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Chelsea is the author of the food blog Chelsea's Messy Apron where she shares a wide variety of recipes including family-friendly and easy meals, lots of baked goods and desserts, and plenty of healthy eats. She received her BA in Exerci...

A sweet take on skewers

Desserts on sticks are way more fun, right? Plus, they're super simple to prepare.

My family loves to eat dinner or dessert on skewers. The foods might be the same types you would eat on a plate or in a bowl, but the skewer makes it so much more fun and completely changes it up.

Doughnut hole kebabs with fresh fruit recipe

Donut hole kabobs with fresh fruit

One of my husband's favorite desserts is doughnuts. His favorite are the powdered sugar variety, so he went nuts for these dessert skewers. He loved that they were on a skewer because they are far less messy to eat that way. Instead of getting powdered sugar all over your fingers and hands, it stays completely on the skewer.

These kebabs are so much fun to make, and they dress up a treat in a super-fun way. Plus, they're a great way to sneak some fruit into an afternoon snack.

Yields 10-12

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 1/3 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 box assorted doughnut holes
  • Skewers

Directions:

  1. Alternate threading your fresh fruit choices and doughnut holes onto the skewers.
  2. Generally doughnut holes can be found in the bakery section of your local grocery store. I like to use more than one flavor of doughnut hole to make these kebabs more exciting. This assortment included powdered sugar, powdered cinnamon sugar and glazed.

Chocolate lover's kebab recipe

Chocolate lovers kabobs

These kebabs are my personal favorite (bring on as much chocolate as possible!). For my last birthday, my husband got a chocolate cake with a brownie layer, chocolate frosting and chocolate candies all over it. This delicious dessert is inspired by that amazing cake.

They're made with fresh brownie balls, tons of chocolate candies and fresh strawberries, and are covered in a rich milk chocolate glaze, perfect for the extreme chocolate lover.

Yields 16

Ingredients:

  • 1 box brownie mix plus the ingredients called for
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 (11 ounce) bag miniatures assortment chocolate mix candies
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions to fill an 8 x 8-inch pan. Bake according to the directions. Remove the brownies from the oven, and allow them to cool completely.
  2. Once the brownies have cooled, remove sections of them, and roll the sections into brownie balls.
  3. Unwrap the chocolate candies.
  4. Alternate threading the brownie balls, strawberries and chocolate candies onto the skewers.
  5. Combine the chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir the chocolate, and microwave again for 10- to 15-second intervals until the chocolate has completely melted.
  6. Dip a fork into the melted chocolate, and drizzle the chocolate over the kebabs. Allow the chocolate to harden, and serve.

Strawberry shortcake kebab recipe

Strawberry shortcake kabobs

These strawberry shortcake skewers are delicious and a fun twist on traditional strawberry shortcake. The "shortcake" is a pound cake cupcake made in a miniature muffin pan and then threaded onto skewers along with strawberries. Don't forget the fresh whipped topping to finish them off.

Yields 16

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces sour cream
  • Sprayable whipped topping
  • Skewers

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a miniature muffin tin with liners, and set it aside.
  2. In a bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese until creamy. Beat in the sugar until fluffy, and then add the eggs. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, and then stir in the sour cream. Pour the batter into the muffin tin liners, and bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean.
  5. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely, and then remove the liners. Slice the cupcakes in half.
  6. While the cupcakes are baking, remove the strawberry stems and points, and then slice the strawberries into large, coin-shaped pieces.
  7. Thread the skewers, alternating between the pound cake cupcake pieces and the strawberries. Spray whipped topping over parts of the skewers, and enjoy immediately.

S'mores on a kebab stick recipe

S’mores on a kabob stick

These kebabs are the perfect way to enjoy a quick s'mores treat without making a bonfire. You can whip them up in minutes and enjoy them right away. Plus, they have all the great flavors of a s'more — chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker.

If you're having a summer get-together without the bonfire, these are perfect. My nieces and nephews love these summer s'mores kebabs, which are quick to make and far less messy. One of my nieces doesn't like marshmallows, so she licks off the chocolate and graham crackers and then hands the marshmallow right back to me.

Yields 18

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag large marshmallows
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3 sheets graham crackers
  • Skewers

Directions:

  1. Combine the chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir the chocolate, and microwave again for 10- to 15-second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted.
  2. Place the graham crackers in a blender or food processor, and pulse until the crackers become crumbs. Transfer the crumbs to a bowl.
  3. Place a large marshmallow onto a skewer. Dip the top of the marshmallow in the melted chocolate, and then shake off the excess by tapping the stick against the edge of the bowl.
  4. Dip the melted chocolate immediately into the graham cracker crumbs. Again, tap the edge of the bowl to remove the excess.
  5. Place the marshmallow skewers onto parchment paper, and either allow the chocolate to harden, or eat immediately. Do not wait too long to eat these, or the marshmallows will harden too.

White chocolate brownie and cupcake kebab recipe

White chocolate brownie and cupcake kabobs

These kebabs combine two great desserts: brownies and cupcakes. They are made with fresh berries and coated with a white chocolate drizzle. You can choose whatever color cupcake you want if making these kebabs with a special occasion in mind.

Yields 16

Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix plus ingredients called for
  • Food coloring of choice (green was used for this recipe)
  • 1 box brownie mix plus ingredients called for
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a miniature muffin tin with liners, and set it aside. Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions. Dye the batter the desired color of choice.
  2. Pour the batter into the muffin tin liners, and bake according to the package directions.
  3. Prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions to fill an 8 x 8-inch pan. Bake according to the directions. Remove the brownies from the oven, and allow them to cool completely.
  4. Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, remove the muffin liners.
  5. Once the brownies are cooled, remove sections of them, and roll the sections into brownie balls.
  6. Alternately thread the miniature cupcakes, brownie balls and berries onto the skewers.
  7. Combine the white chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir the chocolate, and microwave again for 10- to 15-second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted.
  8. Dip a fork into the melted chocolate, and then drizzle the chocolate over the kebabs. Allow the chocolate to harden, and serve.

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