Category Archives: Holiday Fun

April Fool’s Day Recipes


No joke! These fun April Fool’s Day recipes—cake that looks like pizza, meat loaf that looks like cake—are sure to fool your friends and family.

Meat Loaf Cake for Two Creamy whipped potatoes atop tender beef patties in this Meat Loaf Cake for Two are the makings of a practically perfect food—or, better yet, a perfect practical joke. —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen

Kids’ Sushi I’ve taken these fun, mock Kids’ Sushi rolls to picnics and parties and served them at home with an Asian dinner. Kids always enjoy the bite-sized treats. —Lorri Reinhardt, Big Bend, Wisconsin

Make that to go! Try packaging your “sushi” in a domed container, with a label you design. (We asked to buy a new container at the deli section of the grocery store—the clerk was happy to oblige!)

April Fools Cake This April Fools Cake recipe is so easy to put together and so tasty it will be requested on more than just April Fools day! —Julie Foltz, Newport News, Virginia

Ice Cream Tacos These ice cream-filled “tacos” are fun to make and eat. They’re great party treats, and kids have a ball putting them together. Adults enjoy these Ice Cream Tacos, too. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Meatball Sub Do you have a fun-loving family that appreciates pranks? Give ’em a real gotcha this year they’ll never forget. This “sub” features a pound cake “bun” and ice cream “meatballs.” This Meatball Sub is as fun to make as it is to eat! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Onion Rings Fool even the most seasoned foodie with this basket of “Onion” Rings. Graham cracker crumbs coat Twizzlers to create the illusion of deep-fried goodness. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Pizza Cake A boxed cake mix forms the crust for this Pizza Cake, prepared vanilla frosting tinted red makes the sauce, grated white chocolate is the cheese and fruit rolls cut into circles are the pepperoni. —Caroline Simzisko, Cordova, Tennessee

Learn how to make the pizza cake! In this video, our test kitchen gives you step-by-step instructions for making the pizza cake. Watch video»

Faux Chicken Nuggets Here’s a recipe from our Test Kitchen for “chicken nuggets” that’s poultry-free. Faux Chicken Nuggets calls for pound cake in place of chicken, rolled in a “batter” of chopped peanuts. Kids will think they’re having dinner for dessert. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Layer Cake Meat Loaf If the kids are always asking to eat dessert first, here’s your chance. The moist “cake” layers are really full-flavored meat loaves “frosted” with instant mashed potatoes. Ketchup and mustard “icing” help complete the look for this Layer Cake Meat Loaf. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Tricky Taco Cups Fools of all ages will fall in love with these sensationally sneaky sweets that look like taco salads. Crunchy waffle bowls are filled with chocolate ice cream, then topped with tinted coconut “lettuce” and “cheese,” maraschino cherry “tomatoes” and black licorice “olives” to make these Tricky Taco Cups. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

April Fools Berry Soda Here’s a prank that will get your family to pucker up! These berry “beverages” look inviting to sip, but they’re actually gelatin that’s tricky to suck through a straw, so keep some spoons handy for April Fools Berry Soda. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Another April Fool’s Idea: Serve up an old standard with a new twist: Split a grilled bratwurst (or other sausage) in half and place in a banana split dish or small oval casserole. Between the two brat halves, place one heaping scoop each of macaroni salad, potato salad and coleslaw. Drizzle steak sauce and mustard over the two outer scoops. Over the center scoop, use a star tip to pipe a dollop of mashed potatoes. Pickle relish adds some color, and a cherry tomato tops it off just right.

“Fool” Food

Berry Rhubarb Fool “Fool” is a classic British dessert that’s usually made with custard and cooked fruit. Try my quicker Berry Rhubarb Fool version with rhubarb and berries in these pretty, layered parfaits. —Cheryl Miller, Fort Coollins, Colorado

Blueberry Peach Fool Why not usher in April with this delightfully creamy whipped dessert from our Test Kitchen? Blueberry Peach Fool is chockfull of the fresh, fruity goodness that hints of warmer weather and appeals to all ages. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Raspberry Fool This light and airy Raspberry Fool dessert is a close rendition to the classic English recipe. —Margaret Minnich, Columbus, Ohio


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Gifts for Valentines (from teachers to pets, parents to friends, loved ones to neighbors)


Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Child:  Children look at Valentine’s Day through heart-shaped glasses. These cut-out Sour Cream Sugar Cookies are sure to gain approval from your little ones on Valentine’s Day. 

Mice Cupcakes

Classmates: Bring a batch of these cute Mice Cupcakes to the class Valentine’s Day party or any other group activity. Little ones are sure to nibble them right up! 

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Teacher: You’ll garner most-loved parent status by delivering a couple of Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cakes to the teacher’s lounge along with a bag of gourmet ground coffee for the community coffee pot. 

Moist Banana Bread

Neighbors: How would you feel if your neighbor baked a loaf of bread for you? Live by the golden rule and share the love with your neighbors by taking over a loaf of Moist Banana Bread

Raspberry Patch Crumb Bars

Relative in a nursing home: Let someone know you care by delivering these easy-to-make homemade Raspberry Patch Crumb Bars. The companionship they’ll attract is like giving your loved one a hug all day long. 

Wintertime Beef Soup

Parents/Grandparents/In-laws: Warm the hearts of your parents, grandparents or in-laws by dropping off some breadsticks and a pot of hot Wintertime Beef Soup

Mocha Latte Parfaits

Sister or Female Friend: Show your sisterly love by having friends over to share a little girl talk and these almost sinful Mocha Latte Parfaits

Fresh Cherry Pie

Brother or Male Friend: Who can resist a homemade pie? Make your brother or friend feel downright spoiled with a cheery Fresh Cherry Pie

Golden Chicken Cordon Bleu

Husband: How sweet it is to be loved by you when you serve this tasty Golden Chicken Cordon Bleu meal to your dear hubby. 

Puffy Oven Pancakes

Wife: Waking up to a delicious breakfast in bed of Puffy Oven Pancakes will surely have your wife starting out the day with romance on her mind. 

Walnut Chocolate Hearts

Girlfriend/Boyfriend: One of the easiest ways to show you care for that special someone — without a big commitment — is by making them a delicious dessert like Walnut Chocolate Hearts

Beefy Dog Treats

Pet: Fido is always there for you. Tell him he’s a good boy with these bark-worthy Beefy Dog Treats.

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Presidents’ Day Recipes | Taste of Home

Haven’t celebrated this federal holiday in the past? Why not start this year? Honor one of our past presidents by serving one of these dishes.

President Abraham Lincoln

Chocolate Cherry Lincoln LogChocolate Cherry Lincoln Log
The first time I made this festive cake roll was for Lincoln’s birthday…but it’s a great dessert for any holiday or special meal. Feel free to change the ice cream flavor.
—Marilyn Jensen, Cody, Wyoming

Lincoln LogLincoln Log
As an appetizer for my Presidents’ Day dinner, I reshaped a favorite cheese ball recipe into this log. Rolled in nuts and sprouting herb sprig “branches”, it was a fun and flavorful way to honor one of our most famous leaders.
—Mary Beth de Ribeaux, Gaithersburg, Maryland

President George Washington

George Washington Cherry CobblerGeorge Washington Cherry Cobbler
We lived on a farm with lots of fruit trees when I was growing up, and since Dad loved fruit, Mother prepared it often in many different ways. Blackberries or blueberries can also be used in this cobbler.
—Juanita Sherwood, Charleston, Illinois

Martha Washington's FanMartha Washington’s Fan
Easter morning would not be the same at our house without this bread. The impressive loaves also make nice Christmas gifts.
—Susan Peck, Springfield, Missouri

Martha Washington PiesMartha Washington Pies
This recipe was handed down to me by my mother. It’s so easy to make and always gets compliments. I like topping the nutty meringues with strawberries at Christmas, and I use peaches during the summer.
—Ginger Clark, Hinesville, Georgia

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Mamie Eisenhower's Fudge RecipeMamie Eisenhower’s Fudge Recipe
My mother came across this recipe in a newspaper some 40 years ago. One taste and you’ll see why it doesn’t take long for a big batch to disappear.
—Linda First, Hinsdale, Illinois

President Jimmy Carter

Peanut Butter PiesPeanut Butter Pies
I absolutely love peanut butter and peanut butter pie is one of my favorites. But I’m a Registered Dietitian, so I knew just how high my original recipe was in fat and calories. I cut down on several critical things, and the resulting pie is great!
—Lisa Varner, Greenville, South Carolina

Sugared PeanutsSugared Peanuts
I tend to make these only for special occasions, such as holidays, because I cannot keep my husband and son (and myself!) away from them. They never last long, so you might want to make a double batch.
—Polly Hall, Rockford, Michigan

President Bill Clinton

Presidential Cinnamon-Glazed Almonds Snack RecipePresidential Cinnamon-Glazed Almonds Snack
For his 1993 inauguration, President Bill Clinton ordered a half ton of these sweet and crunchy almonds! They were nicknamed the president’s snack of choice, so many people tried them. You and your family will likely find them irresistible as well.
—Almond Board of California


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Groundhog Day Cupcake Push Pops!!

To start, you need to whip up the little 
candy groundhog inspired by 
the idea found HERE at Family Fun.

I used a mini snickers for the body.
Mini M&M’s for the ears and nose
Softened pink starburst for his pink nose.
White fondant for eyes and teeth
Black Americolor Marker for eyes

Then bake up some yummy chocolate
mini cupcakes ~ that is the best part!!

I went all out and used a fancy recipe 
called Le’ Pillsbury Box

Next, whip up a batch of buttercream. 
I use a recipe I learned from My Cake School.
Mmmmmmmmm, delish.
Next..assemble your groundhog pop!
Push the mini cupcakes in the bottom.
Layer with Mr Punxsutawney
Add another mini cupcake on top.
Pipe some white “snow” buttercream on top his head.

Or, if you prefer your groundhog out of his hole
place him on top of the buttercream as shown below!

Here you can find Mr. Punxsutawney Phil 
pondering his debut…
Will he see his shadow?
If you don’t have cupcake push pops, no biggie!
These would be cute made in mason jars or just
regular cupcakes with the groundhog used as a topper!

I think the hilarious thing is to push
up the groundhog out of his hole! 
I am easily amused.

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Gumdrop Fudge

 Gumdrop Fudge

“Making candy is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays,” pens Jennifer Short from her home in Omaha, Nebraska. “This sweet white fudge is as easy to put together as it is beautiful to serve.”
81 Servings
Prep: 20 min. + chilling


  • 1-1/2 pounds white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped gumdrops


  • Line a 9-in. square pan with foil; set aside.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the candy coating, milk and salt. Cook and stir over low heat until chips are melted. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and gumdrops.
  • Spread into prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Using foil, remove fudge from the pan; cut into 1-in. squares. Store at room temperature. Yield: about 3 pounds.
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 74 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 11 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.

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