Jingle Balls

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When I never know what tomorrow may bring, getting holiday baking done can require some juggling. Jingle Balls to the rescue! These are super easy, and can be done in short bursts of activity. They store well in the fridge throughout the holiday season, and are always a hit.

I’ve been asked for the recipe, and i have to confess that there really isn’t one. It’s too simple to be called a recipe. There used to be one, somewhere, and it was called something else entirely, and I’ve changed it to suit myself.

Here’s how it’s done.

Step one: Bake one boxed cake mix, any flavor. I like chocolate.

Step two: As soon as the cake is out of the oven and still very hot, scrape it into a big mizing bowl, dump a tub of frosting in it (chocolate again,) and stir it all into moosh.

Step three: Put it in the fridge until you have time to deal with it – could be a couple of days. Snitching occasional fingerfulls of the lovely moosh straight out of the bowl is suggested.

Step four: Roll moosh into walnut sized balls, put them on a cookie sheet, put them in the fridge.

Step five: Promptly ignore them until the moment you say “Oh, geez, I have people coming over, and I could get called to a birth tonight, I’d better get these done.”

Step six: Melt a bag of chocolate chips (I do about a third of the bag at a time, and use a cereal bowl in a saucepan as double burner, because who has room for a double burner in her cabinets anymore?) Throw in four or five balls at a time, swish them around until they’re covered in melted chocolate chips (Oh, I also throw in about a tablespoon of coconut oil, just to mnake the glaze a bit thinner), use two forks to lift them out, and put them back on the cookie sheet.

Step seven: Chill until the chocolate is firm, and ta-dah! Jingle Balls!

There you have it! A totally simple and impressive holiday treat, compatible with busy lives and procrastination! Enjoy, and Happy Merry from Jodi the Doula to you!

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