Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Cooking with your Kids: Shells with Pearls

So while we are on the subject of cooking with our kids....I know my girls FAVORITE dessert is ice cream sandwiches! So I thought this recipe is a grown up version that kids will love! Not to mention they look so pretty!

Shells with Pearls Dessert
Grocery List:
1 cup plus 6 Tbsp low fat vanilla ice cream
2 pkgs frozen low fat chocolate-chocolate chip muffins, thawed
(I'm using Weight Watchers Smart Ones)
1⁄3 cup confectioners' sugar, for dusting
1 ripe carambola (star fruit), sliced
4 large strawberries, diced

How to make it:
1. Using a mini–ice cream or cookie dough scoop, scoop out 4 vanilla ice cream balls and place on a plate.
Store in freezer until ready to assemble desserts.
2. Cut muffins in half horizontally.
Using the back of a teaspoon, press a small indentation on the cut sides of muffin bottoms where the ice cream pearls will rest.
Microwave 1 cup vanilla ice cream in a 2-cup glass measure, stirring every 10 to 15 seconds until melted and smooth.
3. To assemble shells: Heavily dust muffin tops with confectioners' sugar to coat.
Make lines in the sugar, using the back of a knife, to resemble a scallop shell (see photo).
4. Place muffin bottoms on plates; set an ice cream pearl in the hollow.
Rest the muffin tops against the pearls.
Spoon melted ice cream sauce around the shell.
Decorate with star fruit and strawberries.

Nutritional Information:
308 cal.
4 g. fat
6g. fiber
6 WW points

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