Monday, January 12, 2015

Reindeer Poop - Recipe

My sister made a delicious treat for us one Christmas.  She called it Reindeer Poop.  Not one to dive into a dessert named after a bowel movement, I hesitated to take a bite.  Silly me.  It was one of the most delectable treats I'd ever tasted!  

I loved it.  My husband loved it.  Our kids loved it.  We devoured it.  All of it.  My daughter learned how to make these tasty nuggets of yummy just a few weeks ago.  It was YUMMO all over again.  

Fiona usually makes a gluten-free version since 6 out of 7 Jamesons in our house do better sans the wheat products, but she made some regular Reindeer Poop for friends of ours last week.  Here is the recipe that she used and some pictures of the Reindeer Poop that she made.  

Ingredients:  

one box Joe-Joe's Chocolate Sandwich Creme Cookies from Trader Joe's 
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces Baker's chocolate baking bar semi-sweet chocolate




Directions: 

1) Crush the cookies into small bits - Fiona has used a blender as well as a cooking hammer to crush the cookies.

2) Mix the crushed cookie bits and the cream cheese in a bowl until doughy - Fiona gets the best results using the KitchenAid with the flat beater attachment.    

3) Form small dough balls - Fiona uses an  ice cream scooper and tends to make them around the size of a large gumball (about 1").

4) Chill dough balls in the freezer for ten minutes.

5) Melt the Baker's chocolate - since we avoid using the microwave, Fiona slowly melts the chocolate in a small stainless steel pot on the stove top.

6) Remove dough balls from the refrigerator, and remove the melted chocolate from the stove.  

7) Drop one dough ball at a time into the melted chocolate being sure to completely cover the entire dough ball.  Once covered, place it on a cookie sheet that's been lined with parchment paper.  

8) Refrigerate so that candy coating can harden....unless you cannot resist!  Then go ahead and eat a sample (or three!) of the Reindeer Poop immediately.

9) But if you prefer hardened chocolate-covered cookie bites, refrigerate the Reindeer Poop for an hour.  

10) Enjoy!  


Additional Information:

Around Thanksgiving time, when Trader Joe's sells the Joe-Joe's Candy Cane Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, use those.  They make for great treats or Christmas gifts.  And hello...DOUBLE YUMMO!

If you are gluten-free, try the Glutino's Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies instead of the Joe-Joe's cookies.  Seriously delicious!  

This recipe yields about 2 dozen cookie bites.

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Fiona loves to bake.   She can bake a gluten-free cake or whip up a few dozen gluten-free whoopie pies faster than I ever could.  She bakes in order to provide safer treats for Ronan because he does not do well when he eats gluten.  She loves to make desserts for others, but Fiona bakes because she feels the benefits of being gluten-free too.  

Because of that discovery, and because this fun hobby has turned into a passion, Fiona's already started to look at colleges that offer culinary arts.  I'm not ready to send her off to school just yet, but I'm very excited to see her think about how to use her talents in the future. 

xo, Cat

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