Friday, December 23, 2011

So Full of It (Biscoff Truffles & More)

If you still haven't gotten enough sugar this holiday season, then come on in! I've got plenty for you in this post.

Last Sunday I was going to try my hand at making Oreo Truffles to give as gifts to our neighbors, but then decide to one-up it by using Biscoff Cookies. We happened to have a bunch of single serve packets floating around in our pantry. Surprising, I know. Now what to do with those mini packs of peanuts and pretzels....

I followed the standard formula for Oreo Truffles but substituted Biscoff Cookies (12 packs, 24 cookies total) in place of the Oreos. I also mixed in about 1/3 cup of powdered sugar and half a bag of white chocolate chips for good measure.

It made exactly 26 truffles. Mr.Blondie and I took care of the spares. Deliciousness.

Moving on to my next project, it was time to make Cranberry Bliss Bars for my co-workers. If you like the Starbucks version, this recipe is spot-on.

Starbucks Version
Cake Base:
 1.5 sticks butter, softened
1 C brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
1 tsp ground powder ginger
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
2 C flour
1/4 C minced dried cranberries
1/4 C white chocolate chips

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C powdered sugar
2 Tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla

2 Tbsp minced dried cranberries
1/3 C white chocolate, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 pan

Beat together butter and sugar and then add eggs and vanilla beating until light and fluffy. Add flour, powdered ginger and salt. Beat well. Fold in the cranberries and chocolate chips. Spread batter in pan and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown.

My version
After the cake cools, mix all frosting ingredients together and spread over top of cake. Sprinkle with minced cranberries. Use a cake decorating bag of melted chocolate with a small round decorating tip to drizzle the chocolate over the cake. Cut into bars.

Bars and Truffles, wrapped up and ready to hand out.

I wasn't the only one getting crafty. Mr. Blondie helped occupy Emily while I worked in the kitchen.

He also finished making a special Christmas gift for Emily. What started off as a standard plank of mahogany is now a seat for a rope swing in our yard.

Do you give any homemade gifts? Do you like receiving homemade gifts?


  1. OH.MY.WORD! how hard would it be to send me some of these? lol...DE-LISCIOUS!
    hope you are well?! I am so behind...need to catch up on your blog!!xx Merry Christmas!

  2. wow all of this looks delicious and the seat looks so cool! Love it!! Yes, I just made sugar scrubs and going to make some cookies for a gift exchange in our family

  3. WOW! Your treats look so yummy and that seat is absolutely gorgeous. My thing is handmade holiday cards and this year, I made soy candles for my co-workers. Everyone at work is on the healthy bandwagon, including me, so the candles were a nice change.

  4. Biscoff cookies! That cracked me up. Definitely one of my favorite perks of the job. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  5. I LOVE Biscoff! I made some raw Biscoff balls and Salted Biscoff cookies... how have I not tried truffles?!

    Merry Christmas!!!

  6. Those treats look amazing! I want to be your neighbor!