I thought I had heard it all when it comes to Christmas treats. I knew about rolled cookies, bar cookies, barks, salty mixes, and fudge. I own nine cookbooks devoted just to holiday baking, I always purchase Martha Stewart's special December issues, and in my free time I clip festive recipes from newspapers and magazines. My Christmas cooking repertoire, however, was expanded last week when my co-worker brought in a plate mounded with oreo balls.
During our early morning staff gathering this co-worker said that her husband's loss was our gain and that she had just put some oreo balls in the staff kitchen (apparently her husband forgot to take them to his holiday work party and she had graciously agreed to bring them in to our workplace so they wouldn't go to waste. . . oh, the sacrifice). My first clue to the deliciousness of this confection was when the staff (all except me) awoke out of their early morning haze and broke into a cheer at the mere mention of oreo balls. My second clue was when I fixed myself a cup of coffee and tasted one. Heavenly! Not only were they delicious, but I immediately knew that their fun factor for making and wow factor for sharing must be high.
A few days after my first scrumptious encounter with oreo balls my four year old son and I made a batch for ourselves. He loved dropping the oreos into the food processor and pushing the pulse button until fine crumbs appeared. Then he was thrilled to roll the cream cheese and oreo crumb mixture into little balls. I did the dipping and decorating by myself this time although I plan on inviting my older kids to help me with that part on our next batch. My daughter took a plate of our oreo balls to her Bible study Christmas party and they were a hit. This recipe lends itself well to holiday gatherings because it makes lots of balls and because they are quite rich so one or maybe two are enough for each person.
Since first sampling these lovely little morsels, I've found out that lots of my Texas friends know about oreo balls, but I've yet to find a Marlylander that has heard of them. Are they a southern thing? I'm not sure, but wherever you live I recommend that you make and share these oreo balls this holiday season.
makes about 42 balls
1-8 ounce cream cheese, very soft
1 package (1 pound 2 ounce) oreos
3 cups melted white, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate (I used white and milk chocolate bark coating, but you could use chocolate chips or Baker's chocolate)
- Finely crush oreos (I used my food processor, but you could also put them in a zip-lock back and hit them with a rolling pin or meat tenderizer).
- Mix oreo crumbs with the softened cream cheese (use a wooden spoon or your hands) until fully combined.
- Roll mixture into small balls, about one tablespoon per ball. Place balls on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and chill in the fridge for a few hours.
- Melt chocolate coating in a double boiler or the microwave. Using two forks dip chilled balls into chocolate and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Put back in the fridge for a few hours or until chocolate is hardened.
- If desired, drizzle a little contrasting chocolate on top of balls. I tinted some white chocolate red and put it in a small squeeze bottle for drizzling.