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Fool the Eye with these Double-Take Dishes

Make it a fun and delicious April Fool’s Day with these trompe l'oeil treats.
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This April Fool’s Day, play a sweet trick on your friends with these playful recipes that disguise their true intentions.

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    Cookie Burgers

    Expecting sliders? These cookies are the sweetest sliders you could bake. The "buns" are flourless peanut butter cokies, and the "burgers" are luscious chocolate ganache.

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    Shrimp Cocktail Martini

    What? No tangy, spicy sauce for dipping? We mean cocktail literally, here. Pairing the flavors of a shrimp cocktail with herbaceous gin and dry vermouth yields a playful, surprisingly delicious—dare we say, ingenious?—martini.

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    Sweet Phyllo Chips & Dip

    Forget about nachos and salsa-for dessert lovers, this is the ultimate take on chips and dip.

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    Zucchini Linguine

    Think of it as the ultimate low-carb pasta: you use a julienne peeler to create strands of zucchini and summer squash, then stir-fry them quickly in a brown butter sauce.

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    Waffle Cookies

    Baking these cookies right in your waffle iron creates a dessert that looks just like mini breakfast waffles, albeit with gooey, melty chocolate chips. 

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    Sweet Stromboli

    Stromboli for dessert is a bit unexpected, but this pairing of sweet chocolate with tart cherries makes for a playful finish to a pizza party.

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    French Onion Soup Dumplings

    The classic French onion soup goes incognito in these clever dumplings, which contain a molten beef-broth center and a dusting of grated cheese on top.

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    Meringue Mushrooms

    You'll want to top your burger or pizza with these, but don't! Crisp, sweet, festive, and fun. Meringue mushrooms are a classic trompe l'oeil sweet.

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    Fried Chocolate-Hazelnut Wontons

    This fun dessert uses a few ready-made ingredients for quick and delicious results: a crunchy wonton shell that gives way to a molten chocolate-hazelnut filling.  

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