Category Archives: CHOCOLATE!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

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No bake cookies platedAm I the only baker on the planet who has never made these awesome chocolate and peanut butter no bake cookies?  A few weeks ago my sous-chef dishwashing mom and I delivered a panful of PW cinnamon rolls to our friend Julie.  Julie had given us fresh

PW Cinnamon Rolls

garden tomatoes the day before and we needed to return her basket.  In keeping with true southern tradition (never return a plate, or garden box, empty) we included some fresh-out-of-the-oven cinnamon rolls with our return.

When Julie returned our cinnamon roll pan she included No Bake Cookies!  (Aren’t we lucky?!)
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White Chocolate Cheese Ball

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White Chocolate Cheese Ball
White Chocolate Cheese Ball

My sous-chef dish-washing mom came home from Community Bible Study all excited with a recipe in hand!  “You’ve just got to make this” she said.

Our friend Barbara made this dessert cheese ball for a fellowship lunch.  Everyone went wild over the surprised rich white chocolate liberally mixed together with a fine vanilla extract.  Cream cheese and butter are the base for the ball and then finely chopped pecans round it all out.

Barbara served this delectable dessert on graham crackers and mom said it was great.  We decided to serve them on belVita crackers and I highly recommend it.  Wow, what a lovely dessert.   Add a little fruit on the side and this is a home run!

The cream cheese could easily be colored green for St. Patrick’s Day, red for Valentine’s Day or Christmas and  even blue for the 4th of July!

white chocolate cheese ball and crackersI’ve been totally out of touch with my blog lately while giving daily attention to this one.  This recipe is just too good not to send out to you!

Happy Spring!  Enjoy the cheese ball!
Blessings, Catherine

White Chocolate Cheese Ball
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Sweet surprises wait inside this wonderful dessert cheese ball!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 cheese ball
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened, (not margarine)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup confectioner sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, chopped fine
  • ¾ cup finely chopped pecans
  • Graham crackers of belVita crackers
  1. Beat softened cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until fluffy.
  2. Gradually add sugar until well combined.
  3. Add in chocolate chips.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  5. Place cream cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap. Shape into a ball and wrap completely in the plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or longer.
  6. Remove from refrigerator and roll in crushed pecans.
  7. This makes one large ball and can be divided into two smaller ones.
  8. Serve with graham crackers or a favorite sweet cracker.
<span></span>This cheese ball mixes in a couple of minutes in a food processor!

Adding food color to the mixture will add a festive touch for St. Patrick's Day (green), red dye for Valentine's or Christmas or even blue dye for the 4th of July!

I like to serve with brown sugar and cinnamon belVita crackers. Just delicious!



Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Thank you to all of my readers who have sent emails, left comments, and have taken the time to share words of encouragement for my nephew, Richard.  In case you missed it you might want to read “You Really Aren’t Going To Believe This”.

I decided it is time I get back to some sweet blogging.  2016 seems to be running at Mach speed in my life and this weekend I intend to slow it down a notch! So, let’s make cookies!

TWD Cookie Tower
Last fall I wanted to take cookies to a friend who was under the weather.  I remembered a particularly delicious cookie recipe that comes from Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking With Julia.

Alice Mocha Choclate Chip Cookies

I asked my sous-chef dishwashing mom if she would mind making the cookies.  She quickly said YES and away she went with the project.
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Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Pizookie

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The Chief's Pizookie!
The Chief’s Pizookie!

When some of our California kids were here this summer the dinner conversation turned to Pizookies.  At first when my step-son Bryan said Pizookie I wasn’t sure what I heard him say.  I said, “will you spell that for me?”  He did one better and Googled it for me.  This is a pizza cookie all rolled into one single serving baking dish.  He and our grandson Sean went on to poetically describe one of their favorite desserts from BJ’s Restaurant.

The more they talked the more exacted they got.  They tossed around words like chocked full of chocolate chips, warm and gooey, topped with quickly melting vanilla ice cream, deep dish cookie, served warm from the oven.  
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