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