In yesterday’s post (White Christmas Dreaming – a Tablescape), you got to peek at some truffles and cookies displayed in the centerpiece for tasting. Today, I’m sharing links for those recipes, plus one additional easy creation of my own.
I didn’t go into detail about these oatmeal cranberry cookies, but I made them last week after finding the recipe on Food Network’s site.
Spunky Daughter wouldn’t even taste them. She
hates dislikes Craisins® and raisins, so she immediately turned up her nose and left the kitchen. I loaded a few in the cookie jar and froze the remainder. Oh, well…maybe over time, I’ll find a way to get rid of them. Meanwhile, I can enjoy those few in the cookie jar.
Over the next couple of days, I noticed HH visiting the cookie jar often. He was sad when the jar was empty and commented on how much he liked the cookies. I immediately reloaded the jar from the freezer stash. Yay! Someone else likes the Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies as much as I do! (Click the title there for Food Network’s recipe page.)
For the other goodies on the centerpiece plate, Amy’s Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles intrigued me. When her post came into my email one morning earlier this week, I realized I had everything on hand to make them. Immediately, I whipped up a batch. Getting a little creative, I decided to coat some of them in powdered sugar. Perfect for my tablescape about snow.
I’m not normally a truffle person, but these dark chocolate truffles with honey and peppermint extract are a healthier alternative to my usual chocolates of choice. While making peppermint bark, I decided to roll a few of the truffles in crushed candy canes.
The candies enhanced the peppermint flavor and added a little crunch. Yum!
If you are a truffle fan, visit Amy at Foods for the Soul (don’t you love that blog name?) to read and print her recipe HERE. So easy and healthy! Amy has wonderful recipes, and quite a few healthy, vegan, wheat-free, etc. It’s nice to have those alternatives for those with diet restrictions. (Me? I eat everything. Don’t judge me! Wink.)
Do you crave ice cream when it’s cold weather, or is it just me? I think maybe it’s just me, but when I think of snow and snowballs…rounds of vanilla ice cream come to mind. With the plate of crushed candy canes left over from the truffles, I couldn’t resist giving some ice cream a roll in it!
I didn’t get a picture of the entire White Christmas tablescape with the dessert parfaits loaded with these red and white snow balls, but you get the idea. Speaking of SD, I knew she would want one with a little chocolate drizzle on top.
This one is for her. (And, you, if you desire.)
After snapping the ice cream pictures, the parfaits went into the freezer because they were getting a little melty. It was the following day before I removed the no-chocolate-drizzle version.
WAIT! Don’t leave yet – you really do want to hear the rest of the story! I promise!
I discovered something divine. If I had known what was coming when it hit my mouth, I would have taken a picture so you could see for yourself. The candy coating had sort of melted (I know – how is that?). It’s like the candy melded together with the top layer of melted ice cream and became smoother and less crunchy when refrozen – but completely delicious!
I possibly could have taken a picture after the first bite, but…well…there was no
pause in my eating opportunity because I was lost in a world of pink snow (and gulping). That gives you possibly an ugly picture of my gluttony, doesn’t it?
If you want to experience such (and why wouldn’t you?), roll an ice cream ball through a few crushed candy canes, let it melt slightly, re-freeze and then serve. I think your family and guests might want to join you. And, look out! You all might begin to crave ice cream during winter.
Merry Peppermint Christmas, y’all!
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