Recipe of the Day — Almond Balls

About a year ago a little spring gizmo on my oven door broke so the right side of the oven doesn’t close tightly. I have hated this oven since the day we bought it — we got it back when we were only going to live here a year or so (and the house was going to be finished in that time, can you imagine?!) Rather than spending money on the stove/oven I *wanted*, we bought a used one from the paper and it was really cheap b/c it was the lowest end Kenmore that had been discontinued but the guy’s mom had bought it the year before she died so it hadn’t seen a lot of use. It had the critical criteria — it was a gas stove, it was standard size (the one that came with the house was 42″ wide with six burners and two ovens, although only half were functional) and it was cheap. It is not self-cleaning (and it *REALLY* needs a cleaning right now), it has no bells and whistles, the clock/timer works sporadically. As much as I use a stove/oven I would really like to have a nice one. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to talk the Husband into the expenditure of a new appliance b/c this one ‘works’. But now the door problem is getting way worse . . . my cabinet is getting really discolored (ie burnt) and it gets HOT when I’m baking — one of these days I’m going to burn down my kitchen so I’m going to have to bite the bullet and order the stupid spring and accept that I’m just NOT going to get a nice oven for another 15 years. >:-(

So after making some spritz cookies this morning, it became evident that I should try something that didn’t need the oven. These are awesome cookies but they seem to have a really low boiling point — they vaporize rapidly! πŸ˜‰ I got this recipe in a cookie exchange years ago in NM and it’s been a favorite ever since. Enjoy!

Almond balls are in the top tier in the picture.

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Mrs. Lines’ No Bake Almond Balls

1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
1 c. butterscotch morsels
ΒΎ c. sifted powdered sugar
Β½ c. sour cream (I use plain yogurt)
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
ΒΌ tsp. salt
1 ΒΎ c. vanilla wafer crumbs (about 45 cookies)
ΒΎ c. chopped almonds, toasted

Melt chocolate and butterscotch pieces together over hot water. Remove from heat.
Add the powdered sugar, sour cream, lemon peel, and salt. Mix well.
Blend in wafer crumbs. Chill 15-20 min.
Shape into 1-inch balls; roll in chopped almonds.
Store cookies in tightly covered container.
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.

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4 Responses

  1. I know you all think we’re just hogs here, and it’s probably true, but this is another recipe that I always double — 1 bag of choc chips, 1 bag of butterscotch chips and it ends up being one box of vanilla wafers — it’s easy to make it that way.

    In my defense, I’ll say that at Christmas I easily give away 12-15 dozen cookies (mostly packages to neighbors and friends) in addition to those I use for events here and taking to events elsewhere so I often make 6-8 kinds of cookies in batches that make 4-8 dozen. To my discredit, I’ll admit that for the cookies I don’t give away, I’m the main culprit for the volatility of this particular recipe. πŸ˜› There’s a good reason this recipe only comes out at Christmas! πŸ˜‰

    It is so much easier and faster to make a double batch of any given food than it is to make two smaller batches of different stuff so I *do* double almost everything I make, it seems — some of it gets eaten relatively quickly by my own family, some I use now and freeze some for later, and some I give away.

  2. We all enjoy your treats so much, I hope you can get your oven problems fixed – perhaps if your Husband thought the treats were going to cease the new oven might move up on the priority list? πŸ™‚ We replaced our stove and fridge when we bought our house and I have to admit I am overly proud of and attached to them. They are appliances, for Pete’s sake, but boy, are they ever nice appliances! If ovens were portable I would share mine with you. πŸ˜‰

  3. I think there are already so many things on the top of the priority list that it’s about to tip over πŸ˜€ Besides, this gives me a new opportunity to be creative, right? πŸ˜›

    I know what you mean about the appliances, though — I LOVE my new fridge AND I love that it actually cools things much better than any we have had until now — meat actually lasts several days, fruits and veggies last many days longer than before . . . aaaahhhhh, the joy of modern appliances! πŸ˜‰

  4. I have to give public praises for the wonderful Husband who has fixed the stove *AND* without needing to buy any parts! The bad part was when he groaned and said, oh we should have tried this a long time ago and then we wouldn’t have damaged the cabinet.

    So now the oven door closes correctly and the cabinet doesn’t feel like it’s about to ignite . . . let the holiday baking continue in earnest! Whoohoo!! πŸ˜€

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