It’s no secret that there’s a big football game coming up this Sunday. It is bizarre that this one game can have so much gravity. Advertising, millions of people watching, and it’s all just a game. Life and death are not decided on this game, yet we give it so much time, attention, and money! Now, I’m not criticizing. I will be right in the midst of it too. Heck, I’ve been prepping my recipes and planning for over a week now. Check out this post for my first Super Bowl themed recipe. Here’s another that I’ll be making this weekend, and one more from another site that I think will be finding it’s way onto some potato chips! Oh, and there’s the grand finale that will be coming in a post tomorrow. Seriously, it’s good, and something I’ve been missing for quite some time after kicking the gluten come back and check it out. It will change your life…ok that may be an exaggeration.
But all the hype around the Super Bowl is looking and feeling a bit…immature given the protests and now violence in Egypt. The current World events have definitely made me take a look at my life. I love to cook and bake and many many many times a week I daydream about what it would be like to do it full time, but I’ve recently come to a realization: cooking relaxes me. It’s what I do to have fun. If it was my full time gig it wouldn’t be my relaxation time anymore, it would be my job, and may take on the same sort of feelings of obligation and focus that my current job does. Therefore there will be less hoping for something else, and more appreciating the great gig I have. I have a great job, that I like. I get to go home and cook to relax and have fun. It’s the perfect combination and am so blessed to be in this situation.
Well now that I’ve wondered all over several topics let’s get back to Super Bowl junk food. These are not a new revolution, but they are a gluten free twist on an old standby that are super rich and delicious. Notoriously the method I used is for Oreo Truffles. Well….gluten free oreos are just not that great so I substitued in my favorite store purchased gluten free cookie which is Pamela’s Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Chunk cookies and I’m addicted! These are rich and decadent. If you didn’t know, you’d never think they came from 3 humble ingredients and require no stove or baking. Super simple. Decorate them cute for the occasion or just simple add some sprinkels or even cookie crumbs over the top and you have a simple little dessert to end many an event.
Football Gluten Free Cookie Truffles
adapted from Kraft.com
Feel free to use this method to form any shape you can dream up…maybe even on a stick…and decorate away!
1 6oz. box of your favorite cookies ( I used Pamela’s Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Chunk which yielded delicious results!)
3 oz. room temperature cream cheese
4 oz. semisweet chocolate
white frosting for decorating (use the royal icing linked to here, or your favorite store bought kind)
Start by dumping all the cookies into a medium sized food processor.
Process until you’ve reached fine crumbs.
Weigh out cream cheese.
Add to cookie mix.
Mash together with a back of a spoon until a homogenous mix is reached.
One large tablespoon at a time scoop the mixture into your hands and roll into an oblong ball. Gently pinch the ends to form the football shape. Place on wax paper lined baking sheet and stick in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
In the mean time heat your chocolate in the microwave one minute, then stir. Continue microwaving in 15 second intervals until melted. This could also be done in a double boiler.
Plop the footballs into the melted chocolate and roll them over to cover the entire surface. Remove with a fork and shake to allow the excess chocolate to drip off. Place back on waxed paper.
When chocolate has set, ice on the end stripes and seam lines.
Store in the refrigerator and serve cold or at room temperature.