I’ll share a delicious recipe in a minute, but first a story. Once upon a time, we had snow in Houston. (Actually, a few times since I’ve lived here, but I missed all but two.) This one time, though? It was magical.
Sawyer was just a baby, and one of the students from Rob’s youth group was in the hospital. He was having surgery on his brain and it was very serious. Before he went under, he prayed for two things: he wanted to wake up, and he wanted it to snow. (Confession: I’m getting a little teary about this.) There was no snow in the forecast, but that evening, temperatures dropped and for a few hours, it SNOWED. And when that student woke up, it was to see a beautiful dusting…and a successful surgery.
Doesn’t baby Sawyer look like baby Cooper? (And wasn’t I skinny and young five years ago? Man.)
This brings me to maybe the only snowballs we’ll get in Houston this year: the Peppermint Oreo kind. These are simple and involve no baking. They are good. They are pretty. They have butter and cream cheese and Oreos—what could possibly be wrong with this? Unless you’re dieting. But this really isn’t the series for you if that’s the case.
After a brief hiatus where life took over my blog, I’m back with the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats hosted by Meal Planning Magic. If you haven’t been paying attention, there are so many great ideas for Christmas gifts!
- 1/2 package oreos
- 1 block cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 T butter, room temperature
- 1 tsp almond extract
- about 2 cups powdered sugar
- 10 peppermint candies (or candy canes)
- Begin by prepping the candy. I crushed the Oreos by hand and used the Magic Bullet (mini food processor) to get the peppermints to a fine dust. Set both aside.
- With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and the butter together. Begin adding your powdered sugar. You want the mixture to be firm enough to roll into balls. This is not an exact science and factors like the brand of cream cheese or temperature of your kitchen may affect the consistency. Crumble in about half the Oreos and mix by hand.
- Spread the rest of the crush Oreos out and, in a separate pile, the crushed peppermints(I used a cutting board). Form small balls with the cream cheese mixture. Roll them in the Oreo crumbs until covered and then chill for 20 minutes.
- Just before serving, roll in the crushed peppermints.
- If you want a more minty snowball, use peppermint extract in addition or instead of the almond. I really liked the different note of flavor that the almond added, but more peppermint would be nice as well.
- ***The peppermint gets kind of melty and sticky after a bit of time, so they stop looking like snowballs quickly.