Saturday, December 10, 2011

Easy Holiday Treat: Oreo "Truffle" Balls

A few days ago, I was scrambling for something to bring to a holiday party. My friend shared this recipe made often by his family, attesting that it was "easy and excellent." I grabbed the 3 ingredients after work (all on sale for a mere total of $8) and whipped up the treats right at the party. They were indeed yummy, and could make nice gifts for friends and teachers. I couldn't help thinking...in 10 years, I'd love to be rolling these out with my little ones as our own holiday tradition, and sharing them with love : )

Ingredients: 1 package Oreos (or try vanilla/white ones), 12 oz cream cheese, and semi-sweet chocolate.
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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.
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Step 3: Mix the softened cream cheese with the crushed Oreos, until it looks smooth like below right.
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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.
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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.
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Left: Finished treats, wearing my J.Crew dressRight: Our in-house bartender making mean cosmos

Below: Our simple but delicious holiday spread.
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Readers - What are your favorite holiday traditions and treats?

43 comments:

  1. they are look so yummy. biscotte is my new favorite.. just baking some today...I am agree oreo always best

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  2. I am actually making these tonight, yum! :)

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  3. did you scrape off the oreo cream filling before crushing?

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  4. They look like the perfect treat for someone who has a sweet tooth like me!

    Monochrome Magpie

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  5. @kam wam Nope - throw the entire Oreos into the food processor. If you don't have one, my friend said that you can use a juice blender too.

    @Jules Hope yours turned out more aesthetically pleasing than ours : )

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  6. Yum! That spread looks amazing! I learned how to make these oreo truffle balls every summer at camp. They are always a big hit! I love to serve a tray of various cheese balls from Tastefully Simple with crackers and Beer Bread!

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  7. thank you so much for posting this. i'm having a party w/ my coworkers next week and i absolutely had no idea what to bring other than the pathetic fruit salad. this will be awesome :D

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  8. Thanks for posting the recipe! I"ll definitely have to try it! Was thinking you could make it into a lollipop too which might make the dipping easier. :)

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  9. OMG Jean, I was in tears laughing at Nick's less socially acceptable way of warming the cream cheese. Thank you for sharing. Unfortunately I have an allergy prince at home otherwise I'd totally give this a shot. We make similar wedding cookies with pecans that Tristan can eat as well. It's delicious. I will have to share it sometime.

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  10. Oooh I've made those before! They are so yummy and easy and people are always impressed. Looks like a great party! And I love the pic of your bf and the cream cheese, lol.

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  11. Yummy! We make something similar with fondue, it's so good :) All the food looks delish.

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  12. they look so yummy! I need to try this when I get home with my sisters ;] you look too cute in that hat!

    mango

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  13. A similar idea to the oreo truffle balls, but something a bit different! Also delicious!

    http://www.bakerella.com/red-velvet-cake-balls/

    Michelle.S x x

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  14. Jean those oreo truffles look so amazing, I bet they tasted just as good! Nick's little melting solution cracked me up! Lol

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  15. Yum!! The food looks delicious, making me hungry!
    We do a Christmas eve pig roast in my family - it's tradition.

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  16. I just tried out this out tonight! Yummy, thanks for sharing! I don't have a food processor so I broke up the cookies with a spoon, but boy was it worth it. I actually liked the crunch of the Oreos in it that came from not being perfectly crushed! I also made only a small batch of 7 but will be making more soon when family visits.

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  17. This is random, but would you ever consider showing shots of your place? I've noticed some shots in the background and I like the clean and white furniture and decor. Looks contemporary and streamlined. :)

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  18. adorable snacks!

    http://cincity26.blogspot.com/

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  19. I'm definitely going to try this now. :)

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  20. aw, Jean! You and Nick look great : )

    Thanks for sharing such a quick recipe! I've made cake pops before (close to the bakerella recipe left by another comment above), and the insides are made of cake + frosting, which alone takes 2 hours to bake and put together, so this blended oreo cookies + cream cheese alternative sounds so much more effortless! I'd imagine it tastes like a delicious oreo cheesecake, and I'm excited to try this truffle version out in lieu of my traditional cake pops for the next holiday.

    That's exciting to hear you want to make a tradition out of these cute little things! They're definitely an aesthetic hit at parties, especially around kids. If I may, I want to help you with suggestions about coating that'll save you a lot of time and frustration!

    1) Try melting your chocolate in a double broiler! No need for fancy equipment, just place a metal bowl (I use a metal mixing bowl) over a pot of boiling water. The water should never touch or lap at the bottom of the metal bowl, as the direct heat of the hot water will burn the chocolate. The broiler will give you better control over your chocolate because it will melt smoothly and gradually over the perfect heat, and it's easier to stir with the wide mouth of the bowl. You can also leave it alone over the stove since it takes a while to melt, as opposed to having to stand by the microwave to melt your chocolate every 20-30 seconds.

    2) Be careful when working with chocolate because it's really sensitive and temperamental. Besides keeping them away from high or direct heat to avoid burning them, make sure to keep water out of your chocolate, whether in droplet or steam form. Water touching your chocolate will cause it to seize, making the chocolate dry with very unattractive streaks/lines.

    3) Chocolate that is ideal for coating is chocolate with a runny consistency. The runny consistency allows the chocolate to naturally drip off the truffle once you've dipped it in the bowl, leaving the coating very smooth and in an even layer all around the truffle--as opposed to having to scrape off stiff chocolate and leave uneven lines/peaks on the coating. Chips are much harder than regular chocolate, which means the consistency will be thicker once it's melted, and also harder to dip the truffles in since the chocolate is stiff.

    Stores sell "melting chocolate"/"melting chips" specifically for this purpose, but I use melted chips anyways because they're economical. The trick is to add shortening (I use Crisco) with the melting chocolate. Shortening is tasteless (but it's basically lard so pretty unhealthy..), and it dilutes the consistency of the chocolate to make it more runny, without affecting the taste or potency of the chocolate. Keep adding shortening and stirring it into your melted chocolate until you get the consistency you want.

    4)To dip, I buy lollipop sticks (available in baking section of joanns/michaels/craft stores) and stick them into the balls while they are freezing or chilling in the fridge to harden. This gives me a handle to dip with, and doubles as a presentation stick for people to hold onto to eat their treat. They're good for sticking into styrofoam platforms if you're building a special presentation of the cake pops!

    This is what I made for thanksgiving:

    (red velvet cake pops with white chocolate coating. some of them have cocoa powder dusted on top)

    They're definitely so lovely to look at, but so much work !!! Good luck : )

    Francine

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  21. Urrrghh, I forgot to put the link to my cakepop picture as I was about to link it .. -_-. hahah. Sorry!

    http://imgur.com/nmgGJ

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  22. I made these oreo truffle chocolate for Valentines Day. I didn't have a food processor so I had to manually crushed them with my hands. My chocolates turn out to be different shapes. I should've use a spoon like Nick !! the messy part was trying to form the shape of the chocolate. Although it was messy I did enjoy making them and my boyfriend loved it!

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  23. Looks delish!! I'll vouch for the blender-replaces-food processor theory. Has worked for me so far.

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  24. I think a melon baller might work well for portioning out the dough?

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  25. The recipe sounds very easy, indeed.
    I've got to try making these. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  26. Ooh, these look delicious! Will have to try making these :)

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  27. I literally had tears in my eyes from laughing when I saw the picture of Nick using his underarm to warm the cream cheese! TOO FUNNY! Thanks for laughs and sharing the recipe. It looks seriously delicious!!!

    Cheers!
    Lisanne

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  28. I like Oreo so much!! You can try to use Nutella (do you know it) as "melted sweet chocolate".

    The Life After

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  29. Love that dress, Jean, and it looks great on you. Isn't it funny how those random items we stumble upon become our old faithfuls?

    My favorite dessert when I am entertaining is inspired by Barcelona. I found the "recipe" in the New York Times a million years ago. You need four items, two of which you should already have: a baguette, some high quality dark chocolate, olive oil, and sea salt. Heat the oven or toaster, slice the baguette into round, add a square of dark chocolate on each round, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle some sea salt and then toast until the chocolate melts. Perfect for those like me with a "savory" tooth instead of a sweet one.

    Happy holidays!

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  30. Those look really good. I'm going to have to try them for our shop's holiday party!

    I have a few favorite holiday treats. I like to do red velvet cupcakes, mint chocolate chip cookies, and cranberry pistachio biscotti. The biscotti took a while to master, but once I did the outcome was out of this world.

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  31. Lol! at the cream cheese under Nick's arm!!

    Glad your friend's recipe turned out! That J. Crew dress always looks so cute on you!

    Those cosmos look great! I love the glass bands!! I use wine charms even when I am drinking alone [well, my husband is home, but he is a one beer (only for the taste) kind of guy!] :)

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  32. wow everything on the table looks wonderful !

    <3
    pia

    http://everlightly.blogspot.com/

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  33. I just made these for Thanksgiving! Except I modified them - used Mint chocolate oreos and dark chocolate chips instead... fantastic :) They were the only dessert that didn't have leftovers!

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  34. Oh my gosh, your holiday spread looks so yummy! We made brownie Santa hats for our holiday party this weekend. They were super easy and really tasty! Just take brownie bites, put a ring of icing on the top, a strawberry on top of that and then a dot of icing on the strawberry so it looks like a hat. So cute and a definite crowd pleaser!

    http://streetcake.wordpress.com/

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  35. If you're interested in an adult version, there is an Oreo cookie rum ball recipe that is similar to this one: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/345160

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  36. jean can you do a blogpost on guys' style? your bf has such great style and i would really like some pointers to help my bf

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  37. @Anonymous I spent HOURS browsing Bakerella's site and watching her old feature on Martha after you linked it. Her creations are beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

    @Susan Hi Susan - haha, my place is teeny tiny right now and riddled with Ikea stuff, but after I get a bigger place and spend some time decorating I'd be happy to share : )

    @Francine Your tips are excellent (my coworker who initially shared this recipe read all of them and agreed). Thanks so much for taking the type to type out all of this for our benefit!

    @Anonymous We will try! : )

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  38. I make a variation of these every year and they are a HUGE hit. I follow the exact same steps except that I use almond bark instead of chocolate to coat the oreo balls. Just melt a brick of the almond bark in a pan on the stove. Spoon a small drop of the melted bark onto a sheet of wax paper spread over a pan. Place a ball in the center and spoon more melted bark over the top, covering then entire ball. Add a light cover of sprinkles and repeat with the other balls, then put the entire pan in the fridge or freezer to harden. They are delicious!

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  39. Yummy! I see some Spanish-looking foods there! =D Am I right?

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