Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Oh Boy Oreos

I've scoured the Internet for new Christmas treat recipes and have come up with some new favorites (my hips say thank you).  So here's a decadent chocolate dessert that's good for these reasons:

Travels well, if you're bringing potluck
Great presentation
Rich chocolately taste
Did I mention easy?

Oreo Truffles

Ingredients: 1 box of Oreos or similar sandwich cookie (didn't try using the mint filling ones but I bet they'd be good); 8 oz. of cream cheese (softened); 2 bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips/chocolate bars

Directions: Crush all of the Oreos until they're fine.  You can use a rolling pin and 1-2 zip lock bags or a Cuisinart.  I've tried both ways -- the Cuisinart is definitely easier.  Mix 3 cups of the Oreo crumbs and the cream cheese thoroughly.  Using a spoon for this takes a long time; I prefer using my (clean!) hands.  Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls; you'll end up with approximately 40-45.  Put them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and then refrigerate for 1 hour so they can harden up a bit.  Melt the semi-sweet chocolate however you like (microwave, stovetop, etc.).  Remove the truffles from the frig and "roll" them in the melted chocolate.  I used 2 forks to get each one covered in chocolate and carefully put them back on the wax paper.  You'll need to work pretty fast so that the melted chocolate doesn't get too thick and that the truffles stay cold (when they warm up, they're harder to coat).  You'll see from the photo that I also coated some in white chocolate -- it didn't melt as smoothly as the dark semi-sweet chocolate but the white chocolate fan in our house (Lee) seemed to like them.  Decorate the truffles as you go along -- sprinkle the remaining Oreo crumbs over the tops or use crushed candy canes.  When done, put them all back in the frig for a couple hours or at least until the chocolate hardens.  If you give them out as gifts, remember to tell the recipients to keep the truffles in the frig -- a cold truffle is a good truffle :)

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