4th Annual Cookies and Cocktails- Lemon Swig Cookies & Upside down Pineapple cake

That time of year again folks! Where we have the cookies and cocktails party! It was a great time and people really came out with some good cookies. This year we did trophies which made it all the more funner. ( i can use the word funner because it is my blog). The winners get to keep the trophies for a year, return them next year to pass onto next contestant winner. My new cricut machine helped me make awesome decorations for the party which were not photographed :(.

This year I made Lemon Swig Cookies! 

  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • ¾ C Vegetable Oil
  • 1¼ C Sugar (plus ¼ cup reserved)
  • ¾ C Powdered Sugar
  • 2 T Water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ t Baking Soda
  • ½ t Cream of Tarter
  • 1 t Salt
  • 5½ C Flour
  • Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,
  • softened
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, vegetable oil, sugar (1¼ C), powdered sugar, and water. Add in lemon juice and lemon zest.. Add in eggs.
  3. Slowly add in flour mixture until combined. Roll the dough into golf sized balls and place onto a non stick cookie sheet.
  4. To give the cookies their signature rough edge, dip the bottom of a glass into the reserved ¼ cup sugar and press onto the cookie ball to flatten the cookie. You still want the cookie to be thicker so don’t press them to thin.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is lightly brown. The cookies stay soft so do not over bake.
  6. To make the lemon cream cheese frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla together until smooth and fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar. Beat until creamy

Upside Pineapple Cake Cocktail

I had this at a chinese restaurant once and I wanted to make it for the occasion!

Ingredients
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Cake Vodka
  • Malibu Rum
  • Grenadine
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Use a tall drinking glass and fill ⅓ full with ice.
  2. Add a double shot of Cake Vodka.
  3. Add a single shot of the Malibu Rum.
  4. Fill glass with Pineapple Juice.
  5. Pour a bit of Grenedine over the top. The red should float to the bottom & the drink will actually resemble pineapple upside down cake.
  6. Enjoy :)
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Funfetti Goey Bars

My boyfriend loves all things funfetti and cake batter so I made these for valentines dinner in a heart shaped pan and he couldn’t get enough of them! Thank you! 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup sprinkles, divided
  • 1/2 cup (from a 14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9” pan with foil and spray liberally with cooking spray.
  2. Add cake mix, butter, and egg to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix until a thick dough forms. Add 1/3 cup sprinkles and stir until incorporated.
  3. Press about 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle with white chocolate chips and remaining 1/3 cup sprinkles. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the top. Separate remaining dough into small balls and evenly space over the top of the bars. Press down to flatten.
  4. Bake bars for about 30 minutes, or until they just begin to brown. Cool completely before slicing, otherwise the mixture will be too gooey to cut.

The All American Pie

I found this recipe on pinterest and I chose it because I wanted a different take on the classic red white and blue desserts but something still red white and blue. This was fun to make and easy! I wish that I didn’t have to use pie filing because I have strong feelings against it. BUT it is the only way to obtain the visual that you want. Thank you for the inspiration!

Ingredients:

  • Cherry Filling
  • Blueberry Filling
  • Ready made Pie Crust
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Fresh Strawberries

For stripes part of pie mix cherry filling with free sliced strawberries.  For the “stars” portion mix  a can of blueberry pie filling and about a 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries.

Create a corner with tin foil so that fillings do not mix together. This creates clean lines, to see both red and blue. I removed the tinfoil and then added some stars and stripes,

Bake  at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes then turn the oven down to 375 degrees and continue baking for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

  
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Sugar Fruit Cups

I have seen pictures of these on pinterest, and I figured I didn’t need a recipe I could create them on my own! I used the cream cheese frosting I used for pumpkin bars.

Frosting:

  • 1 8oz. package of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp milk

I used a store bought sugar cookie mix, and filled my muffin tins with them, I squished them down with a spice bottle to create a bowl with the cookie. Baked and mixed according to the package.

I had frozen berries in the freezer and topped the berries with this. I like the juice that comes with a defrosted berry.

The problem was I should of used MINI tins, the cookies came out so HUGE and it was hard for one person to eat. If I made them again, I probably wouldn’t use such a heavy cream cheese mixture,and definitely make smaller cups!!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

These bars are so good! and so tasty! Super moist cake that only gets more moist as days pass. So greasy although, and def not good for you!! Thanks Breadmans Wife! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg *
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 and 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 can (15oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

Frosting:

  • 1 8oz. package of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp milk

Instructions:

Directions:
  1. Sift dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt & soda) and set aside. In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients, gradually. Mix well.
  2. Spread batter in a greased 15x10x1 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely.
  3. Cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.  Add powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.  Mix on high speed until smooth creamy.

Apple Crisp

Easy Apple Crisp,I mean so easy.  Since enrolling in a local CSA I have been trying to use fresh vegetables in fruits in different recipes. I wanted to make an Apple Crisp, only had Macintosh Apples, Even though the recipe says that it tastes great if you use a mix, and next time I will definitely do that.

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium (6 cups) apples, peeled, cored, sliced
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold Land O Lakes® Butter

Instructions:

Heat oven to 375°F.

Place apples into ungreased 8-inch square baking pan.

Combine brown sugar, oats, flour and cinnamon in bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle sugar mixture over apples. Bake 25-35 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown.

Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

These I paired with Sangria, for 3rd Annual Cookies and Cocktails. The recipe came from Bloom Designs Online. I didn’t use the caramel glaze because lack of ingredients, I just used basic caramel sauce. The cookies have the consistency of a oatmeal rather than a crunchy cookie. Which bothered some people.

You need

  • 2 3/4 quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/4 flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 salt
  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 apples peeled and finely diced (fuji or granny smith work well)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together first six ingredients and set aside.  In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and brown sugar.  Add egg, vanilla and milk.  Mix until combined. Add oats mixture and blend until just incorporated.  Mix in apples.  Drop by the tablespoon onto parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 11 minutes until lightly browned.  Let sit on cookie sheet until cooled.

For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk and caramel sauce until smooth.  Add more milk if necessary.

Once cooled, drizzle caramel mix over cookies.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

I’ve many different rhubarb pie recipes, and heres yet another. First Pie. Second Pie. Here is one that came out great.

 

  • 3 1/2 cups rhubarb stalks cut into 1/2 inch pieces (Trim away and discard the leaves which are poisonous; trim ends.)
  • 2 cups strawberries, stemmed and sliced
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup sugar (depending on how tart/sweet you like your pie)
  • 4 tablespoons of quick cooking (“minute”) tapioca
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of orange zest
  • Premade pie crust

Instructions:

1.Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, gently combine the rhubarb and the strawberries with the sugar, tapioca, salt, and orange zest. Let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Roll out your pastry dough and line the bottom of a pie dish with it. Trim to 1/2 inch from the edge. Place the filling into a pastry lined pie dish. Roll out the second pastry dough and place over the pie. Trim the edges to an inch from the edge of the pie dish. Tuck the top crust edges over the bottom crust edges and use your fingers or a fork to crimp the top and bottom edges together. (If you want, for a nice glaze on your pie, use a pastry brush to brush a thin layer of egg white or cream over the top of the pie.) Cut slits in the top for the steam to escape.
3. Place pie on the middle rack of a 400°F oven, with a baking sheet on a lower rack to catch any juices that might spill over. Bake for 20 minutes at 400°F, then reduce heat to 350°F, and bake an additional 40-50 minutes longer (50 to 60 minutes longer if doing a 10-inch pie). The pie is done when the crust is nicely browned and the filling (that you can see through the venting holes) thick and bubbly. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack.

Serve warm or cold. If you do cool to room temperature, the juices will have more time to thicken.

 

 

 

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Strawberry Lemonade Bars

These looked different and new, so I decided to try them. The problem was that the Lemon flavor was sort of overwhelming, and not too much of strawberry coming through. Next time I will add more strawberry or used strawberry in syrup. Thanks K&K! 

Ingredients:

Crust:

1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of butter
1 1/2 cups of flour
1/4 tsp of salt

Filling:

  • 1 cup fresh of lemon juice
  • 3 tsp of zest
  • 1/2 cup of pureed strawberry
  • 1 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  2. Begin by making the crust.  In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until smooth and fluffy. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly. Pour into prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for about 17 minutes, until set at the edges.
  3. While the crust bakes, prepare the filling.  In the bowl of a food processor, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, strawberry puree, sugar and eggs and process until smooth. Add in flour, baking powder and salt, then pulse until smooth.
  4. Gently pour the filling over the hot crust when it has finished baking. Return pan to oven and bake for 23-26 minutes, until the filling is set (There will be a light colored “crust” on top from the sugar in the custard – nothing to worry about).
  5. Sprinkle the bars with some powdered sugar.  Cool completely before slicing and use a damp knife to ensure clean slices.  Store bars in the refrigerator, especially on a hot day.  Makes 24 bars.

 

Apple Dumplings

A easy tasty pinterest dessert, with a different kind of ingredient. So easy to make, and small amount of ingredients.  When it comes out of the oven the sprite mixes with sugar mixture and makes it a goey tasty mixture. Thanks Southern Bite! 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 apple
  • 1 8-count tube of crescent rolls (8 oz)
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 6 oz Sprite

Instructions:

  1. Core and peel apple into eight slices.
  2. Open can of crescent rolls and unroll. Place one apple slice on the wide end of one crescent and roll it up in the crescent.
  3. Place into a greased 8×8 (or 9×9) pan.
  4. In a small bowl combine melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, and flour and mix until just combined.
  5. Spoon over each crescent
  6. Pour Sprite into empty space in the middle of pan (NOT over the crescents).
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes or until crescents are golden brown.
  8. Serve with ice cream!!