Merry Christmas all! I just had to share my newest “discovery” today, which now I’m seeing everywhere. It was just like when I was pregnant and I swear half the world was pregnant with me. My daughter introduced me to these Easy Oreo Truffles.
Honestly, I wouldn’t have thought to make them. Oreos? Really? Don’t make that same mistake – get yourself some Oreos and good chocolate and make them. Preferably now. I know, I know. I can be bossy but a good thing is meant to be shared.
About Easy Oreo Truffles:
You’d never guess these tasty little chocolate truffle balls are made from such simple and everyday ingredients. They are melt in your mouth good. And everyone seems to just love them! Best of all, they’re easy, peasy. That actually makes them a little dangerous if you have no impulse control like me.
Oreo truffles are pretty quick, too (much easier than working with chocolate ganache) although there are several steps and some wait time. The center is made from Oreos with an added touch of cream cheese. The funny thing is that these truffles don’t taste like Oreos; they taste like very rich, very chocolatey chocolate. The texture is gorgeous, too. Some kind of magic happens as pulverized Oreos meld together with that cream cheese.
So that’s the first wait time, to let the oreo mixture sit and chill. Just like standard truffles, after they’re scooped and rolled, they have to sit a bit, 45 minutes or so at a minimum. Or until you can get to them. Then just like standard truffles, they’re dipped in melty chocolate and just for more cuteness, striped with white chocolate. So there’s a wait for both types of chocolate to harden. All in all, they’re very doable, especially since a little is done here and a little there.
Making Easy Oreo Truffles:
Use a good chocolate for the dipping – it really does make a difference, and the same goes for the white chocolate. We used bars of baking chocolate which gave the truffles such a rich flavor. If you use chips, they do have a bit of a hardener in them. They won’t taste quite as rich but might be a little firmer which is great for little hands.
Make sure you melt your chocolate slowly and don’t let it get too hot. Melt just until most of the chocolate is melted, then turn off the heat if you’re using a double boiler and just be patient if you’ve used the microwave. That slow heating and stirring is going to keep your chocolate in “temper” which means it stays shiny and the coating will be beautiful.
This recipe calls for a pound of chocolate for dipping – which is just enough to cover the truffle balls. That means the last few have to be rolled in the chocolate and aren’t quite as pretty as the ones before. Melt a bit more chocolate if you’d like them all perfectly smooth and gorgeous. You might have a bit of leftover chocolate if you do that so see below under Saving Money.
If you’d like to reverse and dip in white chocolate and stripe with the dark, that’s gorgeous, too. If we didn’t have so many kids eating this, I think I’d try a touch of Kahlua, Frangelica or maybe some brandy in these! You can also subtly vary the flavor with different extracts.
Saving Money on Easy Oreo Truffles:
If you a little chocolate left over from any recipe, it can be set aside and used for a cup or two of my Best Hot Chocolate. That’s where a significant amount of any bits of this or that chocolate leftover from my recipes go. Shhhh…don’t tell. That should probably be our little secret. Bits of leftover chocolate can be put aside, too, and once the holidays are over, all combined with candies or whatever else you have around for some after Christmas bark. The kids would have fun helping with that.
Buy the majority of your baking goods during the big holiday sales (to see what to look for, check my post Beat the Grocer, Winter Holidays). Start to get into the habit of noting how much you use of products (and what you’re paying for them) and stock up at the low, buying enough to last to the next great sale. There might be a few good sales over Valentine’s day (and right after) but the next great sales opportunity will be Easter.
And of course, if you have an Aldi nearby or are a member of a buyer’s club, they can be great places to pick up baking goods. At Aldi, I stick with the actual bars of chocolate. If you want to go a little more high end, you can’t go wrong with Trader Joes.Print
Easy Oreo Truffles
- Total Time: 30 minutes + chill time
- Yield: about 40 1x
- Category: Desserts
- Cuisine: American
- 1 standard package of Oreos (not double stuffed)
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (or other flavored) extract
- 1 pound good chocolate
- 1/2 pound white chocolate
Add Oreos to food processor and pulse and grind to a fine powder. This will take several minutes. Stir and pulse again. Add cream cheese and extract and continue to pulse until no white remains. Stop and scrape and stir several times.
Portion into small balls on a wax paper or parchment-lined baking sheet using a 2 tablespoon scoop. Pick up each ball and roll until smooth. Refrigerate for about 45 minutes.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or melt in microwave by heating for 1 minute, stirring, then heating in 30-second increments, and stirring after each until chocolate is nearly melted. Let sit for a minute and stir until smooth. If using a microwave, chocolate will need to be reheated partway through.
Using two forks, dip balls one at a time into chocolate, rolling as necessary. Lift and allow excess chocolate to drip off before placing back on the cookie sheet. Repeat until are balls are coated.
Cool until chocolate has hardened and is dry. Melt white chocolate in the same manner as the chocolate. Place in a piping bag with a small tip or in a Ziploc and snip the corner and pipe stripes across the truffles. Cool again.
Store in airtight container. If keeping more than a day or two, refrigerate.
Keywords: Candy, Chocolate, Cream Cheese, Desserts, Family Recipe, Oreos, Truffles, white chocolate
I’ll be taking this Easy Oreo Truffles at Fiesta Friday, where the best posts this week will be decided by vote on Tuesday. Don’t forget to stop over!