Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Eat These & I'll Shoot You Dead Retro Cheese Cookies - It's a Bridal Shower!

Our friend Megan is GETTIN' HITCHED!

Weddings are, of course, exciting and a great excuse to put on some fancy kicks and show off your rendition of Ross and Monica's routine.
But before you scar the happy couple for life with your dance floor moves, it's all about throwing the bride-to-be a proper bridal shower, and a proper bridal shower is what we have today, hosted by her blogging besties!

SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Now, a proper bridal shower needs two things:

 1) Uh... entertainment...

Excuse us, ladies, we hear there's a fire needing to be put out?
How can we be of assistance?
(photo credit: Pinterest)
2) Tasty nibbles.

Thankfully, a group of food and food-loving bloggers is exactly the group of ladies you want to throw a surprise virtual bridal shower.  We came to play eat.  Just reading the menu makes me feel like I need to pull out my fat pants instead of the nice skirt I decided to wear for the occasion.

We have a lovely assortment of amuse bouches to start:
Of course, with the nibbles, we need some sips:
Then we move onto the main fare:
And of course, we can't celebrate a coconut curd-loving, Boston cream pie pancake-making bride-to-be without desserts:
My contribution to the shower is a recipe that my mom has made for years.  It certainly doesn't fit in with my general "make it healthier whenever possible" rule, but these snacks are one of the few items I consider almost holy and wouldn't blaspheme by healthifying it for fear of going somewhere hotter than Arizona for all eternity.  This makes them a special event treat, and if ever there was a special event for which I was going to pull them out, it's today.  
In fact, The Husband was so excited that I was making these cookies for Megan (a fact that he overlooked in his eagerness to Eat All the Things) that I had to impose a rarely utilized death threat to keep him from eating them all before I managed to take any photos of the finished product.  Considering the break from his usual detached approach to my cooking, I felt that renaming the final product was appropriate, in the spirit of martial bliss and all that.  I hope that Megan is able to threaten Ben in a similar manner for years to come with all of her tasty treats.
It's really the perfect recipe for Megan; she kills me with her delicious posts that show no fear of buttery cheesy goodness, threatening to require extra miles EVERY DAY (they would be so... SO worth it).  And if you follow Megan's blog, Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, you know how much she adores that June Cleaver era of American cooking (she even can look the part).  That's exactly when this appetizer was in high fashion.  I'm sure that Walt wouldn't come home late if he knew these were going to be on the table, if just to make sure the Beav didn't get his grubby mitts on them first.

Eat These & I'll Shoot You Dead Retro Cheese Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese (Megan will probably tell you that you should get Cougar Gold, and I agree - it's worth ordering; I had to slum it with Tillamook)
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose (or whole wheat pastry) flour
  • 1/2 butter, melted (since you're using olives and cheese, I would go with unsalted, but it doesn't really matter)
  • 24 green olives, well drained (or more - I subscribe to the "one for the recipe; one for me" policy)

Mix cheese, flour, and butter with a fork until dough is well blended.  You may want to use your hands to get all the small pieces mixed in.
Flatten a walnut-sized piece of dough in your palm; place an olive in the center, and enclose it with dough.


Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Cover and chill for at least two hours.
Bake at 300° for 15-20 minutes; cookies will still be slightly soft.  Cool completely on cooling rack before enjoying with a frosty adult beverage (these goes great with a Shiner Bock).


Please join all of us in wishing Megan and Ben a lifetime of happiness and tasty eats.  We love you, Megan!  May you come out victorious in any marital spat, and may your pantry always be as full as your hearts!

***NOTE - Some of the links were broken, but I went through and changed them to make sure you have access to everyone's delicious treats.  After all, since we're celebrating the bride, there are no calories today! #fact

33 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh HAAA! I'm so glad you brought the entertainment... and these kick-butt retro cookies!

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    1. Hahaha - thanks so much! I felt that this form of entertainment would go over better than the toilet paper wedding dress. At least online. :)

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  2. Yes! Yes! Yes! Entertainment, cheesy butter snacks, Shiner Beer and a death treat. It's the perfect bridal shower post! I'm all about making these now. We love anything with cheese, butter & olives. And as The Complete Package and I are celebrating our 30th in September, I had to laugh OUT LOUD at your death thread in the "spirit of marital bliss and all that." Cracked me up. Sometimes truth is the funniest thing.

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    1. Geez...what is my problem with the word 'threat' this morning. I guess I don't have enough violent tendencies. Ha! Obviously, that's supposed to be death threat, not treat or thread. I really should start proofing my comments before I hit "publish". 8-{

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    2. LOLing! It's not often that TH needs a little threat to get his arse out of the kitchen, but at least he took me seriously, and the cookie survived to their "shoot." Sadly, though, they are already all gone.
      Double batch, Allison. Double. Batch.

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  3. Beer, bare waxed man chesticals all sooty and hot (do wet tshirt contests work in the same way for men as woman? even if the men are already shirtless and dirty? Who cares, I still want to spray them down!), and tasty retro treats. You are a soul sister if there ever was one. Thanks for everything Allison! I will kindly remind Ben that the best way to navigate the marital waters is just to keep his hands off my tasty treats until I have taken photos and to ignore me when I'm oggling "the entertainment".

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    1. I am so excited for you that its not even cool. If we were all on the same street (or at the Compound), we would have been nibbling on these when the... uh... firefighters showed up so we could enjoy the show with snacks and brews.
      Just always remind Ben that if he gets too close to your baked goods (not a euphemism, but that would be hilar), he may lose a finger with one.... "careless" stroke of the knife. #foodisforlookingnotforeating

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  4. Okay you should ALWAYS be in charge of the entertainment when we throw showers. I laughed at the name of these. I feel the need to whip up some of these asap. Perfect choice for Megan's shower.

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    1. Kim, I would reuse this entertainment every day of the week. However, in the spirit of the Olympics, I SHOULD have just had a picture of the men's swimming team. Maybe I should do a "wordless Wednesday" with that. Under the guide of Olympic spirit and all that.
      These are THE easiest cookies to make, so when I want to indulge in something cheesy and buttery and salty, they are my go to. I just make sure that they are a treat. But like I told Jeanne, I really need to learn to make a double batch! Enjoy! This shower was fun, wasn't it?

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  5. Fact: the entertainment made me blush before they even started. Death threats pertaining to delicious edibles that have yet to be photographed is perfectly legal in the marital realm. Expected, really. After all, if the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, and he will eventually get to eat the delecables, then threats are a-ok.

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    1. This is the most logical argument ever.

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  6. I'm glad you thought ahead and brought the entertainment. I was so caught up in the picture of hunky men, that I thought #2 read "tasty nipples". hahaha
    I guess food is important too...
    Those "cookies" sound fantastic! I love how simple they are too.

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    1. I DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Tasty nipples, I THINK, are part of the Entertainment. #amiright
      Thanks for the biggest laugh I've had all week, Mads!

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  7. Entertainment - that is awesome!

    These little cookies are incredible! Love the hidden surprise :)

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    1. Haha - my mother-in-law is not an olive fan, so there was an incident once. Oops! :)
      Glad you liked the entertainment. :)

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  8. yum! love the hidden surprise inside :) thanks for participating!

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    1. Thanks for plotting it! This was a lot of fun!

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  9. HA! I love the firemen...too bad we're not all at a bridal shower right now...with "entertainment". :) Great post, love these cookies

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    1. I know... sigh... IRL would have been AWESOME! Thanks so much - I haven't had a chance to see everyone else's goodies! Can't wait!

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  10. We need to go back to the entertainment lol

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    1. RIGHT! I didn't realize how much everyone would enjoy that! I should have photoshopped them with the cookies or something! Ha!

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  11. Entertainment and nibbles...for sure! These cookies are awesome, I love the olive inside!

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    1. Thanks! it's surely a salt bomb, but totally worth it. And like I said - it's a party, so there are zero calories! What a fun day this has been!

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  12. Well....ummmm hello entertainment!!!!! what cookies? :) I actually love these my aunt has made them from time to time. Love the bite of the olive, the saltiness is great.

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    1. Michelle, they certainly are delicious enough not to be just a "from time to time" recipe, but then they wouldn't be as special a treat, right? Glad you enjoyed the entertainment, too! :)

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  13. You put an olive in a cookie. What sort of sign of the apocalypse are you trying to unleash upon us, woman?! I will be joining in. Shortly.

    In the homebrewing community, I've heard One for the Recipe, One for Me known as, It Takes Some To Make Some.

    AGREE.

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    1. I think that these cookies would be great treats for the menfolk as they work on our.... THEIR microbrew project at The Compound...

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  14. OMG my grandmother made something very similar, just without the olive. I'd made her recipe a couple times, but then all but forgot about it until happening across this post!

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    1. I've entertained the though of not putting anything in them to see if HRH would eat them as well as stuffing them with other nibbles. But this is "the classic" recipe for me, and it's hard to move on. Enjoy!

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  15. Hahaha, I love the entertainment! Best party ever ;)

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    1. I feel like I should have gone with an "Olympic Spirit" theme (which really means "pictures of Ryan Lochte in his "uniform"" theme), but I think this one went over well. :)

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  16. Cheese Cookies?!!!!! i MUST try these. Thanks for posting!

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    1. My pleasure - I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! These are certainly one of my "comfort food" pleasures that was really fun to share, especially in order to celebrate Megan's happy day!

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