided by Northwest Cherries

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Chef Tips

The Best Pairs Your Cherries
It’s cherry season, and with cherries on sale right now at Brookshire’s, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experiment with different pairings. While cherries are perfect on their own, there are plenty of ways to pair them with other foods. For sweet treats, cherries pair well with dairy products like sweet cream and ricotta cheese, while savory pairings include Camembert or Goat Cheese for appetizers and pork and beef for entrees.

World’s Largest Cherry Pie

We love our mini pies, but they got us wondering just how big a cherry pie could get. It turns out, over 20 feet in diameter and up to 39,683 pounds. The small town of Oliver in British Columbia, Canada, holds the Guinness World Record for the largest cherry pie since 1992 after beating out previous record holders: Traverse City, Michigan with a 28,350 pound pie in 1987, and the original by Charlevoix, Michigan, weighing in at 17,420 pounds. We’ll stick with our minis for now.



Shop The Sale: Jalapeño & Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin


Jalapeño & Cheese Stuffed Pork TenderloinPrep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Serves: 6

Spice up your menu this week with our sizzling-hot take on pork tenderloin. Chef note: take the cream cheese out of the fridge before you start your prep, so that it’s nice and soft when it comes time to mix.

Stuffed with jalapeños, bacon and cheese, this dish is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Plus, with pork tenderloin on sale this week as Brookshire’s, it’s a win for your wallet too!

Ingredients
Olive oil
2 to 3 jalapeños, (seeded, deveined and diced)
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup bacon crumbles
1/2 cup Colby-Jack cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin 

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil into medium skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add jalapeños. Sauté until jalapeños are slightly browned. In medium bowl, combine cream cheese and spices. Mix until combined. Add bacon and cheese. Stir until combined. Add jalapeños; stir one more time. Taste. Add salt, if necessary.

Cut a lengthwise slit down center of pork to within 1/2 inch of bottom. (Be careful not to cut all the way through.) Open tenderloin so it lies flat. Cover with plastic wrap. Flatten to1/2-inch thickness by gently pounding with flat side of meat mallet, starting from middle and working outward. Remove plastic wrap.

Lay pork on countertop with long sides being the top and bottom and the short sides being at the left and right sides. Smear jalapeño mixture over pork, leaving a 1-inch edge around the bottom, left side and right side uncoated. Roll pork toward you. Meet the two long edges together; tuck coated edge under uncoated edge. Lay seam-side down. Tie roast at 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch intervals with kitchen string. Tuck ends under roast, and wrap string around roast lengthwise to hold closed.

Drizzle tenderloins with a little olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Place on lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until thermometer inserted into center of pork registers 140° F. Turn oven setting to broil. Cook until top is nicely browned, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to cutting board to rest for about 10 minutes. Slice and serve.

Calories: 291, Fat: 15 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 114 mg, Sodium: 440 mg, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 36 g.

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Chef Tips

What Is Tenderloin Exactly?
Pork tenderloin is the most-tender cut of the loin. This is due to the fact that the muscle receives less exercise than the rest of the loin. Being one of the more tender cuts, it’s usually one of the more expensive – although not this week with pork tenderloin on sale at Brookshire’s! Because it’s so tender, it has a shorter cooking time than other pork roast cuts, so be sure to cook it hot and fast to avoid overcooking.

Can You Tell How Spicy A Jalapeño Is?
Google how to pick a spicy jalapeño and you’ll find a number of claims, such as smaller ones or those with a pointier tip are hotter, although neither of these make a lot of sense when you consider there’s no correlation between heat index and size and shape in the pepper family as a whole. The most common assertion is to look for signs of aging – the idea being that jalapeños get hotter as they age. Look for peppers with white flecks and lines, almost like stretch marks or peppers with a red hue for extra heat, and conversely, pick smooth, green peppers if you’re looking for something mild. It’s not a surefire way to pick the right jalapeño, but it usually does the trick.



Shop the Sale: Rosemary Chicken Skewers


Rosemary Chicken SkewersPrep Time: 1 hour 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Serves: 4

Perfect for a BBQ with family and friends or an easy dinner, these light and tasty Rosemary Chicken Skewers are sure to impress. Tip: don’t forget to build in a full hour for marinating before cooking. Serve with couscous and salad for a healthy weeknight meal or go all in with a full cookout for special events. Whatever the occasion, be sure to take advantage of Brookshire’s Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts on sale this week!

Ingredients
4 to 6 boneless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lbs), skin on or off
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 Tbs olive oil, plus more for grill grates
2 Tbs rosemary, freshly chopped
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Metal or wooden skewers
Cherry tomatoes
Pineapple chunks
Red onion chunks
1 Tbs kosher salt

Instructions
Cut chicken into 1 1/2-inch pieces; place in bowl. Mix with wine, oil, rosemary and pepper. Cover and set aside to marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour. Remove chicken pieces from marinade, reserving marinade. Thread chicken, tomatoes, pineapple and onion onto skewers; season generously with kosher salt.

Preheat grill for direct high heat. Brush grill grates with olive oil. Place chicken skewers on grill. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Place on platter, and cover with foil to allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes. Plate skewers, and serve immediately.

Calories Per Serving: 402, Fat: 20 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 151 mg, Sodium: 1892 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 49 g.

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Chef Tips

Skewer It
While Shish Kebabs made with lamb, beef or chicken and vegetables are probably the most well-known skewered food, there is pretty much a kebab-style concoction for any flavor. For an Asian inspired meal there’s Thai, Indonesian or Malaysian Satay, or you could try Portugese Espetadas or Indian Bundu Khan. For a healthy dessert, try Fruit Skewers with fruits like pineapple, melon, berries and grapes.

Proper Chicken Storage
Raw chicken can be refrigerated for several days, but for any longer period of time it should be frozen. Cooked chicken can last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days either tightly wrapped or in an airtight container. Be sure to cool and then refrigerate cooked chicken as soon as possible and discard any chicken that has spent more than two hours at room temperature. Leftovers may also be frozen for up to three or four months.



Shop the Sale: ONE-PAN ROAST CHICKEN


Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Serves: 2

We all love roast chicken dinners, but who has time on weeknights for the full spread? Now you can have your roast and eat it too, with this time saving One-Pan Roasted Chicken recipe. It’s ready in an hour and with only one pan to worry about, cleanup will take next to no time. And in case you need another reason to try it this week, Brookshire’s Drumsticks and Thighs are on sale now!

Ingredients
Olive oil or olive oil spray, for greasing pan
2 russet potatoes
1 lb Brussels sprouts, cleaned, trimmed and cut in half
1 Tbs olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 small lemon, thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, very roughly chopped (bigger pieces or slices)
2 tsp thyme, chopped
4 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin on

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400° F. Brush or spray sheet pan with olive oil. Using mandolin, slice potatoes into rounds, leaving skins on. If cutting with knife, remember that thinner is better, about 1/8-inch thick. Toss Brussels sprouts with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Set aside.

Lay potatoes down on greased sheet pan, just slightly overlapping. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Scatter lemon slices, garlic and thyme around potatoes. Pat chicken dry; generously salt and pepper both sides. Place over potatoes. Place in middle oven rack for 20 minutes.

Remove pan from oven and spread Brussels sprouts over chicken. Return to oven for 20 more minutes. Check for doneness. Spoon pan juices over chicken, sprouts and potatoes. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, or broil for just a couple minutes.

Calories Per Serving: 574, Fat: 20 g (5.7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 115 mg, Sodium: 176 mg, Carbohydrates: 60 g, Fiber: 15 g, Protein: 43 g.

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Chef Tips

Thigh VS Breast
Let’s be honest, we all know chicken breast is healthier than thigh, but it’s just not as tasty. A 3-oz serving of roasted chicken thigh (without skin) clocks in at 180 calories and 10 grams of fat while the same amount of skinless, roasted chicken breast has 140 calories and only 5 grams of fat. But here’s the good news: even though thigh has double the fat, only 2 grams of the extra fat are the unhealthy saturated variety. Plus, thighs provide more micronutrients than breast. So go on, enjoy that chicken thigh!

Safe Handling
Chicken is delicious, but food poisoning isn’t, so follow some simple rules to reduce your chance of foodborne illness when handling raw poultry. 1. Wash your hands before and after handling, and be sure to thoroughly clean all cutting boards and utensils immediately after use. 2. Avoid contaminating other foods by using separate cutting boards and knives for raw meats. 3. Cook to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.

 



Shop the Sale: CONFETTI CAKE BALLS


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Nothing says party more than sprinkle-covered cake balls. Perfect for children’s parties or just a special treat, these Confetti Cake Balls are not only easy to make, but fun too. You’ll have plenty of little helpers in the kitchen with this one!

What You’ll Need
Brookshire’s Parchment Paper
Toothpicks
Good Cook Cookie Sheet
Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix
Duncan Hines Vanilla Whipped Frosting
Brookshire’s White Bark Coating
Over the Top Sprinkles

Instructions
Prepare and bake Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix according to directions on the box (fig. 1). Crumble cake into mixing bowl. Add 3/4 cup to 1 cup of Duncan Hines Vanilla Whipped Frosting into warm cake (fig. 2). Mix thoroughly, breaking up the large pieces. Tip: If you have a kitchen mixer, it’s a shortcut to use a mixer for this part.

Once cake and buttercream are mixed, you should be able to squeeze the cake into a dough-like consistency. Using the palm of your hand as a measure guide, roll cake/buttercream mixture into compact balls. Insert toothpicks, and place on parchment-lined cookie sheet (fig. 3). Freeze for 20 minutes.

Melt white bark coating in microwave (stir often to avoid burning). Dunk cake balls into candy coating, and let dry on parchment paper (fig. 4). Remove toothpicks. Using a fork, drizzle leftover coating on the top, if desired, and add sprinkles (fig. 5).

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Chef Tips

No Microwave, No Worries
Microwaves are handy for a number of cooking tasks in the kitchen, but if you don’t have one or it’s on the fritz, you don’t have to miss out on cake balls. Instead of heating the frosting in the microwave, you can melt it in a small saucepan over low heat. Just be sure to stir the frosting constantly to prevent sticking. Better yet, if you have a double boiler, fill the bottom pan with water and gently warm the frosting in the top pan.

Put Parchment to Good Use
If you bake regularly, you probably keep a roll on hand. But parchment is useful for far more than baking cookies, cupcakes and muffins. Here are just a few ways parchment can make your cooking adventures more successful:

  • Use parchment as a pouch for steaming vegetables.
  • Line a pan with parchment before baking fish to avoid sticking.
  • Roast acidic fruits like tomatoes on parchment to prevent reactions with aluminum pans.
  • Create a pastry bag for decorating cookies or cakes.


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