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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Simple Giving: Oreo Truffles

 
Today is February 1st - that means, mom's birthday (Happy Birthday, Mom!) -and two weeks to get ready for Valentine's Day!

In spite of over-priced roses and over-crowded restaurants, Valentine's is a day to celebrate love of all sizes, shapes and colors. It's about who we love.

  It's the day we take a stand for white knights and happy endings; best friends, old friends, and new friends; family; kindness and passion; heart-shaped optimism, good hair days, glitter and all things that make our hearts go pitter-pat. On this day, love wins.

And, I suppose, chocolate wins too.

Which is why I wanted to share my sister-in-law, Chris McCarthy-Manzelli's simple & delicious new recipe for Oreo Truffles. Yeah, baby.

Make some to share, and some to keep...love yourself first!

Here's the recipe:
Easy-Peasy Oreo Truffles 

Ingredients:
1 1/2 blocks cream cheese softened
1 regular package of Oreos
1-2 boxes of semi-sweet Baker's baking squares
wax paper

Process: 
1. Crush all of the Oreos into fine crumbs (I used a food processor, but you could also put the cookies into a large plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin or meat tenderizer).

2. Reserve about 1/8 of the cookie crumbs (for topping later!); Put the rest into a bowl and mix with the softened cream cheese. (I used my stand mixer with the cookie paddle attachment on a low setting). It should form a creamy, dark gray batter. Cover with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator to chill.

3. Put about half of your chocolate squares into a bowl and melt them in 30-second intervals in the microwave. Microwave. Stir. Microwave. Stir...until you have a nice warm, creamy chocolate mixture. 

(* I don't recommend melting all of the chocolate at once because little bits of the truffle mixture get into it as you go, and the chocolate cools and gets thicker, and then it stops looking nice and creamy and smooth and starts looking sort of rough and sort of like a five-year-old did it...not so pretty -it happened to mine! Ack! Oh well, even the ugly truffles (not pictured!) will taste great!) 

4. Take the Oreo mixture out of the fridge and roll between your hands (like making meatballs!) to make truffles in any size you desire! Mine started out sort of huge and I scaled back...

5. Roll each truffle in the melted chocolate using two forks to roll it around the bowl. When it is covered, use the two forks to lift it from the bowl and set it on a cookie pan lined with wax paper. Set each truffle on the wax-paper lined tray.

6. Sprinkle them all with the remaining Oreo cookie crumbs.

7. Cover the truffle trays loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes until firm enough to put into an airtight container for storage.

Chris says, "Make sure you have a good crowd for your first batch or you'll end up eating them all yourself!" 

As I set the truffles on a cake plate, my son walked in and said incredulously, "You made these?" I'm sure he meant that in the most positive of ways...

Share the love. Pass the truffles.











 



 

5 comments :

  1. Thanks, Priscila! Easy to make & rather impressive looking too!

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  2. I can't wait to try this re ipe. Thanks Bonnie

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  3. I'm making these! (and my kids won't believe it either!

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