Tuesday, December 20

No Bake Milk Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Balls

No Bake Milk Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Balls, are a great cookie for the holidays. The come together rather easy, require no baking, look fancy, and can be made the same day you need them.

These great little cookie balls can easily be garnished with your favorite topping instead of crushed candy, you can use, sprinkle, or candy shots. However, I like having the garnish mimic the inside

This will make 36-48 cookies
Full time: 2 hours (includes cooling/harden time)

You will need:

8 oz cream cheese, soften at room temp
8 oz bakers semi-sweet chocolate
40 chocolate sandwich cookies
12 candy canes

Let us begin:

In a large zip top bag, place sandwich cookies. I recommend that you do this step twice, working with half the cookies at a time.

With a rolling pin, or meat tenderizer, beat the bag until the cookies are finely crushed

Repeat this with the candy canes, you want two bags of candy canes when done

In a large bowl place the room temperature cream cheese and add in the cookies

Mix until a dough forms, this is easier by hand, but a little warning-it is very sticky at first

Now blend in the first half of crushed candy canes

Line a baking sheet with wax paper and begin to form cookies.

To form cookies, roll small amounts of dough into balls. Balls should be one or two bites in size

Once all dough is used, move sheet to refrigerator for 30 minutes. This will allow the cookies to firm up slightly, the cream cheese becomes softer with handling so you really don't want to skip this step. if your short on time, pop them in the freezer for 10 minutes instead

When rest period has ended. Remove cookies from refrigerator. And set up you coating station.

In a bowl: Melt chocolate per package instructions until smooth.

On a plate: Place the second half of crushed candy canes

Drop cookies in, one at a time and roll around to fully coat. Move cookie back to sheet and sprinkle with a bit of candy cane

Once all cookies are coated, move back to refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour to fully set. (I usually do mine the day before and let set overnight.)