Tuesday, December 24, 2013

3-ingredient Oreo truffles

Eee!  Christmas is tomorrow!  I see the calendar and yet I still can't believe it.

So you may wonder why I'm giving you one more new recipe.  Especially one that I'm going to insist, nay, implore you to make right this minute or, at the very least, sometime over the next week.

Don't you know that Christmas is tomorrow?

Yes, yes, I do.  See the first line of this post.

But this recipe is easy.  And it uses ingredients that most folks already have in their kitchen stores: Oreos, chocolate chips, and a pack of cream cheese.

Unless your household is like ours and must hide Oreos, lest they be devoured within days of their arrival.  In that case, you might have to go pick up another package.  First world problems, right?

Making Oreo truffles doesn't require any baking whatsoever and is actually more of a fun activity to do with kids, adults, guests, surprise visitors, you name it.  "Hey, friends!  Let's make merry and have a joyful time together whipping up dessert together."

Everyone will rejoice and jump at the idea.  They'll think you're such a great hostess.  One who has it all together and even has time to entertain at a moment's notice.

(Only you and I will know that you're really just taking advantage of the free labor to satisfy your sweet tooth.  I promise I won't spill the beans.)

You could set up an assembly line and designate a roller, dipper, and even decorator.  Or, you could let everyone make and accessorize their own truffles.  Sprinkles, cookie crumbs, candies, or chocolate drizzle... oh my!

Don't be surprised if you're a bit shy of the prescribed yield of 48 truffles.  Quality control is an important part of cooking, after all, and this cookie dough is irresistable (and egg-free).  Joy to the world!

Creamy, chocolatey, poppable little bites of sweet holiday bliss.  My Christmas gift to myself... and you! :)

One year ago: Fish en papillote
Two years ago: Loaded baked potato soup
Three years ago: Applesauce cake
Four years ago: Chicken & rice soup

Oreo Truffles
(adapted from Kraft's recipe)
-makes about 48 truffles

A few notes: Feel free to use whatever kind of chocolate coating you prefer.  Candy melts in any flavor and color are great, but standard chocolate chips will work just as well.  Also, feel free to jazz these up any way you like -- try stuffing with candies or mixing mini chocolate chips or crushed candy canes into the cookie cream cheese mix before rolling into balls.

36 regular Oreo cookies, finely crushed
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 (12 ounce) chocolate or melting candies
Sprinkles, cookie crumbs, chopped candies, for garnish

Reserve 2 tablespoons cookie crumbs. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and remaining cookie crumbs with rubber spatula until well blended.  Shape into 1-inch balls (1 level tablespoon) and arrange on parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet.  Chill in fridge for 1 hour.

Melt chocolate/candy in heat-safe bowl using microwave.  (If you have a Lil Dipper mini Crock Pot, this will work beautifully and keep chocolate warm without the need to reheat.)  Dip cookie balls into melted chocolate, rolling with fork to coat evenly.  Return to lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs, sprinkles, or colored sanding sugar.  Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.  Serve, enjoy, and devour!

Store covered in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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