January is a time for new beginnings and goal setting. After 2020 I know many people are excited about a fresh start. One goal I made for myself this year is to get one new recipe posted each week. Hopefully by the end of this year I will have a cookbook to call my own and pass on to my kiddos.
I also realize that few people are able to keep the goals they’ve set for themselves because they’ve made too many or they’re so lofty. When I presented the idea of New Year’s Resolutions to my 9 and 11 year old during our writing time, I explained that they should limit their goals to five or less. The focus should be on something that improves their mind or body, their relationship with God, and their relationship with others. They came up with things like:
- Brush my teeth and shower every morning without being asked
- Spend more time outside
- Spend time with God
- Give a compliment every day
- Save up $221 and donate some to a charity
I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty proud of the lists they made. On Facebook I came across another list that I loved from SweatpantsandCoffee.com
This year I’m going to offer myself grace as I take baby steps to reach my “bigger” goals. This post is an example of that. Everyone knows how to make Oreo truffles, am I right? They are on everyone’s food blog already. At Christmas when neighbors are bringing over a dessert tray, they’re bound to have Oreo truffles included with the cookies. They only use three ingredients and they are amazing! Here’s the thing though. I’ve never made Oreo truffles for my blog before, and it doesn’t matter that they’re easy, or that we made them Christmas Eve and I’m barely posting them now. In the future when my kids see this page in the family cookbook they’ll remember that in 2020 we made our own Oreo truffles. We ate them on Christmas Eve while curled up on the couch under blankets reading books. We learned that in Iceland people exchange books on Christmas Eve in celebration of “Jolabokaflod” which means “Christmas book Flood.” They spend their night reading and eating chocolate which sounded right up our alley! So in 2020 we decided we would adopt their tradition.
So here are our Oreo truffles, made like everyone else’s but with our own hands in our own home. In 2021 we are going to make recipes that make memories!
- 36 Oreos (1 traditional package) plus 2-3 more for topping
- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 16 oz Ghirardelli melting chocolate (either white, milk, or dark depending on your preference.) We used 8 oz each of white and dark chocolate
- Crush Oreos in a food processor
- Add cream cheese to Oreo crumbs and pulse to mix until smooth
- Refrigerate 20 minutes
- Roll out a foot and a half of wax/parchment paper
- Take truffle “dough” out of fridge and roll into balls that are about a tablespoon each (we ended up with 32)
- Place in fridge again if too soft while preparing chocolate.
- Melt chocolate according to package directions
- Drop one truffle at a time into melted chocolate making sure it’s completely covered. Using a candy dipping tool scoop the truffle, tap on the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate and then flip onto wax/parchment paper. (You could also use a toothpick to stab into the truffle ball, dip into chocolate and then tap on the edge of the bowl to get off excess chocolate. Place truffle on wax paper and then slowly spin the toothpick as you pull it out of the truffle to leave a small hole.)
- Drizzle with opposite colored chocolate or sprinkle with additional Oreo crumbs
- Store in airtight container in the fridge.