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Try Our Graduation Party Recipes for Sweets and Treats

Author Your Holiday Inspiration Guru | May 15, 2020

It's not a party until the tasty treats come out! Celebrate your child's graduation with a few of our favorite snacks and desserts that are sure to make this special day even better. Take a look at our simple, yet delicious, go-to recipes to find something your family is sure to enjoy. Once you've found a few good recipes, make your grocery list and place your grocery order online for curbside pickup.

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Baked Sloppy Joe Cups

Serving: 5

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Baked Sloppy Joe cups

This dish brings all of the flavors of traditional sloppy joes, while held together in a warm, doughy cup. Press biscuits into a muffin pan, then fill with your meat mixture. Bake until biscuits are golden brown, and sprinkle with cheese. 

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Avocado-Corn Salsa

Serving: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

avocado corn salsa

Slice avocado, lime, corn, and poblano peppers into bite-sized pieces and toss together to achieve this fresh and colorful salsa. Scoop with corn tortilla chips or enjoy on top of your favorite Mexican dish. 

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Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

Serving: 12

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

southwestern layered bean dip

Layer a mixture of refried beans, black beans, scallions, salsa, jalapeños, and Mexican seasoning in a microwave-safe dish, then sprinkle with cheese. Heat up until beans are hot and cheese is melted. Spread a layer of reduced-fat sour cream on top, then top with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and olives. Serve with crispy tortilla chips. 

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Quick Hatch Pepper Poppers

Serving: 10

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

quick hatch pepper poppers

There's no easier method for creating these cheesy poppers at home! Remove stems and slice ten fresh Hatch Chiles down the middle. Cut sticks of string cheese to the length of the peppers and stuff inside each pepper. Broil in the oven until cheese melts and top with bacon, green onions, and shredded cheese. 

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Strawberry Shortcake

Serving: 12

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour

strawberry shortcake

The secret to making a great strawberry shortcake is all in the quality of ingredients you use. Use fresh, ripe strawberries and fluffy buttermilk biscuits. This recipe shows you how to make tender, sweet biscuits with cake flour, whole-wheat flour, and reduced-fat cream cheese. Sweeten with a reduced-fat cream filling for a healthier, tangier alternative to whipped cream. 

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Watermelon-Blueberry Ice Pops

Serving: 10.0

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

watermelon blueberry ice pops

These popsicles are a staff-favorite for how tasty and fun they are for summer! Drop fresh blueberries into popsicle molds, then fill with a pureed mixture of watermelon, lime juice, and sugar. Freeze for about six hours or until firm. 

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Tres Leches cake

Serving: 16

Prep Time: 25 min

Cooking Time: 2 hrs 45 min

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This tres leches cake is the perfect light and spongy cake, soaked in a sweet milk mixture. Prepare and bake your cake in a greased 13x9 inch pan, then pierce the cake with a fork every 1/2 inch once cooled. Pour the sweet milk mixture over the cake and let stand until absorbed. Refrigerate for one hour then top with a layer of Cool Whip.  

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Dark Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

Serving: 10-12 

Prep Time: 45 minutes (30 minutes cooling) 

Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies

Microwave dark chocolate, almond butter, coconut oil, and vanilla extract in a microwave-safe bowl until the mixture is completely melted. Combine mixture with rolled oats and scoop into medium-sized cookies. Allow cookies to set completely then drizzle with melted chocolate. 

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