Friday, December 30, 2011

New Oreo Balls!

ok, so i have never heard of Oreo balls before yesterday. and of course, i had to try it! the best part is there is no baking required whatsoever! =) 

Ingredients:
1 package of Oreo cookies (about 45 cookies)
1 8oz package of cream cheese (i used the whole thing, but i would suggest using only 6 oz)
1 bag of Wilton's candy melts (i used the white vanilla flavor, but any flavor or color would be fine)
Since this was our very first time trying to make these, i was kinda experimenting along the way, and have found that using the whole 8oz package of cream cheese made the Oreo balls moister than i wanted. So next time, I would probably only use about 6oz. In addition, I would definitely make the Oreo crumbs more chunky than I did with this first batch because I like a crunchier consistency.

How to make Oreo Balls!

Makes about 25-30 Oreo balls

Step 1: Gather Ingredients. In addition to the list above, grab a medium-large microwave safe bowl, 2 forks, a large ziploc bag, a rolling pin, a glass measuring cup, and a tray lined with parchment paper

Step 2: In a bowl, microwave the cream cheese for 30 seconds. Remove and mix until smooth. Set aside. 

Step 3: In a large ziploc bag, add 45 Oreos, close bag, and remove air. Beat with the rolling pin until there are no large chunks of Oreo cookies. For me, I would've liked the Oreo balls to have some chunks of Oreos, so I would probably keep some small chunks next time. Note: you make also do this step in a large food processor to speed up the process).

Step 4: Once you have the desired consistency of the Oreos, add it to the bowl with the cream cheese. Mix until you get a cookie dough consistency. 

Step 5: With clean hands, form 1-inch sized balls with the dough. and place each ball on a tray lined with parchment paper. After all the balls have been rolled, place in freezer for about 5-10 minutes to harden.

Step 6: Prepare candy melts. In a glass measuring cup, add 1/2 of the bag of candy melts. (You will use the other half later). Heat in microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and re-heat for another 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. If necessary, thin the candy melts with a teaspoon of vegetable oil. This allows the chocolate to be more fluid and workable when dipping the balls. Allow the chocolate to cool a bit while continuing to mix.

Step 7: Remove Oreo balls from freezer. Dip (one at a time) each Oreo ball into the chocolate using 2 forks. Allow excess chocolate to drip off the forks before replacing Oreo ball back onto the parchment paper. Repeat process with the rest of the Oreo balls. Note: when you run out of chocolate, just heat more using the same technique in the same glass measuring cup using the remaining candy melts. You will basically need the whole bag of candy melts. 

Step 8: Place tray with coated Oreo balls back into the freezer for another 5 minutes for the chocolate to set.

Ste 9: Remove from freezer and enjoy!
 Excuse the messy appearance, it was late, and this was our first try making these =)

Have fun making these =)



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