Snickerdoodle Cookie Truffles and Color Me Mindful : Underwater by Anastasia Catris

September 9th, 2015 Kimberly Feature, Review 83 Comments

9th Sep


Check out the fun I have for you today. First I have a recipe for Snickerdoodle Cookie Truffles that is sure to please and while you are waiting for them you can color! Today’s book recommendation is Color Me Mindful: Underwater by Anastasia Catris an adult coloring book. My daughter’s are in their twenties and love coloring but finding challenging books can be daunting…..this is one in a collection of coloring books that will have you digging out your crayons, colored pencils, and markers.


Snickerdoodle Cookie Truffles

I asked the kids to pick a new dessert recipe and they discovered this Betty Crocker recipe on Pinterest. Since I like truffles this seemed like a good choice. I would prefer to use my own cookies but followed the directions below. In my opinion, this recipe could easily be modified for any cookie. For example, my peanut butter cookies covered in chocolate almond bark..hello. Bake them your way and enjoy!


  • pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ snickerdoodle cookie mix (You can make your own snickerdoodle cookies and will need approx. 3 dozen 2 inch cookies)
  • Butter, water and egg called for on cookie mix pouch
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 14 oz vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark)


1. Heat oven to 375°F. Set aside 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar mixture from the packet. Make drop cookies as directed on pouch. Cool completely, at least 15 minutes.
2. In a food processor, process half of the cookies to fine crumbs. Remove and set aside; continue to process remaining cookies to fine crumbs. Mix all of the cookie crumb mixtures in food processor. Add cream cheese. Process until well combined and mixture can be pressed into a ball, 1 to 2 minutes. Shape cookie mixture into 42 (1 1/4-inch) balls; place on cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Refrigerate 15 minutes.
3 .In a medium bowl, microwave candy coating uncovered on High 60 to 90 seconds or until it can be stirred smooth.
4. Remove half of the cookie balls from the refrigerator. Using 2 forks, dip and roll chilled cookie balls, one at a time, in the coating. Return to lined cookie sheet; immediately sprinkle top with reserved cinnamon sugar. If the coating has cooled too much, reheat. Repeat with second half of cookie balls. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Book Recommendation

Snickerdoodle Cookie Truffles and Color Me Mindful : Underwater by Anastasia Catris
Color Me Mindful : Underwater
by Anastasia Catris
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Adult Coloring Books
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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These intricate and beautifully detailed line drawings of underwater scenes are ready for you to bring to life. Relieve stress, practice your mindfulness, and discover your creative side as you unplug and slow down by filling these exquisite pages with color. No matter our age, useful mindfulness techniques can help re-center us amidst a world of noisy stimuli constantly vying for our attention. Coloring can act like a tranquil meditation—relax and unwind with this calming coloring book for adults featuring beautifully detailed line drawings and designs of soothing ocean motifs. Make your mark—inside or outside the lines—with these fifty beautiful black and white illustrations of fish, turtles, coral, and other amazing ocean life just waiting for your gentle touch to bring the magic of the sea to life.

I loved coloring as a child and continued coloring with my children even if the coloring books were less of a challenge. My girls 24 and 21 still enjoy spending hours coloring with fancy pencils, crayons, and markers. When I received Color Me Mindful in my Xoxpert box I was excited by the integral images. My daughter, however, started to drool. She finds coloring relaxing and the perfect way to unwind after the baby has gone to sleep. She colors and her hubby plays Xbox. The pages are thick, allowing you to use markers without bleeding through. Remember being annoyed by that as a child?  I haven’t had a chance to color myself, but have my fine-tipped markers and colored pencils ready.

In addition to the Underwater theme, you can find a Tropical and Birds in the Color Me Mindful series,  both of which look gorgeous. Later this year an Enchanted themed book will release with fairies. These are perfect gifts for teens to adults.

UndertheSea Collage

Other Coloring Books by Cartis


*recipe found @ Betty Crocker

About Anastasia Catris

Anastasia Catris

Anastasia Catris is a freelance illustrator and writer from Wales in the United Kingdom. After graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BA Hons in English Literature, she travelled to the United States to pursue her passion for comics and graphic novels by studying at The Kubert School of Comic and Cartoon Art. She returned to the UK in 2009, taking her first art job as an illustrator for HarperCollins Publishers. Her debut illustrated book, ‘SuBo’s Cat: The Imaginings of Susan Boyle’s Pampered Pussy’, a satirical comedy cartoon, was published through HarperCollins in 2010 and was sold in book stores worldwide. She began exhibiting at comic conventions in 2011, becoming a regular face at acclaimed expos including Showmasters and MCM. Her experience at conventions led her to producing ACEOs and Sketch Cards, for which she has since been hired by International companies including Fox, Marvel, DC, IDW, Dynamite, Perna Studios, Cryptozoic and Breygent Marketing. As a freelance illustrator she has most recently worked for Orion Publishing, Kerrang! Magazine and Cygnus Alpha: The Doctor Who Fanzine. Most recently she has completed a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for her creator-owned project Cirque Du Mort, which reached its target within 36 hours of going live. She has also recently completed projects for DC on their upcoming Super Villains trading card set. She is currently working for several publishers on freelance illustration work whilst continuing her work on the Cirque Du Mort.

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83 Responses to “Snickerdoodle Cookie Truffles and Color Me Mindful : Underwater by Anastasia Catris”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, I do think it would be easier to just set 3 doz cookies aside when making holiday cookies for these rather than baking them like this.

  1. Mary Kirkland

    Ya know, I’ve seen a lot of my fb friends posting pictures that they’ve colored. A few blogging buddies are into coloring books too. I didn’t realize it was such a ‘thing’ with adults until I started seeing it all the time.

    I love that truffle recipe. I’m so making those.

    Interesting author picture.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      There does seem to be a new trend, I’ve noticed it too. My daughters are in their twenties and they find it relaxing. I can color a little, but most times I think I could be reading or blogging and god forbidden cleaning.

  2. Red Iza

    I haven’t had a proper breakfast this morning, so now I’m salivating on my keyboard ! I can almost feel those cooking melting into my mouth… Hem ! I love coloring books, picking the right colors, spending time doing it and forgetting about the wolrd, it’s a zen passtime 🙂

  3. Lola

    Oh these look delicious! They don’t sell snickerdoodle mix here as far as I know, so I probably would need to make cookies first. And candy coating? I’ve never heard of that before, it is possible to make that yourself?

    That colouring book looks like a lot of fun! I own a few colouring books, but not this one or any by this author, might have to add it to my wishlist. I like it when the pages are thick enough so the markers don’t bleed through

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I always make a few batched at Christmas, and sometimes have leftovers..which will now become truffles! Um, and I didn’t see you sign up for Blog Ahead…go back and do it! LOL

  4. Jenny

    I so need an adult coloring book Kim! They look like so much fun, and there’s something relaxing about just having to stay in the lines and not worry about anything else 😉

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  5. Angela

    I love snickerdoodles so I am going to have to try the truffle recipe.

    I love the adult coloring books that they’re putting out. For me, coloring is so relaxing and it’s the perfect way to unwind after a long day. I put on an audiobook and get the markers.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I feel the same way, and usually join in when my girls ask me, but someone mentioned listening to audiobooks and coloring..I could probably do that 🙂

  6. Katherine

    These sound yummy! I just bought the ingredients for Oreo truffles today thinking they sounded good so great minds think alike! I like the snickerdoodle twist and will have to give this recipe a try. I love the coloring book! I looked at the birds book at the bookstore last weekend and was so tempted but I already have 2 books at home that I need to use a little more first. So pretty! I’m not sure I can resist the fairy book.

  7. Rita

    Looks so yummy.. oh yeah, and the truffles look good too, LOL. I would love to have a couple of those now with some coffee or tea, but I’m not great at baking and wouldn’t push my luck making those. However you did an awesome job with them!

    I do color (again), started a few months ago, and have gotten my 20-something daughter to join in too. She actually colored the pic I have on my sidebar of my blog since she has more patience than I. I do a bit each day or so, she sits for long stretches of time coloring with our colored pencils. Thanks for a great post and I love that undersea coloring book. I would like to have my daughter color in the turtle and frame it 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am going to get my girls the books for Christmas. I think next time I make these I will use cookies I have baked, It will simplify the process

  8. Nelle

    I have that Snicker doodle mix right now but we aren’t a bit fan of cream cheese so no making truffles out of it tonight. I recently purchased an adult coloringredients book. It should come in tomorrow. I’m planing in listening to a book an coloring for a bit.

  9. Wattle

    Hmmm if I ever make 3 dozen snickerdoodles that somehow don’t get eaten I’m totally going to try this! I think I’ll just use white chocolate though, I’ve never seen almond bark here (I usually end up making my own candy bark at Christmas, mhm peppermint).

    I love all these adult colouring books 🙂 I have a few, but don’t get them out very often, I always feel a bit guilty I’m colouring instead of doing something productive!

  10. Kay

    I have heard so many great things about adult coloring books and how they are good for stress re-leaving and relaxing. I need to try it. I have always liked coloring. Plus, the pictures are gorgeous! Also, those truffles look very yummy.