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Oreo Bites

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When baking/cooking I get into little kicks and I will do similar things again and again until eventually I get sick of said kick. Apparently, I am currently on a bite/ball kick. I blame current fads around the blogs. Everyone is taking things and making them into little balls and bites. Much like everyone was into cupcakes not that long ago. Next up, pies. Mark my words. Anywho, bites and balls. I’ve been into them lately. What I’m not into? Calling balls or bites truffles. Anyone who has any respect for the culinary masterpiece that is truffles knows better than to slap the moniker on whatever bite sized food they feel like. Oreo truffles are the latest. These are not truffles but they are amazing. It is depressing how good they are considering how easy they are. Don’t you always feel like really good things should be at least a little difficult? Maybe that’s just me. Well these aren’t. But before you make them you should probably decide how you are going to dispose of them because if you don’t you will eat them all yourself.

A Few Notes: Many recipes for these call for crushing the Oreos and then mixing them with the cream cheese in another bowl or mixer. I don’t like superfluous dishes so I mixed them in the food processor. Save yourself some work and dirty dishes; do it all in the food processor. Also, chill the dough before rolling it into balls. Then chill them again before dipping them in chocolate. This dough is not particularly messy but it is spongy and soft. I know that sounds strange but you’ll believe me when you work with it. This may be because I used Double Stuf Oreos, a decision I don’t regret. If you’re gonna do it, do it right! Another thing, my Oreo balls are pretty ugly in the picture. That is because I’m cheap and I don’t like to waste melted chocolate. Therefore, I use the minimal amount of melted chocolate and constantly manipulating these little snacks to get the last bit of chocolate in the bowl makes them a bit wonky. If you want more attractive results use more chocolate to dip them in. The deeper the melted chocolate, the easier it is to make them pretty.

 Oreo Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 8 ounce block of Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 bag Oreos, I used Double Stuf
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Using food processor, process Oreos until crushed. Add cream cheese and pulse until well incorporated and mixture starts to come together. Chill mixture, about 1 hour. Form chilled mixture into balls and chill again. Melt chocolate and butter in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. Coat chilled balls in chocolate. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper until coated balls are set.

No-Bake Cookies… For Adults

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If rum balls don’t give you a warm feeling in your tummy I don’t know what will. This recipe comes from my Grandma. She made rum balls and bourbon balls every Christmas. I’ve taken pieces from each of her original recipes to create this recipe.

Note: I always melt my chocolate in the microwave. It is easier and you are not as likely to scorch the chocolate. Also, after the chocolate is melted and I’ve added the corn syrup and rum, I zap it a little extra in the microwave in the hopes it will take the edge off the rum. I don’t know if it actually does but it makes me feel better.

Rum Balls

 Rum Balls

  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 box Nila wafers, crushed (that’s roughly 3 cups)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup rum (or whatever)
  • 1/8 cup powdered sugar (or cocoa, or anything else to roll your cookies in)

Melt chocolate. Stir in corn syrup and rum.  Combine wafer crumbs and powdered sugar.  Add chocolate mixture. Chill about 30 minutes. Form into balls and roll in sugar.  Store in air-tight container. They say to throw these in the fridge and let them mature a day or two. If you can do that, by all means do. I ain’t proud, I’ll take an immature rum ball.