Holiday Cookie Exchange – Turtle Balls

Dear Readers,

It’s time to share recipes for holiday treats!  Yum.  A bunch of sexy bloggers are kicking off the holiday season in style with the annual recipe exchange!  Jz from A Reluctant Bitch encouraged us to post a favorite holiday treat recipe today.  Bless her heart and many thanks for pulling this together! So you can see holiday treats all over this the blogosphere!  And drool over something other than my cleavage today!  You can see my recipe below and then links to the other blogs sharing their tasty treats too!  
I adore cookies!  Cookie Monster is my favorite Sesame Street muppet.  Om nom nom.  I am not much of a baker these days, but I used to help my mom make hundreds of cookies for church events – from lebkuchen (that had to be started a month ahead of time), to sugar cookies, currant bars, icebox cookies, shortbreads, thumbprints with raspberry jam, molasses cookies, spritz, ginger bread men, and something she called “snowballs.”  See my cookie post from 2012 about those!  Ever since I’ve been hooked on eating balls of all kinds!  
In 2013, I shared Noreen’s easy recipe for Oreo Cookie Balls.  There was even a video to make prep extra easy!  The 2014 entry was an amazing recipe for toffee cookie balls from Snackworks!  With only four ingredients!  And three steps!  And NO BAKING!  I could do that!  More balls made of cookies! With chocolate and toffee!  
Last year I shared something a little more exotic – doggy style cookies.  They still had balls on them!
I can’t believe this is my fifth year taking part.  Wow!  This year in keeping with my favorites, I am sharing an easy no-bake recipe with caramel, chocolate and nuts that turn into TURTLE BALLS!

I am not a great cook, but I am a pretty fair Googler.  I found the recipe here:

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/turtle-cookie-balls-128342.aspx

It has five easy-to-find ingredients and five steps to yummy goodness in less than 2 hours!  You wanna play with nuts and balls, right?!

TURTLE COOKIE BALLS RECIPE
Prep Time: 30min.
Total Time: 1hr. 40min.
Creates 42 balls

Ingredients:

• 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened  

• 70 vanilla wafers, finely crushed (about 2-1/3 cups)  

• 6 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping 

• 1/2 cup chopped pecans 

• 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted  

Also needed – A sheet of waxed paper and a pan or platter

Instructions:
1) Mix first 4 ingredients (cream cheese, wafers, caramel, pecans) until blended.
2) Shape into 42 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min.
3) Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan. 

How to Easily Dip BallsTo easily coat balls with the melted chocolate, add balls, in batches, to bowl of melted chocolate. Use 2 forks to roll balls in chocolate until evenly coated. Remove balls with forks, letting excess chocolate drip back into bowl. Place balls in prepared pan; let stand until firm.

4) Sprinkle with more nuts.
5) Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
6) Display elegantly on a plate or tray, serve and enjoy!
If there are any left, store then in tightly covered container in the refrigerator.
[I changed the recipe based on the comments – added more caramel and nuts, put the nuts in with the balls before dipping as well as on top.  You may also want to use some or all milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet]
Happy Holidays Dear Readers!  Extra hugs with groping! 
-Sassy
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You can see other recipes on any of the blogs listed below!  Click for treats!
Bloggers Sharing Holiday Treats 2016


abby                       Ashly                    Bleue
Cat                         collared mom        David


DelFonte                Ella                        greengirl 
His slut                   Jz                           Katie
Kelly                       Lilli                         Lindy       
Mrs. Fev                Ms. Constance       nilla


olivia                      ronnie                     Ryan

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Calling all sexy Bloggers – Join the Holiday Recipe Exchange

Dear Readers who are Bloggers!

It’s almost time for the sixth annual holiday recipe exchange in this sexy corner of the blog world!  Join in!  Invite your blogger pals!

It’s easy!  All you have to do is

1) Email Jz by Monday, December 5 to let her know your blogger name and the URL of your blog

2) Post a recipe for cookies or any holiday treat on Wednesday, December 7 that includes a link to JZ’s post with all the recipe links

Then sit back and watch the hits roll in!  And go look and comment on other posts for even more hits and wonderful recipes!

Here’s my post from last year with the list of all the participants, so you can see what the posts look like.

I don’t bake at all, but I manage to do this exchange and have fun!  Dooo it!  I am eager to see what you cook up!

-Sassy

Holiday Cookies Doggy Style

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Snoopy Sugar Cookies
Dear Readers,
It’s time to share recipes for holiday treats!  Yum.  A bunch of sexy bloggers are kicking off the holiday season in style with the annual recipe exchange!  Jz from A Reluctant Bitch encouraged us to post a favorite holiday treat recipe today.  Bless her heart and many thanks for pulling this together! So you can see holiday treats all over this the blogosphere!  And drool over something other than my cleavage today!  
I adore cookies!  Cookie Monster is my favorite Sesame Street muppet.  Om nom nom.  I am not much of a baker, but I used to help my mom make hundreds of cookies for church events – from lebkuchen (that had to be started a month ahead of time), to sugar cookies, currant bars, icebox cookies, shortbreads, thumbprints with raspberry jam, molasses cookies, spritz, ginger bread men, and something she called “snowballs.”  See my cookie post from 2012 about those!  Ever since I’ve been hooked on eating balls of all kinds!  
In 2013, I shared Noreen’s easy recipe for Oreo Cookie Balls.  There was even a video to make prep extra easy!  Last year,  I posted an amazing recipe for toffee cookie balls from Snackworks!  With only four ingredients!  And three steps!  And NO BAKING!  I could do that!  More balls made of cookies! With chocolate and toffee!  
This year we’re going a little more exotic with doggy style cookies.  Don’t worry – they still have balls on them!
You have two options: 
1) Order the cookies

Melissa Vergel sells them at SweetFlanDeCoco on Etsy.  They’re pricy but will make a big impression at your holiday party!  I am not connected with her and it’s probably best if you don’t tell her where you heard about her!  You found her…. “online somewhere…”   Yeah… that’s the ticket.

They come in two sizes:

a. mini-cookies

https://www.etsy.com/listing/256862717/snoopy-christmas-decorated-mini-cookies?ref=related-1
b. regular size
https://www.etsy.com/listing/249210156/snoopy-christmas-decorated-cookies-a?ref=market
I am not a baker, so that’s what I’m going to do!  
2) Make them yourself
If you are more kitcheny and oveny than I am, here are some clues in four easy steps. 
First step

Get a plastic cookie cutter.  You want the one of Charlie Brown’s dog Snoopy lying on his dog house.  I found two online for about $7: 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Snoopy-Christmas-Cookie-Cutter-3D-Printed/262135709701?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D34576%26meid%3D9ce7485620f64c9082f63c8c66ae6738%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D252029488299
OR 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Snoopy-Christmas-Cookie-Cutter-3D-Printed/262135709701?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D34576%26meid%3D9ce7485620f64c9082f63c8c66ae6738%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D252029488299
Second step

Make sugar cookies and icing

Here’s the easy recipe:
      from http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/
Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies
Ingredients:
   3 c unbleached, all-purpose flour
   2 tsp baking powder
   1 c sugar (I use sugar that I’ve stored vanilla beans in)
   2 sticks (salted) butter, cold & cut into chunks
   1 egg
   3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
   1/2 tsp pure almond extract
Instructions:
Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside. Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.  The dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling. 
Roll on a floured surface to about 1/4″ to 3/8″ thick, and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets (I recommend freezing the cut out shape on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before baking) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Royal Icing

follow the recipe here 
http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/2010/01/royal-icing-102-or-201-or-whatever.html

When the icing is beginning to reach a stiff peak, add a drop or two of almond extract and beat until stiff peaks form.  Transfer icing to three separate containers and color (white, black and red – she likes AmeriColors. Press plastic wrap down onto the icing.

Third step
Decorate!

Spread on the red icing to cover the dog house.
Spread on the white icing to cover the dog. 
Let dry for at least an hour. 
Using a #2 decorating tip, pipe the dog’s feature and stripes and swags.  Then press little decorative balls to form the “lights” on the swags.  You can find them in many larger grocery stores or craft stores. 
Fourth step
Display elegantly on a plate or tray, serve and enjoy!
Happy Holidays Dear Readers!  Extra hugs with groping! 
-Sassy
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You can see other recipes on any of the blogs listed below!  Click for treats!
Bloggers Sharing Holiday Treats 2015

Join a Holiday Treats Exchange!

Dear Readers who are Bloggers!

It’s almost time for the fifth annual holiday recipe exchange in this sexy corner of the blog world!  Join in!  Invite your blogger pals!

Here’s the link to the announcement with the details.  All you have to do is

1) Email Jz by Monday, December 7 to let her know your blogger name and the URL of your blog

2) Post a recipe for cookies or any holiday treat on Wednesday, December 9 that includes a link to JZ’s post with all the recipe links

Then sit back and watch the hits roll in!  And go look and comment on other posts for even more hits and wonderful recipes!  

Here’s my post from last year with the list of all the participants, so you can see what the posts look like.

I don’t bake at all, but I manage to do this exchange and have fun!  Dooo it!  I am eager to see what you cook up!

-Sassy

Holiday Cookie Exchange – BALLS!

Toffee Cookie Balls
Dear Readers,

Wow do I have a treat for you today!

It’s time for a party!  A cookie party!  Yum.  A bunch of sexy bloggers are kicking off the holiday season in style with a cookie exchange!  Jz from A Reluctant Bitch encouraged us to post our favorite holiday cookie recipe today.  Bless her heart and many thanks for pulling this together! So you can see cookies and other holiday treats all over this sexy corner of the blogosphere!  And drool over something other than my cleavage today!  

I adore cookies!  Cookie Monster is my favorite Sesame Street puppet.  Om nom nom.  I am not much of a baker, but I used to help my mom make hundreds of cookies for church events – from lebkuchen (that had to be started a month ahead of time), to sugar cookies, currant bars, icebox cookies, shortbreads, thumbprints with raspberry jam, molasses cookies, spritz, ginger bread men, and something she called “snowballs.”  See my cookie post from 2012 about those!  Ever since I’ve been hooked on eating balls of all kinds!  Last year, I shared Noreen’s easy recipe for Oreo Cookie Balls.  There was even a video to make prep extra easy!

I know how to use the internet, so I searched for “holiday balls cookies” and up came this amazing recipe for toffee cookie balls from Snackworks!  With only four ingredients!  And three steps!  And NO BAKING!  I could do that!  More balls made of cookies! With chocolate and toffee!  You can lick them, roll them around in your mouth and bite them ever so gently! Yum!

Here’s the easy recipe.
from http://www.snackworks.com/recipe/toffee-cookie-balls-129512.aspx

Ingredients
• 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) brick cream cheese, softened
• 16 CHIPS AHOY! made with HEATH English Toffee, finely crushed (about 2 cups)
• 1/4 cup chopped chocolate-covered toffee bar [like Heath or Skor], divided
• 3 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
Instructions
• MIX cream cheese, cookie crumbs and 2 Tbsp chopped toffee bar until well blended.
• SHAPE into 30 (1-inch) balls; place in single layer in shallow pan. Freeze 10 min. Dip in chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan. Lightly press remaining chopped toffee bar into tops of balls.

• REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
The link also includes tips to make prep easier and nutrition info.  
Serve and enjoy!

Happy Holidays Dear Readers!  Extra hugs with groping! 

-Sassy
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You can see other recipes on any of the blogs listed below!  Click for cookies!

Holiday Cookie Exchange

Oreo Cookie Balls! A New Holiday Treat! The Holidays are Coming!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuMBXbfNdjU

It’s time for a party!  A cookie party!  Yum.

A bunch of bloggers are kicking off the holiday season in style with a cookie exchange!  Jz from A Reluctant Bitch encouraged us to post our favorite holiday cookie recipe today.

I adore cookies!  Cookie Monster is my favorite Sesame Street puppet.  Om nom nom.  I am not much of a baker, but I used to help my mom bake hundreds of cookies for church events – from lebkuchen that had to be started a month ahead of time, to sugar cookies, currant bars, icebox cookies, shortbreads, thumbprints with raspberry jam, molasses cookies, spritz, ginger bread men, and something she called “snowballs.”  See my cookie post from last year about those!  Ever since I’ve been hooked on eating balls of all kinds!  And I know how to use the internet, so I searched for “holiday balls cookies” and up came this amazing recipe from the nifty Noreen!  With only four ingredients!  I could do that!  Balls made of cookies!  Yum!  And there’s a video!

Here’s the recipe   Enjoy!
Ingredients
  • 1 chocolate fudge cake mix prepared according to package directions.  Totally cooled.
  • 1 Cup buttercream or purchased vanilla or cream cheese frosting
  • 1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract
  • 2 cups crushed Oreo cookies
      For Coating
  • 2 cups crushed Oreo cookies

Step by Step Instructions
1) Combine the frosting and vanilla extract in mixer bowl and beat until incorporated.
2) Crumble cake into mixing bowl and blend until it forms a dough.
3) Add in crushed Oreos and blend well.
4) Roll mixture into 1 inch balls and place on a baking sheet.
5) Roll each cookie ball into the crushed Oreos to coat completely
6) Place into refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow chocolate to set.
7) Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  If you are making these in advance, you may freeze them for up to 3 months.

Serve and enjoy!  Happy Holidays Dear Readers!
-Sassy
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Bakers 2013