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My favorite “cookie” recipe

Posted on December 19th, 2011 by

One of my favorite holiday activities is baking cookies with my family. I have wonderful memories of making chocolate thumbprints, brownies, and linzer cookies with my mama. There was flour everywhere, bowls and spoons to lick, and the most delicious smells coming out of the oven! Our children love to bake all year long with Nana (and me). Their go-to recipe is a chocolate chip sour cream coffee cake. YUM!

My go-to recipe for holiday cookies is Chocolate Snowballs. It is a guaranteed crowd favorite and my little Sous Chefs LOVE these little treats. Plus, I won a holiday cookie contest so I have bragging rights! It is a great recipe for kids. They’ll love mushing the ingredients together with their hands. You’ll love that they’re using their fine motor skills and there’s no baking involved (Adults, you’ll have to do a little double-boiling/melting). And did I mention they are scrumptious!?!

Enjoy! Try not to eat them all in one sitting.

CHOCOLATE SNOWBALLS

Ingredients:
1 ½ c. semisweet chocolate chips
8 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
3 c. Oreo cookie crumbs (a 15 oz. box contains almost 4 cups)
1 c. finely ground pecans
Sifted Powdered Sugar for garnish

Melt chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler until smooth – over low heat. If you don’t own a double boiler, any metal or glass bowl that fits snugly over the top of a saucepan can be used. Stir the chocolate frequently with a rubber spatula, once the outer edges start to melt. Add cubed cream cheese and vanilla, stirring until smooth and cheese has melted. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, pour melted chocolate/cream cheese mixture and then stir in cookie crumbs and pecans until thoroughly blended (it is easiest to use your hands to do this part). Shape mixture into 1” balls and roll in powdered sugar. I layer them in a tupperware container using wax paper between the layers. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or until firm. Roll in powdered sugar again. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Yield: 5-6 Dozen balls
Serves: Depends on if you like to share.

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