This week’s theme is “winter treats” and I have two that I’d like to share. The first is a cheese ball that has been a favorite of mine for nearly 15 years and, although it’s a favorite any time of year, it always makes me think of Christmas and my grandfather because he loved when I’d bring it as an appetizer for our Christmas Eve dinners. He and my great-grandmother apparently had something against pecans because they would gut the entire thing, leaving an empty pecan ball for everyone else.
2 – 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened
1 small jar dried beef, chopped
2 green onions, diced
1 Tbl. Accent
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Mix together everything except the pecans. Shape into a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes or so in order to allow the cream cheese to harden again. Roll in chopped nuts and serve with Town House Crackers. (And, yes, I’m brand-specific about the Accent and the Town House crackers when it comes to this cheese ball.)
The next recipe was shared by our pastor’s wife last year and quickly became a family favorite – especially with Josh! We made these several times for family game nights and now it’s hard to sit down and play games without having a craving for these peanut butter balls. (I usually triple the recipe.)
Peanut Butter Balls
1/3 cup peanut butter
3 Tbl. butter
1 cup powdered sugar
8 oz. chocolate almond bark
In a mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter and butter until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar. Shape into one-inch balls and place on waxed paper. Refrigerate while melting chocolate almond bark. Dip each ball into chocolate and place on wax paper to harden.