Every year, my cousin hosts a holiday party that is “deck the halls” themed. For this party, all of the food is shaped like balls. There are matzo ball soup and ornament-themed napkins.
We guests are also asked to bring ball-shaped foods. This year, I decided to make two types of truffles: cookie dough (recipe to come soon!) and Oreo.
The truffles passed the party test (rapid consumption despite the snow keeping many invitees at home), have only three ingredients, and are easy to make as long as you keep a few tricks in mind.
One thing that I would like to have changed with the recipe would be to use white baking chocolate squares rather than chocolate chips, but my local grocery store only had white chocolate in chip form. Baking squares are meant to be melted and reformed or mixed into doughs, while chocolate chips are formulated to maintain their shape in things like chocolate chip cookies. What this means for this recipe is that the chocolate chips are a bit more difficult to work with when coating the truffles than baking chocolate would have been. If you can find baking squares, use those.
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I put a lot of thought into what I should do for my first post. I have a lot of standard recipes that I frequently make, so I considered posting one of those. We’re heading into the holidays, so I considered something red and green. It’s snowing outside, so I considered something warm.
And then I remembered that my family was coming home from vacation and could use something bright and sunny to make the return to the snow and cold a little easier. So I decided to make lemon shortbread cookies with lemon filling. There’s just something about lemon that makes everything seem sunny and fun.
So I decided to make lemon shortbread cookies. Soft, buttery shortbread cookies with a tart/sweet lemony filling. Each delicious on its own, but when combined, they are melt-in-your-mouth-lemony-bliss.
Oh, and I made them in the shape of a character that they had to leave behind.
The verdict? My family loved these. They said they were some of the best cookies they had ever had–and we like cookies in my family! Please try them out for yourself and let me know if you think the same.
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