Gifts Under $25

For those of you that did all of your shopping on black Friday, you probably won’t need this but here are some great deals I found $25 and under.  Sometimes, finding that perfect gift for someone means so much more than a gift card or something that they are expecting.  I’d love to see your holiday gift guides as well! xo

 

Cake Batter Truffle Bites

Cake pops have been so popular and such an adorable treat for get-togethers.  So when I came across this recipe of cake batter balls, I was sold.  They are doughy and yummy and are the perfect snack to pop while watching a movie.  They are so easy and the best part is, they are NO bake.  Just refridgerate for about a half hour and they are good-to-go!

Ingredients

    • 1 ½ cups flour
    • 1 cup cake mix (I used Funfetti!)
    • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
    • ½ cup white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 3-4 Tablespoons milk
    • 2 Tablespoons sprinkles

Truffle Coating:

    • 16 ounces (8 squares) almond bark (or white candy melts)
    • 4 Tablespoons yellow cake mix
    • sprinkles

Beat together butter and sugar using an electric mixer until combined. Add cake mix, flour, salt, and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Add 3 Tablespoons of milk or more if needed to make a dough consistency. Mix in sprinkles by hand. Roll dough into one inch balls and place on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill balls in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up.

While dough balls are chilling, melt almond bark in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir between intervals. Once melted, quickly stir in cake mix until incorporated completely. Using a fork, dip truffles into almond bark and shake of excess bark by tapping the bottom of the fork on the side of your bowl. Place truffle back on the cookie sheet and top with sprinkles. Repeat with remaining balls until finished.

Chill cake batter truffles in the refrigerator until serving. Makes around 24-30 truffles.

(Recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything (She’s got some great recipes!)

Easter Egg Cake Pops

Cake pops have been the new phenomenon this year and what can be cuter than these bite size sweets on a stick?  These adorably decorated easter eggs are not only festive but delicious!

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Ingredients:

    • 1 box of  vanilla cake mix
    • 1 can of vanilla frosting
    • White chocolate melts
    • various pastel colored chocolate melts
    • Lollipop sticks 6′

Directions:

1. Prepare the cake mix as per instructions on the box.
2. Bake cake at 350 degrees. Once cake is baked, set to cool.
3. Once cake is cool, crumble it in a large mixing bowl.
4. Mix the crumble cake together with the vanilla frosting.
5. Once mixed, place it in the refrigerator for about half an hour.
6. Roll the cake into balls. Once rolled, place them in the freezer for about an hour.
7. Once you have your cake balls rolled in the freezer, start melting the chocolate.
8. Remove the cake balls from the freezer.
9. One at a time get a lollipop stick and dip the stick about 1/2 inch of the tip into the melted candy coating and
then insert the lollipop stick straight into a cake ball, pushing it no more than halfway through. Hold the cake ball
and turn it back and forth or softly tap it, so the excess chocolate falls off. Place cake pops in the refrigerator to dry out completely.
Once dry you can wrap it individually.  Decorate with festive sprinkles!