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Recipe: Snow Queen Cocktail

Recipe: Snow Queen Cocktail

Ingredients

3 fl oz white chocolate liqueur
2 fl oz vodka
1 fl oz peppermint schnapps, plus extra for rim of glass
2 tbsp heavy cream
cup white, red or green sanding sugar for rim

Directions

Using some peppermint schnapps, wet the rim of a martini or coupe glass. Dip in sanding sugar until rim is coated.

In a cocktail shaker, combine white chocolate liqueur with vodka, schnapps and heavy cream.

Fill shaker with ice and shake well.

Strain mixture into the prepared glass and serve.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Cream Cheese Lemon Coconut Cookies

Recipe: Cream Cheese Lemon Coconut Cookies

Ingredients

4 oz full fat cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus zest from 1 lemon (about 1 tbsp)
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Kosher salt
2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup sweetened shredded coconut

Directions

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in the sugar and mix on medium speed for 5 minutes until fluffy and lighter in color.

Mix in the egg, vanilla, zest, lemon juice, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Mix for one minute until well combined, scarping down the bowl as needed. Mix in the coconut.

Turn the mixer to low and mix in the flour until just combined.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit with the racks in the middle.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place scoop 2 inches pieces of dough, rolling them into balls. Place onto the baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minuets or until the edges are lightly brown. Do not over bake.

Remove from the oven and let cool a few minutes before transferring to cooling racks to cool completely.

~ Marla Meridith

Cran Raspberry Mimosas

Celebrate the New Year or enjoy for brunch these Cranberry Raspberry Mimosas are absolutely delicious! A festive cocktail recipe that will add JOY to any occasion.

6 cocktails

1 cup sweetened cranberry raspberry juice
1 bottle dry Champagne or sparkling wine (Prosecco or cava)
fresh raspberries
fresh mint

Pour 1/4 cup (2 ounces) crane raspberry juice into each Champagne flute. Top with Champagne, a few raspberries and fresh mint.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Sparkling Pear Champagne Cocktail

This sparkling cocktail is the perfect way to ring in the New Year or any special occasion.

2 cocktails

2 oz pear juice (no added sugar)
2 oz Poire Williams (pear brandy)
8 oz chilled dry Champagne or sparkling wine (Prosecco or Cava)
thinly sliced fresh pear, for garnish (optional)

Pour the pear juice and Poire Williams into two Champagne flutes. Top with Champagne. Garnish with fresh pear slices.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Make the holidays extra special with this delicious Cranberry Upside Down Cake recipe.

4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
9 ounces (2 2/3 cups) fresh cranberries
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
FOR THE BATTER:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, separated
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
—topping
1/4 cup chopped candied ginger

Preheat oven to 350 degrees with the rack in the middle.
Prepare the topping: Put butter and brown sugar in a 9-inch round cake pan, place the oven. As the sugar dissolves, stir once so the mixture spreads evenly over the pan. When the sugar starts to bubble and caramelize, remove pan from the oven and allow to cool.
In a small bowl, combine the cranberries and orange juice. Toss to coat berries well. Spread the berries evenly in the pan. Drizzle with any juice remaining in bowl. Set pan aside, and prepare the cake batter.
Prepare the batter: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until pale, light and fluffy. Add vanilla, and beat in egg yolks one at a time, scraping bowl once or twice. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, ending with dry ingredients. Set batter aside.
Using electric mixer, whisk the egg whites with cream of tartar until whites are stiff enough to hold a slight peak.
Fold whites into batter 1/3 at a time. Spoon batter into prepared pan, and spread it evenly over cranberries. Bake until top is browned and cake pulls away slightly from edges of pan, 30-35 minutes (add 5-10 minutes if you live at high altitude). Test for doneness with a wooden skewer, cake is ready when it comes out virtually crumb free.
Let cake cool for 15 minutes before turning onto a serving plate. Top with the candied ginger. Serve with lightly sweetened whipped cream if desired.

This recipe is a slight variation of Alice Waters’s Cranberry Upside-Down Cake.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Pumpkin Dutch Baby with Caramelized Apples

Taste the beautiful days of fall with this Cast Iron Skillet Pumpkin Dutch Baby with Caramelized Apples recipe. Delicious and so easy to prepare! Great for breakfast, brunch or any time at all!

4 servings

–for the Dutch Baby
4 large eggs
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin purée
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
5 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
pinch of kosher salt
–for the caramelized apples
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
pinch of ground cinnamon
2-3 pink lady honey crisp apples, cut into thin wedges
powdered sugar, whipped cream or ice cream, for serving

Preheat the oven to 425° with the rack in the middle.
Place a 10″ cast-iron skillet on the rack and heat while you make the batter.
Make the Dutch Baby: Combine the eggs, flour, coconut milk, pumpkin purée, brown sugar, vanilla, pumpkin spice, and salt in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Remove the skillet from the oven and add 2 tablespoons butter, swirl to melt it.
Pour the batter in the hot pan and put the skillet back in the oven. Bake until the pancake is puffy and golden brown, 21 to 24 minutes.
While the pancake is baking, make the Caramelized Apples: Heat a medium cast iron skillet over medium heat. Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter, add the maple syrup, vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften, become fragrant and the sauce thickens. 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat but keep warm.
Serve the Dutch baby with powdered sugar, homemade whipped cream, topped with the apples and any juices left in the skillet.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe for Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies will quickly become your favorite. They come together super quickly and will be devoured in minutes!

10 cookies

1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Prepare a cookie sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
Place the butter in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat. Continue to cook, swirling the pan often. The butter will foam and then it will make popping and cracking sounds. Watch carefully, when it is nearly done making sounds it will start to form brown bits. Cook for another minute or so then pour the butter into a heat proof bowl to cool a bit.
In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In another large bowl, with a spatula mix together the brown butter and brown sugar until well combined. Mix in the egg and the vanilla. Mix the dry mixture into the wet in 3 additions until well combined. Transfer to a clean work surface and combine the cookie dough with lightly floured hands. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Place large scoops (3 tablespoons) of dough onto the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 17-19 minutes until the cookies are slightly golden brown. Transfer to racks to cool.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

We can’t get enough of these absolutely Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies. The recipe is Simple and quick to prepare. Great for work and after-school snacking.

24 cookies

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup raw turbinado sugar for rolling

Pre heat oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit. Lightly spray two cookie sheets with baking spray or line with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together both flours, baking soda and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and light brown sugar for about 3 minutes. Mix in the egg and vanilla until just blended. Add the flour mixture in two additions until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Roll the cookie dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in the turbinado sugar. Place 12 dough balls onto each baking sheet. Press each cookie down with a fork with a crisscross pattern. Lightly sprinkle the tops with any extra sugar.
Bake for about 10 minutes, or until cookies are lightly golden brown on the top. Let cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store at room temperature, covered for up to 5 days.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Blueberry and Bubbles Champagne Punch

Make this delicious Blueberries and Bubbles Punch recipe for New Year’s Eve, only a few ingredients make this the perfect cocktail!

8 cocktails

–blueberry syrup
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup granulated sugar
–for the punch
1 cup chilled St. Germain (elderflower liquor)
one 750ml bottle your favorite Brut Champagne
1 cup fresh blueberries
coarse sugar to rim glasses

Blueberry Syrup: In a medium sauce pan, combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of blueberries. Bring to a light simmer until the blueberries start to burst and release juices. To make the process quicker, mash the blueberries on the edge of the pan with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat, and pour the sugar and stir to dissolve. Turn off the heat, and let the syrup sit for an hour or so to cool. With a fine mesh sieve, strain out the solid ingredients. You can store this syrup in a well sealed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Rim Champagne flutes with the coarse sugar.
Make the punch: Pour the St. Germain into a large punch bowl. Mix in the blueberry syrup. Pour the Champagne, let the bubbles subside and gently stir. Add in the fresh blueberries. Serve immediately so you don’t loose the bubbles.

You can also use Cava or Prosecco in this recipe.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: French 75 Cocktail

Serve this celebratory French 75 Cocktail recipe, a bubbly treat for any occasion! Great for New Year’s Eve or any time you crave a bubbly toast!

1 cocktail

1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 oz gin
3 oz Brut Champagne

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the lemon juice, simple syrup & gin. Shake well & strain into a chilled champagne flute or coupe glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist & a few raspberries.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Peppermint Snowball Cookies

I love regular snowball cookies, but add crushed peppermint candies and you have something even more special for holiday entertaining or cookie exchanges!

24 snowball cookies

–cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies (about 20)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
–topping
1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies (about 10)
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit. Line one cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed for 30 seconds.
Add the powdered sugar, crushed peppermint candies, the vanilla, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Beat in the flour in two additions, mixing in any additional flour with a spatula.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight before baking. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until cookies are set and bottoms are light golden.
Cool on the cookie sheets for a few minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
In a bowl combine the 1/4 cup peppermint candies and 3/4 cup powdered sugar.
Roll the cookies in the powdered sugar mixture so they are well covered.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Milk Punch

We love this Milk Punch recipe, flavored with vanilla, brown sugar, nutmeg and rum. Serve this delicious cocktail hot or iced!

4 cocktails

3 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon & more for topping
8 ounces light rum (this also tastes really good with Irish whiskey)
You can also add a pinch of ground ginger and/or cocoa powder

Bring all ingredients (excluding rum) to scald over medium-low heat. Stir constantly to dissolve the sugar & to not burn the milk. After 5 minutes remove from the heat, divide evenly into glasses. Top each with 2 ounces of rum.
To serve cold. Fill glasses with ice, rum & top with milk mixture.
Top all drinks with some brown sugar & cinnamon.

~ Marla Meridith