Finger Foods & Cake Pops Perfect for Holiday Entertaining

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I might not like the weather that comes with the winter months in Ohio.  In fact I just told Dustin that I must be allergic to the cold.  I’ll do anything I can to avoid going out especially when it’s snowing.  But I do love the holidays that accompany these freezing months.  Thanksgiving just flew by, but Christmas is less than a month away and then immediately following that we get to ring in the new year.  My favorite thing about the holidays is spending time with family and friends.  I really enjoy a cozy evening around a table playing board games or cards with those closest to me and of course chowing on some delicious food.  The key to the perfect snacks and desserts to accompany a family game night is that they must all be finger foods.  There’s no time for forks and knives when a friendly competition is underway.  In anticipation for all the fun and games ahead of us this coming month I made a stop by Giant Eagle to stock up.  I knew they would have everything I needed to whip up some delicious finger foods that would please everyone.

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I can always depend on Giant Eagle to have the very best products.  I especially love their own brands – Giant Eagle and Market District.  I get more bang for my buck and the food is always delicious.  During my most recent trip to Giant Eagle I picked up everything I would need for three different finger foods.

The easiest finger food by far is a dish of Market District Hummus paired with Giant Eagle tortilla chips.

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I decided to go with Sundried Tomato Hummus, but there are so many to choose from including Roasted Garlic, Original, Edamame, Roasted Red Pepper, and Spicy Harissa.  Why not do a huge spread with four or five flavors of hummus and a variety of things to dip like chips and veggies.  Sounds delicious!

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Another finger food that is one of my favorites for holiday gatherings is a meat and cheese tray.

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There are so many different combinations of crackers, meats, and cheeses to choose from at Giant Eagle.  I am a big fan of Keebler crackers and when I saw the Toasteds Party Pack I knew it would be perfect.  One box of crackers contained Toasted Sesame, Harvest Wheat, and Buttercrisp flavors.  This enabled me to put together a diverse tray without needing to buy three separate boxes of crackers.  I also grabbed a package of Giant Eagle hard salami and Giant Eagle pepperoni as well as Giant Eagle Colby Jack and Swiss cheeses.

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But what’s a party without cake?  As I mentioned before we couldn’t be messing around with cutting cake and forks when playing cards are in our hands.  Cupcakes would still be too messy.  But cake pops?  Perfection.

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Would you believe that one of my ingredients for these super cute cake pops is yogurt?  It makes the cake so moist and delicious.  My girls will gobble them right up!  I have to hide them if I want to make sure company will get to enjoy them too.  Want to whip these cake pops up?  Read on for the full directions!

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I’ll be the first to admit that the snowmen cake pops are a bit labor intensive, but they turn out so cute making it totally worth the time and effort.  The crushed Oreo cake pops are just as delicious and much simpler.  However, they both begin the same way – baking the cake balls.

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To make the cake balls you will need a 16.5 ounce bag of dry cake mix – I went with a French Vanilla flavor, 1 single serving cup of Dannon Oikos vanilla yogurt, 2 egg whites, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, and 1 cup water.  Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth.

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Once smooth scoop the batter into a large Ziploc baggy and place in the refrigerator for roughly 15 minutes.  While waiting spray both the bottom and top of a cake ball mold liberally with cooking spray.  Next snip a corner off of the Ziploc bag and fill the bottom half of the cake ball mold tray with batter.  I use a silicone mold so I always set it on a baking sheet which makes it easier to transfer to the oven.  Once the mold is full tap it on the counter a few times to disperse any air bubbles.

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Cover the batter with the top piece of the cake ball mold and bake for 19 minutes at 350°F.

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After removing it from the oven let the cake ball mold rest for approximately five minutes before lifting off the top.

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Next move the cake balls to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely.

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Once the cake balls are completely cooled use scissors to trim the excess cake off of the balls.

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Decorating time!  For the crushed Oreo cake pops you will need cake pop sticks, white chocolate and crushed Oreos.  For the snowmen cake pops you will need cake pop sticks, Oreo Thins, white chocolate, black candy melts, marshmallows, and orange fondant.

Now it is time to insert the cake pop sticks.  Begin by melting some white chocolate in the microwave according to the instructions on the package.  I always melt the chocolate in a coffee mug.  This makes it easier to handle and comes in handy when dipping the cake balls later.  Once the chocolate is melted dip the end of a cake pop stick into the chocolate and then insert into the cake ball.  Once each cake ball has a stick place in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets.  The white chocolate will also stick to the cake easier if it is cold.

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While waiting for the chocolate to harden around the sticks prepare the Oreos.  If you will be making the crushed Oreo cake balls take about 12 – 15 regular Oreos and remove the creme center.  Place the wafers into a plastic bag and crush them with your hands or a small hammer.  If making the snowmen cake balls place as many Oreo Thins as snowmen you would like to make onto a baking sheet.  Next melt some more white chocolate.  Dip each ball into the coffee mug of white chocolate so that the entire cake ball is covered in one dip.  Lift the cake ball out of the chocolate and allow the excess to drip off back into the mug so as not to waste any chocolate.

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If making the crushed Oreo cake balls once the cake ball has been dipped simply sprinkle some of the crushed Oreos on top and then place the cake pop sticks into a block of Styrofoam to harden.

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If making the snowmen cake pops after dipping the cake ball into the chocolate place each ball on top of an Oreo Thins cookie.  I used Oreo Thins with a chocolate center.

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Once they have completely hardened turn the sticks over and either place them in a block of Styrofoam or a cardboard box with holes poked in it.  I then made the carrot nose out of orange fondant.  The next step is to prepare black candy melts according to the instructions on the package.  Insert a toothpick into a marshmallow and dip into the black candy melts completely covering the marshmallow.  Next place the candy covered marshmallow on top of the Oreo Thins to create a top hat.  Once the marshmallow has completely hardened to the Oreo Thins it is time to make the eyes and mouth.  Dip an extra cake pop stick into the black candy melts and use it to dab two eyes and a smile onto the cake pop.

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Once down you will have some snowmen that are almost too adorable to eat.  I said almost, hehe!

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Will you be entertaining this holiday season?  Regardless of how or where you will be celebrating finger foods are always a big hit with all ages.  And food on a stick is just always more fun.  Be sure to stop by Giant Eagle your one-stop shop for all your holiday shopping needs.  They even have an extensive Hallmark Holiday cards selection to send loved ones well wishes – especially those too far away to spend time with in the coming months.

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If you would like to check out even more delicious and creative holiday recipes visit the Giant Eagle Social Hub.  I am sure you will find something to inspire you!

SNOWMEN & CRUSHED OREO CAKE POP RECIPE

Vanilla Cake Ball Ingredients:
16.5 ounce dry cake mix
2 egg whites
1 single serving Dannon Oikos Vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup water
cake ball mold

Vanilla Cake Ball Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and liberally spray cake ball mold with cooking spray.
2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth.
3. Scoop batter into a large plastic baggy and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
4.  Snip a corner off of the bag and fill the bottom of the cake pop mold.
5.  Tap mold on counter a few times to disperse air bubbles and place top on mold.
6.  Bake for 19 minutes.  Allow mold to rest for five minutes before removing top.
7.  Place cake balls on a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.
8.  Using scissors cut the excess cake off of the balls.

Inserting Cake Pop Stick Ingredients:
white chocolate
cake pop sticks

Inserting Cake Pop Stick Steps:
1.  Melt white chocolate according to directions on package.
2.  Dip end of cake pop stick into white chocolate and insert into cake ball.
3.  Repeat for remaining cake balls.
4.  Place in refrigerator to allow chocolate to set securing the sticks.

Crushed Oreo Cake Pop Ingredients:
white chocolate
Oreos

Crushed Oreo Cake Pop Steps:
1.  Remove the creme center from about 12 to 15 regular Oreos.
2.  Place Oreo wafers into a plastic baggy and crush by hand or with a small hammer.
3.  Dip cake pop into white chocolate and allow excess chocolate to drip off.
4.  Sprinkle cake pop with crushed Oreos.
5.  Place in Styrofoam block until chocolate hardens.
6.  Repeat with remaining cake pops.

Snowmen Cake Pop Ingredients:
white chocolate
black candy melts
Oreo Thins
marshmallows
orange fondant

Snowmen Cake Pop Steps:
1.  Place Oreo Thins on a baking sheet.
2.  Dip each cake pop into white chocolate and allow excess chocolate to drip off.
3.  Place dipped cake pop on top of Oreo Thins and allow to harden.
4.  Place cake pop into a Styrofoam block.
5.  Use orange fondant to make a carrot nose for each snowman and apply.
6.  Prepare black candy melts according to instructions on package.
7.  Insert a toothpick into marshmallow and dip into black candy melts until completely covered.
8.  Place marshmallow on top of Oreo Thins to create a top hat.  Allow to harden.
9.  Using an extra cake pop stick dip into black candy melts and dab two eyes and a mouth onto cake ball.
10.  Repeat with remaining cake pops.

This #MerryMeals shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

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12 Responses to Finger Foods & Cake Pops Perfect for Holiday Entertaining

  1. Tiffany Schmidt says:

    Great job! These would be perfect to send in with the kids for a holiday treat for their classes!

  2. Jeanette says:

    I know what party I want to be invited to! I think you might have my two favorite snacks. Hummus is absolutely delicious and who doesn’t like cake pops!?

  3. I love hummus! Those cake pops are adorable too, what a fun way to create seasonal snacks.

  4. Alicia says:

    I love Dannon yogurt and use it in many recipes. I never guessed I could put it in cake pops though- great idea!

  5. Darla says:

    These look delicious! Thanks for sharing

  6. Dawn Lopez says:

    Your Snowman Cake Pops are really adorable! They looks so complicated but really seem easy to make after I read the directions. They would impress lots of people if I made them for our party.

  7. These are so cute! I can’t wait to try to make them for our open house!

  8. dawn says:

    omggg this are soo cute. i love cake posts.

  9. Sarah B says:

    O M Goodness!!! These are the cutest ever!!! Such a fun and creative idea! #client

  10. So many great snacks- and so perfect for the holidays! I can’t wait to dive in and try all of these with my kids- we LIVE for Hummus and cake pops!

  11. Kristin says:

    These snowmen cake pops are so cute! I can definitely get behind a mixture of good for you snacks and some that are just plain yummy.

  12. shelly peterson says:

    Those cake pops are super cute. I have never made any before but would be fun to make.

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