The holiday season is fast approaching. With it will come invitations to parties, some to which you will be expected to contribute. These are recipes I have personally used and found to be very successful.
The Blueberry Delight is a very quick, throw-together type recipe, that will have you in and out of the kitchen in no time. It tastes best when it is prepared the day before and allowed to sit in the refrigerator overnight. It is always one of the first desserts to be finished when I take it to parties.
The second recipe, Chocolate Cookie Truffles, is somewhat time-consuming, but is definitely worth the effort you will put into it. Several years ago, I took them to a Sunday School class party. When we had our next party, several people brought their own variations of the same recipe. I will give you my recipe and follow with some of the variations my friends have brought.
You will need:
10 inch angel food cake
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup milk
16 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
21 oz. can blueberry pie filling
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
Break the angel food cake into small pieces and toss into a large bowl.
Mix the cream cheese, milk, whipped topping, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Pour this mixture over the cake pieces. Then cover with the blueberries. Chill at least 4 hours. If you want a variation of this recipe, try using a large can of cherry pie filling.
Chocolate Cookie Truffles
For the truffles, you will need:
One 16 oz. package chocolate, cream-filled cookies
8 oz. cream cheese
1 package chocolate almond bark
Place the cookies into a heavy-duty Ziploc bag. Use a rolling pin to crush them until they are crumbs.
Add the cream cheese, and mix until they are well blended. Roll the mixture into 1 inch balls. This recipe works best if you refrigerate the balls for an hour after you roll them out. Unless they are chilled, they tend to crumble into the melted chocolate.
Melt the almond bark. Dip the chilled balls into the melted chocolate and lay out onto a piece of wax paper. Refrigerate for at least one hour until they are firm.
Experiment with different types of cookies. Nutter Butter Sandwich cookies are very good. Oreos are delicious as well, although the double stuffed kind do not seem to hold together as well.
Instead of milk chocolate almond bark, try white chocolate. You can also try using semi-sweet baker’s chocolate.