Tuesday, December 16, 2014

White Chocolate Covered Oreos

Several weeks ago, my sister and I were walking in Target and she pointed out the boxes of white chocolate fudge covered Oreos.  She then mentioned how much she wanted to buy them.  My reaction, of course, was along the lines of, "What?  Don't buy that.  I could make you those."  Of course, she then responded, "Well, why don't you then?" 


Well, I've been so busy making other holiday cookies and treats that I just didn't have time to get around to it.  Until the one night I just happened to be melting down some white chocolate to make these White Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies.  I had more than enough white chocolate for the shortbread cookies, and since I also had a package of Oreos, I decided I better make good on my promise. 


To my surprise, it was actually really quick to make them.  I dressed half of them up with Christmas sprinkles and the other half with crushed candy canes.  Surely these are better than the storebought ones, right?  After all, these were made with love and you can't buy that.  :)  I have a feeling that once my sister eats these, she's going to have me make some more (especially once she finds out that I gave away most of them to some other people).  Well, 'tis the season after all.  And seeing as how it's so easy to do, why not?

White Chocolate Covered Oreos

vanilla almond bark or candy coating
sprinkles or crushed candy canes (optional)

Melt the almond bark in the microwave until it's completely fluid.  Dip the Oreos into the mixture and shake off the excess.  Lay on a piece of parchment paper and decorate as desired.       

Sunday, December 14, 2014

White Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread - SRC Cookie Carnival

Ooohh, Christmas is getting closer and that means it's time for Christmas cookies, lots of them!  Every year, I give away dozens of them to neighbors, co-workers, and friends.  Naturally, I also keep back some of them for my family too.  So, I am always on the lookout for new recipes to make and add to my list of faves.  That's why, when Sarah from the Secret Recipe Club came up with the idea for this Cookie Carnival, I eagerly joined in!  What is the "Cookie Carnival" you ask?  Well, the members of the Secret Recipe Club once again received another person's blog to peruse and pick a recipe from it to make.  But, the catch is that it has to be a cookie recipe.  Then, today, we all get to show off the newest addition to our Christmas cookie platters.

I was assigned the blog, Dessert Before Dinner.  With a title like that, I think I've found a kindred spirit in Stephy.  And if you go check out her blog, you'll see that she has no shortage of dessert recipes.  The girl means business!  She has everything from the classics, like Lemon Meringue Pie and Watermelon Sorbet, to more exotic recipes like Yuzu Wasabi White Chocolate Macarons and Grapefruit Cupcakes with Avocado Frosting.  From perusing through her blog, I came to see that she's a person who is bold, daring, and inventive.  She's knows what she likes, but she's also not afraid to try new things and see where her foodie ideas will take her.  You go girl!


This time, I opted for one of her classic recipes, Tartine Bakery Shortbread Cookies.  And oh boy were they ever good.  These shortbread cookies are thick, super buttery, and just sweet enough.  One bite, and they absolutely melt in your mouth.  You'll find yourself reaching for one after another until all you have left is crumbs.  And believe me, you will devour the crumbs as well.  I decided to be a little inventive too and dipped these into white chocolate, then sprinkled them with crushed peppermint candy for a festive, Christmas-y touch.  Simply delightful!  I will definitely put this recipe into my Christmas cookie collection to make every year from now on.


Thank you Stephy for the fantastic recipe!

Tartine Bakery Shortbread (slightly adapted from Dessert Before Dinner)

1 c. + 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1/4 tsp. salt (I increased this to 1/2 tsp.)
1 3/4 c. + 2 Tbsp. flour
1/3 c. sugar + more for sprinkling

Cream butter and sugar together.  Mix in the flour and salt until well combined.  Press the dough evenly into an 8x8 pan and sprinkle with more sugar.  Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes until golden.  Slice while still warm.  Remove from pan once cookies are completely cooled.

If desired, dip the cookies into melted vanilla candy coating and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.  Let sit until the coating sets.   


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Triple Peanut Butter Cookies - SRC


Okay, so you probably realize that this is my second post for this month's Secret Recipe Club.  But, when I found out earlier tonight that we were going to have an orphan, I just couldn't stand by and do nothing.  Especially when it comes to a great blogger like Anna over at her site, Cheese with Noodles.

Do you know that Anna lives in Alaska?  I can't imagine how cold it must be there during the wintertime, but I'm sure that her house is nice and cozy as she spends time with her family, crochets, paints, and, of course, cooks delicious food.  I would have loved to make her Baked Mice (aka mini meatloaves made in the shape of mice - sooo cute).  Her Cinnamon Pancakes with Cream Cheese Icing also looked very tempting.  But, unfortunately, I had no milk in the house.  Plus, I also wanted to try and get the post up tonight.

So, I decided to go with her Triple Peanut Butter Cookies.  Besides, my sister has been begging me to make some cookies so this was a win-win situation.  I just happened to have all the ingredients to make them, though as far as the peanut butter cups go, I could only find six mini ones in my pantry.  Note to self:  keep the pantry stocked with Reeses peanut butter cups.  I added some chocolate chips to make up for the difference.

Anna described these cookies as "soft, thick, and super peanut buttery."  And, you know what?  She was 100% right!  You'll need a big glass of milk to go with these.  I am so glad that I had the chance to scope out Anna's blog and try her cookies.  My sister will thank me.  As for me, I say a big thank you to Anna!


Triple Peanut Butter Cookies (from Cheese with Noodles)

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1 egg
3/4 c. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/4 c. flour
3/4 c. peanut butter chips
3/4 c. chopped peanut butter cups

Cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  Stir in the flour and baking soda until well combined.  Mix in the peanut butter chips and peanut butter cups.  Form the dough into small balls and bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes (mine took 12 minutes).