Names have been changed to protect the innocent...and my husband...and me...but not the dog. His name is Dexter.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Recipe Swap Wednesday-Help With Your Diet

A while back when I posted our Christmas pictures, I had a request or two for more information on the treats that we made. And since it is the season of New Years Resolution Diets, I'm now going to share with you. But no worries. The pictures are totally calorie free. What you do with the following information.....well, that's up to you.

First off we have the Peppermint Bark. I'd always been curious about it and had wanted to make it, but was too chicken. But my good friend Hairyshoefairy walked me through it and it was fun. And not super difficult. It's one pound of starlight mints crushed to oblivion to two pounds of white chocolate. Melt the chocolate, add the mints and pour out onto a wax covered cookie sheet. Poof! It's done. And yummy.
Even the girls got in on the action.
This picture I took at the beginning, before I realized that we were gouging holes into my kitchen table and not getting very far with our wooden rolling pins. Shortly after, I found CG's hammer and took our party to the floor. Lolly was rather offended when I wouldn't let her have a turn with the hammer. But Dexter loved licking up the dust that had escaped onto the floor.

Next, Chocolate Dipped Cinnamon Bears. Buy the cinnamon bears and dip them in chocolate. Complicated, I know. But again....yummy.
Mmmmmm......Mint Oreo Chocolate Truffles.
Last fall Lolly's preschool teacher generously shared one of these with me as I was picking Lolly up from school. And I craved them until I finally made them in December. They're that good.

Step 1: The filling. A package of mint Oreos that have been crushed mixed with 8 ounces of softened cream cheese. I used low fat to make myself feel better about it. Then roll it into tiny balls and stick in the freezer to harden up for dipping. Or, stick them in the fridge if they don't fit in the freezer.

Step 2: Dip them in chocolate. And enjoy. Also, keep refrigerated. That was the only problem I had because the rest of the treats didn't have to be refrigerated. So if anyone has a recipe for similar magicalness that doesn't need refrigeration, please feel free to pass it on.

And, finally, the English Pecan Toffee.
I got this recipe a few years ago from Dandelion Mama's blog and have made it every year since. But I only make it once a year because you use a pound of butter. Yes, a pound. You can find the recipe here. It's amazing!

Also, we made chocolate dipped pretzels. With Christmas sprinkles. Until I ran out of sprinkles. Anyway, to make those buy pretzels and then dip them in chocolate. Ta Da! And. I'm pretty sure pretzels are a health food so that one has to be diet friendly.


hairyshoefairy said...

I had an oreo truffle last March at my cousins baby blessing and have been wanting the recipe ever since! Thanks!

Suzie said...

I was going to ask about the orea truffles. They were awesome. I didn't share with Kevin.

Momza said...

my mouth is watering...yum yum yumminess!

Kristina P. said...

Oreo truffles are probably the best thing on earth.

Happy Granny said...

It was the Best candy ever! I didn't realize the recipes were so doable. The English Pecan Toffee is my favorite with the truffles following with a close second. Thank you :-)

Jody said...

YUM!!! YUM!!!

Jody said...

I think I will make the oreo's for a valentine party!!! Whoo hooo!!!

Brady + Marsha said...

all of that looks so yummy! I've heard a lot about those oreo truffles. I'll have to make them someday.

Screwed Up Texan said...

We have the same table set.

And mine has millions of scrathes and holes gouged into it! Ha!

next time, you can put the bark into a plastic bag and break it on the table that way.

Mmmm, these photos are making me hungry.

Helena said...

Oh my goodness! I've died and gone to blog Heaven! I've also tortured myself by clicking on the bigger pic!

Diet? Pah! There's always next month - sometime!

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