I still have lots more to say about house buying and venue searching and budget making… but it’s Christmas time and that means sweets! I got this awesome recipe from my hair stylist yesterday when I got my hair cut… although they sound a lot like a variation on Bakerella’s cake balls (which I tried to make for Easter and failed miserably at, by the way). Using what I learned the last time I tried to make something like this… the results turned out MUCH better this time (although still not as pretty as Bakerella… of course. Let’s get started.
First up… the ingredients. The best thing about this recipe (aside from the oreo-y goodness) is that it doesn’t require a ton of stuff, just three simple ingredients: Oreos, frosting, and almond bark.
My hair stylist told me she made hers with plain oreos and cream cheese. I LOVE mint though so I decided to go with mint oreos. Because I was using mint I thought cream cheese might clash and I used plain vanilla frosting (which is what Bakerella uses for her cake balls). It tastes great. Also– if you have a hard time finding the almond bark (which is just vanilla flavored candy coating) and think you can just use chocolate… don’t. I made that mistake when I tried to make the cake balls at easter and it was a NIGHTMARE. I couldn’t keep the chocolate hot enough to stay melty and cover the balls. It got all clumpy and hard. It made a ginormous mess. I have heard that some people are capable of pulling this off with chocolate and if you are– I’m impressed. But seriously, save yourself the trouble and use bark (it is in the baking section).
First things first, you need to turn the oreos into crumbs. Use a food processor or blender. It’s super important that the oreos are well crushed because if they’re not they’ll be all pokey and sharp when you try to roll them into balls.
I started off trying to mix the crumbs and frosting with a spoon because I don’t love getting my hands dirty, but it worked a ton better when I gave up and just squished it all up by hand. (Note: because these will not be baked… it is ESPECIALLY important that you make sure your hands/utensils are super clean). You want to use enough frosting that the crumb mix will stick together, but not so much that the mix is too sticky.
Now its time to coat the frozen oreo balls (they’re much harder when they’re frozen, so they’re easier to coat). I can’t believe how much easier this step was using the bark! I got a 1.5 lb package of bark and ended up using 10 of 12 squares.
Believe it! It turned into a hardened pile of goo. I thought it would be really cute to make the leftover bark red and do a drizzle across the top of the oreo balls. Unfortunately I didn’t believe the packaging and thought a few drops of red food coloring wouldn’t matter. I was wrong.
So there ya have it! Three ingredients, no baking, super yummy mint oreo truffles that look like snowballs!
1 package oreos (any flavor)
1 can frosting (use about 2/3) or block of cream cheese (use 4/5 of the block)
1 package almond bark (I used 5/6 of a 1.5 lb package)
1) Crush oreos into a fine crumb
2) Mix crushed oreos with frosting or cream cheese
3) Form mix into balls and place on wax paper
4) Freeze for at least an hour
5) Chop up almond bark and place in microwave safe bowl
6) Microwave for 1 minute. Stir, then 15 second intervals until smooth
7) Cover balls in bark and place on cookie sheet
8 ) Attempt to not eat all of the snowballs yourself before you get them to your family and friends.
Step 8 may be the most difficult… 🙂