Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Dough Ice Cream

 

Sometimes I go to sleep at night wondering if I’m done. I think “what if my creativity fails me and I have no new recipes”. Then, somehow, I wake up the next morning literally flooded with all new ideas and recipes. So many in fact, that usually by the time I get half way through writing them down I can’t even remember what they all were!

Lucky for my family that this idea stuck with me, because I when I say it was a huge hit, that is a complete understatement. 

Anyone that has eaten a meal by my house knows that by the time you get to dessert, dessert  is no longer necessary. Ha. Just kidding. Dessert is always necessary. So, I always know that when I make my desserts they don’t usually get finished. Everyone takes a small sample from each dessert but seconds are not really requested since stomach space has dwindled to no nothing. 

Then, this ice cream happened. 

There were seconds and thirds until people were using their fingers to scrape up any leftover remnants from the dish. 

It was so well balanced in taste and texture. The ice cream was smooth and creamy. The homemade strawberry jam was slightly tart and fruity. The oatmeal lace cookies were crunchy and caramelized. And the cookie dough. Sigh. Do I really need to explain the perfection that is cookie dough. I think not. 

So, although this recipe requires a few steps, it was worth every single ounce of effort you put into it. Plus, because a lot of the steps require “chill” time you can spread out the work over the course of a week so that it doesn’t get over whelming. The jam can stay in the fridge for a week and the lace cookies and cookie dough can be made up to a month in advance and frozen until your ready to use them. 

I’m going to divide up the recipes so that you can pick and choose what to make and use any elements of this recipe (Like the ice cream) as a base to make tons of different dishes!

I really hope you all enjoy!!!

For the printable Ice Cream recipe click here

For the printable Strawberry Jam recipe click here

For the printable Oatmeal Lace Cookie recipe click here

For the printable Cookie Dough recipe click here

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Chanukah Churros with a Salted Condensed Milk Caramel Sauce

 

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There are two ways to do holidays.

The first way, or should I say the more responsible way, is to anticipate the holidays’ approach anywhere from two to three weeks before it arrives. Think about what type of holiday you want to have. Is it a party with friends, chilled family time, casual decor or a DIY creative decor kind of holiday? Then, figure out a plan where you do a little bit everyday so that by the time the holiday arrives you can just sit back and enjoy all the fruits of your labor.  

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The other option is to just relax, wait until about 48 hours before the holiday is going to begin and do every single thing you need to do to prepare in those two days. Then, as the sun starts to set by the end of the second day, you rationalize why most of the things left on your to-do list, that you didn’t have time to get to, are actually completely unnecessary and just cross them off. As the holiday finally begins, you frantically remember that in fact, those to-do list items were important. So you plop your kids down in from of a movie (or 3) and scramble in a fit of heart racing anxiety to make them happen.

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I’d like to say that I, of course, always fall into the first category. But really, I’ve been in both places. Which is why my goal for this year was to be as prepared as possible for each upcoming holiday so that I could spend the most time enjoying it with the people I love! 

To me, this recipe fits in perfectly with my plan. The churros will be fried fresh (because reheated churros are shnasty) but all the work to prepare them will be done ahead of time. It’s always a win-win when a recipe is actually supposed to be frozen!

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That means that you can put up your pot of oil to start heating, light the menorah with your kids, sing, play a few games and then when everyones ready for the candle lighting treat, all you have to do is peel your churros off the parchment paper and give ’em a little oil bath! 

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Now that we’ve agreed that these are the perfect fried dessert to be making on Chanukah because of their convenience, I want to tell you why they are actually the prefect dessert to be eaten!

Most importantly, they are so so so so so x infinity, easy to make! It’s the type of recipe that when you read, you automatically think ” woah, thats way too many steps, no waaaaay”, but really, it is so simple! That is why I included pictures of every single step. I wanted you to see that it can actually be broken down into three really easy processes. Boil, Mix, Pipe. Thats it.

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That bring us to the next reason why these absolutely rock. The batter or dough, whatever you want to call it (I think it’s kind of in between the two), is totally kid friendly! It’s sticky enough to stick to itself but because of how much butter is in it, it literally slides right into the piping bag. Then once it’s in the bag you simply give it over to those tiny little hands (that are actually capable of creating disasters totally not proportionate to their size) and let them go to town “drawing” their own creations. I like to tie a rubberband at the top of the bag to ensure that none of the batter/dough (battough?) comes out of the top. Besides for a minor hand washing at the end of the piping activity, it is virtually mess free. Wooooohoooo!

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Lastly, why are these incredible? Because. Fried dough. Cinnamon sugar coated. Salted condensed milk caramel dipping sauce. ‘Nuf said. 

I think by now I’ve convinced you to make these on Chanukah. Really though, they should really be a staple in your house all year long! Ok, fine, not a staple but at least make a more regular appearance. Perhaps, Sunday brunch? 

I really hope you all get to make these but if not, I hope whatever you make this holiday season, you get to share it with the people you love most in this world! 

Happy Holidays,

Danielle

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For the printable Churros recipe click here

For the printable Salted Condensed Milk Caramel recipe click here

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Pumpkin Pie Babka with Lotus Spread Crumbs

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What do you get when you cross the fall with jewish holidays? Pumpkin pie babka. Duh. Its the perfect marriage between the warming spices in a pumpkin pie and the sweet yeasty babka dough. 

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Lets be real, though, for a minute. Most regular pumpkin pies are pretty gross. They usually end up resembling something closer to a baby food pie than anything else. The only good pumpkin pies are the ones that basically don’t look like pumpkin pie at all. They’re topped with mile high mounds of sweet crunchy pecans, crumbled ginger bread cookies or mountains of whipped cream. The soft but not smooth texture of a plain ol’ pumpkin pie just doesn’t cut it. 

The flavors of a pumpkin pie, on the other hand, are AMAZING. Have you ever noticed that every single food in the supermarket that could be turned into pumpkin pie flavor, comes out in the fall? From Oreos to lattes, jello to teas, and energy bars to granola you can basically buy a pumpkin pie in any form.

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So, what do you do when you want to make your own pumpkin pie to serve at the end of your amazing holiday meals? Do you just buy a pack of pumpkin spice oreos and call it a day, or do you serve a mushy baby food version of pumpkin pie?

No way!!!!!!!!!

You take a piece of your challah dough (or you buy a pre-made dough), and you roll up your pumpkin pie into the most comforting of desserts. A huge yummy, warm babka. Then, as if babka-fying your pumpkin pie wasn’t enough, you then decide to up your game a little more and take it over the top with a lotus cookie spread crumb. Now every bite of your pumpkin pie babka is accompanied by the most delicious crumb topping that is laced with the deep dark buttery (but not dairy) caramel-y flavors of the lotus biscoff cookies.

So, this holiday season, that falls out in the depths of apple picking and pumpkin eating season, change things up a little and  turn your pie into a babka!

For the printable Pumpkin Pie Babka recipe, click here.

 

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