Monday, May 25, 2015

Vanilla-Raspberry Sundaes + Spoon Shaped Cookies = Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day friends!

I just want to say how proud I am to be an American and how proud I am to live in this beautiful country. 
Land of the free, home of the brave.
Today, we remember all the brave men and women who died for our country. We truly thank and remember them today.






Yesterday, I made the above flag cake, which is so much fun for me to make during the summer holidays. My kiddos love it and it's super fun to share with a big group!
I'll have more about the cake and our fun party with friends tomorrow on the weekend recap!
But for today, I wanted to share the dessert I made for our Memorial Day dinner. It is easy, fun for kiddos and adults and you can make it for 4th of July also! 

The awesome detail about this dessert? EDIBLE SPOONS. That's right - you can eat your sundae with a spoon that you can pop right in your mouth and eat also. How cool it that?! :)
Your kiddos (and your guests!) will be jumping for joy!

The biggest part of this dessert is baking the edible spoons. The ice cream is store bought - which makes everything easy so we can enjoy more time together as a family. Don't get me wrong, I would LOVE to make my own ice cream and I can't believe we don't have an ice cream maker yet, so that is definitely on the must have kitchen items list.



Alright, let's start cooking!


First, you will need to sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together...




Then cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy...






Next, mix in the egg and vanilla extract...






Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until the dough comes together...






Shape the dough into 2 round discs and refrigerate for at least 1 hour






Take the discs out of the refrigerator and cut out the spoon template...






Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut out the spoon shapes with a paring knife...









Place spoons on a cookie sheet and put in the freezer for 15 minutes. Then bake and cool...





Now for the best part... EATING! Oh my gosh - my family went NUTS for this dessert!!
I am telling you, you are going to love it, love it. You can even make the spoons days in advance, scoop the ice cream into pretty bowls and voila! Beautiful, festive, patriotic dessert!









Seriously, the tartness of the raspberry sorbet, combined with the creamy richness of the vanilla ice cream and the burst of flavor from the blueberries... it's like a happy dance in your mouth! Oh, and the spoons are super sturdy - when you are done, you can eat them (the spoons taste absolutely delightful)! Well, if you can resist waiting to pop it in your mouth! ;0







Vanilla-Raspberry Sundaes with Spoon Shaped Cookies

(I found this amazing recipe from the incredible Martha Stewart!)


Ingredients:

For the Cookies:

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For The Sundaes:

2 quarts vanilla ice cream, softened
2 quarts Raspberry sorbet, softened
Blueberries, for garnish



Directions:

1. To make cookies:
Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix until dough comes together. Shape dough into 2 discs, wrap each in plastic, and refrigerate at least 1 hour (or up to two days).

2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll out 1 disc of dough to just less than an inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Using a paring knife, cut out spoon shapes, each about 3 inches long. Get spoon template HERE.

3. Transfer to baking sheets. Chill in freezer for 15 minutes. Roll out scraps, and repeat once. 

4. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, about 12 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.


5. To make the sundaes: 
In 8 small bowls, layer 1/4 cup ice cream, 1/2 cup sorbet, and another 1/4 ice cream. Garnish each sundae with blueberries and serve with 2 or 3 cookie spoons.



Did you know that today is also National Wine Day?!

Well, of course I had to celebrate! :)




I hope you are your family had a wonderful, relaxing Memorial Day!

I am linking up with Tina and Deborah for Meatless Monday today! Go and check out their awesome blogs for wonderful recipes and much more!!


What are your family Memorial Day traditions?

Do you cook a big meal or go to relative or friends homes?

Have you ever run a Memorial Day race?


Happiness Is Running Life!

xo,
Natalie

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