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Dessert should obviously taste fabulous, but shouldn't it look just as good? Courtney Dial Whitmore, a talented (and did we mention absolutely adorable?) stylist and writer in the field of party design and decor, certainly thinks so.
Dessert done right

To make it easy for you to entertain with an edge, she wrote Push-Up Pops, a beautiful book that Tori Spelling says is a must-have for all party lovers. Push-Up Pops teaches you how to turn ordinary plastic molds into gorgeous and delish desserts.

Dessert recipes for everything from frozen fruit popsicles to cake, pudding parfaits to cupcakes and more fill the pages of this beautiful book. These tasty treats are great for weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, holiday parties, themed parties or even just a fancy girls' get-together.

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Dessert done right
Dessert done right
Dessert done right

Decadent dessert inspiration

"I was inspired to write Push-Up Pops because I absolutely love finding new and creative ways to serve up sweet treats at parties," Courtney told SheKnows. "Everyone loves a little something sweet, so finding unique ways to share my favorite dessert recipes was a must! This is truly the perfect book for any party lover!"

We couldn't agree more. Push-Up Pops is just as pretty as it is practical. Filled with great dessert recipes and perfect pictures, you'll be inspired to kick your dessert presentation up a notch.

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Want an idea of what you'll find inside the pages of Push-Up Pops? Try this decadent chocolate cookie dessert recipe.

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Yields 12 push-up pops


  • 1 package Oreo cookies
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 pint coffee ice cream, softened
  • 1 can chocolate hazelnut pirouette cookies

Hot fudge sauce

  • 3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 small can evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Mix the chocolate, sugar and evaporated milk in a double boiler (or saucepan) and heat until melted and smooth.
  2. Stir in the butter and vanilla until blended and heated through.
  3. Place 28 Oreo cookies in a Ziploc bag. Seal bag and crush cookies using a rolling pin until they are in small pieces.
  4. Mix the cookie pieces with the melted butter.

To assemble push-up pops:

  1. Layer one to two tablespoons of cookie pieces in the bottom of a push-up pop container.
  2. Add one tablespoon of coffee ice cream.
  3. Top with one tablespoon of fudge sauce.
  4. Repeat layers until full.
  5. Freeze push-up pops until ready to serve. When ready to serve, remove the tops and let soften for a minute.
  6. Cut pirouette cookies in half and stick down in top of push-up pop.
  7. Refrigerate leftover fudge sauce for use with other ice cream treats.

(Note: If you need the plastic containers, Courtney has a page on her website with suggestions on where to buy push-up pop containers.)

Dessert done right

Push-Up Pops (Back cover)

Courtney's expertise has been featured on, Ladies Home Journal, AOL's DIY Life, and more. Push-Up Pops officially releases on March 1, but you can preorder it now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Courtney is hitting the road for a Push-Up Pops book tour, making stops all over the country, including Nashville, Phoenix, Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta and more.

Courtney also speaks at conferences and events, including a recent engagement at BlissDom. And while I'd love to make it to one of her book signings, I'll be honest: I really want Courtney to come to my house and fill my kitchen with her beautiful creations from Push-Up Pops!

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