Bachelorette Season Finale Party

A couple weekends ago the Bachelorette season finale was on. Of course I invited some girls over to watch it with me and it turned into the first “party” we’d hosted so far in the new place! It was all kinds of fun….and I made a few desserts and some Sangria for refreshments.

First, I found these yummy things and had to try them since they seemed so appropriate for a “Bachelorette” party (and um, they looked delicious for obvious reasons)!

These Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies were just as amazing as the blogger said they would be. Be sure to make them in advance though as they do take quite some time with chilling and rolling and all….

So here’s the recipe which I stole from Culinary Couture and Two Peas & Their Pod (credit and big props go to them!). Notice again that you’ll need to freeze the cream cheese filling for 2 hours and chill the dough for at least 2 hours, so be sure to leave yourself enough time! I never read all the way through a recipe about the chilling part until it’s too late, which is why I’m calling it out here again! 🙂

What You’ll Need:

For the cookies–

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • pinch of vanilla powder (I threw in a little bit of vanilla extract since I didn’t have any powder on hand, and they turned out fine!)

For the cheesecake filling–

  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of vanilla powder (again, I used vanilla extract)

For the white chocolate drizzle
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips, melted

Instructions:
For the cookies
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix and flour. Whisk together until clumps disappear. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the cake mix with the flour, eggs, oil and vanilla and mix until smooth. The dough will be really oily (that’s normal!). Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours.

For the cheesecake filling
Using a hand mixer, combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Using a teaspoon, scoop out balls of cheesecake filling and place on a plate. Continue scooping out cheesecake filling into teaspoon balls until you have 10. Place plate in the freezer and freeze for at least two hours. (I started off making teaspoon balls and realized halfway that I was going to have a lot of filling left over, so I made my balls bigger. If you do this, make sure to use enough dough to completely cover the balls of filling so it doesn’t leak out. You can also just make more than 10 teaspoon balls, and consequently, make smaller cookies to use up all of the balls.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray, or line it with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

To assemble the cookies, take about 1/4 cup of red velvet cookie dough and flatten in your hands. Be ready to get messy! Place a ball of cheesecake filling in the center and wrap the cookie dough around the filling. (If the dough starts to crack when you’re wrapping it around the filling, don’t worry, just press it all together by cupping the dough between both your palms…). Gently roll into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet. Only bake 3-4 cookies at a time because the cookies are pretty big and will spread.

Bake cookies for 11-13 minutes or until they begin to crackle. Let them cool on a baking sheet for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl or over a double-boiler. Drizzle the white chocolate over the cooled cookies.

brownies and red velvet cookies

To go along with the Sangria I made, I wanted to add a little more red to the glasses, so I made these “Wine glass Tags” – my version of wine glass charms that most people use to keep track of and distinguish people’s glasses. I thought it added a little more “Bachelorette” to the night. 🙂

wine glass marker tags

Hope you enjoyed this post! Now let me know if you have any other creative ideas for wine glass charms/tags. And let me know what you think of those cookies if you decide to try making them!

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Creative Stands to Show off your Sweet Treats

I came across this idea on Centsational Girl and decided that today was the day I would try it. She has tons of awesome ideas, so definitely check her blog out if you haven’t already.

Go to see Centsational's how-to

 

Cute, right? And it’s so easy to find cheap mismatched dishes… whether you go to Goodwill or Dollar Tree (which is where I found mine) or if you have some lying around your house that need some love, this is an easy idea you shouldn’t pass up. Especially with Valentines Day coming soon—you’ll need a cute way to display those sweet little treats.

I’ve had a lot of free time this weekend, so I trecked to Home Depot today and bought my supplies. Okay, well, I had to get a few other things while I was there too.

Best Buy bounty

Supplies you’ll need:
supplies 

  • Frosted Glass spray paint (for priming the dishes) $4.98
  • Krylon Colored Spray Paint $3.47/can
  • Silicone adhesive sealant (this is like your “glue”) $3.89
  • Gloves
  • And of course a few unique glasses (goblets, wine glasses, martini glasses,…go crazy!) and dessert plates

Let’s go! If you haven’t spray painted much (like me), watch this helpful video from Centsational Girl!

Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area (preferably outside) so you don’t inhale TOO many fumes. Get as much newspaper out as you can (more than you think you’ll need) or lay down some plastic.

Step 1:
Clean your dishes with soap and water, and dry them thoroughly. Don’t forget to take off sticky price tags if there are any!

Clean!

Step 2:
Start by spraying your dishes inside and out with the glass froster. Hold the can 10-12 inches away and have at it!
Once your dishes are “frosted,” let them dry for at least 10 mins. You might have to turn them over and let the other sides dry for 10 mins too.

Frosty Glasses

Step 3:
Once you have frosty white glasses & plates, turn the plate upside down and place the glass where you will want to glue it. Try to keep it still while you spray so you’ll have a nice ring underneath that will help you know exactly where to draw the silicone ring.

Now grab your colored spray paint and spray spray spray. You might want to do 2-3 coats depending on the look you’re going for. In between coats, turn your plate over and get that side really well. Let  the dishes dry for a couple hours before starting step 4.

shiny black

shiny!

Step 4:
After a few hours, grab your sillicone sealant. Trace the ring you have on the bottom of the plate with the sealant. Use a pretty good amount and then smoosh the glass on top of the layer of silicone. Press down firmly and let dry. Read the instructions to see how long it takes to “cure” but I’d say wait about 12 hours. After that, you’re done and ready to put some treats on these babies!

Ready to serve on!

After 🙂

DIY dessert stands

And one last pictures for those of you looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas! Valentines Day Stands

Note: For my spray paint colors I used Krylon Metallic Silver, Gold, and Black. I’m planning on using the gold and silver ones next year for Christmas and New Years!