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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15 thoughts on “Holiday Cookie Exchange – Turtle Balls”

  1. Mmmmm! I think I just gained 5 pounds reading that. I'm in board with pretty much anything with cream cheese. Oh AND it's ready and makes me look like I know how to cook? Yep, I'm in!

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