small packages

You know what they say about small packages, and when it comes to dessert, I belong to the ‘best things come in small packages’ school of thought. I don’t want a giant slab of seven-layer cake or a “Man V. Food” kitchen sink full of ice cream sundae. Impressive as they may be, they’re not stimulating my salivatory glands quite like a bite-sized bit of awesome.

That was the logic behind my obsession with cakeballs, and hopefully by now you’ve noticed the new page on the menu bar and taken a look at my new venture. Please check back often for new updates and flavors, and any feedback and/or suggestions are appreciated!

Okay, okay… Less shameless self-promotion and more recipe sharing. In the same bite-sized-desserts-are-awesome vein, I am recommending you try one of the most popular desserts I’ve ever made that just so happens to be one of the easiest, as well: Oreo cheesecake pretzel bites (slightly adapted from my fav, Picky Palate).

I made these for a social gathering at my house, and they were gone before I even finished tidying up the kitchen. A few simple, cheap ingredients and very little effort, and you’ve got some happy party guests.

♦48 Snyder’s Butter Snaps pretzels
3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
15 Oreos
8 oz. chocolate almond bark (melted chocolate chips work, too)
Sprinkles for decorating 

Pulverize Oreos in food processor (or with a rolling pin), and combine crumbs with cream cheese. Melt almond bark in a pot over low heat until smooth; make sure you don’t add any moisture to mixture, or it’ll get clumpy. (You can also melt almond bark or chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth, but I’m not a fan.) While the chocolate is heating up, form Oreo mixture into tablespoon-sized balls, press between two Butter Snap pretzels and set on a tray covered in wax paper. Pour desired amount of chocolate on top of each pretzel sandwich, and decorate immediately because chocolate will set quickly. Serve and enjoy! Makes 24.

Total time? 15 minutes.
Cost? $2.50 pretzels, $3 almond bark (won’t use even close to whole package), $2.79 Oreos (again, won’t use whole package), $1 cream cheese (not even half) + sprinkle costs.
Overall success relative to expectations? 9 out 10. I figured these would be good, but my friends were raving, and that’s always a satisfying feeling, especially when you’ve done relatively no baking. Make these for the kids and/or fun get togethers. Bonus points for aesthetics, because things in small packages are not only awesome, but generally adorable.

the finished product

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