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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mint Marshmallow Cookie Candy Recipe

Mint Marshmallow Cookie Candies are sure to be a hit with your guests!

I am warning you right now that when you try this recipe, it will probably end up being one of your favorite candy recipes ever.  Yes, it's that good.  How can it not be when it's got marshmallows and mint sandwich cookies all blended together with melted chocolate chips!  To me it's the perfect mint candy, not too strong, but definitely minty.  It's also unbelievably easy to make and it stores well, which makes it that much better.

This is now my candy choice when I put together my Christmas cookie trays.  In fact, if you ask my daughter and my brother, it's a requirement for my holiday baking list, and my brother usually gets a batch when his birthday rolls around.

The recipe makes about 44 large pieces of candy, but it can easily be doubled for those of you who have large events to attend, or assemble lots of cookie trays to give out at the holidays.

It is a little messy to make, but the melt in your mouth results are well worth the clean up.  If you are a visual learner like me, just follow the photos for the assembly.  The recipe and instructions can be found after the photos.

Mini marshmallows, mint sandwich cookies, chocolate chips, mint extract, and a little bit of vegetable oil
are the ingredients needed to make this candy.

Roughly chopped mint sandwich cookies.

All of the ingredients in a double boiler ready to be melted.

Over medium heat, stir the ingredients constantly as they begin to melt.

Continue stirring until the chocolate chips just melt.  Then remove from heat and stir until the chocolate is melted.

Using a tablespoon, drop candies onto a parchment paper lined baking tray.  Cool completely.

Mint Marshmallow Cookie Candy Recipe

Ingredients
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups roughly chopped mint sandwich cookies (about 15 cookies)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mint extract 
Directions
  1. Line several baking trays with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Using a double boiler, place all of the ingredients in the top, over water that has been brought to a very low boil and turned down to low heat.  If you don't have a double boiler, or don't have one that is large enough, just use a metal bowl over a pot of water.  Be careful, the bowl gets really hot!  Note:  Make sure that no water gets in the mixture or it may seize up.
  3. Stir the ingredients until the chocolate chips begin to melt. Remove from heat and keep stirring until the chocolate chips are completely melted.
  4. Using a tablespoon, and working quickly so the mixture doesn't begin to harden, drop the mixture onto the parchment lined baking trays, forming pieces of candy.
  5. Refrigerate for about 1/2 an hour to harden. Then store the candies in the refrigerator, in an airtight container.
These candies have it all, a smooth chocolate texture, the crunch of cookie bits, the softness from the marshmallows and the freshness of the mint flavor.  There won't be many left when you set these out on your holiday dessert table.  Of course, they are good at any time of the year, not just the holidays.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


Mint Marshmallow Cookie Candies are one of my favorite treats.






Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Very Berry Cookie Truffles Recipe

Very Berry Cookie Truffles recipe made with Oreo cookies from www.glimmercreations.com

I'm all about easy cooking. Don't get me wrong, there are moments when I like to take my time baking a special homemade treat, but for the most part I like to make things that don't take a lot of time. No bake treats are even better!

These Very Berry Cookie Truffles definitely fit this description.  They are quick and easy, and only require 3 ingredients and a few kitchen tools.

With a sweet and crunchy candy coating, and a soft, chewy chocolate berry flavored filling, they make a pretty presentation and are the perfect bite sized treat for any occasion. Just imagine them on a dessert table at a baby or wedding shower.

I always worry a little bit when I try out a new recipe, but luckily, in my house, my family members are my taste testers and are usually honest.  These were a huge hit with them. I took the rest of the candies to my office and everyone loved them there too!  So I know they are good.

Here is everything that you need to know to make these yummy truffles, including step by step photos and the complete recipe.

Very Berry Cookie Truffles recipe made with Oreo cookies from www.glimmercreations.com
These are the only ingredients you'll need.
Very Berry Cookie Truffles recipe made with Oreo cookies from www.glimmercreations.com
The cookies and cream cheese ready to be mixed.
Very Berry Cookie Truffles recipe made with Oreo cookies from www.glimmercreations.com
The cookie and cream cheese mixture chilled and formed into 1 inch balls.
Very Berry Cookie Truffles recipe made with Oreo cookies from www.glimmercreations.com
The truffles after they have been dipped in the candy coating.
I'll be the first to admit that my candy dipping skills are not the best. You can see that I had to do a little repair work on the tops because the coating didn't fill in the hole that the skewer I used to hold the balls made. Oh well, it just adds a little interest to the truffles.
Very Berry Cookie Truffles recipe made with Oreo cookies from www.glimmercreations.com
The finished product after the drizzle has been added!  Very Berry Cookie Truffles

Very Berry Cookie Truffles Recipe
Makes about 38 truffles

Ingredients
  • 1- 15.25 oz. package Oreo Berry Creme or Berry Burst cookies
  • 1- 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 - 12 oz. packages meltable candy coating wafers, vanilla flavored
  • Red food coloring, optional
Directions
  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the cookies and the cream cheese until well mixed.  It should resemble a really thick paste.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture for about half an hour, or until it is firm enough to form balls.
  3. Form 1 inch balls and place them on a wax paper lined baking tray.
  4. Set tray in freezer for about half an hour.
  5. Melt vanilla candy coating as per instructions on the package.  
  6. If desired, set aside about 1/4 cup of the melted coating and put some red food coloring in it until you get the color you desire.  This is for the pink drizzle.
  7. Using a candy dipping tool or another type of tool, like a fork or a shish kebab skewer, dip each ball in the melted candy coating and place it on the wax paper lined tray to harden.  If you have a cooling rack, that works too.  
  8. If you want to add the pretty pink drizzle, this is when to do that.  Just place the colored melted candy coating into a sandwich bag and snip off a tiny piece of one of the corners.  Do a quick test on something to make sure the hole is the thickness you want, and start drizzling on the truffles, as much or as little as you like.
  9. Set trays in the refrigerator until coating is hard and then place them in an airtight container. These truffles should be kept refrigerated.

Very Berry Cookie Truffles recipe made with Oreo cookies from www.glimmercreations.com

I couldn't resist taking a picture of the chewy truffle center and, of course, this one was my treat for making these delights!

Very Berry Cookie Truffles recipe made with Oreo cookies from www.glimmercreations.com