Picnic Recipes and Games

Picnic Dessert Recipes

Few things in life are as sweet as a relaxing picnic with friends and family. Only a scrumptious dessert can make the experience even sweeter. The best picnic desserts are those that can travel well and be eaten with the hands, rather than with a fork or spoon. Cream pies that can spoil if not chilled properly and frozen treats that can melt don't make the best choices for a picnic. Easy to pack and eat brownies and cupcakes are much better options, and they are always crowd favorites.

Moist, rich brownies are not only delicious, they are incredibly easy to make and versatile. You can vary a simple brownie recipe by adding chocolate chips, marshmallows, or chopped nuts. You can serve them straight from the pan, frost them with chocolate icing, or dust them with a light sprinkle of confectioner's sugar.

Festive cupcakes are a more picnic-friendly alternative to a cake. From a simple box of cake mix and a few everyday ingredients, you can make decadent confections that will have your guests wanting more.

Picnic Brownies
Yields 16 brownies

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup butter
1 cup sugar
cup brown sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Optional: 1 cup chocolate chips, marshmallows, or chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking pan 13 x 9 x 2 inches. Melt chocolate and butter in large saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and mix in sugars, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients and spread evenly in pan using a spatula.

Bake 30 minutes or until brownies begin to pull apart from sides of pan. Cool slightly and cut into squares. If desired, dust with powdered sugar or frost with chocolate frosting.

Devil's Food Cupcakes With Vanilla Buttercream Icing
Yields 16 cupcakes

Cupcakes

16 paper cupcake cups
1 package devil's food cake mix
1 cup water
1 cup mayonnaise
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place paper cups into cupcake pan. Place the cake mix, water, mayonnaise, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Blend an additional 2 minutes on medium speed. Divide batter evenly in cupcake cups using a ladle or measuring cup. Place the pan in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Vanilla Buttercream Icicng

1 cube of butter softened (8 tablespoons)
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons milk

Place butter, vanilla, and 1 cup of sugar in a mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Add remaining sugar and milk and mix on low speed until frosting is light and fluffy. Frost cupcakes

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