October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness of breast cancer and raise funds for research. While breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, it's also survivable with early detection. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are three pink treats you should bake to share with your friends and family:

 

1. Coconut Rice Krispie treats

These toasted coconut Rice Krispie treats are made with coconut oil instead of butter, giving them a delicious coconut flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 40 large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • Pink sprinkles

Directions:

  • Line a 9x9 inch baking pan with foil and then spray with cooking spray
  • Place the shredded coconut in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly for a few minutes until the coconut turns brown.
  • Remove the shredded coconut from heat and transfer it to a large bowl
  • In the same bowl add Rice Krispies cereal and mix together
  • In another bowl, add the marshmallows and 1/4 cup coconut oil, microwaving for 2 minutes
  • Stir every 30 seconds until marshmallows are melted
  • immediately pour the cereal and coconut mixture into the marshmallow mixture, stirring to combine
  • Pour the mixture into prepared pan
  • Spray your hands with cooking spray and then press to fit
  • Add the white chocolate chips to a bowl and microwave them for 30 seconds to one minute until melted, and then stir until smooth
  • Spread the chocolate evenly over the Rice Krispie treats
  • Cover with pink sprinkles
  • Chill until firm and then cut into bars

2. Pink velvet cupcakes

This is a pink spin on traditional red velvet cupcakes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups softened butter
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • Pink food coloring
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons Crisco
  • 1 32-ounce bag powdered sugar
  • Whipping cream
  • Pink sprinkles

Directions:

  • Cream together 1 cup butter and sugar in a large bowl
  • Once it's light and fluffy, add the pink food coloring
  • Start with a small amount, and then increase until you've reached your desired color, blending well
  • Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well
  • Add in 2 teaspoons vanilla vanilla
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the batter and beat until well combined
  • Add in 1/2 of the buttermilk, beat until combined, followed by another 1/3 of the dry mixture, then the remaining buttermilk and then finally the remaining dry ingredients
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full with batter
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes
  • To make the frosting, in a bowl combine 1 cup butter, 2 tablespoons Crisco, and 2 teaspoons vanilla together
  • Add the powdered sugar and salt
  • Slowly add in whipping cream until you've reached your desired consistency
  • Beat for 2 minutes until light and fluffy
  • Spread the frosting on top of the muffins and sprinkle with pink sprinkles

3. Strawberry chocolate chip cookies

These super soft strawberry cookies are loaded with chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box strawberry cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  • in a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder, and then set aside
  • In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla by hand
  • Mix in the chocolate chips
  • Place rounded balls of dough on the baking sheet (each ball should contain about 2 tablespoons of dough)
  • Bake for 10 minutes, and remove from oven
  • Allow the cookies to cool before serving
References
  1. "18 Pink Recipes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month," Bon Appetit, October 2, 2013.
  2. "10 Pink Treats for Breast Cancer Awareness Month," Tablespoon, n.d.
  3. "Go Pink 13 Treats for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, AOL, September 30, 2014.

 

 

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