Sunday, December 16, 2007

Li'l Bites of Heaven

I have been fortunate enough to attend a couple cookie exchanges in the past week, and I am here to share with you the most fabulous cookie of 2007. Now, the cookie tasting was judged by me, of course, so you might think that the title of Most Fabulous Cookie is being awarded a little subjectively. You would be right. But I strongly believe that if you don't like this cookie then you are an alien and therefore I don't think you should be reading this blog anyway. So there.

Ok, here it is: Oreo Snowballs.

This cookie has exactly three ingredients. And that is all it needs to achieve its fabulosity. Take an entire package of Oreos and crush them. I had to laugh at the "pull-off tab" at the top of the Oreos Jason bought for me. Like, if you need access to the entire package of Oreos immediately without the hassle of cutting the end and pulling out the little tray, then this tab is genius. But if you're like most people and don't eat the entire package all at once, it seems pretty silly. Anyway, I digress.

Crush the entire pack of cookies, creme centers and all. The person who gave me this recipe recommended using the blender. I found that to take a long time, and I had to keep emptying out the crushed cookies at the bottom of the blender so it didn't clog up the blade. I think a baggie and rolling pin might work just as well. But you do want them to have the texture of good garden dirt. No chunks, because it will take away from the oreo cheesecake texture you're trying to achieve.

After the cookies are crushed, chop an 8 oz. block of softened cream cheese (full fat, because it's CHRISTMAS!) and dump the cookie crumbs in a bowl with the cream cheese chunks. Take off your rings and squish it all together. And if you want anyone to eat them afterwards, wash your hands first.

Chill that mixture for a couple hours, then take it out and form small balls with it. I used a heaping teaspoon for each ball and came out with about 35 of them.

Chill your balls for another hour or two, then take about 16 oz. of almond bark and melt it. Dip your balls in the almond bark and put them on a sheet of waxed paper to cool. I sprinkled some colorful sprinkles on the ones I'm bringing to Maya's preschool, and some white sugar over the tops of a few others. I left a few plain, just for some variety. I only melted 12 oz. of almond bark when I made mine, and as you can see, I was just a little short. So 16 oz. should be plenty to create 35 perfect balls.

After the almost bark cools into hard little shells on each one, they're ready to eat.

Good luck not eating all 35 of them yourself!
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a witt said...

Omigosh, this is BRILLIANT. And might I add, some mighty funny writing there?

Also, might I suggest the food processor instead of the blender? Fast pulverization, no wait. Good for use in conjunction with the pull tab!

I'm making these for my realtor tomorrow. Don't ask.

Nicole said...

I only wish I could have used a food processor. Mine only holds about a cup of anything, so I thought it would be faster in the blender. But, blenders obviously work better when they have some liquid (and no sticky cream cheese) in them!

Do fantastic cookies for your Realtor mean you guys found a place?

Clubbs said...

I will definitely have to add these to the list of things I dip in almond bark (pretzels, Ritz with peanut butter in the middle, Oreos and truffles made from melted chocolate chips and cream cheese). Yum. Also, I am a fan of the pull tab on the Oreos...not because I devour the entire package at once, but because I don' see, it seals to keep them fresh! No more soft Oreos. Also, it is much quieter to access your Oreos after you put the kids to bed if you don't have to rattle that plastic container around getting it back in the cellophane package. Or maybe that's just me.

Gina...good luck with your realtor!