What’s a favorite Christmas treat you love? Something that, as soon as you smell Mama or Granny baking away, you come running for some goodies. For me, it’s all about the cookies.
When I think of Christmas, I think of oranges filling the toes of stockings. After all, I was raised on “Farmer Boy” and the rest of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series “Little House on the Prairie.” Somewhere in recent years, however, the Christmas orange has been given a makeover, and now these special chocolate oranges adorn the seasonal shelves of every grocery store. In fact, a holiday chocolate orange is one of my mom’s favorite Christmastime treats, and they were the basic inspiration behind my new cookie recipe this year:
Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies.
And folks, they are scrumptious & rich, and if you wanted to, you could wrap ‘em up & pop them into the toe of a Christmas stocking. (Or you could share this recipe with Santa, in case HE’s the stocking-filler in your house. *wink*) But the part you’ll love the very most? These are the most delicious, yet easy-peasy, recipe you can make this holiday season!
I know it’s so late, I do. In fact, these should almost be another post in my “Never-On-Time Series,” since both of these desserts were made in past years. However, a few of my friends still insisted that I share, even so late. They promised you would still like seeing these treats, so please prove them right, okay?
Last year, I had just passed my one-year anniversary in making decorated sugar cookies, and around my kids’ school, I was already known as the cookie mom. So, of course, I had to make cookies for Earth Day for Jack’s 3rd grade classmates…
I made about 30 big Earth cookies, and each one was slightly different, as I just piped random shapes of green on the blue-iced globes. Cute!
And, serious biz, they couldn’t possibly have been easier to make. Really. You could knock out 30 decorated cookies in an hour or less, I promise!
I’ll even outline the steps for you:
1. Bake circle-shaped sugar cookies.
2. Pour blue 20-second icing into a shallow dish/plate.
3. Dip cookies into icing until evenly covered. Remove & lay on racks to dry a bit.
4. Tint piping consistency icing green, and pipe random continent shapes on the drying blue cookies.
5. Let dry completely.
See? SO EASY!
But TWO years ago, I was just getting my start in cookies, and I wasn’t as brave to “share” my work yet. Instead, I made a classic: Dirt Cake.
This is a favorite in our family, and it always goes over well with crowds. It really couldn’t be easier to make, and I don’t usually go for the full “put-it-in-a-flower-pot” presentation, even. Don’t let not having the right props keep you from making it. You NEED this “cake” in your life!
Chocolate Dirt Cake
(recipe handed down for years)
- 1 to 1-1/4 lb. pkg. Oreo cookies
- 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 3 cups milk
- 1 (12 oz.) Cool Whip
- 2 (3.5 oz.) pkgs. instant chocolate pudding
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 4 gummy worms (optional)
In a food processor or blender, crush the entire package of Oreo cookies. (I can only put 5 Oreos at a time in my blender without causing it to stop. It’s a long process for me.) Pour 1/4 of the crumbs into your serving dish (a flower pot or regular pretty dish).
In a large bowl, cream butter & cream cheese together until light & fluffy. Add vanilla & powdered sugar; mix well.
In a separate medium bowl, combine milk & both packages of pudding mix until well blended. Fold in Cool Whip until combined.
Fold pudding mixture into cream cheese mixture. Layer 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture onto the crushed cookies in the serving dish. Top with another 1/4 of the crumbs, and another 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers one more time & top with last 1/4 of the cookie crumbs. Push gummy worms into the crumbs for decoration. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours before serving.
And here’s a picture where you can see the layering in effect:
I made 44 individual cups of Dirt Cake for both my boys’ 2nd & 6th grade classmates. My youngest was SO excited to hand these out, and ALL of the kids loved the sweet treat. They were the jealous talk of the school.
Personally, I can’t do the gummy candies, but if you asked Jack, he’d tell you that it’s not “real” Dirt Cake if there aren’t worms included!