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Oreo Balls

Ok now some people call these Oreo Truffles.  I admit that does sound fancier.  But when my sister, Jenny, offered me one for the very first time, she called them Oreo Balls.  So it stuck.  My kids ask for them by name…Oreo balls.  And so it is.  These things are so tasty and a wonderful addition to any dessert buffet.  Perfect party treat.  They can be easily packaged into cute gifts.  Teacher appreciation gifts?  Put them in a clear treat bag, make a tag that says “It’s been a ball being in your class!!” , punch a whole in the corner and tie it to your treat bag with some colorful twine.  It’s in the bag…literally!!  They are superb treats for your neighbors, especially if you are into ding dong ditching.  You can use vanilla candy quick and put the food coloring of your choice in and voila…yummy, edible party favors that go with your color scheme.  I could go on but I know ya’ll want me to get on with it already and so I will.  You can use vanilla candy Quik, white chocolate chips, chocolate candy quick or semi sweet or milk chocolate chips.  I am working on a mint variation right now.  Mint oreos with those limited edition Nestle mint chocolate chips.  I will let ya’ll know.  You really truly can do almost anything with this recipe.  Make it your own!!  Now that the lovely people at Nabisco are offering so many different varieties of Oreos, the options are nearly endless.

Oreo Balls

Ingredients

1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

1 package Oreos, crushed

1 package candy quik or 1 package chocolate chips

Directions

Now, I use my food processor to crush my Oreos.  You want them to be ground until they are almost like sand and the food processor works perfectly.  I get that not everyone has a food processor or wants to get it out for this task, so you can also put them in a gallon size Ziploc bag and take a rolling pin to them.  This also works great for getting rid of some pent up aggression.  Unless you don’t have any…if that is the case, you can bring them to me and I will crush them for you.  I have plenty of pent up aggression…kind of makes me wonder why I missed the opportunity to smash cookies with a rolling pin?  Hmmm…need to consider this next time.  Anyway, once this is done put your cookies crumb sand into your standing mixer bowl or a regular mixing bowl along with the softened block of cream cheese.  Mix away until it is well combined.

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This is how your mixture of cream cheese and cookie crumbs should look

Now, you are going to make them into uniform balls.  I just take a spoon and scoop some up and roll it into a ball.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place your balls on parchment paper a few inches apart.  Now, melt your candy quik according to package directions or put your chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between each round until they are melted.  Taking one ball at a time, roll in the melted candy quik or chocolate chips.  I will tell you, this can get messy.  Place each dipped ball back on parchment paper once you are done until each ball is covered.  If you want, you can put some sprinkles or mini chocolate chips on some or all of the balls.  It gives them a little added texture and makes them look especially festive.  My kids like them plain, so I usually do half and half.  Put them in the fridge over night or for several hours at least, to cool.  Get ready to make more because they will disappear quickly.  Big Daddy says these are “tasty” and he is not usually a dessert person.

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Oh luscious Oreo balls…how I love thee…

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The plan was to have some left for the man in red…yeah…there is one left.  Onto plan B.

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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Yes…you read that title correctly.  Chocolate bourbon pecan pie.  And it is every bit as delicious as you would imagine.  It is Thanksgiving and Christmas and all good things rolled into one.  It is traditional pecan pie but so much more.  I came across this recipe one lucky day…before pinterest. Shocking I know!!  I gave it a try that Christmas and we were blown away.  Friends who came to Christmas dinner wanted to take an entire pie home.  It is that good.  The best thing about this pie is that it is easy to prepare and yet it tastes so fabulous it seems as if you have spent hours preparing it.  This pie will have people beating down your door to be friends with you, get you into the best holiday parties, heck it is so good they might throw  a party in your honor!!  Ok…I may be embellishing a little but I assure you making this pie for your friends and family can’t hurt anything.  Oh it is so good.  So give it a try.  I promise you have totally got this!  So get to baking…Cajun Mama says so.  Sorry…I know that was bossy…but I like to pretend ya’ll listen to me…the people who live in my house with me certainly don’t.  I am pretty sure they hear a series of dolphin squeaks when I speak.  Ha ha!  But really…sigh.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

(From Southern Living Nov. 1998)

Yields  one 9 inch pie

Ingredients 

1/2 package refrigerated pie crusts

4 large eggs, room temperature

1 cup light corn syrup

6 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

3 tablespoons bourbon

1 tablespoon all purpose flour

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lay pie crust in a 9 inch pie plate, taking care to fold edges under and crimp

Whisk together eggs, light corn syrup, and the following 6 ingredients until mixture is smooth.  Stir in chopped pecans and chocolate chips.  Pour into pie crust.

Bake on the lowest oven rack for 1 hour or until set.  Mine took exactly an hour and then I let it cool for about 45 minutes and it was perfectly set.

ImageYeah…it is even better than it looks.  Promise.