Space is cool, which means the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this year is basically the coolest. While we may never actually visit that lunar landscape ourselves, we can take inspiration from the nighttime and the vast reaches of space through which more intrepid humans have traveled (okay, any excuse for dessert). Which is why we rounded up some of the best galaxy-inspired recipes on the web (okay, it was originally for the 2017 solar eclipse, but this is a fantastic excuse to revisit these stunning sweets).
If you’re not much of a baker, there are some drinkable options in this list too—or you could just pick up a pack of these limited edition marshmallow moon Oreos:
Oreo Marshmallow Moon Cookies, $2.98 at Walmart
The sandwich cookies you know and love with moon-themed patterns and purple marshmallow creme filling (because green cheese would just be weird).
Should you want to tackle a far-out kitchen project, though, you could go super literal and make an adorable moon cake:
Or, you could pay homage to the moon landing and the tantalizing mysteries of space in the form of beautiful, dark blue and purple, galaxy-themed desserts. Scroll down to check them out!
While we’re celebrating the moon, it is summer—aka, sunny and hot. Nothing is more refreshing in those conditions than lemonade. Throw in some crushed ice and magical color-changing butterfly pea extract and you’ve got a space-age thirst quencher that’s fitting for both occasions. Get the Galaxy Color-Changing Lemonade Slushie recipe.
Even aliens need to get their chocolate fix. Just don’t bring this outside while the sun is out or it will melt all over you. Under cover of darkness, no one will see how much you can pack away, either. Get the Galaxy Bark recipe.
Blast off with ooey, gooey, rich, and chewy bars that are not only rich in flavor, but also personality. Eat your heart out, unicorns. Get the Galaxy Brownies recipe.
The moon landing is firmly entrenched in pop culture. This recipe should be firmly entrenched in popcorn culture. Or something like that. Get the Galaxy Popcorn recipe.
It’s not even the moon’s birthday, but you’re going to lick the icing off. Space Rihanna would be so proud. Get the Galaxy Cake Roll recipe.
Stay up too late gazing at the moon (or watching “Apollo 13” again)? You’re going to need that mid-afternoon caffeine fix, and what better way to pay tribute to the historic anniversary than to make it a cosmic latte? Get the Galaxy Latte recipe.
A flavor and color combination so balanced and delicious, it’s out of this world. Plus, what else would you eat with your galaxy latte? Get the Galaxy Doughnuts recipe.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for purple, pink, and blue ice cream. Try it with silver sprinkles that resemble stars—or a black chocolate magic shell topping to nod to the dark side of the moon. Get the Galaxy Ice Cream recipe.
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