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Cookies, Cupcakes and Cocktails – Good Things Start With The Letter C!


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No-Bake Limoncello Raspberry Cheesecakes

Is there an ingredient that you always associate with a specific recipe?  Every single time I hear or read the word “Limoncello”, I think of this Limoncello Raspberry Torte recipe that I found on the Food Network website.  I made it for a party once, and it was so delicious and so different that it really stuck with me.  I have made it a few times since then, and when I saw that the ingredient for this month’s Spiked Recipe Challenge was Limoncello I knew immediately that I wanted to do a riff on that recipe.

No Bake Limoncello Raspberry Cheesecakes | Shake Bake and Party

Participants in the Spiked Recipe Challenge have to use the month’s chosen ingredient to make anything other than a cocktail.  In this recipe the raspberries are soaked in Limoncello AND there’s a bit of it in the cheesecake filling.  I like to double dip when it comes to my booze. ;-)  For the last Spiked Challenge I participate in I made a goat cheese cheesecake and I loved the tangy flavor so much that I decided to incorporate goat cheese into this recipe as well!

No Bake Limoncello Raspberry Cheesecakes | Shake Bake and Party

No-Bake Limoncello Raspberry Cheesecakes
(Raspberry topping from Claire Robinson’s Limoncello Torte and No-Bake Cheesecake filling adapted from No-Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Pots from Woman’s Day Magazine)

For Raspberry Topping:

2 pints of raspberries, divided
4 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
4 tablespoons Limoncello

In a small bowl mix 1 pint of raspberries, the confectioners’ sugar and Limoncello and mash with a fork.  Refrigerate for 20 minutes or longer.  While this is in the refrigerator prepare the crust and cheesecake filling.

For Shortbread Crust:

1 and 1/2 cups crushed shortbread cookies
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Crush shortbread cookies in a sealed bag using a rolling pin, or in a food processor.  In a small bowl, combine the crushed cookies and melted butter.

For the Cheesecake Filling:

8 oz cream cheese, softened
8 oz goat cheese, softened
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
8 oz whipped topping, thawed
1 tablespoon Limoncello

Using an electric mixer beat cream cheese, goat cheese and sugar until smooth.  Beat in the lemon juice.  With the mixer on low, incorporate the whipped topping.

To assemble:

Fold the remaining pint of raspberries into the Limoncello Raspberry mixture, trying to keep these berries whole.  Spoon cookie crumbs into jars.  Top with cheesecake filling (I used a piping bag), raspberry topping and refrigerate for at least two hours.  Before serving add a shot of whipped cream to the top if you like (who wouldn’t?!).  This recipe made enough for me to fill 8 half pint mason jars.

If you don’t like goat cheese, you could just use 16 oz of cream cheese instead!

No Bake Limoncello Raspberry Cheesecakes | Shake Bake and Party

Many thanks to Julie from This Gal Cooks and Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama for hosting another fun Spiked Recipe Challenge!  Make sure you visit them to check out their creations and those of all the other participants!  There are always tons of great recipes submitted during these challenges!

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Easter Cookies – Chicks, Eggs and Bunny Butts

I had a ton of fun making this year’s batch of Easter cookies!

Easter Chick Cookie | Shake Bake and Party

Decorated Egg Cookie | Shake Bake and Party

I found the little PEEPS candy toppers at Michael’s craft store.  Aren’t they adorable?!

PEEPS Egg Cookie | Shake Bake and Party

Bunny Butt Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

Hope everyone who celebrates has a lovely Easter!


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Easter Cake Cocktail

You didn’t think I’d let Easter come and go without giving you at least one holiday-appropriate cocktail, did you?  Despite the fact that Mother Nature has obviously lost her flipping mind it is in the 80s today here in Jersey (after being cold enough for winter jackets last week) I am trying to stay in the Spring/Easter spirit.  This cocktail definitely put me in the right frame of mind!!

Easter Cake Cocktail | Shake Bake and Party

Cocont, lemon, white chocolate…. Hmmmmm.  Kind of sounds like a liquid version of my Lemon Coconut Magic Bars, doesn’t it?!  They were a hit, and I am sure this will be too!

Easter Cake Cocktail | Shake Bake and Party

Easter Cake Cocktail

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
1 oz Drillaud White Cocoa Creme de Cacao (or any white chocolate liqueur)
.5 oz Limoncello
2 oz half & half/milk/coconut milk
2 tsp white cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
ice
Whipped cream and sprinkles for garnish (optional)

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, combine rum, creme de cacao, limoncello, half & half and cake mix.  Stir to incorporate cake mix into the liquid before adding ice and shaking till cold.  Pour into glass and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.  You could also use coconut flakes as a garnish instead of sprinkles.

* Please note that for these photos I doubled the recipe to fill the mason jar.

Easter Cake Cocktail | Shake Bake and Party

Even though I have named this drink after the upcoming holiday, it would make a lovely summer drink as well.  You could even blend in some vanilla or coconut ice cream to make a Lemon Coconut Cake Shake!

Easter Cake Cocktail | Shake Bake and Party

Do you have a favorite Easter cocktail?  Leave a comment letting me know what it is!  I am always looking for holiday themed drink recipes!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!


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Lemon Coconut Magic Bars

Hi all!  Is it finally starting at act like spring where you are?  I think the temperature here in NJ actually got above 60 degrees today!  Of course, it’s supposed to be all crappy and rainy today but that’s okay because I just baked a batch of sunshine last night.  :-)  Lemon cake, coconut flakes, Lemon Creme Oreos, pretty pastel White Chocolate M&M’s.  These Lemon Coconut Magic Bars look like spring and taste like summer!

Lemon Coconut Magic Bars | Shake Bake and Party

 

Lemon Coconut Magic Bars
Adapted from Samoa Magic Bars by The Domestic Rebel

Ingredients

1 box of lemon cake mix
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup Easter White Chocolate M&M’s
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup coconut flakes
10 Lemon Creme Oreos
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Line a 13×9 inch pan with foil, spray the foil lightly with cooking spray and set aside.  (I used a metal, nonstick pan.  The baking times may vary if you use glass.)

2.  In a large bowl combine the cake mix, egg and butter until a soft dough forms.  Press the dough evenly in the bottom of the pan.  Bake for 10 minutes.

3.  While the dough is baking, roughly chop the Oreos into small pieces and measure out the M&M’s, white chocolate chips and coconut flakes.

4.  Remove the pan from the oven and pour about 3/4 of the sweetened condensed milk on top of the cake.  Next, evenly cover the cake with the chopped Oreos, white chocolate chips, coconut flakes and White Chocolate M&M’s.  Drizzle the remaining sweetened condensed milk on top.

5.  Return to the oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes.

6.  Remove from the oven.  Allow the bars to set at room temperature until cool before cutting into bars.  I stored mine overnight in a covered container in the refrigerator before taking them in to work the next day, but according to the original recipe these will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for several days.

Lemon Coconut Magic Bars | Shake Bake and Party

I’ll be honest – this might be the best (non-alcoholic) thing I’ve made to date.  The house smelled wonderful while it was baking, the lightness of the lemon and the coconut flavors keep it from being TOO sweet and I just love the colors of the M&M’s.  This would be an easy treat to make for Easter, or for the weekend, or for Monday…  You really don’t need any reason to make these bars other than the fact that they are absolutely delicious!

Lemon Coconut Magic Bars | Shake Bake and Party

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope you all have a great weekend!


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Mounds Cake Mix Cookies

It’s been a while since I shared any cake mix cookies with you, hasn’t it?  Never fear though, I whipped up a batch that is perfect for Easter!  I found Mounds flavored pudding at the store a few weeks ago; chocolate and coconut – one of my favorite flavor combinations!  I thought that cake mix cookies made with the Mounds pudding would go wonderfully with the Coconut M&M’s I couldn’t resist when I was at Target last week!

Mounds Cake Mix Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

 

Mounds Cake Mix Cookies
(adapted from Funfetti Cheesecake Cookies by Kitchen Meets Girl)

Ingredients

1 box white cake mix
1 box Mounds instant pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/3 cup spring colored sprinkles
Coconut M&M’s

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2.  Combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil and eggs in a medium bowl until a dough forms.  Mix in the spring sprinkles.
3.  Roll dough into small balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.  Flatten the cookie balls slightly with your palm.
4.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and immediately press two (or three) coconut M&M’s into the top of each cookie. Let cool for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Mounds Cake Mix Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

These are chewy and delicious, and perfect for those of us who still want some chocolate with our spring-time treats!

Mounds Cake Mix Cookies | Shake Bake and Party


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Orange Peepsicle Cookies

I don’t care what Mother Nature says.  So what if there is MORE snow in the forecast this week?!  It is SPRING and I have the cookies to prove it!!

Creamsicle Cookies with Orange Cream PEEPS | Shake Bake and Party

If you know me, you know that I am a PEEPS freak and I am loving all the new flavors I have been finding in the stores lately.  Valentine’s Day brought cherry dipped in chocolate and strawberry creme, and now for Easter I have discovered orange creme PEEPS.  I also found Pillsbury Creamsicle cookie mix, and I thought what would could more fun than an Orange Peepsicle Cookie?

These are so easy to make!  All you need is a box of the Pillsbury Creamsicle cookie mix, one stick of butter, one egg, a tub of Pillsbury Whipped Supreme Vanilla Frosting, Orange Creme PEEPS and sprinkles in lovely spring colors.

Orange Peepsicle Cookie Ingredients

To make: Prepare the cookie mix and bake according to the directions on the box.  Once the cookies have cooled, spread on the frosting, sprinkle on the sprinkles and top with an Orange Creme PEEP! The only problem is that I haven’t been able to find the Orange Creme PEEPS in a package larger than the three pack pictured above.  Since the cookie mix makes about 2 dozen cookies and you might not want to buy 8 packs of PEEPS, you can make cookie sandwiches with any of the leftover cookies!

Orange Peepsicle Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

These are so delicious!  The chewy creamsicle cookie, the fluffy vanilla frosting and the even fluffier PEEP on top – it is the perfect combination of textures and flavors.  Perfect for stuffing into your face during the 16th, (17th? I’m losing track!) winter storm of the year!

Orange Peepsicle Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

These will also be a perfect treat to make for the kids (or grownups like me!) when Easter rolls around!  Hopefully we won’t be doing egg hunts in snow drifts!

Orange Peepsicle Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

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St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

Are you looking for a easy, but totally festive dessert to make for St. Patrick’s Day?  Look no further!!

Super Simple St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes | Shake Bake and Party

Take a white boxed cake mix and prepare according to the directions on the box.  Before baking, add orange food coloring or gel paste until you reach the desired shade.  After the cupcakes have baked and cooled, whip up a batch of your favorite vanilla frosting (here’s mine!).  Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and garnish with the green candies of your choice.  I used Mint M&M’s, but you could just pick out the green ones from a plain bag, use Skittles, green Sixlets or even jellybeans since they are already popping up in the stores.

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes | Shake Bake and Party

If you prefer a more liquid St. Paddy’s Day treat I have a few cocktails for you to check out!  There’s the Whipped Popsicle (it’s the perfect shade of green!), Summer Green Sangria, and the Drunken Irish Potato!  Everyone have fun and remember to drink responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day.  That means that for every cocktail you drink, you should also have a cupcake!

Easy St. Paddy's Day Cupcakes | Shake Bake and Party

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