Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oreo Balls

Just in time for Halloween, these festive Oreo balls are like a party in your mouth!  

And, they will certainly be welcome after the holiday passes. 

They are quite easy, just 3 required ingredients 
and the most time-consuming part is allowing them to partially freeze between steps.

I first saw these a few years ago in the Kraft Food & Family magazine and
have been enjoying them ever since!

Start with one package of Peanut Butter Oreo cookies,
these things are dangerously good, 
so don't buy to the cookies too far in advance of making the treats

I chopped them up using my trusty, mini-chopper…
works great to make nice uniform crumbs. 

Then one 8 oz package of cream cheese was softened in the microwave
and added to the Oreo crumbs. 

Using a fork, the crumbs and cream cheese were thoroughly combined. 

I have found that it is much, MUCH easier to 
form cold, stiff, partially frozen dough into balls.

So, I pop this into the freezer for about 30 minutes…
(in the mean time, you can get dinner started!)

 When the dough was chilled, 
about 36 Oreo balls were formed.  

I generally err on the side of smaller, bite-size balls. 

They can get big fast,
 especially when coating with melted chocolate. 

Pop the dough balls back into the freezer for about 30 minutes 
so that they are easier to manage
and don't melt apart in the chocolate. 

That is also NO fun…spoken from experience. 

Once the dough was ready for coating, 
4 oz of white chocolate was melted in the microwave according to the instructions. 

I generally opt for a smaller, deep bowl
so that not too much chocolate is wasted on the sides. 

Using a toothpick, the Oreo balls are dipped in the melted white chocolate and
swirled for complete coverage.

Set onto wax paper, 
sprinkled with orange sugar and 
topped with a pretzel stick for the stem.  

Four ounces of chocolate covered about 1 dozen Oreo balls. 

So, then melt and dip accordingly until finished.  

I highly recommend melting about 4 oz of chocolate at a time…

it starts to cool and harden fast and 
I don't recommend the texture of chocolate that has been melted too many times. 

RECIPE:                Makes about 3 dozen Oreo Balls
1 package Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies
8oz Cream cheese - softened
12 oz of white chocolate for baking 
Orange sugar
Pretzel Sticks

Crush Oreos in food processor to achieve consistent crumbs. 
Combine with softened cream cheese. 
Freeze for 30 minutes to harden for ease of handling.
Form into Oreo balls, erring on the smaller side. 
Freeze for 30 minutes to harden for ease of handling. 
Melt white chocolate about 4 oz at a time. 
Using a toothpick, dip and swirl the Oreo balls to cover. 
Place on wax paper, sprinkle with Orange sugar and add the pretzel. 

I generally store in the refrigerator or freezer to keep the texture firm.