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Lemon Rice Krispies

 

Lemon Rice Krispies from 5DollarDinners.com

Here’s a delicious, fun and summery flavor twist on rice krispie treats!

This recipe below calls for yellow food coloring and lemon extract for the flavoring. If you’re an essential oiler person, you could sub the lemon extract for a few drops of lemon essential oil or Jade lemon essential oil. (That will keep you from needing to buy lemon extract, if you don’t have it on hand.)

This pan of rice krispies didn’t last long at my house!

Lemon Rice Krispies from 5DollarDinners.com
Yum, yum, yum!

(Also, tomorrow starts our next 31 Days series here on the blog…we’ll be sharing a “5-Ingredient” recipe every day during the month of July!)

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Lemon Rice Krispies

Yield – 12 servings

Preparation Time – 35 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 10.5 oz bag of marshmallows
  • 3 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp butter, divided
  • Yellow food coloring
  • 1 tsp lemon extract

Directions

  • Heat the marshmallows and 3 Tbsp butter in a large mixing bowl for 90 seconds or until the marshmallows get puffy.
  • Mix in a couple drops of food coloring and the lemon extract.
  • Mix in the Rice Krispies cereal.
  • Grease the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan with 1/2 tsp butter.
  • Turn the Rice Krispies mixture out onto the pan. Rub a little butter on your hands, or spray with nonstick spray, then press the mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  • Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes, until firm.
  • Slice into squares and enjoy!
 

No Bake Coconut Key Lime Pie Squares

No Bake Coconut Key Lime Pie Squares Recipe from 5DollarDinners.com

I’m adding this to the “foods that when I eat them, any and all self control flies out the window” list. Right behind Thin Mints and chocolate chip cookies.

In general, I’m a sucker for any dessert with chocolate. And now I’m a sucker for these key lime bars. So..so..so..SO..SO rich, smooth and summery-scrumptious!

  1. No bake.
  2. Coconutty flavors that practically whisk you to the tropics.
  3. A lovely vanilla wafer crust.
  4. Key lime. (Yes, you need to use key lime. Not just regular lime. Because key limes have a deeper, richer flavor.)
  5. Summer, summer, summer…the perfect summer dessert!

Also, these are egg-free! A perfect summer dessert for those who don’t tolerate eggs well 🙂

No Bake Coconut Key Lime Pie Squares Recipe from 5DollarDinners.com

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No Bake Coconut Key Lime Pie Squares

Yield – 12 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes*

Cooking Time – 0 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups vanilla wafers
  • 3 Tbsp coconut sugar (granulated sugar can be substituted)
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz. key lime juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut

Directions

  • Line a 9X9 pan with parchment paper.
  • Crush the vanilla wafers into fine crumbs. Stir in the coconut sugar and butter. Pour this into your 9X9 pan. Press into the bottom evenly.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, key lime juice, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  • Stir in the coconut flakes and then pour the mixture over the top of the crust. Smooth out the mixture until it’s even all over the pan.
  • Refrigerate for at least 3 hours until the mixture is firm.* Cut into squares.
  • Serve No Bake Coconut Key Lime Pie Squares chilled. (Cover and store any leftovers in the refrigerator.)
 

Copycat Panera Mac ‘n Cheese

 

Copycat Panera Recipe for Mac n Cheese from 5DollarDinners.com

It’s the white cheddar.

WHITE CHEDDAR.

And if you can splurge on some white cheddar from Vermont…DO IT.

Because, it’s so so so so so so good!

Copycat Panera Mac n Cheese

And the cracked pepper. There’s just something about cracked pepper on homemade macaroni and cheese.

This Copycat Panera Mac ‘n Cheese is outstanding!

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Copycat Panera Mac ‘n Cheese

Yield – 6 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 8-10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups elbow or other small shell pasta noodles
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 dashes nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded Vermont white cheddar cheese
  • Parsley or basil garnish

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan, add the pasta, milk, mustard, garlic powder and nutmeg and turn on the heat on medium-high.
  • Bring the milk to a simmer (just as you start seeing little bubbles form). Quickly turn it down to LOW. You don’t want the milk to heat too fast and boil over into a mess!
  • Let the pasta cook in the milk mixture over the low heat…stirring often. And by often, I mean often…every 30 seconds. It will take 6-8 minutes from this point for the pasta to soak up all the milk. You need to stir because the pasta on the bottom will absorb the liquid, and you don’t want the pasta on the top to be chewy. So it needs to be turned over. You’ll see what I mean when you try it!
  • If you think it needs a little more liquid, add water 1/4 cup at a time. I didn’t need any…but you can if you need it. (This is cool to watch…and would be a great little “experiment” or cooking science lesson for kids.)
  • Once the pasta is al dente, remove it from the heat and stir in the shredded white cheddar cheese and let it melt into the sauce and coat the pasta.
  • Serve Copycat Panera Mac ‘n Cheese with optional parsley or basil garnish.
 

Patriotic White Chocolate Popcorn

Patriotic White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe from 5DollarDinners.com

I’ve got another amazing Patriotic treat for you!

Earlier this week, I shared a simple patriotic snack mix…and today it’s a simple popcorn with a sweet red-white-and-blue drizzle. I’m sharing this one over a week ahead…in case you want to order the blue baking chips. (The other items you should be able to find at your grocery store.) The blue baking chips can be found on Amazon or at a cake decorating store, if you have one of those in your area.

Also, if you’re into the sweet-salty type of popcorn, be sure to sprinkle a little salt onto the popcorn just after you lay it all out onto a baking sheet.

Patriotic White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe from 5DollarDinners.com

Patriotic White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe from 5DollarDinners.com

Pop the popcorn and lay out onto lined baking sheet to cool.

Melt the blue baking chips. Melt the white chocolate chips.

Patriotic White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe from 5DollarDinners.com

Drizzle the blue.

Drizzle the white.

Patriotic White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe from 5DollarDinners.com

Sprinkle in the red.

Let cool and the prepared popcorn will clump together.

Patriotic White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe from 5DollarDinners.com

Serve Patriotic White Chocolate Popcorn at your Independence Day gathering!

Munch, munch, crunch!

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Patriotic White Chocolate Popcorn

Yield – 10 to 12 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes*

Cooking Time – 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups popped white popcorn (no butter)
  • Salt, optional
  • 1/2 cup Wilton royal blue chocolate melts
  • 1/2 cup White chocolate chips or Wilton white chocolate melts
  • 1/4 cup red M&M’s
  • 1 Tbsp red sprinkles

Directions

  • Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper and set aside.
  • Pop the popcorn according to package directions.
  • Spread the popped popcorn onto the cookie sheet in a single layer. (Sprinkle with salt if you prefer.) Allow to cool for 3-7 minutes.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the blue chocolate melts for 40 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well.
  • Continue to microwave blue chocolate melts in 10 second intervals until completely melted.
  • With a spoon, drizzle the blue melted chocolate on top of the popcorn.
  • Melt the white chocolate chips/melts as directed above and drizzle over popcorn.
  • Before the chocolate sets, sprinkle the red M&M’s and sprinkles onto the popcorn.
  • Let the popcorn cool for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.*
  • Break up into smaller pieces.
  • Enjoy this Patriotic White Chocolate Popcorn for dessert or Independence Day snack!

Note: Do not use any kind of butter flavored popcorn as the butter will make it hard for the melted chocolate to stick to the popcorn.

This recipe is featured on SouthernPlate.com’s Meal Plan Monday #19.

 

S’mores Pudding Cups

S'mores Pudding Cups Recipe from 5DollarDinners.com

America’s favorite summer dessert…without having to start a campfire!

This pudding cups make with Oreos and graham cracker crumbs are just perfect. Summertime dessert perfect.

S'mores Pudding Cups Recipe from 5DollarDinners.com

Here’s what you need.

S'mores Pudding Cups Recipe from 5DollarDinners.com

Just mix up the thawed cool whip with the pudding and some crushed Oreos.

And start layering…

S'mores Pudding Cups Recipe from 5DollarDinners.com

Such a scrumptious summer snack.

(Alliteration intended!)

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S’mores Pudding Cups

Yield – 10 servings

Preparation Time – 30 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5.9 oz box instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 8 oz tub whipped cream topping
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs, divided
  • 10 Oreo cookies
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup mini marshmallows, divided

Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the pudding mix and cold milk, then set in the fridge until soft set, about five to ten minutes.
  • Next, scrape the frosting off 10 Oreos, place the cookies into a Ziploc bag, and crush using a rolling pin.
  • Mix the whipped cream topping and crushed Oreos into the soft set pudding.
  • Scoop half of the pudding mixture into the bottom of 10 small clear cups.
  • Then layer half of the graham cracker crumbs on top of the pudding.
  • Next, layer half of the mini marshmallows on top.
  • Repeat all the layers with the remaining ingredients: pudding mixture, graham cracker crumbs, and finally the mini marshmallows on the top.
  • Store in the fridge if not serving right away.
  • Serve S’mores Pudding Cups and enjoy!
 
 
   
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