I will be the first to admit that I am not the most prompt. No matter how many times I try to reboot my etiquette expansion pack, my punctuality is glitchy at best. Luckily, I have been graced with friends who also keep it tardy enough to still function as normal members of society. (Shoutout to my peeps.)
Another Katie quality: my southern roots are deep-set, so showing up to a party with empty hands makes me feel like Ricky Bobby interviewing after his first big win. And showing up late to a party with empty hands makes me feel like an actual target (not the store, but I wish). Really at this point I try to plan my compulsive baking sessions around when I will see more than two people at once. That way two birds are killed with one pan −all while my compulsive tardiness is craftily veiled by sugar.
5 more reasons why I do what I do:
- I’m going into the party knowing there will be dessert.
- I don’t have to hug anyone because my hands are full.
- Automatic conversation starter.
- If the host’s mom is attending, she will know I have not shamed my own mother.
- If only for a moment, I get to feel like Julie.
I may now consider myself a master of the crunch time food prep/ party primp multi-task™, but it is only because I have had years of diligent practice. The party item you are fixin’ to read about is level medium, so please go into crunch time food prep/ party primp multi-task™with caution, or with two hours to spare.
Lemon Oreo Balls
These are not the quickest things to whip up, but they do not require an oven and they are extremely easy to make. Which makes this recipe kid friendly as well as low stress. I made a process video with a stop clock in the background so you can get an idea for how long each step will take.
If you still want to brave this treat and only show up tenmaybethirty minutes late to a party, then please follow the recipe below.
Ingredients: 1 Package Lemon Oreos 8oz softened cream cheese (don't wimp out on me and buy Neufchâtel) Zest of 1 small lemon (Optional
you wimp) 16oz white chocolate chips 1 teaspoon coconut oil Instructions: 1. Separate cookie from filling, placing cookies into a food processor and filling in a small mixing bowl. 2. Process cookies until there is nothing left but sad little baby crumbs. 3. (Choose your destiny in the next step.) 3a. Add cream cheese to small mixing bowl and micro-grate the lemon into the same bowl. Mix with hand mixer on medium speed until velvety smooth. Pour over crumbs in processor. 3b. Cut cream cheese into cubes and scatter over crumbs in processor also add the Oreo filling and lemon zest. 4. Pulse the processor until the mixture looks completely uniform. Scrape the sides of the processor if needed. 5. Spoon or scoop out mixture onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet. The balls should be two-bite size. 6. Place cookie sheet in freezer for 15 minutes so the balls set up a bit. 7. While the balls are in the freezer, dump the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Add coconut oil to the chips and mix to coat. 8. Microwave for 30 seconds, take out and stir. Microwave for 25 seconds, take out and stir. Repeat for 15 seconds until the chocolate is mostly smooth then stir the chocolate until it is completely smooth. 9. Pray you don't have an actual mental breakdown during the next step. 10. Remove cookie sheet from freezer and begin coating* each ball with chocolate. It is very important that you do not try to coat more than one at a time. The chocolate will cease up and you will have a mental breakdown. *It is important that you find your own method in chocolate coating your Oreo Balls. I use a fork and a small spatula. You can get a better idea of how to coat these by watching the video. 11. Lose patience with coating Oreo balls with chocolate and just spread chocolate onto the other half of the Oreo balls. 12. Place cookie sheet in fridge for 20 minutes to one hour. 13. Scurry to get ready for 20 minutes to one hour. 14. Take Oreo balls off of the cookie sheet and move them to a more portable container. 15. Peel out of your driveway and drive to party at a reasonable and safe speed. Active time: 45 minutes Inactive time: 1 hour
This was the first time I added lemon zest to the mixture and it really did freshen up the whole thing. I highly recommend using the zest.
If you have a chocolate coating technique, please please share it with me. I really truly can not get it right and at least a month comes off my life when I attempt.
Until next time!