WRAL SmartShopper

WRAL SmartShopper

What are you baking for the holidays?

Posted December 19, 2013

Faye's pumpkin pie


Will you be baking any holiday cookies, pies, cakes, truffles, brownies or other delightful delectables in the next week? If so, what are you making?  Feel free to include a link to the recipe if you have one.

Among other things, I am going to make Oreo cookie truffles for the first time this year. We had them at a party last year and everyone loved them.  Have you ever made them? Any tips?

They look pretty easy and I think they will make nice Christmas gifts for friends in addition to other cookies and brownies. I plan to coat some in white chocolate with red and green sprinkles and some in milk chocolate.  Plus, I think the kids will enjoy making these with me. You can find the recipe from   I'll post photos of the truffles after we make them.


Please with your account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • alwaysab Dec 20, 2013

    Not planning on as much baking this year. A double batch of oatmeal raisin cookies, a couple of loaves of blueberry/banana granola bread and of course for my step-son pumpkin bread. I may make a cheesecake as I have the supplies needed, just have to figure out what kind to make. If my son helps this weekend, we might also make white chocolate/chocolate chunk cookies.

  • crazy4deals Dec 20, 2013

    My daughter and I have made the oreo truffles the past couple of years. The biggest tip we found out, is to freeze them overnight. It makes it easier to dip them in the chocolate and not leave "crumbs". The other thing we did was use that chocolate bark to coat them. We had some left over from another recipe and that stuff melts in no time in the microwave. This has become our go to recipe for Christmas:)

  • autumn_nut Dec 19, 2013

    I'm making a devil's food cake with cream cheese frosting. I'll crush peppermints to sprinkle over the top. Quick, easy, and delish!

  • robinfowler2 Dec 19, 2013

    Nutella brownie bites: 1 cup Nutella, 2 eggs, 10 tablespoons flour. Mash it up, distribute equally among 12 greased muffin cups, bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes. Yum yum! I haven't tried it with whole wheat pastry flour yet, but it is on my list.

  • ctya Dec 19, 2013

    I plan to make some snowballs (homemade). I so love them. And I'm going to cheat this year and us my cookie dough from HT last week.....wink wink. And some sausage balls and a homemade cheesecake

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 19, 2013

    beachlover624 - thanks for the tips. I will definitely use my food processor based on your recommendation. I also bought the vanilla Oreos (in addition to regular) and I am going to try some of those as well dipped in chocolate.

  • jdouglas13 Dec 19, 2013

    A note to the dog biscuit recipe I just postd -- if your dog is not grain sensitive, you can sub whole wheat flour for garbanzo bean flour. You may need to adjust the quantity to get the right consistency.

    DianeNC, I actually did have a cat treat recipe. Where exactly it is, well, that's another story. If I find it, I will post. I do have another dog treat that calls for canned salmon (and is grain free). Do you think your cats would like it?

  • jdouglas13 Dec 19, 2013

    Oxy, I haven't made this recipe. It is from "You Bake 'Em Dog Biscuits Cookbook" by Janine Adams. It calls for garbanzo bean flour which is supposed to be grain free and available at health food stores. Maybe at Whole Foods?

    3 cups garbanzo bean flour + extra for rolling, 1/4 cup powdered milk, 1 cup shredded cheddar, 2 T. safflower (or veg) oil, 3/4 cup warm water, parmesan to sprinkle on top. Oven 375. Mix flour, milk, cheddar together in bowl. Add oil and water, stir into dough, adding more flour if too sticky to roll out. Flour rolling surface and pin; roll out to 1/4 - 1/2" thick. Sprinkle with parmesan. Cut out shapes and put on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 10-15 mnutes until tops start to brown. Store covered in fridge.

  • DianeNC Dec 19, 2013

    I don't have a knack for cooking, so think I'm just going to have to swing by all of your places to try out all these delicious sounding dishes you're posting about, LOL.

    (jdouglas13 - have anything for cats?) :-)

  • beachlover624 Dec 19, 2013

    The Oreo truffles are actually easy. I made them a year or so ago (not sure why I haven't since then). The worst part is crushing the Oreos. If you have a food processor, use it! Make sure the cream cheese is soft, and they ball right up.