I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving and everything else in between!
Ward and I hosted our first big Friendsgiving a couple of weeks ago. In 2014, there were 5 of us…
This year, our group was MUCH larger:
It was a potluck and since I was making a turkey for the first time without my mom’s supervision (yikes!), I gladly handed over pie duty to two other guests. I did, however, make Cranberry Jello Shots & Salted Caramel Pecan Bars. This post will detail the Cranberry Jello Shots and next time will be the Salted Caramel Bars 🙂
Cranberry Jello Shots
I found multiple recipes for these cranberry Jello shots online and ended up mixing a couple of them together to create the simplest version that included the ingredients I had!
First step was to heat up the water and jello.
I let it cool a little bit and then scooped it out into the plastic shot glasses I had purchased. I moved the tray into the fridge and let it sit for about 4 hours.
Towards the end of the four hours, I started to make the candied cranberries. I made a simple syrup of water and sugar and once cooled, I added the cranberries and stirred to coat.
I then poured the cranberries into a big ziplock bag and covered them with a bunch of sugar. I shook the bag around to ensure that all the cranberries were well coated.
I then placed the cranberries on a cookie sheet and let them sit in the fridge to harden for 30 minutes.
Once both the candied cranberries and jello shots were ready, I began to assemble them by placing cranberries in every shot and garnishing them with rosemary. The end result was SUPER pretty!
I was very proud of these – for their taste and their beauty! Our guests really liked them as well. There were some questions of whether the garnish was to eat or just to look at – I honestly didn’t have an answer. Some people ate it and said it was a nice addition, while others had the jello shots without it. Nevertheless, I loved having these as an added bonus to our party and would definitely make them again. Cheers!
P.S. I’ll be writing about the Salted Caramel Pecan Bars soon!