I’m handing my blog over to Kacey from The Drifter Collective today! She’s sharing some simple sweets that are perfect for your springtime cravings!
Simple Spring Sweets to Make When You’re in Need of a Treat
Spring is a wonderful time of year — warmer weather means it’s easier to get out of the house, and there are plenty of fresh spring fruits and vegetables that you’ve probably been missing during those cold winter months. Whether you’re craving a spring mix salad or something a little bit sweeter, here are some sweet treats that are simple to make, only take a few ingredients, and are the perfect thing to satisfy your warm spring sweet tooth.
- Sweet Lattes
If you like your sweet mixed coffee drinks, these recipes are for you. Adding something sweet to your morning coffee is a great way to sate that sweet tooth, whether you’re enjoying your first cup in the morning or a pick me up in the afternoon. A few ideas might include:
- Coconut milk
- Chocolate sauce
- Fruit sauces (fresh or bottled)
Anything that sounds like it might taste good in a coffee probably will — just look at all the crazy stuff that Starbucks puts in their lattes and frappacinos!
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, put together a coffee trifle! All you need is:
- 2 cups of coarsely crushed cookies — biscotti or amaretti work well, but pick your favorite cookie!
- 2 cups softened vanilla (or chocolate) ice cream.
- 1 cup whipped cream
- 4 shots of espresso or ¾ cup strong brewed coffee.
Layer your crushed cookies and ice cream, top with whipped cream and hot coffee! This recipe will make 4 parfaits, so if you’re just making one for yourself, reduce the recipe.
- Chocolate Dipped Everything
You can’t go wrong by dipping pretty much everything in chocolate — except for cocktail shrimp (Don’t ask!). Dipping chocolate works for both sweet and savory items. All you need is some chocolate and either a double boiler for your stove, or a microwave safe bowl and some patience.
To melt chocolate in the microwave, put it in your microwave for 15-20 seconds at a time and stir between each session. This keeps your chocolate from burning and lets it microwave evenly.
Once your chocolate is melted, go crazy! Fruits like bananas, strawberries, and even apples and pears make great snacks dipped in chocolate. Even some melons like cantaloupe and honeydew can be dipped as long as you dry them off well before you coat them.
For savory snacks, try pretzels, potato chips, crackers, and other bits of salty goodness that go well with chocolate.
- 3-Ingredient Cookies
Cookies don’t have to be complicated — we know how intimidating the recipe on the back of the Tollhouse Chocolate Chips can be. That’s why if you’re craving cookies, there are tons of cookie recipes that take three ingredients or even less. A few recipes to try out the next time you need a cookie fix include:
- 3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies — 2 cups salted butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, 4.5 cups flour. Cream the butter and sugar together, add 3.5 cups of the flour and knead by hand. (Add more flour if needed.) Roll out, cut, and bake 15-20 minutes at 325F.
- 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies — 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter, 1 egg. Mix ingredients together, scoop dough balls onto the pan, press down with a fork and bake 8-10 minutes at 375.
- 3 Ingredient Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies — 1 cup Nutella, 1 cup flour, 1 egg. Mix all your ingredients, roll into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet, bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.
All these recipes have one thing in common — they’re super simple and won’t require you to break out all the ingredients in your spice rack to get them done.
- Grape Terrine
This might be a dish that you hide from the kids, because it mixes grapes and gelatin with a sweet white wine, but it’s perfect for your next adult party! The best part of this recipe is that, not counting the time setting in the fridge, this recipe only takes about 15 minutes to make!
- 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
- ½ cold water
- ½ sugar
- 2 ½ cups sweet white wine
- 2 Tbls lemon juice
- 2 cups each of red and green seedless grapes.
Mix up your gelatin and water. In a saucepan, mix the sugar and 1 cup of your wine until the sugar dissolved over medium low heat. Mix in the gelatin, stir until totally mixed, and remove from heat. Once you pull the saucepan off heat, add the rest of the wine and mix well.
Pour your mixture into a loaf pan and let it set in the fridge for 1 and a half hours. Then add the grapes and let your terrine set overnight.
That’s it! It does have to be made the night before but beyond that it takes very little time to actually prepare, and gives you a sweet fruit filled snack — a grown-up take on those Jell-O fruit cups we grew up with.
- Baked Wonton Stacks
Wontons might seem like a pain in the butt — you have to stuff them and then fry them up. If you bake them by themselves, though, you can use them to make quick and easy free-standing faux parfaits.
First, you need to bake your wonton wrappers — coat them lightly with your favorite cooking spray, and sprinkle with sugar before baking them at 350F for 6-8 minutes to turn them into little crispy wonton crackers.
Then, just assemble your faux parfaits — layer yogurt or whipped cream with pieces of sliced fruit like strawberries, kiwi, or bananas.
They’re messy little snacks, but they’re quick, easy to assemble, and even kid friendly!
Enjoy your warm spring weather with some quick and easy sweet snacks — satisfying that sweet tooth doesn’t mean you’ve got to spend your entire day in the kitchen!
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.