Flower-Inspired Springtime Treats Come Into Bloom

Take spring's bloom into your own hands with fresh, flowery treat recipes from Food Network.

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Baby, it’s spring outside! The temp is climbing, birds are chirping and bundles of in-season asparagus, artichokes and more are starting to line the supermarkets. But one of the most-captivating elements of this vibrant season is, unarguably, the moment when those first flowers begin to bloom. If you can’t wait to bear witness to spring’s bloom, or if you don’t have the resources to build your own bright and sunshiny garden, these floral-minded recipes might just be enough to brighten up your kitchen.

You might be accustomed to digging ice cream right out of a cardboard pint, but Ree Drummond’s Ice Cream Flowerpot Desserts bring the ice-cold treat to bright, blossoming heights. Before you start filling up clay flowerpots with real-life flowers, clean them and load ‘em up with slices of pound cake and scoops of ice cream. Cover the tops with crushed chocolate cookies to get the look of dirt before you go full-on spring with chewy gummy worms and fresh-cut flowers.

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Beyond the fact that nearly everything is better eaten off a stick, Flower Cookie Pops are something to really spring for. Bake ready-made sugar cookie dough in the form of flowers atop fruity lollipops. The pops will melt as they bake with the cookies, but then they will harden up again as the cookies cool.

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Nope, we aren’t recommending you eat flowers straight out of the dirt. Food Network Magazine’s fake-out Flowerpot Cake may look the part of a real-life flowerpot, but the base is actually made out of chocolate cake shaped to resemble a clay pot, while the top is in bloom with real edible flowers.

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A lot of our favorite flowery treats are all about the look, and Anne Burrell’s Victorian Rose Geranium Cake for Food Network Magazine is floral to its core. Both the frosting and the cake are infused with real rose geranium leaves, which brings a delicate rose-flavored quality to every pastel-pink slice.

Transform store-bought chocolate chip cookie mix into delectable sandwich cookies in the shape of spring. Using flower cookie cutters, Sandra Lee creates Butter Toffee Flower Sandwiches that are blossoming with buttercream frosting and toffee bits.

Bake a dozen cupcakes, make a trip to the candy store and witness the sweetest flowers begin to bloom. Food Network Magazine’s series of flower-topped Candy-Shop Cupcake Blossoms ranges from black-eyed Susans with yellow petals (pictured above) to daffodils, all using gummy candies and other colorful sweet things.

For more ways to get a spring in your step, make your way over to our spring produce guide.

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