Stace and her Bestie Barb take on two of Royal’s Signature Recipes

Back in March, I was lucky enough to be on the Brilliance of the Seas as it sailed its second last voyage before the COVID-19 Shutdown of 2020. Like the rest of us who are eagerly awaiting our return to normalcy and to the casinos, I get excited with every new URComped email and every offer that pops up in my feed, and I eagerly open my emails from Royal and Celebrity as I count down the days until my next cruise. While reading these emails, I noticed both Royal and Celebrity sharing some of their signature recipes! As someone who loves to cook, I thought this sounded like a pretty fun experiment. After all, how hard could it be?!? Famous last words!  

I enlisted the help of my bestie of more than 30 years, Barbie–who I hooked on cruising a year ago–to help with these videos. We chose 2 for our first experiment. The first recipe is Royal Caribbean’s Signature Rum Punch. The second is their widely popular Coconut Ranger Cookies. Word to the wise: we made the cookies AFTER the rum punch. Let’s just say you’ll have to watch the videos to see how that turned out. We are not professional vloggers. In fact, this is the first time either of us has ever done ANYTHING like this…but I think that’s what makes them really kind of perfect. We didn’t want these to be like any kind of show you would see on TV. We wanted it to be exactly like what you would experience at home, with your friends, dreaming about your next hand pay.

I also love this idea as a card night or casino night with your friends. If you’re quarantined, this isn’t a bad way to kill time with those who  you are cooped up with. You will laugh a lot, have a great time, and make some memories…and at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about (until the casinos are open, and then it’s game on, baby!)

Finally, the cookie recipe used metric measurements, so grams instead of cups, which is really a bummer for us who use cups and teaspoons and such. I did post the Royal version of the recipe as well as the conversion (thank you, Mr. Internet, for the assistance there).  

I hope you enjoy our little project. Please post some comments. If you enjoy these, we would love to make more–because we really did have a blast!

🙂 -Stace and Barb

Royal Caribbean’s Run Punch
Royal Caribbean Signature Rum Punch Is perfect for any stay-cation!

Royal Caribbean Signature Rum Punch (serves 1)

Per Glass:

Tall Glass (we used 10 oz Mason jar glasses filled with ice)
1-½ oz rum (we used Cruzan light rum but you can use any rum–would be great with flavored, dark/light or half of each)
2 oz OJ (we used no pulp)
2 oz pineapple juice
¼ oz lime juice (you could use fresh; we used sweetened in bottle)
Splash of grenadine (we used a lot)
Orange slice and maraschino cherries to garnish

Combine rum and juice over ice in tall glass, stir, add grenadine, garnish with orange slice and add cherry–enjoy!

Royal Caribbean’s Coconut Ranger Cookies

Royal Caribbean Coconut Ranger Cookies

We baked these cookies after making and drinking the rum punch. Also, I discovered that (after watching the video) Royal’s site has 2 different recipes: one says to use baking powder, one says baking soda. Their pictures show a very crunch cookie, but ours turned out almost like Madeleines–you will see in the video. They are very good, just different from the video. I think they messed up the recipe, and I think it is missing a praline element and maybe more butter–or less flour. Something was off because my cookies were definitely light and fluffy. But I invite you to enjoy these cookies, which have a very special name revealed at the end of the video! Enjoy!

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 F (176 C)

In bowl, sift flour and baking soda together. In another bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until smooth. Beat eggs in 1 at a time until well blended. Mix in coconut milk and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients until evenly distributed.  

Using large ice cream scoop or ¼ C measuring cup, scoop dough onto baking sheet and shape into circle. Bake until slightly puffed but barely colored, 9-12 minutes. Allow to cool. Makes approx. 24 cookies. (We used a small scoop and had a ton of cookies! We also ended up adding in some chocolate chips–which were fantastic!)

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When Stace is not in the casino trying to finally get her first hand pay, you will find her at work as a Housing Counselor or in class, pursing her doctorate in strategic leadership. She is a music trivia ringer, having spent 30 years as a morning radio personality, and mom to 17 and glam-ma to 28 and counting (yes, really!). Her favorite ports (so far) are St Maarten and Ketchikan.

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