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Everyone knows that all stay at home moms do all day long is sit around watching soap operas and eating ice cream BonBons. I mean, what ELSE is there for a stay at home mom to do? How about those moms who call themselves “work at home moms”? PSH. HAHA! Laugh with me, people! We all know this “work” they speak of is just nourishing their need for friends by sitting on their butts all day long surfing the web and skipping joyfully through social media accounts. Work. These stay- and work-at-home moms are just lazies who are using their children as an excuse to stay at home and burn through their husband’s hard earned money.
You guys, people really think that stuff. They do. And they’re insane.
Way back in the day, I was a single mom who was working two full time jobs and going to college 3/4 time. Even back then, I wasn’t nearly as busy as I am now as a work from home mom to three children. Now I can hardly find time to shower, let alone deck the halls with boughs of holly, or sweep my really dirty floor. Thank God for husbands who don’t mind picking up the slack from time to time.
It doesn’t help that I’m a complete squirrel when it comes to sitting down for work. Right now my darling daughter has a 102* temperature and she’s sneezing around the house busting out moves to rival Beyonce, in a two piece bathing suit. I don’t know where she gets this energy, but it’s really distracting. I mean, I can’t help but watch this train wreck!
I’m really not fighting to be June Cleaver, but I do want to create some yummy memories for my kids, and shoot, if people are going to judge me for sitting on my big butt all day eating BonBons, I might as well just make that come true. Who wants to sit in a closet and hoard all the BonBons, though? No way! I want to eat my bon bons in a fluffy robe while watching the steamy episodes of Wallykazam with my kids climbing all over me during intense punching and yelling sessions.
Doesn’t that sound fun?
OH, no? Not fun? Realistic, then. It sounds realistic.
So since my reality means that all the things need to be gluten free, I called on Nestle Toll House and Edy’s ice cream for these two bon bon recipes. Nestle is very open about their allergy information and when I’ve emailed them, the responses have been direct and fast. I was concerned about the possibility of wheat in the Toll House® Limited Edition Dark Chocolate and Mint Morsels so I wrote them a message. To the best of their knowledge, they are safe for Celiacs to eat. Because I’m really freaked about Grady losing his rear again (literally), I err on the side of caution and make him his own separate bon bons with the clearly marked as gluten-free Toll House® White Chocolate Morsels. Although the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Limited Edition Holiday Morsels, 10 oz. are totally safe, and that’s what I used in one of the BonBon recipes below.
Technically, the kids could help with these super simple recipes, but since I’d rather not wind up with chocolate and ice cream all over the house, I’ll just let them eat them with me, and I’ll bake by myself, thankyouverymuch.
Both recipes start out the same, so we’ll start there:
Take your favorite pre-made gluten free cookie dough (or your favorite homemade one if you’re the over-achieving type) and press a tablespoon into mini cupcake cups. It helps if you use a non-stick variety of pan, but if you don’t have that type, just grease that mess up with some buttah – Paula Deen style.
Bake for 10ish minutes.
When the cookie cups come out of the oven, you’ll be surprised to find that all your hard work was for naught because the cookies puffed right up, creating little cookie muffins. Since this isn’t what we are looking for, you’ll need to use the back of a wooden spoon, your knuckle, or a stamp of some sort to press the middle down. My cups are round with a square hole. Just roll with it, OK?
Let the cups cool inside the pan then twist to remove. If you’re lucky, you’ll only suffer two casualties.
Here’s where things get interesting.
For the ice cream bon bons, scoop some of Edy’s Limited Edition Peppermint Wonderland ice cream into the cup and stick in the freezer to harden for at least an hour. I found that because this ice cream is whipped and fluffy, it takes a little longer than heavier ice cream to really get hard. Like with some things, you want it hard. Really hard.
For the second BonBon, you’re going to beat it, just beat it, (can we take a moment of silence for The King of Pop, please?), beat together some cream cheese, sugar (I use palm sugar which is why mine is a little brown and not bright white), vanilla, and Toll House® Limited Edition Holiday morsels. When it’s nice and fluffy, you’ll scoop some out and slather it into the cookie cups.
Yeah, they’re ugly, we’re not done yet so don’t get your oven mitts in a twist. Separate some of the Toll House® Limited Edition Holiday morsels by color and melt them for 45 seconds at 70% power in your microwave. When they come out, add one teaspoon of coconut oil and stir until all the morsels are melted. Do this for the red and green colors.
Put melted chocolate into plastic baggies and snip just the tip off then pipe onto your cream-filled cookie cups.
Smack your husband as he tries to dig in before you’ve taken pictures to post on Instagram.
Now, back to the ice cream bon bons. Repeat the whole chocolate melting thing in your microwave. Be careful with white chocolate. That crap will seize faster than a hungry baby looking for a bottle.
Dip your super cold ice-cream filled cookie cups into the white chocolate then top with crumbled peppermints before the chocolate hardens. It’s best to dip then decorate individually because the chocolate should harden pretty quickly since the BonBon is frozen.
Once you’re done and you’ve taken enough pictures to post to social media (don’t lie, you know you do that), dig in. Just make sure you put some makeup on, do your hair, put your pearls on, and park your butt in front of the TV before you eat them a la housewives of the 50s. Wouldn’t want to let anyone down, you know.
On second thought, if my kids tattle on one another ONE MORE TIME, I will hide in the closet with my BonBons and let them duke it out between them.
Don’t forget to pin these recipes for safekeeping!