2009 Dec 25

Merry Christmas!

Posted in baking, dessert, holidays

Hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday filled with lots of dessert!

I went to a White Elephant Christmas Party this past weekend and whipped up two really simple and easy treats. Both of the recipes require no baking, are cream cheese based, and can be made ahead; so it saves you plenty of time during this busy season.

I wanted to make something unique and I found the perfect recipe for a Dessert Ball. Think of a cheese ball spread, but instead it’s sweet. This was so easy to whip up and once all the ingredients were combined I just popped it in the freezer until it was time to bring it to the party. The dessert ball was paired with graham cracker sticks to spread on. Everyone at the party was intrigued by the ball. This was definitely a crowd pleaser and perfect for people who like cheesecake tasting dessert.

The other dessert on the menu were Oreo truffles. I like to call these the “Wow Truffles” because every time someone bit into it, the first thing they would say is “WOW! These are so GOOD!”. It even converted my non-chocolate loving friends. You know a dessert is awesome when even people who hate chocolate start eating your chocolate dessert and rave about. The truffles were also a snap to make and had the shortest ingredient list.


Dessert Ball with Graham Cracker Sticks


Oreo Truffles aka Wow Truffles - So good even chocolate haters love them.

Here are the recipes:

Dessert Ball
(adapted from allrecipes.com)


  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, bring to room temp.
  • 1/2 cup butter, bring to room temp.
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 box of graham cracker sticks
  1. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in the powdered sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  2. Cover and chill in the freezer for 2 hours.
  3. Place cream cheese mixture on plastic wrap and wrap it and shape into a ball.
  4. Mix mini chocolate chips with chopped pecans onto a plate. Roll the ball in the chocolate chip and pecan mixture.
  5. Wrap with a new sheet of plastic wrap and chill in the freezer until you are ready eat it. You can leave it out for about 10 min to soften the ball just before serving.
  6. Serve with graham cracker sticks.
Oreo Truffles
(adapted from allrecipes.com)
  • 1 (16 oz.) package of Oreo Cookies (you will only be using 36 cookies out of 42, so you have 9 left over to eat as you please)
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, bring to room temp.
  • 1 (12 oz.) package of semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  1. Crush 36 Oreo cookies in a food processor or ziplock bag into fine crumbs.
  2. Place crushed Oreos in a bowl.  Add cream cheese and mix until well blended. Then chill mixture in fridge for about 30 min.
  3. Roll mixture into balls about 1 inch in diameter (makes about 42 truffles). Place balls on baking sheet and chill in freezer for about 15 min or until it hardens a bit.
  4. Dip balls in melted chocolate and decorate with sprinkles.
  5. Refrigerate until truffles are ready to be served.

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