Get a taste of summer with these easy lemon truffles! All you need is a bag of Oreo cookies and some cream cheese to get started.
I know it’s Valentines Day, but I couldn’t help but share a new recipe that’s making me ready for summer! You can try some of my Valentines day recipeshere, here, or here.
Let’s just all agree that as far as January’s go, 2014 has been pretty cray. Two polar vortexes, overuse of “#snowpocalypse due to weekly snowstorms (even in Alabama and Texas! Whaaat?), power outages all over Eastern PA (and possibly elsewhere) and near 0˚F temperatures.
I’m ready for summer! So when I saw Lemon Oreo’s in the store, I had to grab them and make myself some summer-tastin’ truffles. I’m sure you all know the drill with Oreo Truffles by now: crushed Oreos, cream cheese, and covered in chocolate and sprinkles. It’s nothing new, but it’s a classic favorite in my world.
But in case you’re new to the Oreo truffle world, let me break it down for you. We take a package of Oreo Cookies (give or take a few; mine was missing three because I ate a few.) Crush them up- I used my food processor, but you may also use a blender, or a zip-top bag and a rolling pin. Then we’ll mix in eight ounces of cream cheese! I used a small container of softened cream cheese. (NOT a cream cheese spread. I haven’t tried so I don’t know if those will work, but feel free to try.) Next, roll them into balls and freeze! I used my 1 and 1/2 tablespoon size cookie scoop to do this. This is a little big, I recommend making them 1 tablespoon size. Freezing will help the chocolate stick to the balls.
Then, we cover them in chocolate! I recommend using white chocolate melting wafers, such as Ghiradelli’s, and using this tutorial for covering the truffles. After covering, I sprinkled on some yellow sanding sugar, and popped them back in the freezer just to make sure they were completely covered.
These small bite- sized treats are perfect for pretending it’s summer when you’re stuck inside during a snowstorm.
You won’t miss the butter and sugar in these tasty cookies! Made with coconut oil, peanut butter, and honey, these cookies are filled with good-for-you ingredients, making these delicious tasting cookies healthy enough for breakfast!
Gluten free and easy vegan adaption.
These past few days have been crazy. Here in suburban Philadelphia, nearly 600,000 people were without power on Thursday- myself included. We lost power at school and by the end of the day it was restored- however my dorm didn’t have wifi for another day. (Fortunately the rest of campus did!) My parents were without power for a few more days, and many of my professors still don’t have power. Cleaning up this mess will most likely take another week or so.
So that explains my internet absence for the past few days! Now on to better things, like cookies. That you can eat for breakfast.
I’m the type of girl who just can’t say no to a cookie if I’m around one. If I could survive on only cookies, I totally would. However… I don’t think my body or metabolism would like that very much. So I get by with making healthier versions of my favorite cookies. Like healthy chocolate cookies, or vegan banana cookies, and now these! Breakfast cookies! (Can you tell I’m just a little excited?)
So what makes these cookies so healthy and exciting? NO butter, and NO sugar. At all! The fat in these cookies comes from a combination of peanut butter and coconut oil, and they are sweetened with honey. My favorite part is that these cookies can use natural peanut butter- even the oily kind that you have to stir, which is honestly my favorite kind. I used Smucker’s All Natural peanut butter, but you may use your favorite type, or even homemade! Another plus? These cookies are completely wheat flourless! Instead of traditional flour from wheat, these cookies are loaded with oats and only 1/2 cup of oat flour. (Don’t let the use of oat flour scare you! Learn how to make your own here.) To ensure that your cookies are gluten free, make sure to use certified gluten free oats.
Since these cookies contain no eggs, they are very easy to make vegan. Simply swap Agave, Maple Syrup, or brown rice syrup for the honey. I recommend using agave since it is the most similar to honey, and I have not tested the recipe with any alternative sweeteners so I can’t guarantee results. I do not recommend using sugar, since the use of a liquid sweetener affects the texture of the cookies.
I love these cookies! I mixed in some chocolate chunks and craisins- but I’m recommending raisins when you make these books. And remember the Nutella cinnamon glaze we made? These cookies are excellent with the glaze. They also freeze very well- I have a bag of them in the freezer to grab when I’m on my way to my morning classes.
You won't miss the butter and sugar in these tasty cookies! Made with coconut oil, peanut butter, and honey, these cookies are filled with good-for-you ingredients, making these delicious tasting cookies healthy enough for breakfast!
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup honey
⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
2 and ½ cup oats (I used rolled oats, quick oats may spread more)
½ cup oat flour
¾ cup raisins
¼ cup chocolate chips
Melt together honey, peanut butter, and coconut oil.
Mix in oats, oat four, raisins, and chocolate chips.
Chill for two hours or up to 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Scoop 1½ tablespoon size mounds onto cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until firm and the edges are slightly golden brown. Let cool before serving.
Easy 30-minute soft pretzels with a 3-ingredient cinnamon-Nutella glaze. Perfect treat for date night, or any night!
Hello friends! Now that the football season finale Super Bowl is over, everyone is heading full swing into Valentines Day. Of course, I’ve been in the V-Day state of mind since New Years (In caseyou couldn’ttell).
I’ve always had a love- hate relationship with Valentines Day. On the once hand, I’m like “ugh, stupid made up consumerist holiday,” but on the other hand… “hearts and chocolate and flowers and love and PINK OMG.” I just can’t decide if I like it or not.
But you know what I do know I like? Food that Boyfriend and I both love. His favorite food is pretzels, and I’ve had a love affair with Nutella since I first had it five years ago. I used Sally’s recipe for soft pretzels and turned them into bites. It only takes 30 minutes and five ingredients to make these pretzels! I attempted to make them heart-shaped, but they didn’t quite hold their shape after baking. Here’s a visual of what I did if you want to make them heart shaped as well.
(Pardon the horrible lighting, these photos were taken at 10:00PM.)
The glaze is SO SO easy to make and so, so good. All you do is whisk together Nutella, cinnamon, and milk. I used 2% cows milk, but you may use whatever milk you prefer. I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon, so I kept the cinnamon to only one teaspoon. If you’re a cinnamon lover, you may want to add more.
I’m not including the recipe for the pretzel bites, because a) it’s not my recipe, and b) I’ve posted about it before. You may use whatever pretzel recipe you know and love, but I highly encourage making this glaze- it’s easy and perfect for date night, or any night.
Goodness gracious, it’s February already? Keep up with this and I’ll be graduating in no time! (psst it’s still a year away. sheesh.) It’s been SUPER COLD here, but it’s winter so what else can you expect? Last week I had three days in a row off of school, because of MLK day and two snow days. It was absolutely wonderful. I went home that weekend as well, since my family is moving this weekend! Yup, my parents are moving to Philly- just the next suburb over from my school.
the first month of the semester has been great. I’ve been getting great feedback from my professors and I’m excited about my classes, with the exception of Spanish and personality psych.
Favorite class so far? Psychopathology. It’s very interesting and we talk about just what I want to go into post-grad.
Speaking of, I’ll have half of my senior thesis written by the end of the semester! Next semester I’ll be doing the actual study portion (on real live humans, that’s both exciting and scary!) and adding in the results.