Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini – Spice Up Your New Year – Blogger Recipe Challenge #sponsor

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Another year and another drink.  Wait, what, I thought this was a finicky kid blog?  Hey, hey, hey now, parents get finicky too!  And cranky, and overwhelmed, and well, we are human too.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So why not reward our humanity with some sweet and tangy spice.  Heck yea, now we’re talking.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So hey, I’m sure you caught a glimpse (or two or three) of that delicious martini up there, no?  Well Stirrings® has partnered up with several creative bloggers for a Blogger Recipe Challenge.  They have provided their delicious and wide variety of drink stir-ins and rimmers for fellow bloggers to create their own unique recipe.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stirrings® drink mixes and rimmers are made with natural ingredients like cane sugar and natural flavors.  Simple ingredients but never sacrificing taste.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stirrings® has a variety of flavors, like Simple Bloody Mary, Simple Peach Bellini and even 5 Calorie Margarita Mix!  I chose my favorites from their Simple Mojito mix AND Simple Lemon Drop Martini mix, with  Cosmopolitan AND Lemon Drop Rimmers.  Since I could only make one recipe for this challenge, I decided to share a sweet and tangy Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The inspiration for this recipe came from the candy section in the store, no lie.  I spied these yummy chile coated mango lollipops and I knew they would be the perfect “olives” for my martinis.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

With a dash of chile lime salt and some thick mango nectar, this Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini is sure to ring in some spice to your New Year.

You can find all Stirrings® products in these stores: Bevmo, Total Wines & More, Draegers, Mollie Stones, Hi Time Liquors, Pacific Ranch Market, Daniels Market, and Bristol Farms.  There is still time to go grab some.  Happy New Year!!

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Number of servings: 2

Per Serving 337 calories

Fat 2 g

Carbs 61 g

Protein 4 g

2


Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini

Ingredients

    For the Drink

  • 6 Tb (3 oz.) Stirrings® Simple Lemon Drop Martini cocktail mix
  • 6 Tb (3 oz.) Mango Nectar
  • 6 Tb (3 oz) vodka (your favorite brand!)
  • 1/2 tsp chile lime salt
  • 1 cup ice
  • For the Rim

  • 1 tsp Stirrings® Lemon Drop Martini Rimmer®
  • 1 tsp chile lime salt
  • Garnish

  • 2 chile coated mango lollipops
  • 2 lime wedges or slices

Instructions

  1. Wipe the rims of TWO martini glasses with a paper towel dampened with water. Dip each glass into rim mixture, coating the rim well with salted sugar.
  2. Insert lime slice onto end of each mango lollipop stick and set into each glass.
  3. Add ice to a shaker glass. Add remaining drink ingredients. Shake well until cold and combined. Strain half of mixture into each garnished martini glass. Enjoy.

Notes

Can substitute like for like ingredients for branded ingredients.

*This post was sponsored by Stirrings®.  I received free product from the sponsor for participating in their Blogger Recipe Challenge.  No additional compensation was received by me.  All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own.  Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese – Blogger Recipe Challenge #sponsor

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I never thought I’d be able to bake a bread so fancy dancy and swirly dirly, let alone taste amazingly so!!!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Simply Sesame has this awesome recipe contest going on right now and would you believe it!? I entered this gorgeous bread.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Yes, this is what I have created to showcase the most decadent sesame butter I have ever tasted. And to boot-I created a savory goat cheese and Gorgonzola cranberry spread to serve with it.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Of course, also laced with more Simply Sesame spread.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This gem of a snowflake is baked with layers of Simply Sesame’s Pistachio and Cardamom flavored spread and then adorned with chopped pistachios and a snow cloud of confectioner sugar. It is simply stunning for Simply Sesame.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I know, I know, there are a LOT of pictures, but I couldn’t get over how beautiful this bread turned out.  I literally did NOT want to cut it!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My kids could not stop eating it. I HAD to stop eating due to carb overload. But….you better believe I went and ordered MORE Simply Sesame so I can make this for CHRISTMAS!!! I mean, yum!!!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The bread alone is delightfully soft and subtly sweet, adapted from Taste of Home’s star bread. Anyone can make it.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If you’ve ever thought you can’t make fancy bread, think again. I’ve even got pictures for you!!  So when you read the recipe, refer to this pic and your bread will be gorgeous-I promise!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Thank you Simply Sesame for introducing to me the simplicity of roasted organic Sesame seeds and GMO free oils with one of a kind flavors. Move over chocolate hazelnut spread, there’s a new guy in the kitchen!! Holla!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For more about Simply Sesame, visit their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.  For ordering direct, please check out their webpage.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 297 calories

Fat 14 g

Carbs 35 g

Protein 10 g

16


Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese

A warm sweet bread with layers of sweet sesame paste and sweet cranberries with a sprinkling of pistachios and powdered sugar. Serve this beautiful snowflake with savory goat cheese spread and watch it soften over the bread.

Ingredients

    For the Bread

  • 1 package or 1/4 oz active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water, 110F-115F
  • 3/4 cup warm milk, 110F-115F
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cardamom (optional)
  • 3 3/4 cups flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup Simply Sesame Pistachio and Cardamom flavor
  • 3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 2 Tb unsalted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 Tb finely chopped pistachios
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • For the Savory Goat Cheese

  • 8 oz soft goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Simply Sesame Pure Roasted Sesame flavor
  • 1 Tb lightly dried or fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a small bowl or glass until foamy, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, warm the milk in the microwave or stovetop and gather the remaining ingredients, bowls, pizza pan and silicone mat/rolling pin for rolling dough, and 2 1/2" round cookie cutter or similar marker.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the milk, softened butter, sugar, salt and optional cardamom. Mix well and then add yeast mixture and 3 cups flour. Mix until smooth.
  3. Turn dough out onto floured surface. Carefully knead in 1/4 cup flour, using more or less depending on humidity. Knead for 6-8 minutes until smooth and elastic, to allow the gluten to develop. Place dough into a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the ingredients for the goat cheese in a large bowl. Using a mixer, combine well. Transfer to a dip or spread bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. After dough has double in size, turn dough out onto floured surface. Using remaining 1/4 cup flour and adding as needed, continue as follows:
  6. Divide dough into 4 equal portions.
  7. Roll out one dough ball into a 12" circle, dusting as needing so dough does not stick.
  8. Transfer dough to greased pizza pan.
  9. Carefully spoon 4 Tb of Simply Sesame Pistachio and Cardamom flavor over dough and spread with back of spoon, being careful not to tear the dough. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries.
  10. Repeat with remaining 3 dough balls, ending with a layer of dough.
  11. Use a 2 1/2" round cookie cutter, place in the center over dough layers; do not press down. With the cookie cutter as a guide, use a sharp knife to make 16 even cuts from cookie cutter to outside of circle. Remove cookie cutter. Carefully take two strands and twist two times outwards. Pinch the two ends together. Repeat around the circle, two strands at a time, making 8 twists. After pressing seams together, tuck the outer corners of each pair down to bring each twist to a triangle, making the whole bread resemble a star, or snowflake.
  12. Preheat the oven to 375F. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and bake for 18-22 minutes until golden brown.
  13. Brush tops gently with melted butter. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and dust with powdered sugar.
  14. Serve warm with cold goat cheese spread.

Notes

Prep time includes, prep, rest, and rise. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients with like for like products.

*This post was sponsored by Bonelli Fine Food®, the makers of Simply Sesame.  I received free product from the sponsor for participating in their Blogger Recipe Challenge.  No additional compensation was received by me.  All opinions, text, images, and adapted recipe are my own.  Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

 

 

 

 

St. Nick’s Nightcap Cookies – #FillTheCookieJar

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I must have a dang sweet tooth lately!!!  I have shared recipe after recipe of desserts!

You’re not complaining though right?

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

It’s another month to fill my cookie jar for our monthly Fill the Cookie Jar cookie exchange club.  Cynthia at Feeding Big is always so happy to help us get our recipes linked up.

I didn’t quite make last month’s posting at the beginning of the month, but I did finally make the Gobble Gobble Cookies I had planned to.

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This month I made a nightcap cookie for Santa Claus.

I love the splash of pink the maraschino cherry juice adds to the cookies.  These cookies remind me of Santa’s red suit.  Bright jewels of cherry red for his suit and red cheeks, dark chocolate for his boots and buckle and then topped with plenty of snow!

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And the nightcap…well, don’t tell my kids, but I soaked the cherries in a splash of amaretto.  And there may or may not be some more in the cookies.  Shhhh.

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If that makes you squirm, just put some extra almond extract, I won’t tell anyone.

If you love cherry and amaretto, dark chocolate and sweet sugar cookies, you will love this cookie.  It’s what happens when I go crazy in the kitchen. 😉

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’m calling these after St. Nick, instead of Santa Claus or Kris Kringle, because of course, once I snapped this adorable photo of my very own Nicolas, I had to name them after him!  (I think he ate six of these!  I had four and then I did an extra session of PiYo®! #fatty :P)

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These were really simple to put together, see!

St. Nick's Nightcap Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

St. Nick’s Nightcap Cookies - Cherry Amaretto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 48

Per Serving 89 calories

Fat 4 g

Carbs 13 g

Protein 1 g

48


St. Nick’s Nightcap Cookies - Cherry Amaretto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cherry Amaretto Chocolate Chip Cookies that will make St. Nick laugh with glee!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 1 Tb maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 Tb amaretto *
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 2 Tb powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the softened butter until creamy. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg, amaretto, almond extract, and maraschino cherry juice. Mix well, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix until just incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, spoon onto an ungreased baking sheet. Top each cookie with a few chopped cherry pieces.
  5. Bake for 8-10 until just barely done. Remove from oven to cool on baking sheet briefly before transferring to a baking rack to cool. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Notes

*You can soaked the chopped cherries in a splash of amaretto before adding to the cookies, if desired.