1. Love Christmas
2. Love getting gifts for friends and family
3. Are currently unemployed
4. Are two thousand miles away from family and therefore need travel-friendly options
5. Not in your own kitchen to destroy while making edible gifts?
|Our first Austin Christmas tree!|
Answer: Melt lots of chocolate in the microwave and try to be as careful as possible.
I am a messy, accident-prone cook. And our Austin host (a family member we are staying with until we move into our own apartment in January) is a saint for putting up with me, because I know as clean-freaky as I am trying to be, it just is not in my coding. I discovered this while living at home with my parents: I can go over the kitchen five times with every cleaner I can think of and I will STILL miss a glaringly huge area that I somehow just didn't see. I decided that I would try to keep my mess as contained as possible and create stovetop-only goodies since I've had more than enough kitchen foibles already, using as little kitchen space as possible for this endeavor.
Enter: white chocolate covered Oreos.
I amped up the Christmasy-factor here by using HEB* brand Christmas Sandwich Cookies--Oreo-knockoffs with a peppermint flavored, red center--and dipping them in Almond Bark white chocolate AND topping them with crushed candy canes. The result is something that tastes amazing, feels fancy, and costs about $5 total for four packs of five cookies.
*HEB is a grocery store out here that I am in LOVE with. The organic and gluten free selection is vast AND affordable, and if you roam around midday on a weekday you can make yourself a lunch out of the free samples. Plus the in-store coupons are incredible. Definitely my favorite supermarket of all time, maybe only second to my favorite local shop back in MA.
|December in Austin: 70 degrees and sunny!|
Peppermint Bark Oreos
- 1 Pack Christmas-themed or Peppermint flavored Oreos
- 2 16oz bags white chocolate chips OR 2 packages white chocolate almond bark
- 2 candy canes
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract (optional)
-Pulverize candy canes in a food processor or use a hammer and a ziplock bag
-Melt white chocolate according to directions (I typically do a minute half power, stir, then 30 second half power increments but this will depend on the brand) gently fold in peppermint extract.
-Dip Oreos and turn until well coated. Place on wax paper in a cookie sheet. Continue for entire pack.
-Before chocolate has set, sprinkle candy cane dust on top of cookies. Place cookie sheet in fridge and let harden for ten minutes.
PS. I also made nut brittle, pistachio bark, puppy chow, and fudge for gifts. Which would you like me to post recipes for?