At least a hundred times a day, I thank God for my life. I'm not sure how or why I got so lucky, but I have the most amazing, wonderful, supportive, understanding people surrounding me. My friends and family and children and husband and in-laws and blog pals, they are the best. It's the time of year to be thankful and gushy, so thank you for being a positive part of my life!
My friend Maren has been one of the very positive parts of my life for the past few years. I appreciate many things about her. She supports my dreams and shares her photography/creative wisdom with me. We also share a love for food (and wine), so we often discuss recipes with one another. Aside from my food blogging pals, I don't have many foodie friends so I adore this quality in her! A few days ago she sent me this recipe that her mother makes during the holidays. I went straight home and made them! They are DELICIOUS! Thank you for the recipe, Maren, and Maren's mom!
This is one of those super easy holiday recipes, so if you are looking for something quick to make for a holiday gathering that people will swoon over, you need not look any further.
Place a 15.5-ounce package of Oreo cookies in a food processor. I used a 10.5-ounce package of Christmas Oreos (for a little added color and holiday flavor) plus about a half of a row of regular Oreos. Process cookies until they are chopped. Transfer to a large bowl and add an 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese. Stir until coated.
With your hands, roll the mixture into 24 golf-ball-size balls and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator until the balls are firm, at least 30 minutes.
Place 3/4 pound of coarsely chopped almond bark (vanilla or chocolate flavored) in a microwave-safe bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for 60 seconds. Stir, and heat in 15-second increments until almond bark is smooth when stirred.
Dip the Oreo balls into the almond bark to coat. I found that carefully stabbing the balls with corn-cob skewers was the best method for this. While the bark is still wet, dip in sprinkles/decorations as desired.
Carefully place the balls back onto the wax paper and chill in the refrigerator for at least another 30 minutes.