March 8th, 2012

Shamrock Shakes

Shamrock Shake



Calling all leprechauns! Wow! St. Patrick’s Day is almost here. Does it seem to you like we were just celebrating Christmas? I guess time flies when we’re having fun, and St. Patrick’s Day is certainly all about fun. I love the way we can count on most Americans to suddenly become Irish (if only just for a day) and don their favorite shade of green. I just happen to be a wee bit Irish myself, thanks to my Pritchard ancestors. I only know that because in addition to my love of cooking, I’m also a genealogy nut. But whether you’re Irish, or just claiming to be, you might just want to celebrate on the 17th by serving up some of these minty Shamrock Shakes. Your friends will turn green with envy!


You’re going to need vanilla ice cream, milk, mint extract, and green food coloring. Whipped cream and green sprinkles are optional, but highly recommended.
Measure out the vanilla ice cream (it’s easier if it’s a little bit soft) and place it in a blender.
Add milk, mint extract, and green food coloring. Blend until thoroughly mixed.
Pour into glasses. Top with whipped cream and green cake sprinkles if desired.  Cheers!
Shamrock Shake

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January 17th, 2012

Chocolate Mint Cookies

Chocolate Mint Cookies



My best friend likes to live on the edge. I don’t mean to say that she’s irresponsible; in fact, she’s just the opposite. But if there is any kind of high-adventure activity, she’s game: surfing, zip-lining, paint-balling, climbing an Alaskan glacier with ice picks, running with the bulls in Spain, etc. etc.

 

Okay, I was kidding about the bulls, but she’s done all the others, and here is a picture of her in action.
You’re probably wondering what on earth she’s doing. She’s flying in a wind tunnel. She loves this kind of stuff. If I ever did that, I’d have to take up residency at my chiropractor’s office. If you think it looks like fun, check it out here.  On the other hand, if you’d rather make some delicious chocolate mint cookies, you’re in the right place.  The ingredients you’ll need are butter, brown sugar, water, chocolate chips, vanilla, eggs, flour, baking soda, salt, and some delicious Andes mints.  Boy, do I LOVE those Andes mints!
Place the butter, brown sugar, water, and chocolate chips into a large pot and heat until they are melted together. Add vanilla and set aside to cool for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Whisk the eggs into the chocolate mixture.
Fold the chocolate mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well.  Cover and chill for about 1 hour.  Then roll into balls about the size of a ping pong ball.  Place on cookie sheets sprayed with cooking spray and bake at 350 for 9 minutes.
Meanwhile, unwrap the mints.
As soon as the cookies are removed from the oven, set one mint on top of each cookie. When the mint looks glossy, swirl it with the back of a spoon.
Oh yum!
Chocolate Mint Cookies
January 4th, 2012

Oreo Truffles

Oreo Truffles



When I was growing up, my favorite television show, hands down, was I Love Lucy. I know I’m dating myself here, but let me just say that I’m not old enough to have watched the shows when they originally aired on TV. I’m definitely part of the re-run generation. If you’re a Lucy fan, too, do you remember that episode where she and Ethel worked in the candy factory? They were supposed to wrap each individual chocolate as it came by on the conveyor belt, but when the belt started to move faster and faster, they couldn’t keep up and proceeded to stuff the candy into their mouths and hats. It was a classic!

The recipe I have for you today reminds me of that Lucy episode. Did you know that you can make your own truffles? And they not only look and taste like you bought them in a candy shop, they are very easy to make. All you need is some Oreo cookies, some cream cheese, and some melting chocolate. I buy the melting chocolate at Michael’s, but you should be able to find it at any store that sells cake decorating supplies.

After I bought the ingredients to photograph this recipe, it occurred to me that I could also make mint truffles if I used mint Oreos. So I went back to the store to get some, and I ended up making both kinds. It really was like a candy factory in my house that day.

Crush all of the Oreos in batches in a food processor or blender until they are the same consistency as coffee grounds.

Use a mixer to add in the cream cheese and blend until the mixture forms dough.

Refrigerate the dough for 1/2 hour.  Roll the dough into about 35 one-inch bite-sized balls and place on wax paper that is on top of a cookie sheet.

After you have rolled all of the dough into balls, warm the candy melts by following the instructions on the package.  Dip each ball of dough into the chocolate.

Use two spoons, transferring the truffle from one spoon to the other, allowing the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. After you dip a ball, place it back onto the wax paper. Refrigerate the truffles until serving time or at least 5 or 10 minutes to allow chocolate to harden.

If desired, you can decorate the tops of the truffles with either of the following methods: Immediately after dipping a truffle in chocolate and placing it back on the waxed paper, sprinkle the top with some more Oreo crumbs.

Oreo TrufflesOr after the truffles have been refrigerated, you can decorate the top with chocolate drizzle.

Oreo Truffles

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