Top 5 Desserts to Make Pink: And Amy Atlas's Recipe for Strawberry Truffles

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We love the playful, irresistible dessert tables put together by event stylist and party planner Amy Atlas. And the best part is, you don't have to be a professional to make your own version for Valentine's Day or any other celebration. Amy was kind enough to share her simple tips for turning 5 favorite desserts pink, as well as her recipe for pretty white chocolate strawberry truffles.

5 Desserts to Tint Pink

Truffles: Whether white chocolate or dark chocolate, you can roll your truffles in pink sprinkles or pink sanding sugar to give it a pink coating.

Meringue: Meringue is a blank canvas so tinting it pink is very easy. Follow your meringue recipe. After whisking meringue together into stiff peaks, whisk in a drop of pink food gel, or as much as needed to turn the meringue pink. Continue to pipe and bake according to recipe directions.

Royal Iced Sugar Cookies: Royal icing is another way to bring in color to your treats. Bake your favorite sugar cookie recipe. Add small dab of pink food gel to homemade or store bought royal icing. Decorate your cookies with the pink icing.

Strawberry Buttercream Cupcakes: Mix in 3/4 cup seedless strawberry jam to 4 cups of vanilla buttercream. Add dab of pink food gel until you reach the desired color. Spread pink strawberry buttercream on your favorite cupcakes.

White Chocolate Dipped Pretzels: After melting chocolate, stir in pink food gel a dab at a time until you reach the desired pink color. Dip chocolate into pretzel rods or knots and chill.
Ready to think pink? Start with Amy's easy, four-ingredient strawberry truffles below!

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Strawberry Truffles

Makes about 30 truffles

2  2/3 cups white chocolate chips, melted
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces, softened
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves
1 cup pink sanding sugar

Stir the softened butter and strawberry preserves into the melted chocolate until combined. Cover in plastic wrap and chill until firm enough to scoop, about 1 hour.

Scoop flat tablespoons of the truffle mixture and, using your hands, roll the truffles into balls. Place on a baking sheet and chill again until firm.

Put the sanding sugar on a dinner plate. Roll out the chilled truffles in the sugar. 

Additional Notes

• You can swap out the white chocolate chips with bittersweet chocolate chips for dark chocolate strawberry truffles.

Thank you, Amy!

Check out Amy Atlas's blog: Sweet Designs
• Find her book: Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It, on Amazon

Related: Recipe: Airy Angel Food Cupcakes with Naturally Pink Icing

(Images: Amy Atlas)

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