Chocolate Chili Mini Churros

Switching gears from all things Frozen, to celebrate something much more adult and exciting, Cinco de Mayo. Because I’m not one to ever pass up a homemade margarita or some yummy Mexican eats and after being surrounded by Elsa, Anna and Olaf for the last few weeks, the holiday definitely represents a much-needed break for me. And for added excitement, I’ve cooked up a batch of homemade mini churros dipped in chili spiced chocolate because well, Cinco de Mayo!

I found the recipe for the churros on the Food Network and made the batter dairy-free by using coconut oil instead of butter. And to make them ever lighter, they’re baked and not fried! The chocolate for dipping is also free of dairy with a touch of heat for an added kick.

Totally fitting for a fiesta!

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Chocolate Chili Dipped Mini Churros

Homemade mini churros, dipped in a spiced vegan dark chocolate for a sweet, spicy and lightened up twist on the old classic.

Ingredients/Supplies

 Churros

1 cup water

1/2 cup coconut oil or vegan butter

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

3 eggs beaten

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Additional Items

1 large baking sheet lined with tinfoil and lightly sprayed

Piping bag or large ziplock fitted with a medium-sized star tipped pastry tube

parchment paper

Dipping Chocolate

1 bar of quality vegan dark chocolate

1/8 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 400

Combine water, coconut oil/butter and salt in a pot and bring to a boil.

Whisk in flour, stirring quickly until mixture turns into a ball.

Remove from heat and make a well in the center of the ball of dough.

Slowly stir in the eggs a little at a time, mixing continuously to make sure the eggs don’t scramble.

Continue mixing in eggs until they’re completely incorporated into the batter.

Allow batter to cool slightly, then transfer to your piping bag.

Pipe 3 inch long churros into rows on your greased baking sheet.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees and then broil on high for 1-2 minutes until your churros are golden brown.

Meanwhile, mix together cinnamon and sugar in a small dish.

Once churros have been removed from the oven, roll them into the cinnamon and sugar mix until fully coated.

Set aside.

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Heat your dark chocolate in a microwave safe dish on 30 second intervals, or in a double boiler until completely melted.

Stir in 1/8 teaspoon of chili powder.

Dip the tips of your churros into the chili spiced dark chocolate and place back on the parchment paper to cool.

Sprinkle a light dusting of the chili powder on top of the chocolate dipped churros for garnish.

Chocolate Chili Mini Churros | Posh Little Designs

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chili Mini Churros | Posh Little Designs

How do you plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? I hope you give this fiesta fitting recipe a try!

Much more on the way soon!

xo

Churro Recipe adapted from The Food Network

This specific recipe for these Chocolate Chili Mini Churros was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Margarita Ice Cubes

Hello Cinco de Mayo and hello margaritas with a fresh and fun twist!

The recipe is simple and features only a few components that quickly transform into a delightful delicious fresh lime margarita! Just freeze the ingredients into ice cube trays and then top with your favorite tequila. The ice melts and the flavors blend together to make this your go-to beverage for  breezy backyard and summer entertaining!

 A must try!

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Margarita Ice-Cubes

The pink himalaya salt adds a savory finish and the perfect touch of posh!

Ingredients/Supplies

1 Ice cube tray

6 large limes juiced + 1 lime sliced and halved for garnish

4 teaspoons orange liqueur – I use Cointreau

3/4 cup simple syrup (see instructions on how to make below)

pink himalaya salt for the rim

1-2 shots of your favorite tequila.

Simple Syrup

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup water

Stir sugar and water together and boil on the stove for one minute. Allow to fully chill.

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Margarita Ice cubes | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Pour fresh squeezed lime juice from 6 limes into a medium-sized bowl. Stir in orange liqueur, and chilled simple syrup until combined.

Place each of the halved lime slices into each individual section of the ice cube tray.

Pour the lime, liqueur and syrup mixture into the ice-cube trays, over the top of each lime.

Place in the freezer and allow to chill for 2-3 hours or until solid.

Rub each cocktail glass in fresh lime and rim in pink himalaya salt.

Once frozen, remove the Margarita Ice Cubes from the tray by using a small thin knife.

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Place 3 cubes in each glass, and pour 1-2 shots of tequila (depending on how strong you like it) over the ice-cubes.

Allow a few moments for the cubes to melt and blend with the tequila.

Garnish with a slice of fresh lime and enjoy!

This is such an easy and time-saving solution for entertaining guests! The cubes freeze well and can be made in advance.

This recipe makes about 6-8 cubes. You’ll want at least 3 cubes per glass. These can easily be made non-alcoholic as well!

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Cheers! How are you celebrating? Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I’ll have more from the Minnie Mouse birthday to share later this week!

xo

This specific recipe for Margarita Ice cubes was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Spiked Margarita Sugar Cookies

It’s Wednesday today and that means we have just a few days before the weekend. I’m looking forward to it because Cinco de Mayo is coming up this Sunday! How will you be celebrating? There’s supposed to be 70 degree temps this week in the NW, so we’ll take full advantage of the holiday and the sunshine, with an afternoon outdoors and a margarita or two. Margaritas just happen to be one of my favorite summer drinks and with the upcoming arrival of the holiday, I thought of a fun way to transform this refreshing beverage into treat form. Oh yes, I’ve taken my favorite sugar cookie recipe and jazzed it up with some fresh lime juice, sea salt and a dash of Patron. I also made the cookies using a dairy free butter, which was not the greatest idea because I ended up eating more of these cookies than I probably should have. They really are that good!

If you plan to attend a Cinco de Mayo celebration, or host one this Sunday, make these cookies to share with your guests or fellow party goers. They are festive, fun and will be enjoyed by all!

spiked margarita sugar cookies

Margarita Sugar Cookies

The addition of the lime zest, sea salt, fresh squeezed lime juice give these cookies a bright and refreshing taste, similar to that of a margarita. These cookies are strictly for adults, although you could very easily make them virgin by omitting the tequila. 

Ingredients/Supplies

3/4 cups vegan butter (or regular butter if you choose)

3/4 cups granulated sugar

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lime juice

zest from 1 large lime

1 large egg whipped

2 cups all purpose flour

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a baking sheet in parchment paper or silicone liner.

Blend together butter and sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy.

Crack egg in a separate bowl and whip.

Pour fresh squeezed lime juice into whipped egg.

Pour egg mixture and zest from one lime into butter and sugar mixture.

Mix on medium until fully incorporated.

Sift together flour and sea salt and pour into egg and butter mixture in thirds.

Continue to mix until dough forms.

Remove dough from mixer and chill in fridge for 30 minutes.

Once dough has chilled, remove from fridge.

Flour a clean surface and rolling pin.

Roll dough until about 1/2 inch thick.

Cut dough into shapes using a festive cookie cutter.

Bake in the oven, making sure not to overcook. They only need 5-7 minutes.

Place on a rack to cool.

Decorate with Spiked Margarita Icing and festive sprinkles.

Spiked Margarita Icing

The cookie icing/glaze is tart and refreshing, with lime and tequila notes that are reminiscent of your favorite margarita. 

Ingredients/Supplies

1 Cup Powder Sugar

2 teaspoons light corn syrup

2+ teaspoons fresh squeezed lime juice

1-2+ teaspoons of good quality tequila

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Green food coloring

Icing container or ziplock

Festive sprinkles

Instructions

If you plan to outline and then flood your cookies with icing you’ll want to follow these directions.

Mix powdered sugar, corn syrup, lime juice and tequila in a bowl and stir together until fully incorporated.

You’ll want the consistency to be about as thick as toothpaste for the outlining of your cookies.

If it’s not thick enough, add a little more powdered sugar or if it’s too thick you can add more lime juice or tequila to taste.

Once desired consistency is reached, spoon your icing into the Icing container or ziplock and pipe and outline your cookies.

Allow to dry.

Next you’ll want to thin your icing out by adding more liquid. Add your choice of tequila, or lime juice until it’s the consistency of a glaze.

Divide your cookie glaze into two separate bowls. You’ll want to leave half the icing white, and add a drop of green food coloring to the other.

Spoon your white icing glaze into the corner of a ziplock bag. Snip the corner and flood the stems of your margarita glass cookies in white glaze. Evenly distribute the glaze to all desired areas of the cookie by spreading with a butter knife or icing spatula.

Repeat these steps with the green icing for the upper portion of the margarita glass until cookie is fully covered in icing.

For a decorative touch you can add white icing for a rim, rock sugar or sprinkles to look like salt, or any other design of your choice.

The icing glaze dries rather quick. Set aside for 30 minutes and they’re ready to enjoy!

Spiked Margarita Cookie Cutters

See, now you can drink your margaritas and eat them too!

If you are looking for a margartia cookie cutter or other fun styles, head on over to my Etsy shop to check them out.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Check back soon for more posh.

xo

Sugar Cookie Recipe Source: Average Betty