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Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies.


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. :-)

Chocolate-Covered Orange 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.

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!

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Dirt & Earth (Day!)


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? ;-)

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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…

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

Mmmm, gummy worms.

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:

Dirt Pudding!

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. ;-)

Dirt Cakes for Earth Day.

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! ;-)

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