When it comes to having a girls night in, nothing beats getting to relax with your friends, some wine, and some of the best comfort foods! It's often been a cliche that women like to sit around eating raw cookie dough or Ben & Jerry's ice cream out of the tub when they need to feel better or are with their girlfriends. Even though it's a cliche, it's not entirely false. Women like to surround themselves with comforts and food is no different. So here are 8 best comfort foods to enjoy during your next girls night in!
Raw cookie dough has always been a girls night in food staple. However, it isn't the healthiest for you to eat (besides its high calorie count) as it contains raw eggs. Don't worry though, my fellow cookie dough lovers, I have the recipe for an egg-less cookie dough! It's not to bake, just to eat! Every woman should have this recipe on hand for a perfect girls night in snack or even just to make you feel better after a bad day. Simply mix 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup softened butter, 1/4 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 cup milk, 1 cup flour, a pinch of salt, and 1/2 cup chocolate chips together for this easy and irresistible treat!
Believe it or not, Mercer's has a new line of wine ice cream! I don't think there is anything more perfect for a girls night in then wine ice cream. This line of ice cream comes in a few different flavors including Cherry Merlot, Chocolate Cabernet, and Peach White Zinfandel. With an alcohol content of only 5%, these little pints won't do much to you and your girls if some need to drive home after.
What better cupcake for a girls night in then a pink lemonade cupcake? It just screams girly-ness! The key to making these cupcakes as pink as possible is by using egg whites instead of whole eggs. These pink lemonade cupcakes are the perfect balance between sweet and tart. Not to mention they look adorable and taste absolutely delicious! If you want a cute final touch, add a small straw on top as a garnish.
1 pkg white cake mix without pudding in the mix
3 egg whites
1 cup water
1/3 cup thawed frozen pink lemonade concentrate; thawed
2 tbsp oil
pink food coloring (optional)
4 cups icing sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup pink lemonade concentrate
This is a super simple and easy comfort food for your girls night in. These mini grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup shooters make a super cute and delicious appetizer for anything from a girls night in to a cocktail party. Make sure you have enough shot glasses to use before considering this recipe. Simply cut your grilled cheese sandwich crusts off, cut them into four bigger triangles, and then cut those four pieces into eight smaller pieces that will fit above the shooter.
Heading back to some more pink colored recipes for your girls night in! These raspberry ice cream sandwiches are just as adorable as they are delicious! What's great about this recipe is that it shows you how to make raspberry ice cream using fresh raspberries! Raspberries are always a great fruit to eat because they contain anti-cancer and anti-aging properties! This way you and your girls can enjoy a treat that will help keep you all healthy and feeling young.
1 liter vanilla ice cream
1 cup raspberries (slightly mashed)
250g (8oz) butter (softened)
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 1/4 cups plain flour (sifted)
I bet you didn't think this dip would be healthier then it looks! If you and your girls are trying to watch your figures, this would be the best sweet indulgence for you. This Red Velvet Cake Batter dip is made with vanilla Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese and frozen whipped topping. Even though you're omitting the sugary and sweet ingredients, it still comes out tasting like cake batter! And you really cannot go wrong with anything that tastes like raw cake batter!
2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
2/3 cups dry red velvet cake mix
2-3 Tbsp powdered sugar
What could be better for a girl's night in treat then mixing something healthy with something bad? This sweet fruity pizza has a cookie dough crust and cream cheese center! What's great about this recipe is that you can decorate your fruit pizza with whatever variation of fruits you want. If you want to make it extra girly, use only strawberries, raspberries, and any other red or pink fruit.
1 pkg (16.5 oz.) refrigerated sliceable sugar cookies, sliced
1 pkg (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 cups assorted cut-up fruit (kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, drained canned mandarin oranges)
1/4 cup apricot preserves, pressed through sieve to remove lumps
1 Tbsp water
Oh yes, you read the title for this one correctly. Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters! As if jell-o shooters and strawberries couldn't get any better on their own, we decided to combine them. Say goodbye to boring regular margaritas in glasses! These sweet little strawberries are the perfect girls night in "drinks" that will also satisfy your sweet tooth.
1 box Strawberry Jell-O
8 ounces tequila, preferably reposado or blanco
6 ounce Cointreau
Salt for garnish
What a way to satisfy your girls caffeine addictions! For the tiny straw garnish, take some Starbucks straws. Don't be shy, stuff a few in your purse! One straw makes about four tiny cupcake straws. As for the Starbucks logo wrapper, you can either collect a bunch of "tall" Starbucks cups to cut up and use, or print out the log to wrap around your cupcakes. In order to condense this recipe, I opted to buy frosting that is already coffee flavored and to buy caramel sauce already made.
3/4 cup whole or low-fat milk
1/4 cup sour cream
1 package of Starbucks Via Instant Coffee
1 tbsp vanilla
3 cups cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons of another pack of Starbucks Via Instant Coffee
2 teaspoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
3/4 cup butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cup white sugar
4 eggs, yolks and whites separated
Coffee flavored icing
Your girls are going to love and hate you at the same time for making this adult take on macaroni and cheese. Love you for the fact that it is absolutely delicious, but hate you for the fact that it's fattening. Tell them to enjoy themselves a little and the gym will always be there tomorrow. This delicious variation on traditional macaroni and cheese is easy to prepare and perfect for a side dish or dinner for you and your girls. You can even add cooked chicken, shrimp, or sausage to the pasta bake and serve with a green salad and fresh vegetables for a hearty, well-rounded meal.
1 (16-ounce) package ziti
2 (10-ounce) containers refrigerated Alfredo sauce
1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
There are ways to make these recipes healthier if you are on a diet, but always remember that moderation is the key. Plus, when you're hanging out with your girls, you shouldn't be worrying about your weight, you should be concentrating on having a good time and feeling happy! What are your favorite girls night in traditions and foods?
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