Monday, November 8, 2010

Mint chocolate truffles ... disguised as pumpkins

Posted By on Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Mix together crushed Oreos and a block of cream cheese and what do you get? Bite-sized truffle balls of amazing awesomeness.

According to a co-worker, "this truffle is the most delicious thing I've ever put in my mouth!"

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Making them is a snap. Instructions are as follows:

1. Grind up an entire package (yes, three whole sleeves) of Oreos.

2. Mix in a block of cream cheese (softened).

(3. Add in a teaspoon of peppermint extract, if you so choose.)

4. Roll into balls, place on wax paper, and chill in the freezer for 10 minutes. *I used a scale to measure out each one and made each 15 grams

5. Dip balls in melted white chocolate (the Almond Bark variety works great)

Here I've dressed them up for the season. I added a couple drops of food coloring (which I do not recommend*) to the white chocolate to make the truffles into little pumpkins. The stems and the tendrils were made with toothpicks and curled green ribbon.

You can make these truffles for any holiday by getting creative with the decorations. Sprinkle on green and red nonpareils over the chocolate before it sets for Christmas truffles, or you can even use black icing to draw faces on white truffles to turn them into snowmen.

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* It's probably not a good idea to add water-based food coloring like I did because it messed up the chocolate's consistency. I was only able to make a few orange truffles before the chocolate got down-right funky and hard to work with. I ended up trashing the orange chocolate and made the rest of the truffles plain. If you want to color your chocolate, get the oil-based food coloring. Yes, I'm a dumdum.

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