What Happens in Vegas, part 2 & a Mexican Wedding Cookie recipe

our pool

{our hotel pool}

Doesn’t that relax you just looking at it? After my hellish two weeks of work, I was in desperate need of some stress free activities. I knew Vegas was not the type of vacation where you just lay around all day sipping margaritas (although we did some of that). Since it was my first time there, and probably one of my last, I decided that I should take advantage of everything Las Vegas had to offer.

High-lights of the trip:

  1. Getting free drinks (Going with a group of girls has its’ perks).
  2.  There are always deals for tickets, food, tours, etc.
  3. Going to see Circ du Soleil’s Zumanity (click on the link if you haven’t heard of the show). It was seriously amazing.
  4. Walking through Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden at the Mirage. I took some of my favorite pictures there, which I’ll share.
  5. Having two fabulous meals at the New York New York hotel.
  6. Taking our picture with three Johnny Depp impersonators; Captain Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands & The Mad-hatter from Alice in Wonderland. I’m kind of obsessed with Johnny Depp.
  7. Going to Surrender night-club, meeting a bachelor party, and staying up until 6am.
  8. Not getting burnt or having a hang-over even once, then entire trip. I can’t say the same for some of the girls though 😉
  9. Getting some great photos!
  10. Flipping the bird to some guy and telling him to f**k off because he was making very rude comments to one of my friends. I was sober, I’m pretty sure he wasn’t though. I’m usually not like that, but sometimes people need to be put in their place!
  11. Then of course, getting to spend some much-needed girl time with my best friends.

Low-lights of the trip:

  1.  Other than the two meals we had at the New York New York hotel, the food was over-priced and unappetizing, and the service was horrible. I’m always a generous tipper, but it was difficult for me to justify that on this trip.
  2. The few occasions where I wished Chris was there to experience it with me, and then realizing that we might have to come back. I had a blast, but I could think of a hundred other places I’d rather go for the amount of money I spent. Also, I’m not a gambler.
  3. Realizing that everyone in the bachelor party we met was under the age of 24, which make me feel annoyingly old.
  4. I know I already mentioned food, but I actually had a pretty hard time finding vegetarian/vegan friendly restaurants. At one point I asked if their vegetable tortilla soup had meat in it just to make sure, and it was made with chicken stock. Since I’m a little more lenient when it comes to seafood, I opted for the shrimp tacos…which were not great.
  5. Guys not getting the hint at a bar/club when you don’t want to talk to them. I’m generally a pretty socially awkward person in those situations, so if I give you short answers and tell you I don’t want to dance, guess what…it means go away.

I’m definitely the type of person that remembers the good times and not the bad, so this trip was fantastic in my eyes. By far the greatest thing about it was getting to spend time with the girls. We could’ve been in the middle of Oklahoma and still had a good time. So the location doesn’t matter as much as the people you are with.

I have a lot of pictures I want to share, and even a recipe at the end! I hope you enjoy them!

the girls

{LtoR: Tiffany, Me, Katie, Keri, Kristine}

shrine

{shrine}

Tiger

{tiger, rawr}

sunrise

{6am sunrise}

leopar

{leopard}

theater

{Zumanity show}

fountains at the bellagio

{fountains at the bellagio}

white tiger

{white tiger}

Since Las Vegas is all about indulging in the things you try to avoid on a daily basis, and the fact that Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, I put a spin on the old classic Mexican Wedding Cookies! Coconut oil is a great replacement for butter. So that’s what I used in this recipe.

Indulgent Mexican Wedding Cookies

{indulgent mexican wedding cookies

Indulgent Mexican Wedding Cookies

Adapted from Joy of Baking

Makes 30 cookies

  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup virgin coconut oil, solid
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup, plus 1 T light coconut milk

Chocolate dipping sauce

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Put pecans or walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 6-8 minutes. Once cooled, transfer into food processor or blender and pulse until they are small bits.

Using a stand or hand mixer, combine coconut oil and 1/4 cup confectioners sugar. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Then add all-purpose flour and salt, combine together. With the mixer running, add in coconut milk slowly. You may need to add more or less. The dough will end up being pretty tough, think shortbread. Cover and put in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Oven should be pre-heated to 350 degrees. Using two cookie sheets, place 1 inch cookie balls about 2 inches apart on the sheets by rolling them into a ball with your hands. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the bottom. Remove and let cool on a rack for 5 minutes. While the cookies cool, combine dark chocolate chips, coconut milk and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Once the dipping sauce is smooth, put it next to the cookies so you have easy access for dipping.

You can dress your cookies however you like. I dusted all of my cookies with the other 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar and let them sit for a minute. Then I dunked them, top side down, into the chocolate dipping sauce and topped them with the pecan crumbles. I then dusted them again with confectioners sugar.

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I apologize in advance for any typos. I’m in a hurry because my sister-in-law and her boyfriend are coming in for the weekend! Yay for visitors!! 🙂

What do you like to indulge in??

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