March 31, 2010

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Truffles

This is such an easy recipe!!!
I have made a couple of different variations and every one of them have been yummy!
Cheesecake Truffles

1 (8oz.) package Cream Cheese, softened
1- 1lb. package Nutter Butter Cookies 
(or other sandwich cookies-I have used Oreo's, Vanilla Creams, and Mint Oreo's)
12oz. Chocolate candy coating
(you can substitute a 12oz. pkg milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips melted with 1 Tbsp. solid shortening)

In a food processor crush cookies until fine. Cut softened cream cheese into 8 pieces, add to cookie crumbs and process until mixture comes together in a large ball.

Remove dough from food processor, and then starting with a walnut size amount of dough, roll between your palms to form a ball. Place on a baking sheet.  Repeat until all of the dough is gone.
Chill balls 2+ hours in the fridge until very cold and firm.

Melt dipping chocolate in the microwave according to package directions. (if using chocolate chips melt them until soft, add the solid shortening, and continue to microwave stirring every 15-20 seconds until melted, smooth and shortening is incorporated.)
Now using a fork or skewer dip each ball in the melted chocolate coating well. Place back on the baking sheet, and repeat until all the truffles have been dipped.

Return the truffles to the fridge and chill until chocolate is set and firm. Store in the fridge.
Makes approximately 36 truffles.

Option: sprinkle chopped honey roasted peanuts over truffles before chocolate is set, then refrigerate.

March 21, 2010


Welcome to our recipe box!

Aunt Peg's Jewelry was named in honor of GERADINE PEGGY HALL WRIGHT BLONQUIST.  An amazing woman who inspired everyone around her!
As Peg's niece I have felt her influence throughout  my entire life in so many different ways, and when I introduced Megan to my Aunt Peg, Meg immediately became "one of the nieces" (as Peg used to say).
She was a funny, crazy, beautiful, kind, generous, inspiring, dedicated, hard working mother who somehow found time to cook, work, raise 3 children, keep an immaculately clean home,  visit friends and neighbors, arrange parties, and still find time to make every person she came in contact with feel like they were the most important thing in her world. In other words, a perfect woman! Oh, and did I mention her fame as a master Divinity Maker? I still can't make candy that even comes close to comparing...
One of the many cherished memories I have of Aunt Peggy is her wonderful food. She made fabulous, comfort foods that she learned from her mom, and created with her 2 sisters Leona & Sally (Sally is my sweet mom). These women were the go to gals whenever you needed anything, recipes, babysitters, sewers, knitters, first aid, gift idea's, a quick education on any subject, or just a shoulder to laugh and cry on.
Left to Right:
Grandma (Iola), Aunt Peg, Aunt Leona, Sally (my mom)

This picture was taken @ Aunt Peg's wedding to her second husband (she was widowed after 3 years of marriage, just 6 WEEKS after her second child was born). This photo was taken in Park City Utah, 1957.
A few years ago my cousins and I put together a book with the recipes that have been handed down to us by these wonderful women, as well as those recipes that have become the "family" favorites within our own tiny dynasties...
Meg and I think many of you will like these recipes and that hopefully you will be inspired to share with us your favorite recipes as well!!
We wan to make this blog the place for all of your old and new favorites!