Hooray for May and hooray for all of the new graduates in your life! Whether it’s your daughter, niece, sister, or friend bidding adieu to four long exciting years of high school or college, chances are likely that she has rocked one of the most basic trends to come from our enviably bold and too-proud-for-their-own-good millennials: a pure and utter obsession with the color pink. And not just any color pink…millennial pink, the rosé-hued, subdued version of Barbie’s signature Corvette that has littered computer desktops, Rent the Runway gowns, and chipped manicures for years.
Whether the celebrated hue will continue to surge in popularity, we’re not entirely sure, but these pink-inspired recipes make visually appealing dishes to serve at any 2017 grad’s party. Scroll down to check them out and be sure to have a perfectly pink Pepto-Bismol on hand to keep things extra thematic.
1. Millennial Pink Lemonade Pie
Pink lemonade-flavored anything is so millennial. Taking an already artificial treat and reimagining it in pie form is the type of out-of-the-box idea that is shared thousands of times on Facebook. Kind of like this video from MyRecipes. Get the recipe.
2. Millennial Pink Doughnuts
Calories don’t count when food is pretty, right? If that were the case, these pink doughnuts would actually help you lose weight. Dust them with coconut or pink sprinkles for a more decadent indulgence. Get the recipe.
3. French Macarons with Pomegranate Ganache
For the more sophisticated graduate who demands the finer things in life, you’ll want to invest some time and energy in these gold-laced pomegranate macarons. They’re simply blushing with beauty. Get our French Macarons with Pomegranate Ganache recipe.
4. Pink Velvet Swiss Roll
Who knew that pink velvet was even a thing? While the dessert, as a whole, is certainly beautiful, our eyes are on that gorgeous cream cheese frosting. Consider us mesmerized. Get the recipe.
5. Strawberry Milkshake Cookies
Sipping desserts doesn’t have the same satisfaction as eating them. These cookies combine the best of both worlds by incorporating your favorite fruit flavor into a white chocolate-heavy cookie. All that’s missing is a glass of cold milk. Get the recipe.
6. Pink Popcorn
Movie night just got an adorable upgrade with these rosy kernels. Might we suggest a viewing of Pretty in Pink or The Pink Panther? For no reason other than the fact that they’re great, of course. Get the recipe.
7. Vegan Pink Flamingo Cheesecake Bars
We’re not entirely sure if flamingos would dig these vegan bars with a cashew crust, but we’re almost certain humans will. The pink stems from the cactus fruit pitaya, though it can be substituted with dragonfruit if the former is out of season. Get the recipe.
8. Raspberry Angel Food Cake
Angel food cake gets a tart raspberry and lemon upgrade that tastes heavenly. In fact, Red Bull has nothing on this zinger that actually gives us wings. Get the recipe.
9. Vegan Pink Beet Pancakes
Your graduate has worked so, so hard. Serve them breakfast in bed with these pretty pancakes. And then bang a few pots and pans, wake them up, and remind them that the real world is tough. Get the recipe.
10. Strawberry Cream Fudge
Is there anyone in the world who actually doesn’t like fudge? Though the heart sprinkles aren’t necessary, they are entirely appropriate. Don’t forget them. Get the recipe.
11. Cotton Candy Ice Cream
This is what happens when you combine two indisputably amazing desserts into one. The results: an intense flavor and texture profile that might even give chocolate chip cookie dough or Rocky Road a run for their money. Get the recipe.