Ingredients: 1 package Oreos (or try vanilla/white ones), 12 oz cream cheese, and semi-sweet chocolate.
Step 1: Let the cream cheese soften (hopefully, in a more socially-acceptable method than Nick's).
Step 2: Finely crush all the Oreos in batches using a food processor, and dump into a bowl.
Step 3: Mix the softened cream cheese with the crushed Oreos, until it looks smooth like below right.
Step 4: Roll into small balls (these are rich, so probably no larger than 1" in diameter) and place onto wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to let harden. Hardened balls will then be easier to dip into warm chocolate.
Step 6: Melt a package of semi-sweet chocolate (also try white chocolate, or peppermint chocolate) and dip the dough balls in it. Nick's tip: balance a ball on a fork, hover it low over a mug of chocolate, and spoon chocolate over it then smooth it out with the spoon. If you're using a microwave to melt, be sure to do 20 second increments and stir. I made the mistake of leaving it in too long and my chocolate burned. Recipe calls for chocolate baking squares, which truly work better than chips. I used a 12oz package and had leftovers, so there's no need to get as much as the recipe dictates.
When done, refrigerate until the chocolate hardens...and then enjoy! Store in the fridge or a cool place. Our balls turned out to be not-so-attractive, but with some chocolate dipping practice and some creative decorating, there is hope for future batches.
Left: Finished treats, wearing my J.Crew dress, Right: Our in-house bartender making mean cosmos
Below: Our simple but delicious holiday spread.
Readers - What are your favorite holiday traditions and treats?