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More Balls, and a new cookie

Mom and I had a marathon baking day yesterday – 700 cookies later and I’m still tired!

We made drop sugar cookies, Cheesecake Delights, Neapolitan Cookies, Peanut Butter cookies, Thumbprints, Almond Crunch, Caramels and finished some Peanut Butter Balls. I also spent all of Thursday evening baking more Oreo balls, Peanut Butter Balls, and Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies. We had so much fun trying a couple of new recipes with some tried and true ones. Also just having fun in the kitchen together. It was also fun when Beckey called asking for the fudge recipe, and Leah sending photos of her Oreo Truffles! Family baking day, thousands of miles apart 🙂

Only ONE week til Christmas!!! One more dessert to make, and a few more presents to buy. I am READY! While baking, lounging and making gifts I’ve been soaking in the Christmas music and Holiday movies (mostly on Lifetime). 

One of the new recipes I tried this year was a Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookie. I really like them! I haven’t shared them with anyone else, so perhaps the verdict is still out on this one. But I call it a success. 

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookie

 

This is another cookie from the Taste of Home Holiday Christmas Cookies and Candies magazine. And I have to be honest… I doubled the butter right away and had to double the entire recipe. I still only ended up with about 30 cookies 🙂

Ingredients

  • 24 maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 3/4 c packed brown suger
  • 1 tbs cherry juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 c chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 tsp shortening

Directions

  1. Pat cherries with paper towels to remove excess moisture; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in cherry juice and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refridgerate for 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
  2. Insert a chocolate chip into each cherry (there should be a nice cut from where the pit was removed). Wrap a tablespoon of dough around each cherry. Place 1 in apart on ungreased baking sheet. I recommend following the directions on the tablespoon of dough – I didn’t follow that exactly because I accidently doubled the recipe. Mine was more like… two tablespoons. I also found it incredibly hard to “wrap” the dough around the cherry. So I mostly the scooped the dough onto the pan, then pushed the cherry into it and just kinda pulled the excess around the top. 
  3. Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  4. In microwave, melt remaining chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Feel free to add more chips and shortening, these recipes never call for enough frosting. Dip tops of cookies in melted chocolate OR just spoon the chocolate on to cookie. Let stand and eat. 

Next up is another ball, just for my sister-in-law, Leah. She has some fascination with balls. Says she could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. She likes Christmas with our family because we always have ham balls, and now Oreo balls and Peanut Butter balls. So Leah, this one is for you!

Peanut Butter Balls

 

This is an awesome recipe from my Grandma Drevs. So, I don’t ever remember her actually making these, but her name is on the recipe card. And I remember a few other delicious peanut butter and chocolate desserts 🙂 

Ingredients

  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 1 c peanut butter
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 c graham cracker crumbs
  • Package of chocolate bark or chocolate chips

Directions – You have two options – you can make these into balls, or just spread in a pan and eat as bars. Grandma made them into bars. Also, you might as well double the recipe now, because it’s flawless and you will love it.

  1. Mix butter and powdered sugar, mix in peanut butter, then graham crumbs (if you are making the balls, don’t use a full cup of graham crumbs – just a little less will let you roll the balls easier) .

Balls

  1. Put out some parchment paper or tinfoil on the counter or a cookie sheet, someplace for your balls to dry.
  2. Roll into about 1 in balls, set aside.
  3. You will need the chocolate bark for the balls, the chocolate chips just wont set up enough. Melt the bark according to directions – as always, follow the directions so you don’t burn it! 
  4. Dip the balls into the chocolate. As I was putting the balls into the chocolate and removing them with a spoon, my mom suggested using a fork – it allows the excess bark to drip off before it gets to the pan. GREAT idea, as usual!
  5. Allow balls to dry, then eat and package!

Bars

  1. Spread mixture in 8×8 pan.
  2. Melt chocolate chips and spread over mixture.
  3. Let cool in fridge for 30 minutes (Grandma said not to leave it in longer or it would be too hard to cut!)
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Holiday Pre-Game

The holidays are upon us – it’s time to stock up on flour, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla, the list goes on. I’ve been getting a head start on holiday baking – I’ve made three batches of Chex Mix and some Becky Droppings (details below).

No slacking here! I’m in the middle of sewing some dresses and making Christmas presents for the nieces, nephews and neighbors, AND working on an awesome vintage Advent calendar. My mom has been crafting for years; back in the 70’s she bought and made a kit from Lee Wards for an advent calendar for a wall. The project as a whole is about 90% felt and 10% sequins and beads – that is some math I can handle. Since the calendar is made from a kit we don’t have a pattern. So I put my graphic design skills to work and made a pattern – I’ll try to post some photos in the weeks to come. The parents haven’t decorated for Christmas yet, so I haven’t been able to snap a photo of what my final product should duplicate. 

You may notice some disdain in my tone that my parent’s haven’t decorated for Christmas yet 🙂 Please know that my tree is up and the lights are on – it is beautiful. This is my first year with my own tree, so I will be borrowing some decor from my mom. But I don’t remember the last time she put the good HOMEMADE ornaments on the tree, so it’s not like I’m borrowing decorations she normally puts up!

Beckey Droppings

These are Becky Droppings. You probably have another name for them, but that is the Ray Family traditional name. This is a no-fail recipe – even if you don’t follow the recipe (which I rarely do), they will turn out fine. Also, you cannot stop at one. See that pan above? Those were made two hours ago. There is one left. Good luck. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c white syrup (or dark syrup, it really doesn’t matter)
  • 1 1/3 c peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4+ c of Special K ish cereal, or whatever your generic brand alternative is

Directions

Bring sugar, syrup and vanilla to a boil. Boil/heat until sugar is dissolved. Turn off heat and add peanut butter, mix until smooth. Add cereal. Stir, evenly distribute cereal and coating. Spoon into droppings on waxed paper. Eat.