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Geek Eats: Sweets Edition

Elizabeth Grunewald | 29 Dec 2010 15:52
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"Most curious creature, Captain. Its trilling seems to have a tranquilizing effect on the human nervous system." Star Trek, "The Trouble With Tribbles"

There is just not enough spherical, Star Trek-inspired food out there. Luckily, these cheesy confections are here to fill the void. I've gussied up my recipe for That Dessert Cheese Ball I Made That One Time (which is exactly what it says on my recipe card) with some edible, tribblicious fur in the form of toasted coconut. Unfortunately, I don't care for coconut, so I won't be joining you. That's okay, though -- tribbles multiply fast enough that I'm sure I can find a coconut free version somewhere in my kitchen.

You can use any sort of cookie you want to enjoy this sweet cheese ball, but I prefer ladyfingers for their handy snacking shape. Know that, while this recipe is stupidly simple, it does require cooling time, so give yourself a generous couple of hours.

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup toasted coconut

Beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl with a handheld mixer until light and fluffy.

Add both sugars, and beat until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until fully chilled. Once chilled, carefully roll into a ball (use the plastic wrap to help you if it's particularly sticky, but it shouldn't be). Roll cheeseball in nuts and coconut, and serve with ladyfingers and/or graham crackers.

That wraps it up for Geek Eats for 2010. Never fear -- no resolution will stop me from bringing you nerdy food in 2011. Just you wait.

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