Chocolate Leaves

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Makes 20 leaves

INGREDIENTS:
20 real leaves (not dead ones. Live only)
1 teaspoon butter
2 ounces baking chocolate (either sweet or semi-sweet, whichever you like)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Go outside and gather 20 leaves. Yes leaves! Rose leaves, mint leaves, tree leaves ( maple leaves work very nicely). ( Be careful not to pick poison ivy!) Once again don’t use dead leaves, live ones only.
2. Wash your leaves thoroughly under cold water. Dry them between two paper towels. Put them on a cookie sheet
3. Put butter and bakers chocolate into the top of a double boiler and melt them,icing them together into a paste.
4. Using a butter knife, spread the chocolate paste onto the BOTTOMS of the leaves, about 1/4 inch thick or thicker. Put the chocolate-covered leaves back on the cookie sheet, chocolate side up.
5. Put the cookie sheet into the refrigerator or freezer. When the chocolate is hard, take the sheet out and carefully peel the leaves away from the chocolate.
6. Your chocolate leaves can either be eaten as a candy treat, or used as cake decorations.

The Dessert Girls 🙂

Funfetti Cake Buddies

Picture1 You may have had or heard of Mud Buddies, some people call them Puppy Chow or others say Dog Food. Well this is like that but you use vanilla almond bark instead of chocolate and Funfetti cake mix. We make this all the time and it’s always a hit. It’s also very simple and doesn’t take a bunch of ingredients.
INGREDIENTS:
5 cups Chex cereal (We prefer Rice Chex because we think they taste better in it.)
10 oz. (5 squares) vanilla flavored Almond Bark
1 1/2 cups Funfetti cake mix (any brand)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp. vegetable shortening

DIRECTIONS:
1. Melt Almond Bark according to package directions, and adding vegetable shortening to thin. (This is optional though but we find it works great with it.)
2. Pour the Chex cereal into a large bowl and drizzle the melted Almond Bark over the cereal. Mix gently with large spoon or spatula.
3. Dump the cake mix and powdered sugar onto the cereal and mix gently with large spoon until all the cereal is evenly coated.

The Dessert Girls 🙂