Delightful Cookies to Make for Bridal and Baby Showers

I don’t know about you guys, but in our family at bridal and baby showers there are always trays and TRAYS of cookies for us to stuff our faces with! There is just something so satisfying about a good cookie, and so many of them are gorgeous to look at as well. I often wander over to the cookie table once I have made my rounds of hellos just to take a look at all of the wonderful creations my friends and family have brought along.

With that being said…I love to see (and eat) the “classics” but I also love to try something new. So whether you’re looking for your next show stopping , mouth watering cookie recipe, or just came to check out a couple of the classics, I hope you leave with a recipe or two that you’ll be excited to bring along to all those showers you have on your calendar!

I am excited to feature some of my favorite cookie recipes you know and love from the blog as well as some great new ones from my fellow bloggers. Here we go!

rhubarb coconut macaroons from: the cookie writer

A perfect flavor combination of sweet with the sour from the rhubarb, what a delicious and beautiful update on the classic coconut macaroon! I will be making this one for a baby shower I have this summer!

Rhubarb-Coconut-Macaroons

courtesy of: the cookie writer, click here for the recipe
Nutella Palmiers from: Beth dunham

Ok so who doesn’t love nutella?! For real right? These cookies use a store bought puff pastry with the tasty chocolate hazelnut spread to create a stunning “cookie” that looks like you spent hours making. This is one you have to make!

Nutella-Palmiers

courtesy of: beth dunham, click here for the recipe
classic french macaron from: ahead of thyme

Ahhh macarons…they are seriously so gorgeous and are the type of “Show-stopping” cookie you will want to make for the bride or mommy-to-be! They melt in your mouth and the buttercream filling gives you the perfect ooey texture you crave in a cookie. I love that you can also customize the filling to coordinate with the shower colors (just add some food coloring before filing!)

classic-french-macaron

courtesy of: ahead of thyme, click here for the recipe
italian choco orange spice drop cookie from: she loves biscotti

if you have ever been to an Italian shower you have seen these gems on a tray, and they are definitely one of my favorites! A cakey texture filled with a hint of spice and the sweetness of the chocolate and orange, everyone always seem to grab these from the tray first!

Chocolate-Orange-Spice-Drop-Cookies

courtesy of: she loves biscotti, click here for the recipe
chocolate peanut butter cheesecake cookie cups from: crumb kitchen

This is a special treat you will want to make for the bride (or mommy-to-be) that you really want to indulge! They are filled with a no-bake chocolate cheesecake and it even uses store bought cookie dough! What a winning combination!

chocolate-peanut-butter-cheesecake-cookie-cups

courtesy of: crumb kitchen, click here for the recipe
classic italian amaretti cookies from: The olive blogger cookie vault

No cookie tray is ever complete for me without a delicious Amaretti! Perfectly crunchy with a chewy middle, it is loaded with almond flavor and goes wonderfully with a cup of coffee. This recipe makes a TON too, which means you will always have them on hand for a quick tray.

Amaretti-and-Coffee

from my cookie vault, click here for the recipe
marlene’s sour cream cookies from: cooking with carlee

Here is a real classic for any cookie tray, the cookie itself is slightly dense with a delicious soft bite and then you can use either a buttercream or royal icing on top (I personally prefer buttercream). You can cut them into any shape you want (cue the cute rubber ducky or gorgeous wedding dress) and then go to town with decorating!

Sour Cream Cookies

courtesy of: cooking with carlee, click here for the recipe
Brownie Biscotti from: The Olive Blogger cookie vault

If you have been following the blog you know that this “biscotti” recipe is a real keeper that everyone loves! It is easier than a traditional biscotti as it does not require flips and multiple bakes, and the chewy brownie flavor is a hit with everyone young and old!

Brownie Biscotti

from my cookie vault, click here for the recipe
OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES FROM: PEPPERS AND PENNIES

This is a classic cookie everyone will love. IT has a crunchy outside and chewy middle and uses steel cut oats and loads of chocolate chips. In fact,  you will probably want to make a double batch with how easy these ones are!

Chewy-Chocolate-Oat-Cookies

Courtesy of: peppers and pennies, click HERE for the recipe
cranberry and pistachio shortbread from: kitchen divas

Every bite of this cookie has cranberries and pistachios, a winning combination that will be enjoyed by everyone. It is a nice update on a classic shortbread cookie that can be adapted to your tastes.

Cranberry-Pistachio-Shortbread-Cookies

courtesy of: kitchen divas, click here for the recipe

 

Remember to follow along with what’s new on Instagram (@TheOliveBlogger) and #OliveYum your photos so I can see and share your creations! Happy Baking!


A fun round-up of cookie recipes for bridal showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

A fun round-up of cookie recipes for bridal showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

A fun round-up of cookie recipes for bridal showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

A fun round-up of cookie recipes for bridal showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

A fun round-up of cookie recipes for baby showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

A fun round-up of cookie recipes for baby showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

A fun round-up of cookie recipes for baby showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

A fun round-up of cookie recipes for baby showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

Lemon Amaretto Tiramisu Dessert

Mother’s Day and warmer days are ahead my friends, which means it is time to start adding some new and tasty desserts to your recipe box! This Lemon Amaretto Tiramisu is a real game changer, in fact it is so delicious that I think you will be making it over and over again this summer! This Tiramisu is super light and fresh tasting, and the addition of the lemon curd is seriously amazing…it gives it that nice tart punch you crave on the hot summer days (think of a delicious glass of lemonade puckering your lips).

This Lemon Amaretto Tiramisu is super light and fresh tasting, and the addition of the lemon curd is seriously amazing! The cookies are dipped in a simple syrup created with Amaretto perfectly pairing with the sweetness of the mascarpone layer.

This Lemon Amaretto Tiramisu is super light and fresh tasting, and the addition of the lemon curd is seriously amazing! The cookies are dipped in a simple syrup created with Amaretto perfectly pairing with the sweetness of the mascarpone layer.

In a traditional Tiramisu the cookies are first soaked in espresso and coffee flavored liquor, which many people find overpowering and heavy. This one however is instead dipped in a simple syrup created with Amaretto (which is a lovely almond flavored liquor) and perfectly compliments the sweetness of the mascarpone layer. Heavenly right?!  There are a few steps for making the dessert, but it really comes together quickly once you have everything going, and trust me when I say the time it takes to make it is more than the time it will take for you to devour it! 

Lemon Amaretto Tiramisu Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pkg Lemon Pie Filling generally requires 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tub 475 g mascarpone cheese
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups whipping cream 35%
  • 3/4 cup Cool Whip
  • 1/3 cup amaretto liqueur
  • 18 ladyfinger cookies 2 pkg

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F . Beat the egg white in a small bowl and toss almonds until well coated. Stir in 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar until well combined. Spread onto either parchment lined baking sheet, or a silicone mat (see photos). Bake and stir after about 5 minutes, place back into the oven until light golden, about 5 mins. Set aside.
  • Prepare lemon curd according to package, allow to cool slightly and add in the cool whip. Stir until well combined (should be a soft yellow). Place in the fridge until ready to assemble (can make a day in advance).
  • In stand mixerl, beat together mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. Empty into bowl so you can prepare whipped cream.
  • Beat 1-1/2 cups of the cream until stiff peaks form; fold into mascarpone mixture using a silicone spatula and put in fridge until ready to assemble.
  • In small pot cook remaining granulated sugar (1/4 c) with 1/4 cup water over medium heat and stir constantly until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Stir in amaretto. Dip both sides of ladyfinger cookies in amaretto mixture and place in a single layer in a 13x9" baking dish.
  • Spoon mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, spreading to edges gently pressing down so mixture fills holes. Spread lemon mixture evenly over top. Prepare the rest of the whipped cream and spread over lemon mixture, top with almonds and serve.
tips and tricks for lemon amaretto tiramisu 
  • Prepare the lemon curd and mascarpone mixture a day in advance so you just have to assemble the dish when you want it.
  • Going to multiple events in a weekend?? No problem! This recipe can easily make two 8″x8″ dishes instead (your layers won’t be as thick but will be JUST as tasty).
  • Put your sugar water mix in the fridge once it comes off the stove to cool it down faster!
  • Be sure to soak your cookies long enough (about 10 seconds a side) you want them to be soft with a slight bite to them (plus the more amaretto mix they soak up the better).

Amaretto-Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, well now that I have finished the post I think I need to go make it again!! Be sure to let me know what you think of it! And if you love lemon recipes as much as I do be sure to check out my Raspberry Lemon Meringue Tarts (another simple and deeeelicious dessert to make for any event!). Enjoy <3

This recipe was adapted from Canadian Living.

Carrot Cake Trifle with Cream Cheese Frosting

With only a couple of weeks to go until Easter I thought I would share another SUPER EASY dessert recipe that anyone can make! This delicious Carrot Cake Trifle uses a boxed cake mix and homemade Cream Cheese Frosting and comes together in no time. I even added in some candied walnuts to give it a nice crunchy texture between the layers! There is something about Carrot Cake and Easter…I mean, maybe it is just our home, but they really do go hand-in-hand. The cake has a very subtle spice to it which is complimented by the thick, creamy frosting (which is great for cupcakes too)! 

This easy Carrot Cake Trifle is layered with a delicious Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Walnuts, making it the perfect dessert for you Easter celebrations!

This easy Carrot Cake Trifle is layered with a delicious Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Walnuts, making it the perfect dessert for you Easter celebrations!

I chose to do mine by cooking the cake in two 10″ cake pans (just based on the size of my trifle dish) but you can cook it as a rectangular cake and crumble the pieces if you prefer! Either way, this is one deeeelicious dessert. I even thought about doing it as individual servings in martini glasses instead, and actually might end up doing it this way for Easter dinner…I think it would be cute to give each guest their own “mini trifle” to dig into!

Layered-Carrot-Cake

 

You can see in the picture here how I did the layers. Be sure to get your icing all the way to the edge and press some of your candied nuts there too so they show when you get the next piece on!

 

 

Carrot Cake Trifle with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 box Carrot Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Candied Walnuts see recipe link
  • 1 pkg Cream Cheese - softened 8 oz
  • 1 cup Butter - softened
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar

Instructions

  • Prepare and bake Cake Mix as per instructions on the box (see notes about pan sizes in post)
  • In a stand mixer (or with hand mixer) beat together cream cheese and butter until soft and fluffy. Add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time and mix until smooth (may not need all the sugar)
  • If you find you icing is too thick you can add milk in 1tsp increments until it reaches a creamy consistency (it shouldn't fall off the whisk)
  • Allow cake to cool completely
  • Assemble in chosen dish in the following order:
  • Cake - 1/2 of the icing - 1/2 c walnuts and repeat. If you have any extra cake (I cut the tops of the cake to make it flat for layering) you can crumble on top like I did!

Don’t forget your Candied Walnuts – Get the recipe HERE. 

Raspberry Lemon Meringue Tarts – A Twist on the Classic Lemon Meringue Pie

If you are on dessert duty this Easter (or any Holiday really) then you NEED to make these Raspberry Lemon Meringue Tarts! They are the easiest dessert you can make, and will impress even the biggest Lemon Meringue fans in your family. I even added a little extra ingredient to the tarts that is sure to crown you the dessert Queen (or King!). When I think of lemons and desserts I automatically go to pies/tarts, but I really wanted to step it up and give you something fun and new. This is where the raspberry comes in! It is just the right amount of sweet mixed with the tartness of the lemon, and leaves your taste buds singing in happiness! And, it makes these gorgeous tarts even prettier once you bite into them (yes it is possible!).

Lemon-Meringue-Tarts

I have loved making pies since I was a teenager, from the homemade crust to the endless fillings, everything about pie makes me happy…but when a Holiday like Easter comes around I always start to stress out about how I will have the time to make the main meal and all the desserts everyone has come to expect from me. That my friends is why I am sharing this super easy, and fast, recipe with you today (hint: you only have to make the meringue from scratch!). Anyways, enough talking, let’s get to those Raspberry Lemon Meringue Tarts shall we?!

Raspberry Lemon Meringue Tarts -Easy and Quick!

Ingredients

  • 2 pkg of 12 three inch Tart Shells or you can make your own!
  • 1 pkg Lemon Pie Filling Mix generally requires eggs and water
  • 1/2 c Raspberry Preserves
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1/4 c Sugar

Instructions

  • Prepare Tart Shells as per the package and allow to cool. Spoon about 1 tsp of raspberry jam into the bottom of each tart.
  • Set oven to 425 degrees Farienheight.
  • In the meantime, prepare Lemon Filling according to package (*Save your egg whites to use for meringue!), spoon into your cooked tart shells and and set aside while you prepare your meringue.
  • In stand mixer whisk egg whites on high for about 30 seconds. Slowly add in the sugar and whisk on high until stiff peaks form (about 1-2 minutes)
  • Spoon onto your filled tarts and fluff (see tips below for making it stick!).
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, until lightly browned on top.

There is nothing wrong with using store bought tart shells and lemon pie filling mix. I repeat, NOTHING WRONG! It is just as tasty as homemade and will save you so much time! I personally prefer to use Tenderflake 3″ Tart Shells (they are larger than the quiche shells you can buy, which means more Lemon Meringue for you!) and I have been using the Shirriff Lemon Pie Mix for years! You can use your favorite brands, or make your own if you want to go all out.

The easiest dessert you can make for Easter! The raspberry preserve adds the right amount of sweetness to this classic Lemon Meringue Tart.

The easiest dessert you can make for Easter! The raspberry preserve adds the right amount of sweetness to this classic Lemon Meringue Tart.

tips and tricks for the perfect raspberry lemon meringue tarts
  • Make sure you cook your tart shells until they are lightly golden, you do not want them to be mushy under the lemon meringue, this step is VITAL!
  • The lemon curd should cool slightly before filling your shells, you do not want to put it in right from the stove top (although the package will tell you otherwise!).
  • For the meringue, make sure your egg whites are COLD. In fact, make sure your bowl is cold too! Put it in the fridge for 10 minutes before whisking to make sure it is the right temperature.
  • Before putting your meringue on to your tarts take a small amount and spread on top of the tarts. Using a bamboo skewer (or fork) lightly scrape it into your lemon curd. This helps the meringue stick so it doesn’t fall off when you take a bite!
  • Once you spoon the meringue onto your tarts use the skewer to “fluff” it to get those gorgeous peaks you see above!
  • Keep a close eye on them in the oven, you don’t want to burn the meringue.


Valentine’s Treats – A Special Round-Up!

Hey guys!! Who is as EXCITED as I am that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner?! There is really something about this “holiday” that makes me want to eat sweets, and nothing is more fun that  some cute Valentine’s Treats…although if we are being honest, I don’t generally need an excuse to indulge! I decided that it would be fun to put together a round-up for you guys with the BEST goodies from myself as well as some fellow bloggers who seem to love “love” as much as I do!

Oh, and don’t worry, if you aren’t into all that overly sweet, chocolaty goodness I have put some other fun ideas on here for you to make for your sweetie (although we can’t be friends if you don’t like chocolate!!). Enjoy! <3

easy nutella brownies:The Olive Blogger

These are a GAME CHANGER guys! I posted them a couple of weeks ago, and if you didn’t check them out then, you will want to do that NOW! They are incredibly easy to make and their fudgey deliciousness will give you all the feels for Valentines Day. 

Nutella-Brownies

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

copycat bounty bar chocolate hearts: from allergy girl eats

Coconut and chocolate shaped into adorable little hearts…who wouldn’t love this treat?! I am a sucker for a Bounty Bar so I personally cannot WAIT to make this one!

Copycat-Bounty-Bar

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe!

champagne cupcakes: from simply made recipes

These adorable pink cupcakes are topped with a champagne frosting and finished off with a sweet raspberry drizzle! Mmm talk about show stopping treat! The best part? It uses a boxed cake mix making it perfect for a last minute goodie.

Champagne-Cupcakes-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe!

Love knot cookies: From you can eat now

A simple and delicious cookie you can make any time of year, but they are especially perfect for Valentines! Think about the symbolism with these cuties, I think they are the perfect Valentine’s treats for the kiddos to bring to daycare/class for their friends.

Love-Knot-Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

valentine strawberry pop tarts: from kitchen counter chronicles 

Looking for the perfect way to start the day?! Start with these “Pop Tarts” in the shape of hearts! They look delish, filled with a strawberry jam and topped off with a simple icing! The kiddos can even get in on this one, finishing them off with fun sprinkles!

strawberry-pop-tart-valentines-day-dessert

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

chocolate cherry cobbler: from trisha dishes

Guys!! This is one decadent treat and it is probably one of the easiest to make (yay!). It is done in the slow-cooker, which makes it a “set it and forget it” kinda dessert (bonus points for that) so you can focus on your sweetie while this cooks away! 

Chocolate-Cherry-Cobbler

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe!

black bottom raspberry vanilla creme brulee bars:from my kitchen love

This dessert features an Oreo crumb base topped with a vanilla creme full of raspberries, I mean c’mon it really doesn’t get any better than this!

Raspberry-Vanilla-Creme-Brule-Bars

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the Recipe! 

dark chocolate mousse with candied kumkuats: from diversivore

Here is a dessert that is sure to impress the love in your life! The mousse is “Smooth, airy, and chocolaty” and our friend Sean at Diversivore then adds another delicious element by incorporating candied kumkuats! Say what!? Simply put, they are a citrus type fruit that add a serious depth to this dish!

Dark-Chocolate-Mousse-with-Candied-Kumquats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

vegan chocolate covered strawberries: from 80 twenty nutrition 

A true classic !! Who doesn’t remember at least one Valentines Day where your sweetie gave you some Chocolate Covered Strawberries?! This recipe is sure to please, and gets bonus points for being vegan, low in calories and having NO added sugar!

Chocolate-Covered-Strawberries

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

cinnamon heart snickerdoodles: from lively mess

A truly adorable cookie that is light and fluffy and has a sweet and slightly spicy surprise…Cinnamon candy hearts! This update on the Snickerdoodle (a traditional Christmas cookie) has got me all excited!

Cinnamon-heart-snickerdoodle-cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

extra chocolate lave cake: From my organic diary

Another classic for us as far as Valentine’s Treats go…Chocolate Lava Cakes mmm! This is a super easy recipe, meaning even if you have zero kitchen skills you can make it for your sweetie. I even love the instructions provided to FREEZE some for later (you know, if you don’t eat them all at once)!

Extra-Chocolate-Lava-Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe!

Are you feeling SWEET yet!? I don’t even know where to start with all the goodies above…I mean really, I can feel my waistline growing by the second! I thought I would throw in a few “extra” goodies for you guys to check out as well! These may not be your “traditional” Valentine’s Treats but they are sure to become a favorite to incorporate year after year!

Strawberry bacon roses: from the primal desire

Oh ya, you read that right!!! Strawberry Bacon Roses with a chocolate balsamic vinegar reduction to top it all off…are you drooling?? I know I sure am! I think these will make my hubby very verrryyy happy!

Paleo-Valentine-Bacon-Roses

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies: from fizldizl

Yep  I went there!!! If you are traditional then this is the recipe for you! You can choose to “dress it up” with some vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate sauce served warm from the oven, or eat em straight up! You can even write cute little love messages on them and give them out to co-workers, friends or your kids! 

chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

sparkling unicorn drink: from the olive blogger

Here is something you don’t see everyday…a unicorn! Okay…maybe not, but it is just as interesting as one! I came up with this drink for Mother’s Day last year and have made it many, many times since then! It is super light and refreshing, and is the perfect way to add a special touch to your meal!

Summer-Spritzer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

warm figs with goat cheese and balsamic glaze: from 80 twenty nutrition

Looking to start the night off right?! Cook up this delicious appetizer and sit back while your sweetie praises your “hard work”…they don’t have to know how easy this one was to make!

fig-balsamic-glaze-goat-cheese

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

A sweet round-up with over 14 different Valentines Treats for your sweetie! Features everything from Chocolate Lava Cakes to Champagne Cupcakes and everything in between!

A sweet round-up with over 14 different Valentines Treats for your sweetie! Features everything from Chocolate Lava Cakes to Champagne Cupcakes and everything in between!

Ok guys, that is IT! I think that should be enough inspiration and deliciousness to get your Valentines Day started! Now get planning and let me know what goodies you choose to make!