Let’s talk about Christmas. And anti-Christmas people. And Black Friday.
First of all, Christmas: I’m so excited. I’ve gotten everyone’s present already and only need a few teeny things to supplement the bigger, bad-ass presents, like candies and unnecessary knick-knacks I feel each person needs for some unidentifiable reason.
But lately, people have been clouding my Christmas cheer. Hearing strangers talking smack about Christmas music in Walmart. See friends whining on Facebook about how Christmas is coming up *insert angry/sad emoticon here* or begin ranting about how it’s such a capitalistic holiday and so commercialized and blah blah blah.
Yeah, you all suck.
What’s more, they’ll ask for like, a plasma TV or a new camera for Christmas… because nothing screams ‘anti-commercialized holiday’ like a brand new digital camera. Sell-outs.
Oh, and never ever talk smack about Christmas tunes around me again, you hear? I personally enjoy listening to this jolly music and find myself singing it in March. Don’t hate.
Black Friday. Oh dear god.
I have no reason to venture out this year, mainly because I don’t have a reason to wake up at 2 am and stand in line for hours, trampling petite people for a 42″ TV. In years past, sure. But now, no thanks.
The mall near our house opens at MIDNIGHT.
Um, why? It’s a MALL. It doesn’t sell TVs, pricey cameras, or anything worth being there at MIDNIGHT for.
I love me some Victoria’s Secret like the next girl, but you will NOT see me shivering my behind off for some fruity-colored sweats and matching hoodies, uhnothanks.
Plus, my shopping’s done for, which makes it easier for me to stay in bed watching reruns, eating my weight in turkey, stuffing and cranberry-sauce sandwiches, and perhaps these Cake Batter Cookie Dough Truffles, which would make for excellent gifts, btw.
A few days ago my mom brought home some Mrs. Fields Cookie Dough Truffles from the dollar section at Target (LOOOVE that place–such great, useless stuff to have for a dolla).
My eyes zeroed in on the sugar cookie dough truffles and I wondered for a split second why the hell I have not thought of something so genius. After eating for awhile, suppressing my anger at being uncreative and not as innovative as Mrs. Fields, I decided to make them.
Look at them in all their naked glory. You could stop here… but a little extra sugar and chocolate never hurt anyone.
And it is completely unnecessary to make them at midnight, so enjoy your sleep and non-trampled toes and eat them, like, yesterday. Then be a good friend and give them away in cute containers you picked up in the Target dollar bin. Good friends do that.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-6 Tbsp milk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup yellow cake mix (just the powdered mix; NOT batter!)
1/4 tsp salt
Vanilla (white) and chocolate candy bark (I love Candiquik, but Baker’s is great, too)Rainbow sprinkles (lots, obv.)
1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat together softened butter and white sugar until creamy and blended. Beat in vanilla extract only, until combined. Add in the cake mix, salt and flour, about a half cup of flour at a time, until blended–dough will be VERY stiff. Add milk, one teaspoon at a time, until a nice soft dough is achieved (think cookie dough, people). Stir in about 1/2-1 cup rainbow sprinkles, depending on how festive you feel.
3. Roll out teaspoon-sized balls of dough and place on your baking sheet. Freeze for about 30 minutes to an hour to chill and become solid, not completely frozen. While they freeze, prepare your baking chocolate in separate bowls according to package directions.
4. Take one cookie dough truffle and dunk it into a flavor chocolate of your choice and roll it around to cover with a spoon, allowing excess to drip off. Place coated truffle back onto your foil-lined baking sheet, and sprinkle with remaining rainbow sprinkles or jimmies. Repeat with remaining truffles, sprinkling tops with sprinkles.
–If desired, drizzle opposite flavor chocolate on each truffle (think chocolate truffles with a white chocolate drizzle) to get fancy. Otherwise, allow chocolate to harden (I put mine back in the freezer) and then eat! Store these in an airtight container (I keep mine in the freezer.. mm) or gift ’em up to someone sweet.
Where have these been all my life?
I have a feeling I’ll need to spend a lot of quality time with these truffles, you know, making up for lost time and all…
And if you’re going out for Black Friday, be safe–and maybe consider steel-toed boots? Who knows… maybe they’ll give you an advantage in the electronics section, though I would never condone Christmastime violence, even for a $400 52″ TV.