Pumpkin Pie Soda Float

I’m just surrounded by people with good ideas lately.  Last week a friend provided the inspiration for my Chocolate Dipped Double Caramel Apple Oreos (you heard me right – go check ’em out if you haven’t already) and then over the weekend my mom and brother gave me the idea for this:

Pupmkin Pie Soda Float | Shake Bake and Party

My brother had picked up some Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda from Wegmans a few weeks ago and he brought me two bottles.  I had them in the fridge, waiting for a day that felt a bit like fall (it was almost 90 in Jersey just last week) and Sunday turned out to be the day.

I had plans to just drink the soda while daydreaming about Halloween until my mom mentioned a conversation she had with my brother about adding some vanilla ice cream to it and turning it into a float.  So then I had to go to the grocery store in the middle of Sunday afternoon, which I usually try to avoid (you know how mobbed the grocery store gets the few days before Christmas?  That’s how our Wegmans is EVERY WEEKEND) to buy some vanilla ice cream.

Pumpkin Pie Soda Float | Shake Bake and Party

I have sadly developed some kind of adult onset lactose intolerance (seriously, I couldn’t have developed an allergy to cauliflower or something?) so I got vanilla almond milk ice cream.  You can obviously use any kind of vanilla ice cream – the creamier the better!  I didn’t have any on hand, but you could top this off with a drizzle of caramel sauce if you like things to be fantastic.

This was really good, and makes an easy fun treat for the kiddos if you have them.  You could also make an adult version by adding a splash of Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka which, of course, I did.  Either way you’ll end up with a glass of cold, creamy, pumpkin-y deliciousness.

Pumpkin Pie Soda Float

Ingredients

Pumpkin Pie Soda
Vanilla Ice Cream (or other flavor of your choosing)
Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka (optional)
Caramel Sauce (optional for garnish)

Directions

1. Pour chilled Pumpkin Pie Soda into a glass.  If using the vodka add a splash and give it a stir.
2. Add as many scoops of ice cream as your little heart desires
3. Top with caramel sauce (optional)

Spiked Pumpkin Pie Soda Float |Shake Bake and Party

Chocolate Dipped Double Caramel Apple Oreos

I have a problem with Nabisco and all these new Oreo flavors they keep coming out with.  Cookie dough, banana split, Reese’s, fruit punch… Don’t they know I have a hard enough time not eating an entire package of regular Oreos?!  I managed to survive the summer without going completely hog wild but then they had to go and make caramel apple flavored Oreos.

CARAMEL. APPLE. OREOS.

I love caramel apple.  Please enter exhibits A, B and C into evidence:

A. The BEST freaking drink I have ever made – the Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail.
B. Super yummy and super easy Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies.
C. My “disgustingly good” Pumpkin Caramel Apple Magic Bars.

I started seeing these new fall flavored Oreos all over Instagram about two weeks ago.  I heard they would be available at “select” Target stores.  I had to have them.  I couldn’t find them.

So I did what any normal person would do in such a situation.  Last Friday, I asked all my coworkers before we went home to look for them if they ended up at a Target over the weekend.  That is how I scored a package.  Then they popped up in my Target so I bought two more.

I tried one and they were pretty good but they weren’t quite caramel-y enough for me.  I mentioned this to a very wise friend who immediately suggested dipping them in caramel (thanks Greg!).  I loved the idea but was worried about the stickiness factor so I decided that not only would I cover the cookies in caramel, I would also cover them in chocolate!

                                              Caramel Covered Oreos

Chocolate Dipped Oreos

You’re welcome.

Chocolate Dipped Double Caramel Apple Oreos - An easy fall treat from Shake Bake and Party

These were really easy to make!  They took me about an hour and a half start to finish – no baking necessary! – and they were a HUGE hit at work.  I love it when you get such a big payoff for minimal effort!

Chocolate Dipped Double Caramel Apple Oreos

Ingredients

2 packages of Caramel Apple Oreos
1 (14 oz) package of caramels, unwrapped
2 Tbsp water
2 (12 oz) packages of semi-sweet chocolate chips (melting chocolate or chocolate bars would also work)

Directions

1. Line two baking sheets with wax paper and lay out 3 dozen of the Caramel Apple Oreos.

2. Melt the unwrapped caramels and 2 Tbsp of water (you could also use heavy cream instead) in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.

3. Spoon the melted caramel on top of the Oreos.  I just kept the caramel on the burner and worked on the counter next to it.  Keeping the caramel warm prevented it from starting to harden back up while I was working with it.  Once the Oreos are topped with the caramel put them in the refrigerator until the caramel is set – about 15 minutes.

4. While the cookies are chilling in the fridge melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler, or in the microwave.

5. After the caramel has set dip the Oreos into the melted chocolate, making sure all sides are covered.  I dropped the Oreo caramel side down into the chocolate, and using two forks made sure the sides were covered before flipping it over to cover the bottom. Lift the cookie out with one of the forks and place back on the wax paper lined cookie sheets.

6. Once all the Oreos have been dipped let them sit until the chocolate has hardened.  Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place and they should keep for a few weeks.  Not that they will last that long!

Chocolate Dipped Double Caramel Apple Oreos - Simple yet decadent fall flavored treats!

Full disclosure: For some reason, on only some of the Oreos, the caramel oozed through the chocolate.  I’m not sure why this happened, so if you are an expert in candy making and can provide some kind of explanation or tips on preventing this, please leave me a comment!

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The leaky caramel didn’t really matter though because these cookies are FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!  The caramel and chocolate combined with the golden Oreo cookie are reminiscent of a Twix bar.  Add in the caramel apple flavor of the cookie filling and you have a decadent treat inspired by the flavors of fall!

Chocolate Dipped Double Caramel Apple Oreos

Of course, after I finished making these I saw a new Instagram post with a picture of Pumpkin Spice Oreos! Oh Nabisco, why do you do these things to me?!

Oh, right.  So I can make stuff like this!!

Decadent Chocolate Dipped Double Caramel Apple Oreos from Shake Bake and Party

If you’d like to see MY picture of the Pumpkin Spice Oreos when I get my hands on them be sure to follow me on Instagram!

 

Saturday Night Sips – Classed Up Creamsicle

I think I may have found my go-to summer cocktail!  It is super easy to make and even easier to consume.

Classed Up Creamsicle | Shake Bake and Party

A few weeks ago I was feeling rather fancy so I picked up a bottle of blood orange soda at the grocery store.  Never had it before, but any kind of orange soda can’t be bad.  It’s a swankier version of good old Orange Crush.  So of course, when you mix it with some Moscato and a splash of Pinnacle Whipped you get a Classed Up Creamsicle.

Classed Up Creamsicle | Shake Bake and Party

Classed Up Creamsicle

Ingredients

Moscato (I used Flip Flop Left Coast Moscato)
Blood Orange Soda (got mine at Wegmans)
Pinnacle Whipped Vodka

Directions

Pour a splash of Pinnacle Whipped into a champagne flute.  Fill the glass half way with Moscato, and top off with the blood orange soda.  Try not to make everyone jealous with how fabulous you look while sipping this down.

Classed Up Creamsicle | Shake Bake and Party

This would make a great brunch cocktail, an al fresco lunch cocktail, a lounging on the patio cocktail, after dinner cocktail… I think you get the hint.  Make it.  Drink it.  Enjoy!

Classed Up Creamsicle Cocktail from Shake Bake and Party

 

 

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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!

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!