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American Girl Parties

Delicious Recipes for Holidays & Fun Occasions

Published by Weldon Owen
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Featuring 40 recipes and eight party themes, complete with fun crafts and decorating ideas for each, American Girl Parties will inspire young chefs and parents alike.

In this third cookbook from Williams Sonoma and American Girl, aspiring chefs will discover bite-sized delicacies like chocolate-dipped strawberries and butterfly-shaped cheese sandwiches, along with fare such as chicken-apple sausages on a stick, baked sweet potato fries, and caramel-dipped apple slices for holidays like 4th of July and Halloween, paired with clever serving ideas, fun theme-driven crafts, and colorful party favors.

Sweet treats include s’mores ice cream sundaes, raspberry jam sandwich heart cookies, cinnamon-sugar monkey bread, peppermint brownie bites, hot chocolate cookies

Savory dishes include mac & cheese cups, grilled cheese hearts with tomato-star orzo soup, bite-sized broccoli-cheddar quiches, mini corn on the cob with lime butter, biscuit-wrapped veggie hot dog “mummies”

Refreshing drinks such as melon-mint agua fresca, spooky smoothies, milkshakes, and fruity “tea”

Party themes:

Sweetheart Party/Valentine’s Day

Garden Tea Party

Springtime Party/Easter

Summer BBQ/4th of July

Sleepover Breakfast Party

Burger Bar Birthday Party

Spooky Party/Halloween

Holiday Cookie Party

The delicious recipes, fun ideas, and colorful images in American Girl Parties will captivate young cooks and can be made with everyday cookware and kitchen utensils; this companion title to American Girl Baking and American Girl Cooking will be go-to resources for your little chef.


 Carrot Cake Cupcakes 
Makes 18 cupcakes
2¼ cups all-purpose flour  
1½ cups firmly packed light brown sugar  
1 tablespoon baking powder 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
½ teaspoon salt 
1½ cups grated carrots 
¾ cup vegetable oil 
4 large eggs 
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract 
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 
6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
2 cups powdered sugar 
½ cup shredded coconut, toasted 
Jelly beans or speckled malted milk chocolate eggs 

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 325°F. Line 18 cups of two standard muffin pans with paper or foil liners. 

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a medium bowl, combine the carrots, oil, eggs, and vanilla and stir until blended. Add the carrot mixture to the flour mixture and stir gently just until blended. 

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling them only three-quarters full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 16 to 18 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and set them on a wire rack. Let the cupcakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then transfer them to the rack. Let cool completely. 

To make the frosting, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula. Sift the powdered sugar into the bowl, then beat on low speed until blended. 

Using a small icing spatula, frost the cupcakes. Sprinkle the icing with the toasted coconut to create “nests,” then top each cupcake with three candies so that they look like “eggs.” Serve.

About The Authors

Williams Sonoma is one of the most trusted brands in food today. They identify and clarify trends in the marketplace that consumers are interested in learning more about.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (April 25, 2017)
  • Length: 136 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781681881386

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