So I’m supposed to be taking a bit of a blogging break over the holidays…
And yet, I couldn’t resist posting this one last sweet before the year ends. It’s a recipe you have probably either seen, eaten or made, so it’s not new. Today’s post is really just a twist on presentation, and I think it’s rather timely with New Year’s Eve just a day away…
This treat was actually a dessert my sister-in-law, Char, asked me to make to bring to her son’s birthday party. She had actually planned to make it herself, but accepted the offer of help and sent the ingredients over to me…via my husband…who basically told me to make Oreo truffles and just look up the recipe on line, which was super helpful.
The party was around Halloween and last year she made truffles that looked like eyeballs, so I sort of thought that was what I was to make for her. Then my husband showed up with the pack of cookies and some Twizzlers. And I thought, what am I supposed to do with the Twizzlers? If I had to make bloodshot eyeballs, the licorice was not going to be an easy route to accomplishing that task. So, I decided to skip the directions from my husband and go directly to the source.
Turns out it was pirate themed party and I was just supposed to cut a fuse from the Twizzlers to make pirate bomb truffles. (Oooohhhh…okay…I can do that…) So, these are actually “Pirate Truffle Bombs” which I am unashamedly repurposing as “New Year’s Oreo Truffle Bombs” because it would be fun to have a few fireworks on your dessert plate on such a festive night…(and you’re probably not having a pirate themed party any time soon….)
Oreo truffles are basically just crushed up Oreos mixed with cream cheese, rolled into balls and dipped into melted chocolate. Easy, easy, easy and really quite tasty. They’re kind of moist and cake like, but still very fudgy.
I wanted to make them look as authentically “bomb like” as possible, so I googled cartoon images of bombs to see if I should make the fuse long or short. (I know…does it really matter? Yes. Yes it does, even though I also realize the insanity of researching authenticity within cartoon images.) Of course, while I was googling these images, I figured I was probably putting myself on some kind of watch list with the NSA, but I took the risk and googled on…
Then, not quite happy with just a Twizzler stuck in the truffle, I looked to see if I could add some spark to it. I happened to have some yellow candy wafers leftover from another project, so I melted a small bowl of those, dipped the fuse into it and then dipped the end into red sparkling sugar. Voila! The fuse is lit!
Let the party begin!
New Year’s Oreo Truffle Bombs
- 36 Oreos finely crushed
- 8 ounce package cream cheese softened
- 16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped or good quality chips
- 2 teaspoons of shortening if needed
- a small handful of yellow candy melting wafers (I used Wilton)
- red shoe lace licorice or Twizzlers Pull n Peel
- red sparkling sugar
Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper.
Place finely crushed cookies in a mixing bowl and mix with the cream cheese at low speed until blended. You can also do this by hand, but it will take a few minutes to really combine them.
Roll into 1 inch balls and place on prepared cookie sheet.
Place the balls into the freezer for 10-20 minutes to firm up.
Line another small cookie sheet with waxed paper. Set aside.
Meanwhile, cut licorice to desired fuse length, mine were about 2 inches long.
Melt yellow candy wafers in a small bowl.
Place about a teaspoon of red sparkling sugar in a small bowl.
Dip the end of each fuse into the melted yellow candy coating and then dip just the tip into the red sugar.
Place on prepared cookie sheet until candy coating is set.
Place semi sweet chocolate pieces in a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave on high, stirring every 15-30 seconds until chocolate is fully melted. You can add a teaspoon or so of shortening if your chocolate isn't fluid enough.
Place a ball into the melted chocolate using two forks to roll and completely coat it. Remove with one fork, tapping the fork on the side of the bowl to help the chocolate sheet off the truffle.
Carefully place coated truffle back onto cookie sheet by using one fork to slide it off of the other. Push a fuse into the center. Repeat with remaining balls.
Place in refrigerator for one hour or until set.
*I used a food processor to crush the cookies, but you can do it manually in a zipped plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Just be sure you get the crumbs very fine.
*Store in refrigerator, in an airtight container.
Recipe from Kraft Easy Oreo Truffles
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