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‘Tis the Season for festive holiday parties and delicious treats! Last weekend I was invited to my friend’s annual holiday potluck. My sweet tooth has been in full effect lately so I emailed her right away to let her know I was planning to bring a dessert. After some Googling for inspiration, I decided to make OREO Cookie Balls. I have always seen them floating around on Pinterest and the internet but I have never made them before. I assumed they would be complicated but in reality there are only THREE ingredients and they are no bake! Score!
I was able to pick up the ingredients at Walmart while doing some Christmas shopping. I love simple recipes like that where I can get everything I need during one trip to one store. There are no outlandish ingredients that I have search for or order online.
I decided to make a candy cane platter for the party so I bought a package of Golden OREOs for the red balls and Mint OREOs for the white ones.
The first step in the recipe calls for you to finely crush your OREOs. I just moved so (of course) I couldn’t locate my food processor. I had to do it the old fashioned way with a Ziploc baggie and a rolling pin. (Full disclosure – I assigned this job to Taylor and she LOVED it! What kid wouldn’t be excited about smashing things with a rolling pin?)
After the cookies were pulverized I transferred them to a bowl and mixed in 8 ounces of cream cheese. Then, I rolled them into one inch balls and popped them into the freezer to harden.
Later in the day I went back to coat the balls in chocolate and here is where I share a cautionary tale with you. Even though I have worked with chocolate before, I learned the hard way during this recipe that water-based food coloring and chocolate DO NOT MIX. They will cause your chocolate to seize. For those that do not know what seizing is, (and I did not until I was watching it happen) when chocolate seizes it goes from gorgeous melted liquid to a playdoh-like consistency that will not liquefy (no matter how much you heat it up). After it reaches this point it will only burn and stink up your whole kitchen. Chocolate is oil-based and water and oil don’t mix. If you want to color chocolate you must use oil or powder-based food coloring or purchase pre-colored chocolate melts from a craft store. Lesson learned.
After I melted new chocolate and colored it with oil-based food coloring it was smooth sailing! I put my OREO cookie balls into mini baking cups and arranged them into a candy cane shape. They were a huge hit at my friend’s party and since the recipe is so easily modified (you can use different flavored OREOs, colored chocolate or decorations) I can definitely see myself making them again in the future.
- 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
- 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
- 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
- MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
- SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
- CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills.
- REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
- Share and enjoy!
For more holiday OREO Cookie balls recipes, check out this link!