No Bake Cookie Dough Truffles

In the spirit of the Christmas Season, we attended our friend’s Annual Christmas Cookie Party! Not only did I have fun making these decadent No Bake Cookie Dough Truffles, it was such a treat to taste all the other cookies and confections at the party. You can make these Truffles year round, and freeze them until you are ready to serve and eat. These are seriously sinful, but the best part is you can eat Cookie Dough without fear of getting sick with this egg-less cookie dough recipe. Try out this easy peasy recipe, and let me know what you think!
no bake cookie dough truffles, holiday baking, chocolate chip-Darcy Oliver Design

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (for dipping)
  • 1 teaspoon of shortening for chocolate dipping sauce

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with waxed paper; set aside. In a medium bowl beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in flour just until combined. Stir in chocolate pieces. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on prepared baking pan. Cover; freeze about 30 minutes or until firm.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan heat chopped chocolate, candy coating, and shortening over low heat, stirring until until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. (I actually microwaved my chocolate and shortening mixture in a ceramic mixing bow for 30 seconds, stirred, and repeated until the chocolate lumps were gone and mixture was creamy and smooth.)
  3. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Using a toothpick (I used a boutonniere pin hehe), dip balls into chocolate mixture, allowing excess chocolate mixture to drip back into saucepan. Place dipped balls on the baking sheet. Lightly drizzle with a fork the remaining melted chocolate mixture. Let stand or cover and chill about 30 minutes or until set. I froze mine until I was ready to bring to the party, or you can freeze them and eat for a cold chocolate indulgence!

 

Soft Sugar Cookies & Cookie Gifts

Most of your presents are wrapped and under the tree, and now that you have a little more time on your hands, let the baking begin! If you love the Lofthouse Sugar Cookies from the grocery store, you can whip up these Soft Sugar Cookies for the best made from scratch Sugar Cookie Recipe!
sugar cookies-Darcy Oliver Design

I brought these Sugar Cookies to a recent Cookie Party, and I still have left over dough in the freezer! This Recipe is great for large batch cookies, roughly around 100 Cookies total. However, when you wrap up the dough to sit in the fridge overnight to set up, you will have two batches of dough. I suggest taking one of the wrapped dough packages, and placing it in a freezer bag to have it chill in the freezer until you are ready to use it.

ingredients:

cookies:
6 cups flour, divided
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups light sour cream

frosting:
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons heavy cream
Blue Gel Food Dye (or any color you prefer)
Sprinkles

directions:

For the cookies:
In a medium bowl, whisk 5 cups of flour, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined.

Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed. Dough needs to obtain the right consistency for rolling, so add additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until this is achieved (up to 1 cup more flour). Divide dough into two sections. Flatten into rectangles about 1 1/2 inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.

Generously flour a work area and rolling pin. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes, until pale golden. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

For the frosting:
To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and vanilla. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired spreading consistency is achieved. Add a couple of drops of Food Dye and mix together until the color is consistent.

Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container. Let cookies sit overnight before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

If you are attending a Cookie Party this weekend, or just getting together with friends, this Cookie in a Jar is a great gift idea! Totally adorable, and ready to bake, my girlfriend gave this to me at a Cookie Party. With the directions and all, you just have to whip the cookie mix together with wet ingredients, and it makes for a fun Cookie Sesh to do with family! Whether you give Cookies or Cookies in a Jar, they make for the sweetest gifts this Christmas!
Cookie in a Jar-Darcy Oliver Design

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

In preparation for a Christmas Cookie Party tonight, I started out testing some new cookie recipes! These Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies were a big hit at my house, and they are oh so chewy! I am throwing away any other Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I ever made, sorry grandma. The soft and chewy aspect makes them perfect little Chocolate Chip explosions!

More Christmas Cookie Recipes to come next week, and more on the Christmas Cookie Party this weekend! Get in the Holiday Spirit, and bake up some sweets for your loved ones!

chocolate chip cookies-Darcy Oliver Design

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 oz cream cheese, softened (use cream cheese in a block, not fat free, light, or whipped), softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used minis)
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a Silpat.

Cream together butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Add sugar and beat until well combined.  Add egg, and vanilla, and mix well.

Add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt, and mix until just combined.  Stir in chocolate chips and peanuts.

Drop by rounded spoonful onto your cookie sheet.  These do not spread much, so you can fit at least a dozen and a half on a sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes until just starting to brown on top.

Remove from oven and enjoy with a glass of milk.

Makes 24+ cookies.

Softbatch Chocolate Chip Cookie-Darcy Oliver Design

Prisonher Sparkles for the Holidays!

If you are looking to turn heads this Holiday Season, wearing an eye-catching statement piece will certainly do the trick!  Look to Prisonher Jewelry for all your sparkly needs to pair with all your holiday dresses!  Unwrap the Savings with a Special Christmas Discount upon Checkout!

You can start a Wish List now, or go for the gold and make your own purchase for yourself and all the girls in your life.  I own a couple of Prisonher pieces made by my friend, Owner & Designer, Helen Shelden.  Her use of Swarovski Crytsals and precious stones & metals make for a unique and fabulous, eye-catching accessory to compliment a dressed up or dressed down ensemble. Prisonher. Captivating one “her” at a time.  Turning heads. Stopping you in the street. “Girl, where did you get that?!” One “her” at a time.  For the good girls and bad alike.

Here is a peek of the Prisonher Collection, and some of my favorites include The Summer Solstice that sparkles in the sun, and the major statement piece that does not need further introduction as The Queen.

Prisonher, necklaces-Darcy Oliver DesignOne of the latest additions include the infamous The Miley Cyrus-The Wrecking Ball which boasts one sparkly, faceted Crystal!  I also adore Turquoise, and you cannot be considered a Cali Girl without possessing something Turquoise in your jewelry box.  Set your sights on The Navajo Tears to wear with a casual look.

Wrecking Ball, miley cyrus, turquoise-Darcy Oliver DesignPrisonher’s Wire Ring Collections are for the girl in your life who loves her some baubles and cocktail rings! The artist in me has a crush on this Rope & Rider Turquoise Necklace which is reminiscent of a dream catcher, and I love the Toggle Clasp in front.

Handmade Jewelry, rings-Darcy Oliver Design
Prisonher Jewelry is not only made by hand, Helen can customize any of her pieces by changing out the bead colors, but the custom options do not stop there.  I wanted to give my Maid of Honor something special that would compliment her “Pippa Dress”.  My MOH’s Badgley Mischka dress was a floor length gown drenched in gold sequins, and this show stopping frock needed a simple, yet elegant necklace.

I loved the kitchy idea of having a Bow Necklace that was accompanied by the tagline, “Thank you for helping me Tie the Knot!”. I approached Helen with the idea of a dainty and simple Bow Necklace, and she created a Gold Bow Necklace out of Gold Wire, Gold Chain, and a Gold Toggle Clasp.  Not only is this something my MOH could wear on the regular, it did not over power her gown, and looked oh so pretty on her! Prisonher donned this beauty the MOH, and I encourage all you brides to reach out to Helen for your Bridal Party Gifts!

Bow Necklace, bridal party-Darcy Oliver Design

Ban.do for Brides & Gifts!

We were recently featured on Ban.do’s Blog as a Ban.do Bride!  The White Flurry Pouf was a perfect match to my Justin Alexander Gown, which had ostrich feathers sewn under the tufts of tulle.  The ostrich hair pouf was so magical and flowed with every move I made.

Ban.do has some of the most perfect accessories to help make your day magical as well!  Here are a few of my faves that make for perfect holiday gifts too.  They still offer an Ostrich pouf in this beautiful Blush as well as Mint, Hot Pink, and Charcoal.  Add this piece to your hair or go for something that sparkles like this Crystal Swirl Bobbi if you are going for a vintage look.  Whether your hair is in an up do or not, try a head wrap. The Double Trouble Head Wrap in Nude/Rose will definitely help you catch attention in this little number.

Holidays or not, these shoe clips would accent any solid colored shoe you wore for your wedding day or Christmas Party!  The hearts and bows are my favorite, and I love how they shimmer in Gold! This sequin Boom Boom Flower Comb comes in Gold, Rose Gold, Hot Pink, and Midnight. Whether you want a unique or fun holiday look, these shiny baubles from Ban.do will top off your look with perfection!

Ban.do, accessories-Darcy Oliver Design

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Bridal Party Gifts: Origami Owl

At a recent Bridal Show I discovered Living Lockets made by Origami Owl, and thought these would be great Bridal Party Gifts!  Either from the Bride to her Bridal Party, Mother & Mother-In-Law, or Bridal Party to the Bride!  They are clear Lockets filled with charms and plates that you get to personalize and design with different chain styles.  I fell in love with the rose gold locket and chains, looked so pretty on skin and rose gold is so often overlooked!

I loved the idea of picking a charm that is the color of your wedding, one that is personal to you, and one that is specific to the person who will be receiving the gift.  There are so many options to chose from, and the lockets are really well made.  Perfect for any wedding keepsake!

Get in touch with Hayley Lewis for all your Origami Owl needs, you never know, you may even want one for yourself or have someone in mind for Christmas!

origami owl

Origami Owl