Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I didn't plan on making either of these things but I found some vanilla coating that I actually liked (I really don't care for white chocolate much) so I ended up throwing these recipes together. You can Google for more specific recipes if you wish.
The Oreo Truffles were just 1 package of Oreos minus 7 cookies, pulverized in the food processor, then blended with 8 oz of cream cheese. I chilled the mixture then formed it into balls, chilled it again (I read that freezing them would be better to keep the crumbs out of the coating but I didn't have the freezer space), then I dipped them in vanilla coating and sprinkled them with colored sprinkles. Store in the refrigerator. You could use any type of chocolate or coating that you like for these but I think the white coating looks more festive.
The Peppermint Bark was just one layer of chocolate coating sprinkled with chopped candy canes , topped with a layer of vanilla coating topped with chopped candy canes. Let the bottom layer set before adding the top layer. If you want nice cuts, cut it just after the candy sets. If you chill it too long, you'll have to break it into random pieces, it won't cut as nicely. I used two different types of candy canes - Spangler (the one on the bottom in the picture) have better color than Bob's (on top). Oh, I used a small toaster oven tray lined with foil to make this in. It was the perfect size.
The Oreo truffles taste like Oreos. I liked them better than Oreos (I'm not a huge Oreo fan except for the Candy Cane version they had out at Christmas). I liked the creaminess. The peppermint bark was my son's favorite out of all of my holiday treats this year. You can't beat these (non) recipes for simplicity, especially the peppermint bark.
Tonight is New Year's Eve which mean appetizers for us but I still haven't finalized the menu. I really ought to do an appetizer night more than just one night each year. There are just too many to choose from.
Question of the Day: What are your plans for ringing in the new year? I plan to be sleeping at midnight. I'm severely sleep-deprived.