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With fall just around the corner, I decided to invite my girlfriends over for a fun fall-themed study break at my apartment. Fall as a party theme is great because the colors are rich and beautiful and there are so many different ideas to explore. While keeping my budget in mind, I decided against making dinner or having a lot of snacks and decided to just have drinks and desserts – because they are simple, yummy and always a crowd pleaser. Searching high and low across the internet for cute fall and/or halloween themed desserts, I finally decided on the perfect theme: the Fall Cookie Party!
I wanted it to be a very low-key get together; everyone was tired and stressed from their busy week, so I wanted to make it as relaxed and fun as possible! I kept the ingredients very simple, yet delicious!
Fall Cookie Party Recipe List:
Festive Fall Cookie Bars: To take the traditional cookie up a notch, I found this recipe for delicious butterscotch bars on SouthernPlate.com. My roommate had just made apple crisp so we had most of the ingredients already, except for the butterscotch chips and when I went to the grocery store, of course I couldn’t find any. So instead I used peanut butter chips which were just as delicious! Also, as far as pans go, I only have a large casserole/brownie pan, so I needed to double all the ingredients. But trust me, it still makes a reasonable amount because there weren’t many left over…
Store-bought Apple Cider: When I think of fall drinks, the first thing that comes to mind is warm apple cider. I found this recipe for Easy Apple Cider, but didn’t have many of the ingredients, so I kind of improvised and threw in some cinnamon with my Martinelli’s while it was heating up on the stove. And voila – it still tasted pretty good! For the 21-and-over crowd, I also hear that it’s tasty with spiced rum for a kicked-up girls’ night in.
Decorate-your-own Sugar Cookies: When thinking of another dessert to have, I realized that I had two choices: I could buy a lot of ingredients and add cooking time to my own schedule or I could pop in some sugar cookies and let my friends do the rest. Obviously I took the easier choice and my friends seemed to enjoy it even more! I bought pre-dyed orange and black packets of frosting and a container of multi-style sprinkles and that was it! This recipe added an activity to the party – so it’s not just eating – which is always a good aspect.
Bowl of Candy: This element was a last-minute decision. As I was leaving the grocery store, I saw a bag of mixed halloween candy on sale and I couldn’t resist. I just threw it in a bowl and everyone munched on it all night!
Will you try a cookie party with your friends this October?
&mdash Katie Maguire for College Lifestyles
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