We WON! (Tiramisu Cookie Balls)

This post is a bit late, but never the less very exciting! Some of you have been following my status on FaceBook about little girl’s Annual School Carnival, and I mentioned we entered the baking contest (The cookies category). We did win first place when she was in Kindergarten, which came as a HUGE surprise! That was the year I started to take cooking more seriously, though baking was not my strong suit (It still is not), so when the email announcement came, our jaws just about drop to the floor!

This year little girl insisted she needs to participate every step along the way, otherwise we would be cheating. I agreed with her even though the control freak part of me was not too thrilled, especially when cookie crumbs and chocolate dripping were all over the kitchen… The day of the carnival was a bit chaotic, it was rainy and most of the activities had to be kept indoors, so there were adults and children overflowing everywhere. After we turned the cookies in, Bingo seemed to be the most logical and calming thing to do, so we spend quite a bit of time there with our neighbor buddies, it was a lot of fun, and one of our friend actually won the grand price, Hooray!

A couple of hours later we received the news that little girl and her best friend had won First Place in the baking contest (The Cookies and Cupcakes categories), I still can’t believe it, what a honor, and how great is it that they both won at the same year, this called for some prancing around with their awards ribbons of course!

Here is the winning recipe, it’s really simple and the cookie balls are the “Non-Bake” kind, which means you can pretty much enjoy them as soon as the chocolate coating dries. Hope you give it a try!

Ingredients:

1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
60 NILLA Wafers, finely crushed (about 2 cups)
3 Tbsp. MAXWELL HOUSE INTERNATIONAL CAFÉ Café Vienna, divided
2 pkg. (6 squares each) BAKER’S Chocolate, melted

Directions:

MIX cream cheese, cookie crumbs and 1 Tbsp. coffee until well blended.

SHAPE into (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Mix melted chocolate and remaining coffee. Dip balls in chocolate mixture; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.

Recipe from Kraft

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Sissi says:

    Jeno, congratulations to you and your daughter! You have made a great job. And of course you are a great baker and confectioner from what I see here. These truffles sound and look really fantastic. I think I will make them one day because I love tiramisù! And here I could use not the awfully fat mascarpone but low-fat cream cheese 😉 Excellent (already bookmarked) recipe! Have a lovely weekend.
    PS The green muffin on the top is very intriguing…

    1. Jeno says:

      Thank you so much Sissi! Trini’s best friend made the green cupcake, she’s quite the baker! Their school mascot is an alligator, so the cupcake was to resemble one. I hope you will like the cookie balls, surely the low fat version would suit my taste better, we didn’t skimp on fat because we wanted the cookie balls to melt in the judges’ mouths!

  2. The future generation knows already how to do it! congrats to your daughters little ribon award. She must be soo excited. Those green cup cakes look pretty. The tiramisu balls are a brilliant idea. Surely would love to try of each. thanks for sharing!

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Helene! Thank you for visiting for all the compliments! You are right, it’s great the future generation’s interested in cooking and baking! In today’s world, everything’s so hurried, it’s nice if we can raise children that appreciate a good home cooked meal, and enjoy the process of getting there! Have a great weekend!

  3. Yay, Jeno! This again shows how good your cooking and baking skills are! Congrats to you and your daughter, you’re awesome! 😀

    1. Jeno says:

      Thank you so much Kath! I am not sure whether we are that great or just good at follow directions. Hahah!

  4. I wish I was exposed to baking or making sweets when I was at young age. I think it totally made sense that I’m not baking or I don’t have interest in baking (although I love the finish products!). You are doing great job helping them get the right training from young! 😉 Congrats to Trinity’s friend. Aren’t they so adorable? Making me miss those young days… 🙂

    1. Jeno says:

      Trini has always found baking interesting, she’s normally my little helper when we bake (which is not very often). Her best friend has good training from her Mom, and from what I understand, she bakes chocolate chips cookies from scratch on a weekly basis! I started to blog because I wanted Trini to have a place to look for recipes when she’s older, hopefully she will find as much joy out of cooking as we do!

  5. Congrats for winning 🙂 Woo hoo!! These Tiramisu cookie balls look so easy ~ I wish my mother would bake with me sigh…she doesn’t understand why i bake and why i love it 😦 to her it’s just a waste of time hahaha and i guess she doesn’t really like cake either so that doesn’t help.

    Thanks for sharing! I’m gonna make these soon ~

    1. Jeno says:

      Thank you Daisy! These Tiramisu Balls ARE totally easy to make, almost effortless! That’s funny your Mom thinks baking is a waste of time, the good thing is you enjoy it, and I am sure Mr. Bao enjoys eating the yummy treats you make! Please let me know how you like the cookie balls if you do find some time to make them!

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