Gingerbread OREO Cookie Balls

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Gingerbread OREO Cookie Balls

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The holiday season is here! This means I’ll be cranking out festive treats like these Gingerbread OREO Cookie Balls. They’re super easy to make and delicious. You can serve them at a holiday party or package them in a pretty box for gifting.

To make the original OREO Cookie Ball recipe you only need only 3 ingredients: OREO Cookies, cream cheese, and melted baking chocolate.  That’s it, folks!  I headed to Walmart to grab what I needed.  I found this OREO cookie display at the front of the store. They even had their ingredients list displayed visually for you!

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OFFICIAL COOKIE BALL RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened

36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)

4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted

*Optional Ingredients to make my Gingerbread OREO Cookie Balls:

*3 Tablespoons molasses

*2 teaspoons ground ginger

*½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

*4 pkg. (4 (oz. each) white chocolate, melted

*Decorative sprinkles

MAKE IT!

MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.

SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.

CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.

Share and enjoy!

*To make my Gingerbread OREO Cookie Balls:

Add the molasses, ginger, and cinnamon to the cookie crumb and cream cheese mixture. Follow all other instructions as listed except use white melted chocolate instead of melted semi-sweet chocolate for dipping the balls. Place a decorative sprinkle on top (optional).

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Let me show you how easy they are to make!

Making Oreo Cookie Balls

 

FIRST:

Step 1

Using a 1-Tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop filling into level tablespoon amounts. Roll into a ball, and place onto a cookie sheet to chill.

 

THEN:

Step 2

Dip the chilled balls into the melted chocolate, scoop out using a fork, and scrape off excess chocolate on the side of the bowl.

 

TO FINISH:

Step 3

Place the dipped balls on a wax-lined cookie sheet, place decorative sprinkles on top (optional). Chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator and enjoy!

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Don’t they look yummy?  You should make some this holiday season. For more inspiration check out the #OREOCookieBall Pinterest party taking place on Pinterest on Saturday, December 6 at 12pm ET.

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Gingerbread Cookies with Orange Glaze for Family Fun Night

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, folks! Stores are decked out and holiday items are making their way onto shelves. On a recent trip to Walmart I came across a huge Northpole by Hallmark display. It’s full of games, toys and gifts all based off of a new movie coming out from Hallmark! Just look for the Northpole sign when you’re in the store. Most of their products are in one display, but there are a couple in the greeting card aisle like these Find me, Santa Snowflakes.

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The holidays with kids are SO. MUCH. FUN! It’s easy to get them excited about the joys of the season like gift giving, service, and spending time with loved ones. We have a couple of Christmas traditions at our house:

1- Purchase a few Christmas books to read together.

2- Make Christmas cutout cookies to give away.

My 4-year-old was thrilled when I came home with this adorable book about Snowby the Polar Bear. I think we’ve read it at least 10 times now.

Snowby Story

I also picked up this Cookie Wonder Wheel that has 3 different cookie cutters attached to it: a mitten, elf hat, and elf shoe. We’ve already made a batch of our favorite Gingerbread Cookies using this cookie cutter wheel.

Making Gingerbread Cookies

 

Cook’s Note for Gingerbread Cookies with Orange Glaze:

Cookies will keep covered at room temperature for up to 5 days. After 5 days they start to get a little stale.

If you plan on freezing these, do not glaze them before freezing! Glaze them once they’re thawed, before serving or gifting. The unglazed cookies will keep ina an air-tight container in the freezer for up to 1 month.

I highly recommend using a pastry mat and adjustable rolling pin for these cookies (both items are pictured above). Both will make rolling out the dough to the right thickness so much easier. (Affiliate links below.)

 

 

 

 

 

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My kids had so much fun cutting out the cookies and then dipping them in the glaze. Even my 1-year-old got involved!

Making Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies with Orange Glaze for Family Fun Night

Gingerbread Cookies with Orange Glaze for Family Fun Night

Ingredients

Gingerbread Cookies:
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1½ tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
16 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
1 large egg
Orange Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons orange juice

Instructions

    For the Gingerbread Cookies:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and spices; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the molasses and egg and mix until combined. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Divide the dough in two, form into disks, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill the dough for at least one hour before rolling out.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to about ¼-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Place cut out dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking. Remove from oven and let cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. For the Orange Glaze:
  5. In a small bowl add the powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of orange juice. Mix with a fork until combined. Continue to add orange juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  6. To Finish:
  7. Place a wire rack over a cookie sheet; set aside. Pour the glaze into a shallow pie plate. Dip the cookies, face down, into the glaze. Let excess glaze drip off and then place the cookies onto the wire rack. Allow to dry at least 1 hour before serving. To speed up the process, pop them into the refrigerator and the glaze will set in about 20 minutes.

Notes

Cookie Recipe adapted from Annie's Eats

http://foodfolksandfun.net/2014/11/gingerbread-cookies-with-orange-glaze/

 

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Whipped Cream & Cream Cheese Frosting #EverythingButTheTurkey

Whipped Cream & Cream Cheese Frosting

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Everythign but the Turkey Blog Series 2

Today I’m sharing my favorite whipped cream recipe with you as part of my Everything but the Turkey Blog Series. This would be the perfect accompaniment to the Deep Dish Apple Pie I shared yesterday.

Use this Whipped Cream & Cream Cheese Frosting for:

  • Pies: especially pumpkin, pecan, and apple
  • Topping cupcakes & cakes

Or you can just eat it by the spoonful…I’m just sayin’. ;)

Cook’s Note for Whipped Cream & Cream Cheese Frosting:

This recipe can be made ahead of time. It will keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Whipped Cream & Cream Cheese Frosting #EverythingButTheTurkey

Whipped Cream & Cream Cheese Frosting #EverythingButTheTurkey

Ingredients

1 - 8 ounce block cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)
2 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled

Instructions

  1. Add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice (if using) to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low until combined, then increase speed to medium-high and beat until smooth & creamy, about 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a small bowl; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the chilled cream and beat until stiff speaks form. Add the cream cheese mixture and mix on low until just combined.
http://foodfolksandfun.net/2014/11/whipped-cream-cream-cheese-frosting/

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Crafting the Perfect Deep Dish Apple Pie – Plus a video of the best tools!

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Crafting the Perfect Deep Dish Apple Pie

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As far as I’m concerned, homemade Deep Dish Apple Pie is a MUST on Thanksgiving. Homemade pies are a little tricky, and I have messed up a few apple pies in my day, but not anymore! As part of my Everything But The Turkey Blog Series I’m sharing:

  • My favorite Deep Dish Apple Pie Recipe
  • My favorite kitchen tools for crafting the perfect Deep Dish Apple Pie

Let’s get started! First up are the kitchen tools, and I even made a video showing some of my favorites.

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Pie Plates:

Pastry Tools:

Knife & Sheers:

Apple Peeler, Corer & Slicer:

Cook’s Note for Deep Dish Apple Pie:

  • The pie will keep, covered at room temperature, for 24 hours.
  • To reheat, warm the pie in a 350 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • For cutting and plating the perfect slice: The first piece is always tricky to remove, so cut two slices. This will help free the first slice cleaner and prettier.

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Crafting the Perfect Deep Dish Apple Pie

Yield: 1 9-inch pie, serves 8-10 people

Serving Size: 1 slice

Ingredients

All-Butter Pie Pastry:
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus additional flour for work surface
1 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), cold, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and frozen for 10 minutes
3 tablespoons sour cream
1/3 cup ice water, or more if needed
Apple Filling:
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 teaspoon
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, about 5 medium, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 1/2 pounds Gala apples, about 5 medium, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 egg white, beaten lightly

Instructions

    For Pastry:
  1. Process flour, salt, and sugar together in food processor until combined, about 3 seconds. Add butter and pulse until butter is size of large peas, about ten 1-second pulses.
  2. Using fork, mix sour cream and 1/3 cup ice water in small bowl until combined. Add half of sour cream mixture to flour mixture; pulse for three 1-second pulses. Repeat with remaining sour cream mixture. Pinch dough with fingers; if dough is floury, dry, and does not hold together, add 1 to 2 tablespoons ice water and process until dough forms large clumps and no dry flour remains, three to five 1-second pulses.
  3. Turn dough out onto work surface. Divide dough into 2 balls and flatten each into 4-inch disk; wrap each disk in plastic and refrigerate until firm but not hard, 1 to 2 hours, before rolling. (Dough can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Let thoroughly chilled dough stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before rolling.)
  4. For Pie:
  5. Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, zest, and cinnamon in large bowl; add apples and toss to combine. Transfer apples to Dutch oven (do not wash bowl) and cook, covered, over medium heat, stirring frequently, until apples are tender when poked with fork but still hold their shape, 15 to 20 minutes. (Apples and juices should gently simmer during cooking.) Transfer apples and juices to rimmed baking sheet and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. While apples cool, adjust oven rack to lowest position, place empty rimmed baking sheet on rack, and heat oven to 425 degrees.
  6. Remove 1 disk of dough from refrigerator and roll out between 2 large sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap to 12-inch circle, about 1/8 inch thick. (If dough becomes soft and/or sticky, return to refrigerator until firm.) Remove parchment from one side of dough and flip onto 9-inch pie plate; peel off second layer of parchment. Working around circumference, ease dough into plate by gently lifting edge of dough with one hand while pressing into plate bottom with other hand. Leave dough that overhangs plate in place; refrigerate until dough is firm, about 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, roll second disk of dough between 2 large sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap to 12-inch circle, about 1/8 inch thick. Refrigerate, leaving dough between parchment sheets, until firm, about 30 minutes.
  8. Set large colander over now-empty bowl; transfer cooled apples to colander. Shake colander to drain off as much juice as possible (cooked apples should measure about 8 cups); discard juice. Transfer apples to dough-lined pie plate; sprinkle with lemon juice.
  9. Remove parchment from one side of remaining dough and flip dough onto apples; peel off second piece of parchment. Pinch edges of top and bottom dough rounds firmly together. Trim and seal edges of dough, then cut four 2-inch slits in top of dough. Brush surface with beaten egg white and sprinkle evenly with remaining teaspoon sugar.
  10. Set pie on preheated baking sheet; bake until crust is dark golden brown, 45 to 55 minutes. Transfer pie to wire rack and cool at least 1 1/2 hours. Cut into wedges and serve.
http://foodfolksandfun.net/2014/11/deep-dish-apple-pie/

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DIY Inspired Link Party – #28

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