Last week I held my favorite soiree of the year: my annual cookie swap with all my ladies. But I’m going to be honest here and tell you: it’s really a cocktail party with cookies.

Before I go sharing my two newest concoctions with you, let me tell you that if you’ve suddenly found that you’re in need of some last-minute gifts, these couldn’t be simpler. The cookies would be great in a tin {reuse one of the many that have already made their way through your front door this month!}, hugged by a bit of parchment. And I can vouch that a bit of rosemary simple syrup in a half-pint mason jar, accompanied by one Meyer lemon, a recipe card, and a mini-bottle of vanilla vodka is a delightfully unexpected thank you to hand off to your dog groomer, your mailman, your waxing lady, your hairdresser…your you-name-it.

Fresh Scratch, Ritzy Rolo CookieWhile surfing around on Pinterest for an ungodly amount of time when I was home with my broken leg, I came across these little numbers. They were terrific as they were, but I think they’re even better with double the chocolate-caramel action. I think you might agree.

Ritzy Rolo Cookies
Buttery, Salty, Caramely, and Chocolaty. Your mouth will thank you. Oh! And they're a breeze to make. Did I mention that?
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 min
Ingredients
  1. Ritz Crackers
  2. Rolos {unwrapped}
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with the rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. Cover a cookie sheet with a single layer of Ritz crackers, salty-side up.
  3. Place two Rolos next to one another on each cracker.
  4. Bake for 3 minutes.
  5. Smoosh the melted Rolos down with another Ritz cracker, salty-side down.
  6. Let cool.
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Fresh Scratch, Rosemary Meyer Lemon DropThis lemon drop in this exact iteration was a happy accident. I had asked Matt to get two dozen lemons at the store for my cookie party cocktails. He came back with two dozen Meyer lemons. Pricey, but, in the end, so worth it. It’s like one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.

I think the cookie party mavens may have liked it just a tad, too, as the pitcher was totally gone by the time my last guest left, leaving me to, um, well, make more.

Rosemary Meyer Lemon Drop
Woodsy, Sweet, and Sour, all at once. A Christmas miracle, I tell you. The amounts are kept vague so that you can easily adapt this to any size.
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Prep Time
1 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. Sugar
  2. Rosemary, chopped
  3. Meyer lemon, juiced
  4. Vanilla vodka
First, the Rosemary Simple Syrup
  1. Place equal parts sugar and water into a small sauce pan.
  2. Add 1 T chopped rosemary for every cup of sugar used.
  3. Over medium heat, cook until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Cool completely, then strain out rosemary leaves.
  5. {This syrup will keep in a jar in the fridge for about 3 weeks.}
For the Cocktail
  1. Mix equal parts rosemary syrup, Meyer lemon juice, and vanilla vodka in an ice-filled shaker {no shaker? Just stir with ice in a big cup.}
  2. Pour into the glass of your choice, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
Notes
  1. For a more intense rosemary flavor, let the syrup cool on the counter overnight before straining.
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 Merry, merry!

xoxo, mrs. fresh scratch

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