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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Baked Hummus Spinach Dip

Here is a recipe I got from Lo Bosworth. Were BFFLs!!! jk I wish, I just follow her on instagram. This recipe is great because its a healthy alternative to other dips and it kind of tastes like some sort of artichoke dip.

Ingredients:

  • 7 oz container of Sabra Hummus ( I used garlic because I love garlic)
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • Stacy’s Pita Chips ( I used triscuits)

Process:

  1. Put Spinach and garlic n food processor and pulse until garlic has been diced and spinach is small.
  2. Mix together yogurt and egg in a bowl.
  3. Combine all ingredients, and place into oven safe dish.
  4. Drizzle top with olive oil.
  5. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes

I over baked mine because I thought I would see some sort of bubble or browning, neither one happen! So definitely keep it in for 25 minutes and trust that it is ready :)

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Red Berry Sangria

Very easy Sangria, but I wasn’t too big of a fan of the red berry taste!! I made a huge batch and doubled everything in it!!

  •  1 bottle of Barefoot Moscato
  • 1 ounce or 2mL CirocRed Berry vodka ( I bought new amsterdam)
  • 6 diced strawberries
  • 12 diced raspberries
  • 1 can of Sprite

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!!

Emoji Cookies

I was having an emoji party, where everyone was told to come dressed as an emoji. I picked the bride ( obviously). It was a great time, I thought the best dessert would be emoji cookies!

I used store bought sugar cookies I bought two mixes and made it according to the package. This was my first time attempting icing cookies and I was a bit nervous. I had a few pasty bags and tips.

Here is the recipe I followed for the icing: which I doubled

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoon almond extract

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and milk until smooth.

Add in corn syrup, and 1 ½ teaspoons almond extract.  You can use vanilla extract if you wish; but almond really tastes the best here.

To be honest it was bit runny and I should of added more sugar but it was tasty!

I cut all the cookies into circles, with the exception of some triangles for the little poops. Which I pinched on the ends and top to make the curves of the poop.

First I covered all of the cookies with yellow icing, and some with “red” for the angry faces. The triangles were covered in brown.

I tried to make every emoji possible, I wish I took more pictures, but it was definitely fun to create all the different faces. I made pink and blue for accents, like the heart emojis or crying. They were all surprisingly easy to make! They would make a great gift for someone too!

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Steak Au Jus Sandwhiches

One of the easiest recipes I made in a long time, not to mention so tasty! A great middle of the week dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 4lb Rump Roast ( I used a 2lb one)
  • 12 oz beer ( I used pale ale, DELICIOUS!)
  • One can of french onion soup
  • One can of beef broth
  • I also threw in a fresh onion

Instructions:

Throw everything in a crock pot and cook on low for 7 hours! If you want you can take meat out and slice about 6 hours into it and place back in crock pot to soak flavors.

I used french baguette for the sandwich, and scooped the juice to put on the side to dip.

Dorrito Pie

This sounds crazy but it is so good!!! Sort of like a trailer park pie! Unique and tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco mix
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese ( I used whatever I had)
  • 3 cups crushed dorritos
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 stick melted butter ( I used 1/4 cup)

Steps:

  1. Cook ground beef according to package. Cook. add mix, add water drain grease.
  2. Take crescent roll triangles and lay into pie pan, tips of triangle arranged in middle, and press seams together.
  3. sprinkle half of dorritos into crust
  4. spoon ground beef over
  5. mix sour cream and salsa, spoon over pie.
  6. cover with cheese
  7. cover with rest of dorritos
  8. pour melted butter over
  9. bake in oven at 400 degrees for 20 mins or until golden brown.

I topped with lettuce, olives and tomatoes!

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Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza

This was a recipe Alyssa made us for Tuesday night dinner one tuesday this summer. When Joe, Erik and I were having a pizza bake off, I decided to make this pizza. I knew what was on it but didn’t have a recipe so I did it my own way. The problem with this pizza is it tastes SO GOOD. But the ingredients are SO expensive.

Ingredients:

1Onion

1 Tbl butter

Figs ( I used figs in their juice from stop and shop)

Goat Cheese

Mozzarella Shredded Cheese

Nan Bread (plain)

 

You can switch up the ingredients but this is what I used. First caramelize the onions, with butter and bit of brown sugar.

Spread onions over Nan bread, along with fig, and fig sauce,  crumble goat cheese and sprinkle that over pizza. Finish with mozzarella in any empty spots. Throw into oven until everything is melted.

Makes a good app or a meal! It tastes so good!