Saturday, July 24, 2010
A few years ago, I worked as a secretary at a university. In my department, we had lots of student employees and I interacted with most of them on a fairly regular basis. It was a really fun place to work, and most everyone became close friends throughout the semesters. If it weren't so stressful during the regular school year, I'd really miss working there.
Due to the nature of our department (busy, lots of employees, stressful...etc), treats were always welcome, and often assigned depending on the shift. One day, a girl brought in Oreo truffles. Another student brought several to us non-student employees in the office, but didn't tell us what they were. We each took one and I was shocked. I couldn't tell what it was. The interior was soft and smooth, and a nice blend of sweet and tart. And naturally, they were addictive. The last thing I would have guessed would have been Oreos, but at the same time, I can't say I was surprised when she told me. We polished off the few that had been brought over and promptly requested more. When the girl who brought them in came over, we asked her what they were and she told us. We all acted duly impressed, because none of us had seen anything like it! This was before the cakeball craze hit our area. She shrugged it off and looked genuinely surprised by our reaction. She told us how to do it, and of course, it's simple. You really don't even need a recipe.
Of course, I'll give you one anyway. These are delicious. And look impressive, especially if you dress them up like Bakerella does. But so simple. I whipped these up last night and it took me less than 45 minutes from start to finish. Of course, that doesn't include time for the dipped truffles to set, but the point is, they're easy. And you should make them.
Adapted from Bakerella
1 package of Oreos, divided
1 package cream cheese, softened (Neufchatel or low fat is fine)
almond bark (milk chocolate or white chocolate work equally well)
Set aside 7 Oreos. Crush the rest in a food processor until they are finely ground. I found this easiest to do in two batches. Remove to a mixing bowl. Spoon the cream cheese into the crushed Oreos and stir together until it is well mixed.
Roll the mixture into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Think about how big you want them to be, but then make them slightly smaller, remembering that you'll be coating them in chocolate.
Melt the almond bark or coating chocolate according to the directions. If desired, crush the remaining Oreos to sprinkle on top of the dipped truffles. Or eat them. Whatever.
Using two spoons, or your prepared dipping method, dip the truffles in the chocolate and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. If desired, sprinkle with remaining crushed Oreos.
Allow to set, and store in the refrigerator (as it contains cream cheese).