Every year my friend, Missy hosts a fabulous Christmas party. This year was her 6th year of gathering all of her friends together at her house – from all different social groups. Some how by the end of the night, everyone knows everyone and is in the same room sharing embarrassing stories with strangers she just met. Missy’s the kind of person, though, who surrounds herself with truly good people. So you know whoever’s watching you bust out dance moves while playing Dance Revolution isn’t going to judge Whoa – I digress.
What I want to talk to you today isn’t about the awesome group of people, it isn’t about the interpretive dance that she performed for everyone as a thank you, and it isn’t about the infinite number of wine bottles that just kept magically appearing.
It’s about the invitation:
Missy’s partner Bev is a graphic designer, and creates cool invitations each year. This year on the back of the invitation, they noted whether you needed to bring an appetizer, dessert, or wine.
Missy asked me to take one guess which option she chose for me. “Wine???” I answered. Wrong!
Missy always raves about the desserts I’ve brought to various get-togethers from peanut butter bars to oatmeal cookies. However, her most favorite dessert that I’ve made her has been Averie’s raw dough balls. Girl loves her cookie dough. If you know Missy well at all, you know that cookie dough is her weak spot.
I knew just what to make for the party;)
This time, though, I went with Diana’s recipe.
I followed the recipe exactly. And got a little exasperated when the dough was too crumbly, but just like she said – put a little elbow grease into it and bam, it’s dough -
I only cooked it 10 minutes, but then turned the oven off and let them sit one more minute because they still looked a little raw. After 11 minutes, they looked perfect.
Well, I think that was a mistake on my part, because unfortunately they came out way too dry! They tasted more like dense bread than cookie dough balls.
Wah Diana, I trust you though, so you can bet I’ll be making these again today. You know…just as an experiment. OK fine, for me to eat
So what’s a girl to do when her dessert flops and she only has a half hour?
No…not eat a whole bag of rolos to console herself.
Make rolo pretzel turtles!!
These babies take literally 5 minutes to make (well, after unwrapping the rolos for 15 minutes) and are SO easy and delicious.
Step one: Preheat the oven to 350 and unwrap rolos.
Step two: arrange pretzels on a parchment lined baking sheet and place the rolos right on top. Put in the oven for 3-5 minutes.
Step three: Press a pecan, half pecan, or whatever nut you have when you run out of pecans (in my case, walnut bits) down about half way into the soft rolo.
Step four: Put in the refrigerator to set.
People LOVE these things! When I left last night, there wasn’t ONE left.
Do you have a go-to, no fail dessert when you’re in a time crunch?
Do you have any holiday parties to go to this month before Christmas? What do you usually bring?
Well I’m off to meet Heidi at the gym for some cardio and then yoga! Have a great Sunday, everyone Hope you get some relaxation in!