If you watched the original Gilmore Girls series, then you’re probably counting the days until the new one airs. Although we don’t know exactly what this new season will hold for the Gilmore gang, we can be sure it will include one important thing—food. As any true Gilmore Girl fan knows, food has played a huge role on the show. So what better way to get ready for the new series than to eat like Rory and Lorelai!
Here are 5 recipes sure to bring out your inner Gilmore Girl:
1. Rocky Road Cookies
- 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
- ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 large egg whites (toss the yokes or use for something else)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1⅔ cups chocolate chips
- ⅔ cup almonds, chopped
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk in egg whites and vanilla extract until combined, then stir in chocolate chips and almonds. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Use a spoon to drop small balls of dough onto the parchment paper.
Once all your cookies are formed, top each with a few marshmallows. Then place the baking sheets in the fridge for about 15 minutes to help dough set. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the marshmallows turn golden brown. Let them cool down for a bit and dig in!
2. Candy Sushi Rolls
- Rice Krispies cereal
- Fruit roll ups
- Swedish fish
There are no measurements for this recipe—it all depends on your preference. So have fun with it! In a large saucepan over low heat, melt some butter then add some marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Stir in some Rice Krispies cereal until combined. Before the mixture hardens, shape it into a flat rectangle using your hands.
Place rectangle of the Rice Krispies mixture on top of an unrolled fruit roll up. Note: depending how much Rice Krispies mixture you made, you might need more than one fruit roll up to cover the whole bottom of Rice Krispies rectangle.
Take some Swedish fish and place them in the middle of the Rice Krispies rectangle, then roll the whole thing up so that it forms a log. Cut into sushi-like rounds and enjoy!
3. Raspberry Pop Tarts
- 2 pints fresh raspberries, washed
- 1 cup white sugar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¼ cup water
- 1 box refrigerated pie crust (2 crusts)
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Pastry: In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, add raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, and water. Let simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens, or about 20-25 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and let mixture cool before assembling pop tarts.
Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out your first pie crust just to thin it out a bit, but don’t make it so thin that it tears. Cut crust into rectangles—depending on your size preference, you could get roughly 5-10 rectangles—and lay them on the prepared baking sheet.
Place roughly 1-2 tablespoons of the cooled raspberry mixture onto the center of each rectangle, forming the base of your pop tarts. Roll out the second pie crust and cut into rectangles, making sure that they are about the same size as those from the first crust.
Place them on top of pop tarts on baking sheet, and use a fork to lightly press the edges of each pop tart together. Bake until crusts are golden brown, or about 10-20 minutes depending on size. Remove pop tarts from oven and let cool on a wire rack.
Glaze: In a medium bowl, stir together sugar, water, and vanilla extract until smooth. Once pop tarts have cooled completely, using a spoon, pour glaze over them and let set for at least 10 minutes.
4. Diner Style Cheeseburgers
- ¼ teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 pound 80/20 ground beef
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 slices American cheese
- 4 burger buns, toasted
- Lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced onion, and mustard for topping
In a large cast iron pan over medium heat, heat up oil. Divide beef into 4 small clumps—not patties. Carefully form each clump into a sphere-like shape about 1½-2 inches thick. Turn heat up to medium high then place all beef spheres in the pan, making sure none of them are touching.
With a metal spatula, press each sphere down until you form ½-inch thick burgers. Season with salt and pepper, and let cook undisturbed for 2-3 minutes, or until a nice crust forms.
Flip the burgers, place a slice of cheese on each, and let cook for 1-2 more minutes, or until burgers are cooked through. Places burgers on buns and add toppings. Bon appetit!
5. Creamy Mac and Cheese
- 1 (16-ounce) box pasta shells (or your preferred pasta type)
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1¼ cups milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
In a large pot, cook pasta per directions on box until al dente, then drain and set aside. In a medium pot over medium heat, melt butter then whisk in flour, salt, and pepper. Gradually add in milk and cream, and whisk to remove clumps and until well combined.
Once mixture starts to bubble, reduce heat to low. Stir in cheeses until melted. Add cooked pasta to the cheese mixture and stir until just combined.
Remove pot from heat and let mac and cheese sit for 5-10 minutes, so that the sauce has time to thicken to its perfectly ooey-gooey deliciousness!