Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

I Feel Naughty Coming On – Oreo Truffles

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on March 8, 2012 ][ In Dessert ]

Who wouldn’t feel naughty – this week is the 100th birthday of Oreo cookies!  Right now you may think you are reading some other blog but no, it’s me, the cardiologist’s wife.  The one who urges you to exercise and give up fat and sugar.  But when someone or something beloved turns 100, we have to celebrate.

I am not usually a fan of store bought cookies.  They just aren’t as good as something you baked yourself, especially nice and hot from the oven.  To be honest, I really don’t eat Oreos very often now (maybe once a year at Christmas) and didn’t as a kid either.  I am impressed with the success of Oreos however.  How many companies have products that have stood the test of time for 100 years?  Indeed, how many businesses last more than a few years?  Coca cola is over 100 years old and Welch’s jellies and juice drinks have been around 100 years but the 100 club has few members.

Just in time to celebrate, I’m going to share the recipe of my most popular cookie at our annual Christmas cookie party – the Oreo truffle.  They are super easy to make and no baking required.  You’ve been warned – no fat, sugar or preservatives are spared.  They are rich and indulgent and can be decorated to suit any holiday or occasion.

Oreo Truffles
1 package Oreo cookies, not double stuffed though you could use the vanilla ones if you like
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, let come to room temperature so it is softened
1 package almond bark
Process the cookies in a food processor until they resemble coffee grounds, trying not to eat too many.  Place crumbs in a large bowl.  Thoroughly mix in the cream cheese until you have a ball of dough.  Using a teaspoon, scoop out a bit of dough and roll it into a smooth ball.  It should be about an inch in diameter.  Set on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.  When all the dough is rolled, place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator about an hour to chill.  They dip better chilled.  When ready to dip, melt the almond bark in a microwave safe bowl according to package directions.  Dip the Oreo balls in the melted almond bark and return to the wax paper to dry.  You can sprinkle them with all kinds of decorative sugar or drizzle with colored icing at this point, your imagination is the limit.  Store in the refrigerator but let come to room temperature to serve.  If the balls are too crumbly as you dip them, you didn’t mix in the cream cheese well enough.  Also, be careful to follow the directions on the almond bark package.  Don’t try to add liquid food coloring to the almond bark or it will seize up and not melt.  I learned that the hard way and had to throw out a package of almond bark and make another trip to the store.  By the way, it probably won’t take an entire package of almond bark to cover the truffles, so melt a few chunks at a time.

So there, go ahead and celebrate!  I bought a package of Oreos to take to the swim meet this weekend to share with everyone.  I’m too lazy to make the Truffles today.

Upadated on March 8, 2012


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