December 14, 2010

Powdered Sugar Mania

Powdered sugar.
Soft. Delicate. Subtle.
Simply Christmasy.

      It does seem that powdered sugar, confectioners' sugar, or sticky sugar (what my little one's refer to it as) is a mainstay in holiday baking. It adds a soft dimension to cookies, a little sweetness and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It also works as a "cover up" for mistakes, especially if your cookies that should be shaped like balls tend to look more like footballs. It's a fun ingredient for the children to work with. 
   We accomplished a bit more cookie baking these past few days. We baked Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowballs (I think people refer to them as both), Thumbprint Cookies, and a new type of candy that I had never tried before called Oreo Truffles. 
Here the girls are rolling their cookies in powdered sugar. These are the Mexican Wedding Cakes.

This is what they looked like when we were all done. Not too shabby of a job! They taste delicious as well.

We used basically the same dough recipe to make Grandma Nemitz's thumbprint cookies. All-time favorite.

After they were baked, we filled them with powdered sugar frosting flavored with peppermint and a little dab of green food coloring so they would look festive!

Here you have a picture of the inside of the oreo truffles. My witty husband had an idea of what they looked like, but since it isn' too appetizing, I won't share it. This was a recipe shared with me by my friend Terri. It's really simple: 1 package Oreo cookies ground up in the food processor, 1 package cream cheese. Mix the two together, and then frost with melted white chocolate. Divine chocolatiness!

And they look great too! We added some sprinkles on top for fun. So easy to make and they are wonderful!

So, off to the kitchen to check some more things off our list to do. I have a few requests to make caramel cashew corn, chex mix and fudge. I guess you know what will probably be next!


Bethtastic said...

Hi Linda. I had no idea you had a blog! :)

Isn't Christmas baking fun? And look at your beautiful girls! :)

Merry Christmas!

Shannon M. said...

My friend Jen makes the Oreo truffles every year and they are awesome, to the point where they are known as the Oreo crack balls. She dips them in melted chocolate then drizzles the white chocolate in a pretty design over that. OH MY!!! And we make something similar to the Mexican Wedding Cakes every year from Grandma Benson's Pecan Ball recipe. It took a few years before I got that one right, according to Tim.
I'm lovin' the blog!! Keep up the great job.