Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Oreo Truffles


I initially came across the Oreo Truffle a few years ago while I was visiting my family in Florida for a weekend.  My mother was looking for an easy dessert to whip up for our dinner that evening when my aunt suggested Oreo Truffles.  After hearing her describe these truffles I thought of a few things: 

1)      There is no way that mixing cream cheese and Oreos could taste good!

2)      How in the world is this in the category of ‘easy’?

Well, I’ll be the first to admit – these truffles aren’t gross or difficult to make.  In reality, these truffles are absolutely delicious and super simple!


I must not have paid close attention when my mother and aunt went to work in the kitchen that evening in Florida because I encountered a few minor challenges during my first solo attempt at making these truffles:

1)      I started mixing the cream cheese and crushed Oreos with a wooden spoon and it took forever.

2)      When I shaped the mixture into balls I realized most of the mixture ended up on my hands and not in a nice round "ball" shape.

3)      After being rolled in chocolate and placed on the baking sheet, I discovered that my truffles looked like uneven globs with the truffle center poking through in certain places.


I prepared the truffles for a dinner party I was hosting and was a bit nervous about my guests’ reactions; but once debuted, my guests oohed and aahed and claimed the truffles were the best dessert of mine they had ever tasted.  Yet, I knew I could do better!  I am a true believer in a beautiful presentation to match a magnificent taste, so before I tried the recipe again I sat down and thought about how to overcome my previous challenges.  The solutions I came up with will surely enable even the "worst cook" to make this recipe more beautiful and delicious:

1)       After the slow process of mixing with a wooden spoon during my first attempt, I figured using my hands to mix the Oreos and cream cheese would prove to be much faster.  After a few squishes and flips with my hands during attempt number two, the mixture was ready in no time. 

2)       I realized that during my first attempt the mixture got all over my hands and formed odd shapes instead of rounded balls because the mixture was too warm and too soft.  To avoid this, during attempt number two, I placed the mixture in the fridge for about 30 minutes before shaping into balls.  After rolling about 10-20 I placed the mixture back in the fridge for another 30 minutes to firm up again.  This extra time in the fridge before rolling really helped me form almost perfectly rounded balls.

3)       I figured solving challenge number two would improve the outlook for challenge number three, but I also went a step further.  I realized I was being cautious when rolling the balls in the melted chocolate during attempt number one, so for attempt number two I dropped each ball straight into the chocolate mixture, submerging it completely.  I then used one spoon to remove the ball and simply tapped the spoon a few times to remove the excess chocolate.  I slid the ball onto the baking sheet without worrying about removing all of the excess chocolate on the spoon, letting it slide off onto the truffle or the baking sheet.  This led to a smooth and rounded chocolate coating.   


While these challenges may seem daunting and the solutions may seem tedious, you have my word that this recipe is simple, and of course, worth every bite!  The smooth and creamy center wrapped in a hardened chocolate shell, with beautiful piping on top, is not only gorgeous to look at, but even more scrumptious to taste.  The look on the faces of those who will try these truffles is all you need to prove your effort's worth.  I have since made these truffles several more times, experimenting with various Oreo flavors and chocolate coatings.  So for this Valentine’s Day, I will be making a couple of batches, including the Mint and Vanilla that I made for this post.  These are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for friends, family, or significant others.


For more Valentine's Day ideas and tips for amateur bakers, tune-in to the Food Network's "Sweet Surprises" episode of Worst Cooks in America, premiering this Sunday, February 13th at 9 PM ET/PT. 

Oreo Truffles
adapted from Kraft Foods

Ingredients

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 package Oreo cookies*
16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate**

*You can use any type of Oreo cookies with this recipe- regular, chocolate, mint, or vanilla.  I used one package of vanilla and one package of mint.
**I coated the Vanilla Oreos with white chocolate and the Mint Oreos with semi-sweet chocolate.

Directions

Place the entire package of Oreos in a food processor or blender and pulse until crushed completely.  If you do not have a food processor or blender, you can also place the cookies in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush the cookies.

Pour the crushed cookies into a bowl and mix with the cream cheese until well blended.  You should start by using a spoon, but may need to use your hands to ensure the cream cheese is evenly distributed.  Place the bowl in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up.

Shape the mixture into 48 (1 inch) balls and place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes.  While rolling, if you feel the mixture is becoming too soft, simply place the bowl in the fridge until the mixture becomes more firm. 

Shortly before removing the balls from the freezer, melt the chocolate either in a double boiler or in the microwave.  If using the microwave, heat in 30 second intervals and stir in between.  Do this until the chocolate is completely melted.  Take the melted chocolate and set aside for 1 minute.  Now you can dip each ball into the melted chocolate and place on a wax or parchment paper lined baking sheet.  You should have leftover chocolate.  

Place the baking sheet in the fridge for 30-60 minutesShortly before removing the baking sheet from the fridge, take the remaining melted chocolate and if it has hardened you can place it in the microwave for 5-20 seconds.  Wait a few minutes for it to cool and then place in a ziploc bag and cut a small hole in one corner.  Remove the balls from the fridge and pipe the chocolate on top of each ball.

Refrigerate for about 15 minutes and then you're ready to serve!


Below you can see both the Mint and Vanilla Oreo Truffles cut open.


You can see that the Oreo Truffles have a soft and creamy center surrounded by a hard chocolate shell.
 

I piped zigzag lines on top of each truffle, but you can pipe any type of pattern that you'd like.  Because I made two kinds of truffles with two different chocolates, I chose to pipe the opposite chocolate from what I used for the chocolate shell.

55 comments:

  1. these look amazing! Also, i read your posts on rss so i haven't been to your site in a while. Love the facelift

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  2. I've had these before and love them, but yours are the prettiest I've seen! And, I think I was on board with the idea of Oreos and cream cheese right away. :)

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  3. Beautiful job. These look just scrumptious. It is quite shocking how good Oreo truffles are.

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  4. They look so good. I have seen a few recipes this week using oreo cookies. And who doesn't love oreos, but to put them in a truffle, awesome idea, can't wait to see if I can make these. My sweet heart is going to love them.

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  5. Those look so delicious! We'd love for you to share in our food community at dishfolio.com!

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  6. You did a great job on those truffles--they look delicious! I've come across that recipe several times and have been meaning to try it out, too–thanks for your helpful tips!

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  7. i tried this recipe out a few days ago! they turned out delicious and my friends all love them! the only problem is i had some trouble melting the white chocolate. it got clumpy and didn't melt smoothly like the regular chocolate.

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    1. I also had problems melting white chocolate so I used 'vanilla coating' instead of white chocolate. Works great.

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  8. If your chocolate is clumpy you can add a tiny bit of vegetable oil and stir until combined- that should help smooth it out.

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  9. Wow, I wish someone would give me a box of those for Valentine's Day. I'd be over the moon. I hope you'll come by and link these up to Sweets for a Saturday #4. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-4.html

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  10. I made these this weekend for my son's birthday and they were wonderful!! Everyone loved them and they looked so cute! They are already on the menu for a baby shower I have to throw this summer! Thanks!

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  11. I want to do these for Mothers' Day with my 6th graders. I'm not exactly creative, and I'm stumped on how to package them. Any ideas?

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  12. Hi Sally-

    What a great project for your students! If you live near a Michael's they sell little boxes and clear plastic bags which I think would work well for packaging these as gifts. Please let me know how they turn out!

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  13. My mom always made these for Christmas as gifts because we had such a huge family and you'd have to be a millionaire to get everyone an individual gift. And boy did they love them! ^_^ Now that I'm on my own I thought of making them myself and seeing as dear old Mom lost the recipe and can't remember I found it here. May I also suggest, like working with white rice, to dampen your hands when rolling to prevent the cookie mix from sticking. Thanks for all the helpful tips! <3

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  14. Your tips saved me a whole mess of trouble! Many thanks!

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  15. I have not made these yet nor have i tasted them but i already bought the ingredients for it now am thinking to just wait and make them for Christmas Gifts in boxes like you suggested ,they do look gorgeous and perfect so am guessing everyone's gonna be getting truffles as gifts ...such a lovely idea and i do think they will be appreciated more than some store bought gift !

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  16. I planned on making these as part of Christmas gifts, but since they have cream cheese do they need to stay refrigerated? I'm assuming yes?

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  17. They do need to be refrigerated, but they last in the fridge or freezer for a while. Good luck! I'm sure those receiving your gifts will love them.

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  18. I use a product called" Candy Quick". My local grocery sells it. Always melts smooth and coats my truffles smooth. They have white as well as milk chocolate.Melts right in the tray it comes in and takes 1 minute in microwave. It also makes for easier clean up

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    1. I use almond bark, so delicious!

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  19. Candy Quick- I'll have to look for those in my local store. Thanks for the tip!

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  20. Mine turned out great thanks to your tips! By putting them in the fridge to chill, I had no problems with them sticking to my hands while I rolled them into perfect little balls. Great post!

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  21. I love making these! Do you know how long they can last in the freezer and how long they take to defrost after?

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  22. Jack- I don't have an exact number of days, but I have kept these in the freezer for several months and they still tasted good as new. I usually place them in the fridge the night before or day of serving in order to defrost, but I have also taken them straight out of the freezer and still enjoyed their taste.

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  23. My friends don't like cream cheese, can I use something else instead? And will it still be the same?

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    1. I used marshmallow cream, but I haven't tried using cream cheese...

      The marshmallow cream ones are delicious, though

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  24. You really don't taste the cream cheese at all! But if you still don't want to use it, I would suggest trying icing or a combination of cream cheese and Nutella. I have tried experimenting with other ingredients such as Nutella, but never in place of the entire amount of cream cheese.

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  25. someone told me to separate the oreo stuffing from the cookie before putting in the food processor, is this necessary? Or can the whole cookie just be dumped in?

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    1. I suggest using a food processor to shred all the oreos first and you can put the cream cheese in there but it's easier by using your hands and mixing.

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  26. The whole cookie can be dumped in without separating. Enjoy!

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  27. I sometimes make these 'Oreo Truffles' with 'Bourbon biscuits' (a type of UK cookie) instead if I can't get a hold of Oreos

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  28. Thanks for the recipe. I have tried them with cream instead of cream cheese. They came out very delicious. I have posted them on my blog. Thanks again.

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  29. Thanks for the recipe, and the tips!! I am going to make these for the cookie table at my friend's wedding! One question though...how many truffles does this recipe yield? Thanks!!

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  30. Finduilas- I do not remember the exact amount, but the recipe made between 35-50 truffles, depending on size. Enjoy!

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  31. You gave some great tips on getting the balls in a good shape and also coating them with chocolate. I had trouble do 'cake balls'. I will try your way.
    Thanks...

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    1. Instead of piping chocolate I just 'whip' the chocolate over the top with a spoon quickly and leave designs on top, it's not even but still look professional.

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  32. I just asked a friend the other day if anyone had tried different oreos for their truffles..I'm dying to try the very berry and the mint oreos for truffles..

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  33. I have used the mint oreos and the truffles came out great! The berry ones with white chocolate coating sound like they would be delicious! Good luck.

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  34. I substitute peanut butter and confectionary sugar for cream cheese and they are to die for!

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  35. Mine are really dry and falling apart when trying to roll them up. Any suggestions??

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  36. I would try adding a bit more icing to your cake mix when you mix it all together.

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    1. Thanks for your response. I didn't see anything about icing or cake mix. Am a confused? Thanks again!

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    2. Whoops- I just got off an overseas flight and am a bit jet-lagged! I was thinking about Cake Pops. For Oreo Truffles, try adding a little extra cream cheese (or experiment with a little icing :)...I like that idea too).

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  37. Im gonna make these with Gingerbread oreos i got at walmart for the holidays, yum!

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  38. These are delicious. Took a few times to make them look pretty, but regardless of how they looked, they tasted great. I also tried the vanilla Oreo's with strawberry cream cheese with white chocolate... yum! Thanks for the recipe!

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  39. For 18oz cream cheese how many oreo cookies should i use (in number)??? For the perfect consistency for rolling into balls

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  40. Thank you so much for putting this up I tried to make a batch of mint ones for my Bf's birthday party but i encountered the same problems you did with your first batch now I know what to fix for my next batch :D

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  41. The weight is not the same in the Oreo packages. I use less cream cheese for a smaller package or add more cookies so they are not to sticky. Double stuff also makes the filling to sticky.

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  43. are these ok to make in advance and freeze??

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  44. If u make them a couple of days before how do u keep them. Leave them out or in the fridge.

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  45. Leave them in the fridge if it's a couple days, but the freezer is also fine. They freeze very well.

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  46. I love this!!! Totally Going to make these!

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  47. I made these for my daughters baby shower....I still have people begging me to tell them how to make them. They are amazing little morsels of goodness. A quick and easy dessert to make and take anywhere. I made the golden Oreos dipped in white chocolate and the chocolate Oreos dipped in blue chocolate then put the opposite chocolate squiggles on each. HUGE hit!!

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