Thursday, December 08, 2011

Red and White Plus Black and White...

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  So there I was the other day, just hanging out being a really good boy and stuff, when Mom said she had something special to do!  She said she was going to take something red and white ... mix it with something black and white ... and frankly, Dave and I both liked the sound of that!  A walk!?!  A car ride?!?  Play time?!? But THEN she mentioned crushing them up ...

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"GASP!!!"

...and I just didn't like the sound of that at ALL!!!

Then she said, "Oh, instead of crushing them with a mallet, I could whirl them around in the food processor..."

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"I'm not sure I like the sound of this..."

Say what?!?!  Well, OK.  Mom must have seen the look on my face, because she called me a silly little puppy and scratched my ears.  Then she told me to relax - the red and white and the black and white she had in mind were of this sort:

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Candy Canes and Oreos
Red and white ... Black and white!

Oh!  Whew.  Well, OK, then!

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"AH!  Gotcha, Mom!  Whew!"

That was a huge relief! I offered my services on KP, but Mom said, "Absolutely not!" and banished both me and Dave from the kitchen. Something about chocolate and these being for the neighbors. Fine.

So, anyway, she made Candy Cane-Oreo Cookie Balls - and I thought I'd share her recipe with you. These are for PEOPLE ONLY - not for us guys, OK? Chocolate is very bad for us! Have your biped wash her (or his) hands, and let's get busy!

Here's everything you need:

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Candy canes (once they're crushed, about 1/3 of a cup's worth)
8 ounces cream cheese - softened
1 package Oreos (the recipe said 16.6 oz., but our bag was 15.5 - close enough!)
2 packages (8 squares each) Baker's semi-sweet chocolate, melted

OK - first up, crush the candy canes.  Mom put hers in the food processor and buzzed them around.  She made them really fine - do whatever feels right to you!  Save a tablespoon worth of the chopped candy canes and toss the rest into a bowl.
Next, crush the Oreos!  Use the same food processor - no need to wash it after the candy canes, it's all going together anyway!  Do about 1/4 of the package at a time.  Mom did the Oreos really fine, too.
Combine the crushed Oreos, the crushed candy canes and the cream cheese in your bowl.  Blend well.  Really well.  Use the electric hand mixer.
Before you start the next step, get the chocolate going.  Mom melted hers using a double-boiler on the stove.
Roll the "dough" into 1" balls.  Mom used her tiniest cookie scoop so she could make them pretty even.  Put them on a wax paper-lined sheet pan and pop them in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.  Mom actually did hers in two batches.
Once firm, dip the balls in the melted chocolate!  Place back on wax paper-lined sheet pan and sprinkle with the reserved crushed candy canes.  (Because the balls were in the freezer, the chocolate will set pretty fast, so only dip 4-5 balls before topping with the candy, or it won't "stick".)
Refrigerate for at least an hour, until firm!

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Candy Cane-Oreo Balls

Mom said they're even better after sitting in the fridge for 24 hours. The flavors come together, it's all smooth like a truffle, and make sure you make extra so you can try them before you give them to the neighbors.  (She got 57 balls from the recipe, but it depends on how big you make them and how finely you crush everything.)

Here's what I did while Mom made these:

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She said I was a tremendous help ... though I don't see how me not being right there with her is any help at all!!!  

I hope your people will like these!

Play bows anBON APPETIT! to all the bipeds out there,
Zim

PS:  We'll put a link to the recipe in our sidebar, under Secret Family Recipes, so you can find it later!

18 comments:

  1. Yum!! My mom said she's definitely going to make these this weekend.

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  2. yummy....mom says she has seen that recipe before but not with candy canes....hmmmm - maybe to give away to friends (and a few reserved for her). And we know you were lots of help supervising from a far....

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  3. Your support from the other room was a BIG help I am sure. Glad to hear it was candy canes and oreo's being all crushed up. Whew!
    They do look yummie.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  4. there is a remote possiblity that My Vickie can make this and noe mess it up.

    We will keep you posted. Boy does it look good......

    Bert

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  5. Oh does that look yummy. We are gonna try it, this weekend.

    The silvers and more

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  6. I just ran and got Beth to show her -- she likes stuff like this -- WOWZERS is she ever excited! She is going to make these! She said she would make me a special treat too -- just not these! Thank you for sharing, my friend!

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  7. mmm those look good!

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  8. Mum says if she could find her food processor, she'd make these for sure!

    Huffs

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  9. You are such a great helper. Those look yummy!

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  10. Our mommy would love those! We'll tell her about them when she gets back from Kansas! Oh, she mentioned a really orange sunset last night but she was on the plane so didn't get a photo and hopes you did!

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  11. We are gonna have to try those!

    Sam

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  12. Zim, your expressions are priceless! You need your mom to make those with carob and stinky goodness treats for you! :D

    Pip, Smidgen, minnie, Hollie

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  13. yummm! We bet you were a huge help
    Benny & Lily

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  14. This is a cool recipe and it looks delicious! Thank you!

    Nina, Myshka, Sasha, Betsy, Lucy, Phoebe and Lily

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  15. Our mom is so wishing she could help herself to one of those cookie balls right this minute! yummmmmmmm

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

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  16. Yummy! My mom said these would be great with her toffee and divinity all in a pretty box for our neighbors. You did a good job helping, Zim.
    Bryn

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  17. those look yummy!

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com

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  18. Yum everything looks so good and Christmasy!! Hope you have a great weekend.
    Smooches from pooches,
    BabyRD & Hootie

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