December is always a busy month for me. With holiday shopping, festive parties, final exams and papers, reunions with friends & family who are home for the holidays, as well as travel plans (I’m leaving for a three-week trip to Asia today!) on my agenda, I barely have any time for baking therapy. Every year, I always like to give homemade treats as Christmas gifts to my coworkers. This (busy) year, I took the easy, no-bake route and made Oreo truffles or cookie balls. These are delicious, festive, easy to make, and there are only three ingredients!
Oreo truffle/cookie ball recipe (yields 30-35 truffles):
- 1 pound/package of Oreos (any kind), crushed
- 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened
- 1 pound vanilla-flavored candy coating or almond bark, coarsely chopped
- Combine crushed Oreo cookies and cream cheese in a bowl. Use your hands to really mix them together.
- Form ping-pong size balls by rolling them in your palms and place in a bowl/tray; freeze for 20 minutes
- Prepare a separate tray by lining it with wax paper
- Melt candy coating via double boiler method (on low heat)
- Drop balls in melted candy coating, one at a time. Lift by poking the ball with a toothpick. Tap gently to get rid of excess coating. This may take some practice.
- Gently shake the truffle off the toothpick and onto the wax paper.
- Keep refrigerated before serving.
Jamie’s tips for this recipe:
- Freezing or refrigerating the balls before dipping is essential; the balls won’t crumble when they’re being dipped
- You can use any type of cookies: any flavor Oreos, Nutter Butter, etc.
- Feel free to turn these truffles into truffle pops by adding lollipop sticks, which can be purchased at any Wal-Mart or A.C. Moore stores. The lollipop sticks also make the balls easier to dip in the coating.
- Decoration ideas (great for hiding visible mistakes!): melt milk/dark chocolate and drizzle over the coated balls for a fancy look; roll fresh-coated balls in sprinkles or chopped nuts; sprinkle Oreo crumble over fresh-coated balls.
- Wrap some truffles in a goodie bag, tie with a ribbon, and gift them to family, friends, and coworkers.
If you love Oreos, this is a must-try recipe!