College Lifestyles: Girl’s Night In: Fall Cookie Party

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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 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

College Lifestyles is an online magazine bringing nutrition, etiquette, and lifestyle to the classiest of co-eds.

Originally posted on Saturday, October 15th, 2011

One Response to “College Lifestyles: Girl’s Night In: Fall Cookie Party”

  1. Lara

    October 15th, 2011

    This reminds me of college when my twin sister and I used to bake up a storm and invite all of our friends over for coffee or tea & dessert. Thinking about it now, we probably could have had them come over and help bake, but it was so much fun being able to offer fresh-baked goodies to all our girlfriends. No one could give an excuse not to come over!

    Thanks for sharing! I think my sister and I are going to throw a “healthier” holiday baking party this year…either with healthier versions of cookies, cupcakes or cake pops!

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