Graduation Recipes

Celebrate the graduate with these top-rated recipes for graduation cupcakes, graduation cookies, special graduation dinners, and more.

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Grad Cap Cookies

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Cute little graduation caps are made with peanut butter cup hats, graham cracker cookie mortarboards, and candy licorice tassels. They are easy to assemble with prepared frosting to hold them together.

Graduation Pasta Salad

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We served this at our twin daughters' graduation open house. Since that time, it is our most requested pasta salad. My daughters will make batches of this to take back to college to share with their friends. Scale back the salt and MSG if it suits your tastes or needs, but in this recipe the amounts listed blend in very nicely.

The Arnold Palmer

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Sometimes the best things are the most simple. Nothing rings of summertime more than lemonade and iced tea. The Arnold Palmer brings them together.

Too Cool For School Pumpkin Spice Cake

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I found this recipe in the teacher's lounge. An unnamed source placed copies of this recipe on a table. It is so delicious and very moist!!

Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

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Slow cooked, Texas-style pulled pork that is served on a buttered and toasted roll. My family's favorite.

Best Fried Green Tomatoes

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You can also fry up red tomatoes with this recipe but make sure they are not over ripe or they will be mushy. Serve these tomatoes outside with a glass of iced tea one summer night and enjoy the sunset with someone you love.

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

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This is potato salad the old-fashioned way, with eggs, celery and relish. It's really good to serve with chili.
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Easy Garlic-Lemon Scallops

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Scallops sauteed in butter and garlic will melt in your mouth. Lemon juice gives it a nice kick.

Seven Layer Taco Dip

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I am continuously asked to bring this dip for parties and family get-togethers. People gather around the platter until it's gone.

Boston Baked Beans

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A wonderful old-fashioned baked bean flavor. This recipe has served by family for 29 years and originally came from my mother-in-law. It tastes great served with fresh cornbread or biscuits and honey. Although you need to allow time for soaking and simmering the beans, this recipe is still quite easy.
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Best Ever Jalapeno Poppers

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This is a recipe I made by taking the best of three or four popper recipes and combining them to make something that tastes wonderful. A frequent request at my house, and at others. I usually make 100 and put them in the fridge. They don't last long. Adjust the amount of bacon bits and type of shredded cheese to taste. Increase the recipe as necessary! Lots of tests helps to best figure out the way you like it. Be sure to wear rubber gloves while seeding the jalapenos -- they will burn.

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

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Love to make these little guys for family gatherings or just as treats for home to pack into lunches. Easy recipe to make. Adaptations can be made to make this completely from scratch. This is just a yummy simplified version!

Inspiration and Ideas

Southern Pulled Pork

"I made 17 pounds for a graduation party and it was a hit!" – MER2024

Grad Cupcakes

These cute cupcakes are topped with graham cracker mortarboards.

Venison Bacon Burgers

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These tasty, juicy burgers make a change from normal beef patties.