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It’s that time of year

November 14, 2014

I wish I didn’t love this time of year so much for this time of year is a lot of work! I’ll go to long lengths to make it gleeful, festive and oh my goodness gracious the decorations are sometimes over the top. But Royce is my partner in holiday crime and doesn’t seem to mind the efforts given to dangle icicle lights, big tree balls, wrapped porch pickets, etc.

This blog is dedicated to Holiday Recipes and as it is that time of year…………HERE WE GO AGAIN — Best Holiday Recipes for 2014

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Hannah Grace is swinging for Holiday Joy! This delightful child is now five and oh my gosh what a treasure she is.

First up is Thanksgiving —

Here is my first recipe of the holiday season. It’s a simple one that anyone can do and have fun with. And it is quite a tasty treat to set on the sidebar for all your family and guests to nibble on. Be careful, these delights are addictive.

oreo cookie ball Thanksgiving
OREO COOKIE BALLS

Yield: 48 small round bits of delicious
Total time to make: 1 fun hour

What you will need:
36 crushed OREO cookies
8 oz. softened cream cheese (I use high fat Philadelphia)
12 oz. melted chocolate (for dipping) — be creative and melt both white, milk and dark chocolate.

How to make
Mix crushed cookie crumbs and softened cream cheese until nicely blended.

1. Roll into 48 equal sized balls. Hint: using wet (not dripping) hands to roll into balls is helpful.
2. Place in your refrigerator to chill — chill well — I usually leave mine anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. You want it malleable to roll into balls so don’t leave over thirty minutes but if you do, no harm, just let it warm up a bit so it is malleable to work.
3. Dip each ball into the melted white/dark chocolate of your choice. Hint: I use a wooden skewer and swirl as I dip to the melted dipping chocolate to get full coverage, then place each ball on parchment paper and remove the skewer. The tiny whole left by the skewer can be easily fixed when adding swirl decorations in the step 5.

Now wait, be patient and let the balls get that hard Bonbon look to them….

4.  Let the tray of OREO Cookie Balls set up in the refrigerator until very firm. You don’t want it other than a hard coating. A hard coating that will crack when bitten into is an amazing sensation for our pallet.
5. After the coating is hardened, remove and decorate with the same or different colour chocolate. You can make crisscrosses, swirls, or any design that suites your fancy. I always have so much fave fun with this step.  Hint: using a small tip on a pastry bag works well for this application. And take your time and enjoy making something that says “hand made just for you” to your family and friends and then set back and enjoy the complements. You’ll deserve them.

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