Dangerous Desserts: Strawberry Shortcake Snake

Boys love snakes, Moms not always as much. So here is a snake that everyone can live with, and love. This Strawberry Shortcake Snake is a fun treat for everyone in the house, it tastes great and is incredibly fun and easy to make. Boys will love that they have their very own dangerous dessert and Moms will love that it is still a sweet treat that will be loved by the whole family. Plus, strawberries have some amazing vitamin C, which of course is just the frosting on the cake! This treat is fun for a party or gathering. It would make a great treat for a sleepover but would also be a hit at a family gathering. So have no fear and roll up those sleeves and prepare to create a sweet treat that will be sure to slither its way to the top of your dessert list.

What you need:

  • SHORTCAKE BISCUITS:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine (1 stick)
  • 1 cup milk
  • STRAWBERRY FILLING:
  • 1 quart strawberries
  • 4 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING:
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • GARNISHES:
  • 4 whole strawberries
  • Green fruit leather
  • Mini chocolate chips or M&M’s

 

What to do:

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Cut in the margarine with a pastry cutter. Or use a vegetable grater to grate the stick into the mixing bowl and let your kids take turns blending the margarine into the dry ingredients with their fingertips. Once the dough is crumbly, slowly stir in the milk.
  2. Turn out the dough onto a floured working surface and gently roll or pat the dough into a 1-inch-thick rectangle (it should measure about 6 x 8 inches). For the best results, handle the dough as little as possible.
  3. Slice the rectangle into four 1-1/2- x 8-inch strips. Place the strips on an ungreased baking sheet, then let your child mold and curve them into S shapes that resemble snakes. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown. Transfer the baked shortcakes to a wire rack (a parent’s job) and let cool. Carefully slice the cooled shortcakes in half lengthwise or split them with a fork and then set aside.
  4. Wash the strawberries and let your kids select four to use for the snakes’ heads. Slice the rest of the berries lengthwise into a mixing bowl. Toss with the confectioners’ sugar and let stand while you prepare the whipped cream.
  5. Combine the whipping cream and confectioners’ sugar in a chilled bowl and beat with an electric or hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  6. Just before serving, arrange berries on the bottom half of each shortcake, then cover with the shortcake top. Spread on whipped cream and add a layer of sliced strawberry “scales.”
  7. For the snakes’ heads, cut mouth openings in the tips of the whole berries and place one at the end of each shortcake. Press a pair of mini chocolate chip or M&M’s eyes into the sides of each head and add a forked tongue cut from green fruit leather. Serves 4.

 

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