Peppermint Oreo Truffles
These peppermint Oreo truffles are fairly easy to make, but they are a little time consuming. If you are looking for a festive holiday dessert to impress your friends and family, then these truffles are a great choice. They are absolutely delicious, and worth the effort of making them.
1 package Oreo cookies (not Double Stuffed)
1 8-oz. package cream cheese
16 oz. white candy melts or white chocolate chips
Candy canes or peppermints for garnish
If you don't have the time to make these all at once, then make the cookie balls one day and frost them another day. You have to freeze them anyway before you place the candy coating on top.
You make the cookie balls by placing all of the Oreo's in your food processor and pulsing them until they are fine crumbs. You can also use a rolling pin to crush them if you don't have a food processor, but the food processor does a better job.
Place the cookie crumbs in a bowl and use a fork to stir in the cream cheese. It works best if the cream cheese is room temperature. Be patient as you stir in the cream cheese, it takes a few minutes to get it all worked in.
Roll the cookie crumb mixture into small balls. I started out using a teaspoon to measure mine, but that turned out to be too small. Two teaspoons is about right. After I got a few I liked I stopped measuring it and just judged the size of the balls by looking at them.
Place the cookie balls in the freezer until solid, at least an hour.
When you are ready to decorate them, place the white candy melts or white chocolate along with a teaspoon of vegetable oil or shortening in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute and stir. Microwave another 30 seconds and stir again. At this point the chocolate should be melted, but if it isn't place it in the microwave another 30 seconds.
Dip each cookie ball in the melted chocolate and place on a sheet of waxed paper. Sprinkle chopped up candy canes or peppermint candies on top, and then let the balls sit until they harden. This will take about 15 minutes.
These truffles can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer until you are ready to serve them. This recipe makes about 36 truffles.
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