Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Oreo Balls

I make these tasty little treats every year for Christmas Eve... and to say that they are a holiday hit is an an understatement.

Everyone loooooves these adorable little bites... and every year they are gone within the first five minutes of placing them on the table.

 I have even witnessed my family and friends fight for the last one on the plate...

But who can blame my Oreo ball fighting friends... I mean who wouldn't love a melt-in-your-mouth, chocolatey, hard shell filled with a creamy Oreo filling?

I know I would.. and I am pretty sure you would too... :)

(Oh, and best part about these delicious, creamy goodies... I use low fat Oreos and light cream cheese -- therefore, you can tell yourself they are healthier than the average cookie... the perfect excuse to eat more than one :) )

1 package low fat Oreos
1 package 1/3 fat cream cheese
1 bag milk chocolate chips
1 bag white chocolate chips
Sprinkles, for whichever holiday you are celebrating, optional

Place 1/3 of the package of whole Oreos into a plastic bag.  Using a mallet, crush the Oreos very finely.  Repeat with the rest of the package.  (I do this in small batches to make sure the Oreos are crushed finely.)

Add the finely crushed Oreos to the bowl of your Kitchenaid with a paddle attachment.  Add the cream cheese, as well.  Mix together on low to medium speed until it blends into a creamy, slightly sticky mixture.  (You can do this in a large bowl with a hand mixer, as well.)

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Take about a tablespoon of the Oreo mixture and roll into small balls.  Place on cookie sheet.

Once you have made as many balls as the mixture allowed place the cookie sheet into the freezer.  

While the balls are freezing, melt one of the bags of chocolate over a double boiler.  (Do this by adding a small amount of water to a small pot and placing over medium heat.  Find a bowl that fits perfectly on top of the small pot.  Make sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water.  Add the bag of chocolate chips to the bowl and once the water starts boiling, the steam will begin to melt the chocolate.)

Once the chocolate melts and becomes a velvety consistency, take out the oreo balls from the freezer.  Drop a ball one at a time into the chocolate and using two forks, coat each ball evenly.  Allow the excess chocolate to drip off of the ball and carefully place it back onto the wax paper on the cookie sheet.

Immediately decorate each ball with sprinkles of your choice.  Once you have used all of the chocolate and coated as many Oreo balls as you could, place the cookie sheet back in the freezer. (You will probably coat 1/2 of the balls.)

Repeat with white chocolate chips.  Melt over double broiler and dip balls that still need chocolate.  Decorate immediately withs sprinkles, as well.  Place in freezer.  

Freeze balls until they are completely hard.  Serve when needed.  I usually put mine in cute little festive cupcake holders.  


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