That’s what friends are for…


Left in the comments by one of my most favorite people of all time was a request for more snickerdoodle stuff. So since I do big puffy heart her I am going to oblige her. That and it’s not too hard to convince me to make something snickerdoodle flavored (twist my arm).

It’s funny that the vast majority of people who I adore and have been positive influences in my life (with the exception of my hockey peeps…MDP included) have all come as a result of this blog. If nothing else ever comes from me having this blog, the friendships that I have made from it have made any amount of time spent keeping this blog a float all worthwhile. It’s even is worth all the caramel burns. :)

They (whoever THEY are) say that the Internet often isolates and keeps people from having real life relationships. I can see that in some ways. I think what is nice about the Internet is the fact that it allows me to search out and find people who I have things in common with or are just good peeps that I could throwback some beers with instead of having to pick from what is just around me (no offense to my local friends :P ). Some of those are people who are merely acquaintances that I would meet up with for dinner if they were in town and some are people I would give money to and go at someone with a hockey stick if they asked. And they have done the same for me (well not the hockey stick…but it could happen).

One of the blessings (friend) that came into my life from my blog said to me when I commented about all of my good friends have either come from hockey or this blog was “passions bring good things to people”. I liked that. I have two passions in my life: hockey and food…so really that makes total sense. It also helps that hockey peeps and food lovers are for the most part pretty awesome human beings. Or sure there is always a rotten apple now and then…but that’s okay because then I can write about them on this blog and exploit them for ad revenue. :P Suck that mean people.

These truffles are a take on the chocolate chip cookie dough truffle that was made for the ever hip expanding Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake which is excellent for all your post break up needs. :) But I prefer sugar cookies and snickerdoodles to chocolate chip cookies (I know shoot me). Plus I like any excuse to throw nutmeg into something. Which brings us to today’s giveaway the ever handy Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater . You probably own one. I do. But really you need two, just in case the one is in the dishwasher. That’s why I own two…well three now thanks to AllRecipes.com who gave it in their goodie bag. No I am not re-gifting…you get your very own. Not that I am against re-gifting…I just really like it…it’s yellow.

So just leave a comment and tell me if you think you can form real relationships just from the Internet. You have to comment by Tuesday June 19th 2012. You have to be living in the USA. And you need to name your first born after me…oh wait. :P I will let people know on Wednesday June 20th 2012 if you won anything.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Truffles

½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
½ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cream of tartar

Cinnamon sugar for rolling truffles in

In a medium size bowl add the flour, spices, salt, and cream of tartar. Set aside.

Using a stand mixer (or a bowl and beaters), cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Beat in vanilla.

With speed on low, slowly add flour mixture, alternating with condensed milk, beat well after each addition.

Shape balls into 1-inch balls and place into an air tight container. Roll them into the cinnamon sugar just like you would a snickerdoodle cookie. Store in freezer for at least 3 hours.
How many you get really depends on what you think a 1 inch ball looks like. :) I will be using these in the next several recipes so be on the lookout.

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Comments

  1. Tiffany says:

    I think you can maintain relationships but not form them over the Internet.

  2. I believe that yes, you can form solid relationships via the Internet. I’ve met people through online gaming or chatting that I still keep in touch with. Plus I met my husband online.

    On a side note, I would love to win the microplane grater as I do not own one.

  3. I personally don’t believe I could form meaningful relationships over the internet, but I know some people can. I’m just different in person, so I don’t think i would be successful at the internet friendship thing. I would love to win, since I don’t own a microplane zester :) !

  4. I definitely think I’ve made solid relationships online. It’s easier to find people with mutual interests, and if it only takes time I’m likely to look friends up. I recently reconnected with early childhood friends, plus made new ones of people my husband went to school with, and their spouses. I even met mommy friends for playgroups online, on the mothers n more website.

  5. Cheryl W. says:

    Absolutely I believe that real relationships can form over the internet. I have a very dear friend who I met over the internet. I have never met her in person, but it is as if she is near, because she has a special place in my heart.

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter!

  6. ShanitaC says:

    I believe wholeheartedly you can form friendships online. About a decade ago I used to write in an online diary…to this day, I am still friends with the ones I have managed to keep in touch with. We formed our friendships so easily because at first, we were not judged, but just there as a comforting voice to each other…I wish it were as easy to form such friendships in real life.

  7. Mmm. Snickerdoodles are my absolute favorite!

    I believe you can form relationships via the internet but you would need to eventually meet them face to face for it to last.

  8. Megan P. says:

    I think it can work for some people, but I don’t think it’s a good idea for most people. My whole though on internet dating is “Put the mouse down and get out in the world!”

  9. I’ve had many nice positive exchanges over the internet, but haven’t formed any real relationships. But I’m not a blogger, just a user! But my observation is that many many people have formed very significant relationships online.

  10. Those balls look so good! I think you can definitely form friendships through the internet, especially from blogs or chat boards or even facebook.

  11. Sure do! Online dating got me my wonderful boyfriend! :)

  12. The internet can be another way of meeting people, how you meet, or if it is ever face to face is what builds on the relationship.

  13. Leigh Ann says:

    Yes, I definitely believe you can form a meaningful relationship online. But I feel like it might take more work and time than a face-to-face relationship because you miss out on the insights you get from observing nonverbal communication (eg, body language).

  14. RecipeNewZ says:

    I found this post though Pinterest. The photo was so beautiful that I just had to come here to read the recipe! Love it! And love your site :-) .

    I would like to invite you to share this post (and your other posts :-) ) on a new photo based recipe sharing site that launched in May. The idea is simple: all recipe photographs are published within minutes of submission. And, of course, the images link back to the author’s site.

    I hope you get a chance to visit and to share some of your delicious posts with our viewers. It would be a pleasure to have you on board :-)

  15. Amelia B. says:

    Well Pea – you know i think real relationships can form online, because that’s how i met you :)

    Love microplanes, but i only have one – keep meaning to buy a second one because somehow mine is perpetually in the dishwasher!

  16. i think a real relationship can be formed, but i think there is power in real human tough and connection. getting to see people face to face, hold hands, hug, and really see them is important. though that doesn’t take anything away from the internet relationship.

  17. Hmm … I’ve used the Internet more for maintaining friendships with people I’ve known for years vs. making new friends, but I don’t rule it out. One of my favorite things about blogging is the supportive community of fellow bloggers. :)
    I don’t have a microplane grater, so I would like to win one. :)

  18. I have an on-line friend I “found” when in the where-are-all-our-classmates mode. Actually, she found me first…but neither one of us has any recollection of the other from high school days! We seem to get along quite well now that we’ve finally connected though! I can’t wait to meet her someday. I will HAVE to meet her someday!

    My zester seems to always be dirty when I need it…so another would be handy!

  19. These look amazing! Can’t wait to make them.

    I’ve been forming long-lasting relationships via the internet since 1988, starting with my first fiance, and going through two marriages and a number of other relationships (some just friends, some not). So I’m a big believer :)

  20. Happy Blogiversary!

  21. Sorry – disregard my last comment because I am an idiot and didn’t read what we were supposed to comment about – good times. Anyway, I have never formed any kind of relationship over the internet, so my instinct is to say no, but it sounds as though you have proven my theory wrong. Guess it depends on the person.

  22. I think you can absolutely form relationships over the Internet. Through my cooking and photography blogs, I have connected with people who share common interests and with whom I have meaningful friendships. I also met my boyfriend online. I think what’s key in doing so is weeding out who’s honest about who they are from who’s only presenting you with their beautiful online life.

    On a side note, I am grater-less and would love to remedy that.

  23. I think it’s possible to start a meaningful relationship online, but the transition to a real-life relationship may be awkward at first.

  24. Can you form real relationships on-line? Heck yah! Some of my closest friends including you I met online. I do think to have the relationships and trust go to the next level in person has to be involved but I don’t feel it is necessary.

  25. I think you can have platonic relationships but not romantic relationships. I think romantic relationships can start online but it takes in person interaction to really get to know a person and decide whether they are meant to be.

  26. While I was searching your recipe for cooking time, I saw your question about internet friendship. I have formed a friendship with another kindred spirit. I say that because I don’t know when it turned into that. All I know is we are both caregiver and would share our stories
    about our love ones and could get by with saying things that sometimes would be hard to hear from someone who has not walked in our shoes. We respect each others opinion and love the honesty. Her mother has Alzheimer and my son has Down’s Syndrome and Autism.

    PS> Do you cook the snickerdoodle cookies?

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