All three of us have enjoyed watching The Gilmore Girls TV Show, and are delighted that they are having a reunion! On November 25th, Netflix is debuting FOUR movie length episodes! Can you feel our excitment?!? If you are a fan of the show you have missed Rory, Lane, Emily, Luke and of course Sookie since the series ended.
So, in honor of the return we have planned a Gilmore worthy menu for your watch party-- so make our recipes, invite some friends over and enjoy the show!
First recipe is Casserole Gal Rhonda & her Snowball treats!
Lorelai loves snow and can even smell it coming. This cookie is shaped and looks like a snowball, it is a recipe my Mom made every Christmas growing up. They are delicate like a snowball, with a gentle roll in powder sugar.
7/8 cup softened butter
4 Tb powdered sugar plus 3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 Cups flour
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp water
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Mix butter, 4 Tb powdered sugar, flour. Add vanilla and water, mix well. Add pecans; mix. Dough will be crumbly. Roll in balls the size of walnuts, place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool completely and roll in powdered sugar.
Next is Casserole Gal Rachel with a perfect Gilmore inspired beverage!
Everybody knows how much Lorelai and Rory (especially Lorelai) love coffee. So I made Coffee Punch for Two. Although honestly, these are definitely Gilmore Girl sized portions of coffee. This recipe can be customized to however you want it, you can make the coffee as strong as you want, add as much ice cream as you want, add flavored syrup, whatever! I think this would definitely be a recipe that Lorelai and Rory would love!
20 oz strong coffee
1/2 cup milk
1 cup plus extra chocolate ice cream
1 cup plus extra vanilla ice cream
Once the coffee is brewed, pour it into a large pitcher and put it in the refrigerator. Once it is completely cold (this may take several hours), mix in the milk, then 1 cup each of both ice creams. You can add more or less of the ice cream. Let the coffee and ice cream mixture sit for a few minutes. Meanwhile, drizzle a little chocolate syrup inside of two cups. Once the ice cream in the punch is good and melty, give it a stir and fill the cups about 3/4 of the way full. Top them off with more ice cream and chocolate syrup.
Our last recipe is from Casserole Gal Kristen - an anytime treat!
The Gilmore Girls love their pop tarts! And in true GG fashion, you can eat this pie morning, noon or night. With large cups of coffee, of course....
Pop Tart Pie
1 lb strawberries, rough chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 Tb cornstarch
1 1/2 cups flour
2 Tb sugar
1/2 tsp salt
First, start your filling - simmer the first 3 ingredients till strawberries are soft. Carefully spoon out 1/4 cup of the liquid and whisk in the cornstarch. Once all lumps are made smooth, pour the slurry back into your pot of strawberries. Simmer for just a few more minutes until the mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and cool completely before using in pie.
Next, make your crust! Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Cut butter into chunks and toss into the flour mixture. Using your hands, crumble the butter into pea sized pieces. Add cold water, 1 Tb at a time, mixing with your hands until crust comes together to form a soft ball.
I used a small Rachael Ray casserole dish, but you can use a pie pan, brownie pan, really any smaller shallow dish you want! Roll out dough and place in desired dish - press into the bottom and up the sides, at least two inches. Your sides need to be high enough to fold over the top later. Pour in cool filling and spread evenly. Roll remaining dough and cut to fit the top of the pie (I literally placed my casserole dish on top of my dough and cut around the base.). Carefully place on top of filling and fold over pie sides, pressing very carefully to seal the edges. Brush with the tiniest bit of water to heal seal edges if needed.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, then brush top with 1 egg white and back another 10 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
Let pie cool completely before icing. I used a simple powdered sugar based frosting - 1/4 cup pwd sugar & 2-3 Tb milk - to drizzle over the top before adding my pearl sprinkles.
Slice and Serve! This is delicious with whipped cream or ice cream. Or both. It can be made the day before too!
Thank you followers! We hope you enjoyed our party planning post - please share if you try our recipes, love Gilmore Girls & have your own watch party!!
For a main course make Casserole Kristen's Chicken and Dumpling Casserole. It was inspired from a Gilmore Girls episode.
I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week! I am definitely excited for the holidays. And with all the traveling that happens around the holidays, these Pecan Pie Bars are perfect. They taste delicious and travel really well. My husband had to travel a few hours for a family get together a while back and I made these for him to take. After they were baked and cooled, I cut them into bars and put them into aluminum pans with lids. He said they traveled well and everybody loved them!
Recipe (slightly modified from Rock Recipes)
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold butter, cut into big chunks
2/3 cup packed brown sugar (I used dark brown sugar)
1/3 cup plus 1 Tblsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups halved pecans
Put 1 3/4 cups flour, sugar and butter in food processor. Process until it looks similar to cornmeal.
Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Line dish with foil or parchment paper and spray again. Pour flour mixture into prepared pan and press down. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.
While the crust is baking, mix together the filling. Whisk together the brown sugar, 1/3 cup plus 1 Tblsp flour, eggs, salt and corn syrup. Let the mixture sit while the crust finishes baking, at least 5 minutes. Roughly chop the pecans.
As soon as the crust comes out of the oven, stir the pecans into the corn syrup mixture and then pour over the crust while it is still hot. Bake at 325 degrees until it is no longer jiggly and it is lightly browned on top. This took 40 minutes for me.
Let the bars cool to room temperature. Then place the bars in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. When you are ready to cut them into bars, carefully pull them out of the pan by lifting up the foil. Place the bars on a cutting board and cut into squares. Check that there is no foil stuck to the bottom of the bars before serving.
A few years ago Casserole Gals Rhonda and Kristen had a testing of Dipping Apples. We tried several different types of apples, candy, chocolate and caramel. We had a blast and our family enjoyed our experiments.
We used Gala, Braeburn, Honey Crisp, and Fugi apples.
How good does this look? We melted caramel, dipped the apple, stuck as many mini marshmallow to it as we could and drizzled it with milk chocolate.
We used crushed graham crackers after we dipped the apple in melted caramel, drizzled it with melted milk chocolate and add a gummy worm on top.
Crushed M & M's make this caramel dipped apple colorful and a very enjoyable treat.
If you love pecans you will love this one. Melted caramel, rough chopped pecans and melted milk chocolate.
We even experimented with white chocolate, sugar crystals and sprinkles. You can make them gluten free and easily be careful of any other allergies.
We used treat bags and ribbon to decorate our apples. These would make a very welcomed treat for your guests for the holidays, a birthday party or teacher gifts! This is a great project for older kids.
Let your imagination go, try different candies, maybe chopped candy bars, more than one flavor of melted chocolate, different colored cellophane, bows, ribbon, have fun!
Cooking everything in casserole dishes!
With busy lives & sometimes quick meals, we mom & daughters team are always looking for healthy, tasty & convenient dishes to serve our family. So, please join us as we share everything from appetizers to main dishes & desserts!