The Ultimate Party Box

the ultimate party box - cookie box

Move over cookie box, here comes the Ultimate Party Box. Its got the sweets, treats, something something for the home and a couple of other fun stuff!!! I am sorry but I want something more than just cookies in my box. 

This Ultimate Party Box has :

  1. Gingerbread Shortbread cookies 
  2. Chocolate Linzer cookies (its a one recipe 2 cookie kinda box!) 
  3. Gingerbread thumbprint cookies 
  4. Vanilla Bean Marshmallow
  5. Crunchy Meringues
  6. A bottle of confit garlic you can swap it for a homemade jam
  7. Spiced Mandarin Simple syrup ( for the adult kinda fun) 
  8. Cranberry syrup  
  9. A couple of cute little alcohol bottles (Gin/ Vodka/ whatever you fancy) 
  10. A cupcake/ few Madeline 

 

A few helpful links for the cookie making: 

Shortbread Cookie Cutter

Mini Cookie Cutters

Gingerbread Spices for the Gingerbread Shortbread cookies recipe is here. You can add a bottle of the gingerbread spice to the box too!!! 

picking up a shortbread cookie

One recipe: 2 cookies

One recipe: 2 cookies :

1. Gingerbread Thumbprint cookies (10 cookies)

2. Chocolate Linzer cookies (10 cookies)

Course Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British, English, German
Keyword Apple Jam, Christmas Baking, Christmas cookies, Cookies, Gingerbread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour

Ingredients

Cookie Base Recipe

  • 230 gm Salted Butter (room temperature) 2 sticks
  • 2 L Egg yolks
  • 100 gm Icing sugar about ¾ cup
  • 300 gm All purpose Flour 2 ⅔ cup
  • ½ tsp Baking powder

Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies

  • ½ portion Cookie base
  • 2 + 1 tsp Gingerbread spice
  • 50 gm Raw sugar / Golden sugar
  • 100 gm Any Jam ( I used Spiced Apple Jam)

Chocolate Linzer Cookie

  • 1/2 portion Cookie Base
  • 30 gm Black Cocoa ¼ Cup
  • 2 tsp Kahlua
  • 100 gm Cookie Butter/ Speculoos

Instructions

Cookie Base Recipe

  1. In a bowl fitted with the paddle attachment on a stand mixer. Add the butter, icing sugar and beat for a minute on medium speed.

  2. Add and beat the egg yolks. Sift the flour and baking powder

  3. Mix on medium speed for a minute or two or until all the ingredients are completely incorporated.

  4. Divide the cookie into two portions.

Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies

  1. Take a portion of the base cookie recipe, add 2 tsp of gingerbread spices. Mix the spices very sparingly with a spatula so that it gives you a spice swirl in the cookie dough. Don't overmix the dough.

  2. Refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes, meanwhile mix the 1 tsp of gingerbread spices with the raw sugar/ golden sugar.

  3. Take the chilled dough, using a cookie scoop, scoop out 10 cookies. Roll them into little balls in between your palms. Roll these cookie doughs balls in the sugar and spice mix.

  4. Using a measuring spoon- teaspoon, make a little dent in the middle of the dough. Chill these again for 15-30 mins.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F/ 180°C

  6. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and sprinkle some more of the sugar and spice mix. Add dollops of jam in the middle of the cookie and bake for another 5-7 minutes.

  7. Remove from oven and let them cool on a cooling rack. These can be stored for about a week in an airtight container once the cookies are completely cooled. They also stay very fresh in the freezer.

Chocolate Linzer Cookie

  1. Take the other portion of the base cookie recipe, in the stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Add the kahlua and mix for a few seconds. Sift in the black cocoa powder and mix until its fully incorporated into the dough.

  2. Chill the dough for 15-20 minutes before you roll it out.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F/ 180°C.

  4. Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick. Using a shortbread cookie cutter (link above) cut out the cookies and the inserts using a mini cookie cutter.

  5. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, once the cookies are baked. Remove from the oven and let it come to room temperature.

  6. You can freeze these until you are ready to use (they stay fresh for 2-3 weeks in the freezer)

  7. If you are making them right away, fill a piping bag fitted with a round nozzle piping tip with speculoos cookie butter. You can use lotus biscoff or any other cookie butter.

  8. Sandwich the cookie butter between 2 cookies and add these delights to your cookie box / party box!

  9. Enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee!!

the ultimate party box - gingerbread thumbprint cookies

ultimate party box:

Vanilla Marshmallow: 

Vanilla Marshmallow is an excellent addition to this party box, I used Alton Brown’s Marshmallow recipe.

I literally followed all the steps from this recipe, you can obviously spice it up with some rose water/ orange blossom water/ Caramel sauce. You can also coat it with toasted coconut. This makes a big batch so there is plenty for everyone and the box. 

The ultimate party box -Vanilla Marshmallow

Dulche de leche  Swirl Meringues:

Crunchy, light Meringues swirled with thick, delicious home made dulche de leche. You can add any flavour you fancy or some sprinkles and some edible glitter. You can use store bought caramel sauce or dulche de leche as well, here is my recipe for spiced Dulche de leche

Dulche de leche swirl Meringues

Dulche de leche Swirled crunchy Meringues

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Keyword Caramel Apple, dulche de leche, Gingerbread, Spiced
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Dulche De leche Making time 3 hours
Servings 10

Ingredients

Dulche de leche swirl Meringues

  • 80 gm Dulche de leche ¼ cup
  • 3 XL Egg whites
  • 150 gm Caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp Cream of tartar - 1/4 teaspoon or lemon juice - 1 teaspoon
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice/ Vinegar

Instructions

Dulche de leche swirl Meringues

  1. Wipe the bowl, whisk and spatula that you will be using for this recipe with either vinegar or lemon juice.

  2. Preheat the oven t0 250°F / 120°C. Add the egg whites, cream of tartar or lemon juice or vinegar into the eggs.

  3. Whisk the egg whites on medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until soft peaks are formed.

  4. Gradually keep adding the sugar while the egg whites are getting getting whisked. Whisk on high speed for 6-7 minutes or until stiff peaks are formed.

  5. On a baking sheet with parchment, add dollops of whipped egg whites using a spatula. Add a little bit of of dulche de leche on each meringue and give it a swirl using a skewer or a knife.

  6. Bake for about 25- 30 mins. Leave them in the oven until its cool.

  7. Add them to your ultimate party box!

The ultimate party box -dulche de leche swirl meringue

Now moving on to the adult part of the ultimate party box! 

The simple syrups:

One of my favourite things to make using seasonal produce and flavours. This box, I am adding the Cranberry juniper berry Simple syrup and Spiced Mandarin syrup. Add these to your Gins/ Vodka’s , the spiced Mandarin would go exceptionally well with Whiskey and Bourbon.

Simple Syrups

2 kinds of simple syrups :

1. A Cranberry juniper berry syrup

2. Spiced Mandarin syrup

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Alcohol, Cocktail, Simple syrup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Cranberry juniper berry syrup

  • 250 gm Fresh Cranberries 1 cup
  • 2 tsp Juniper Berries
  • 3-4 Dried Hibiscus flowers
  • 150 gm Sugar ¾ cup
  • 250 ml Water 1 cup

Spiced Mandarin syrup

  • 5-6 Mandarins
  • 2" Cinnamon stick
  • 4-5 All spice
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 2 Cloves
  • 150 gm Sugar
  • 250 ml Water

Instructions

Cranberry juniper berry syrup

  1. Add all the ingredients in a pan, simmer and cook until the sugar is dissolved.

  2. Once its cooled, strain and pour into clean, sterilised and dry bottles.

Spiced Mandarin syrup

  1. Cut up the mandarins and add all the ingredients in a pan. Cook on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the fruit is cooked.

  2. Once its cooled, strain and pour into clean, sterilised and dry bottles.

the ultimate party box - spiced mandarin syrup

the ultimate party box - Cranberry juniper syrup

Add couple of baby booze bottles and a vintage glass from the thrift shop. 

Finally thrown in a bottle of homemade jam, garlic confit or even a bottle caramel sauce in the mix. The sky is the limit in this and because its not just sweet treats, you can add in a couple of fun cheese and crackers too for those not too much treat liking people 😀 So the ultimate party box for all this season !!!! 

 

 

More treats to add in this box: 

  1. Gingerbread Madeleines
  2. S’mores Cupcakes
  3. Gingerbread Cupcakes
  4. Brown butter and Hazelnut praline cookies
  5. Double chocolate cookies

 

Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas 

xx

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