I am officially on "Christmas vacation" – whee! Five, glorious days of leisure, spending time with family, friends and lots and lots of holiday cookies. Lets come back to that though, shall we?!
Per my weekly menu, I was supposed to make my 10 minute, quick & easy Cold Sesame Noodles tonight. I went to put the dish together, came across some spring roll wrappers in the ol’ pantry and thought – what if I merged this cold, slurpy, noodle delight with my Fresh Spring Roll recipe and create a Frankenstein-esque cold noodle roll?
Out of the fog emerged Sesame Spring Rolls! MUWAHAHAHA!
The rolls started with my sesame-soy-ginger spiked recipe for Cold Sesame Noodles, but instead of serving them in a bowl, I stuffed them in spring roll wrappers.
Same rolling technique as my Fresh Spring Rolls!
The rice paper wrapper is chewy and thick-yet-thin at the same time. It’s magical.
The noodles, which are rice STICKS not to be confused with rice NOODLES, are easily the star of the dish though.
They’ve got a bite like they’re still al dente, even when cooked through, and are super squiggly. I just love them!
"O Christmas Tree!"
Anyways, the sauce comes in a close second for best item on the plate. It’s a mixture of rice vinegar, soy sauce, a little sugar, peanut butter and some other ingredients. It would be AMAZING as a salad dressing!
I get a little crazy when eating these puppies – as in, I try and eat the whole batch. Husband has to hold me back. It’s nuts.
In other news, maybe you were wondering if BOTH buttons on the front of my coat popped off as I was walking through Walmart after work today? They did. My buttons popped off my jacket and rolled onto the floor. There was a ping-ping-ping noise as they bounced and rolled to a stop in front of my loafers.
ie I NEED TO STOP EATING CHRISTMAS COOKIES…
…right after this last batch, I swear! They’re White Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches for Heaven’s sake!!!
Here’s the sitch: a woman at my office brought these bad boys to work the other day and I found myself whisking by the break room to "refill my water bottle" every five minutes…aka snag a sweet, salty, buttery handful of these cookies!! They are INCREDIBLE!
All you do is create a double boiler by boiling a couple inches of water in a small sauce pan, placing a heat-safe bowl on top (make sure the water isn’t high enough to touch the bottom of the bowl,)
and pour in some white chocolate chips.
Continue boiling the water until the chocolate gets melty,
and silky smooth, then turn the heat down to medium low.
Next, take your precious Peanut Butter Ritz-bitz Sandwiches, dunk the bottoms in the chocolate and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.
Once you get going, you can start to do a bunch in a batch. :)
Line those soldiers up! Ready to receive a top!
Working quickly (the chocolate won’t stay silky smooth forever) dallop 1/2 teaspoon chocolate on top of each sandwich and help the chocolate run down the sides.
Or when the chocolate starts to sieze up, due to the fact that you’re cooking dinner, charging your camera battery, watching the news and talking on the phone at the same time, just dunk the top halves in there instead!
Honestly you guys? I would have NEVER thought to put Ritz Crackers, peanut butter and white chocolate together, but it is a SINFULLY decadent & delish combo!
The salty/sweet action in these cookies (I call them cookies after they’re dunked in chocolate!) is unbelievable. The Ritz crackers have a sprinkling of salt which is simply divine with the sweet white chocolate.
I had about 35. They are addicting, poppable, mini and magnificent. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! :D
Need some more last minute Christmas cookie/treat ideas?
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some buttons to sew back on…
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Do you have a favorite Christmas or Holiday treat? One that you indulge in every year?