new years eve milkshakes

This year, we will be spending New Years Eve at home with Emma.  Just the three of us.  Ordering in our favorite dishes from our favorite restaurant without having to make a reservation or wait in line, without having to cook, or most importantly, clean up.  But it wouldn’t be a holiday without some sort of special treat and since this year, I won’t be indulging in a fun cocktail or enjoying a wide-brimmed glass of pinot noir, it was the perfect year to stay at home with our little lady.  These milkshakes are the kind of extravagance that scream celebration.  Completely kid-tested and approved, and the adults over here are pretty excited about them, too.

toasted marshmallow milkshake

*Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake* {recipe adapted from Joy The Baker} – Makes 2 small or 1 large milkshake

Ingredients:

  • 6 large jet-puffed marshmallows, toasted until slightly charred over a grill or gas flame
  • 1-2 large jet-puffed marshmallows, reserve for topping
  • 3 large scoops of slow-churned vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

1.     In a blender, mix your ice cream, toasted marshmallows, milk and vanilla extract until you reach your desired consistency.

2.     Toast 1-2 remaining marshmallows on grill or over gas flame until slightly charred and place on top of your milkshake(s)

*Classic Vanilla Milkshake* – Makes 1 large milkshake

Ingredients:

  • 3 large scoops of slow-churned french vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

1.     In a blender, mix your ice cream, milk and vanilla extract until you reach your desired consistency.

*Double Chocolate Milkshake* – Makes 2 large milkshakes

  • 4 large scoops of slow-churned chocolate ice cream
  • 1 large scoop slow-churned vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup low-fat chocolate milk
  • 1/4 cup Hershey’s chocolate syrup

Instructions:

1.     In a blender, mix your ice creams, chocolate milk and chocolate syrup until you reach your desired consistency.

milkshakes

Additional Tips:

  • For any of the above milkshakes, just add more ice cream for a thicker shake OR more milk for a thinner shake
  • Top with whipped cream, sprinkles, toasted marshmallows or M&M’s for more fun

Dressed-up chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies are the perfect complement.  Just melt white chocolate chips and dark chocolate baking chips in a double broiler for 2-3 minutes (until smooth) or in a slow-cooker (until smooth).  I placed my chips in separate bowls and set them in my slow-cooker.  Pour in water to reach halfway up the sides of the bowls, but make sure not to let any water touch the chocolates.  Set on high for about 30 minutes and stir.  Once smooth, turn setting to low and drizzle, dip or pour.  Just keep adding chips if you need to make more.

new years eve cookies

I rolled the edges of the mouth of glass milk bottles in the white and dark chocolate and then rolled them in different colors and kinds of sprinkles.  Set in the freezer to harden (about 10 minutes).  Then pour in your milkshake of choice and enjoy!

Happy New Years Eve!