Tomorrow is the first official day of winter and the shortest day of the year. That means that, starting Wednesday, the sun will rise a little earlier and set a little later each day providing us with more daylight hours (that is, until the Summer Solstice when the days will begin to get shorter again)!
So, Happy Winter Solstice!
In honor of this auspicious day, I’d like to share a WINTER-Y RECIPE!
This cookie recipe is awesome because it requires no baking at all! Woo-hoo! Perfect for a kitchen wreck like me!
Oreo Solstice Snowballs
One package of Oreo or other sandwich cookies (16 oz.)
One package of cream cheese (8 oz.), softened
One package of white almond bark (24 oz.)
Optional: About 1/2 cup of granulated sugar ( for sprinkling) or other decorations
- Put Oreos into a large Ziploc bag. Seal bag securely. Crush Oreos by banging on them with a heavy object. (You could also use a food processor, but I find the banging method far more satisfying. “Take that, Oreos!”)
- Mix your pulverized Oreos with the softened cream cheese. Again, there are various mixing devices that can help with this, but I find it best to just use your (CLEAN!) hands to mix it all together really, really well. It should feel kind of like sticky play dough.
- Lick Oreo goo off fingers. This is the prerogative of the baker (or, in this case, no-baker).
- Wash your hands again.
- Roll your mixture into small (1 inch diameter) balls and let them chill in the fridge for about an hour.
- Lick Oreo goo off fingers.
- Wash hands. again.
- Go read or play a game for about an hour, but don’t forget about your poor cookies, sitting all alone in the refrigerator. 😦 They miss you.
- Place almond bark in a shallow microwave-safe dish. Follow the instructions on the package for melting the bark. (Seriously, don’t overheat it. It gets super nasty.)
- Prepare a cookie sheet or other flat surface by covering it with wax paper. This is where you’ll put your snowballs to harden. (Hush, you. Don’t laugh.)
- Dip an Oreo ball into the melty almond bark goodness. Roll it around to make sure it’s completely covered. Then place it on the wax paper. Using a tooth pick to roll and remove the Oreo balls will keep you from having to repeat steps 3-4 after each ball.
- Optional Step! If you’d like to make your snowballs all sparkly, sprinkle a pinch of granulated sugar onto the almond bark-ed ball before it dries. You can also get super creative with sprinkles, colored sugar, little candies, etc. You could totally make little decapitated snowperson heads, if you so chose. You can scoop some of the melted almond bark into a separate container, add some food coloring and then drizzle the colored bark onto the white snowballs. Or you can leave them plain. They’re delicious either way!
- Continue Step 11 until you’ve run out of Oreo balls. Let the snowballs sit to allow the almond bark to harden. Store in the refrigerator.
See? Super simple, yet easy to change up and individualize! Have fun with it! (Just make sure to clean the kitchen when you’re done!)