These ridiculously easy Oreo truffles are super popular during the holidays and a perfect addition to my Twelve days of cookies and treats. I'm always looking for recipes that are homemade from scratch and something to add to my cooking repertoire. However, if I have learned anything from these past three weeks of baking countless amounts of cookies - sometimes time is of the essence. Sometimes I do not always have time to come home and prepare a new batch of cookies - sometimes I want dinner to magically prepare itself when I'm home because I still haven't finished writing my Christmas cards. And sometimes, the endless amount of butter, sugar and flour that I have gone through these past couple of weeks has disappeared. (Yes, it did!)
Luckily, I was inspired from my internet girlfriends of April brides to make this fabulous treat. Who doesn't love anything with chocolate and cream cheese? ME! It's like having a no-bake oreo mint cheesecake, and I loved that I was able to incorporate a little holiday spirit into these as well using some crushed up candy canes as decor. The mixture of mint oreos and cream cheese came together in my handy dandy food processor and if you don't have one - just make them the traditional way. Beat the cookies down into a fine grind (you'll love the work out) and combine it together with the cream cheese. The mint oreos are only available during the holiday season so grab some when you can. Oreo fanatics and chocoholics will love you for these beautiful treats!
Oreo Mint Truffles
Adapted from Kraft Foods
1 package of Oreos of your choice, I used the mint
1 8-ounce bar of cream cheese, room temperature
8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate
Crushed peppermints for decorating
Using a food processor grind the cookies until finely coarse. (Or smash the cookies in a ziplock bag). Add the cream cheese and mix to combine.
Place the cookie mixture in a medium bowl and let it refrigerate for at least an hour or preferably overnight.
Using a small cookie scooper about 1 tablespoon place on a cookie sheet. Repeat until everything has been used. Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator and let it set for at least 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt the chocolate using a double-boiler method or in the microwave. Dip the oreo balls into the melted chocolate and place on another cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Repeat until all oreo balls are covered. Garnish with crushed peppermints and place in freezer or refrigerator until chocolate is set.
Review: These treats are terribly easy to prepare and will blow anyone away. This reminds me of Thin Mints Girl scout cookies but in little bite size portions. No-bake cookies are always welcome in my kitchen because it gave me extra time to enjoy the other little stuff and more time to eat a cookie or two. This a perfect chocolate pick-me up on those days when you are short on time.
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