Since I have no source for this recipe, other than an email from a relative, I thought I’d share it with you.
And in case you are sick of me complaining and picking apart every recipe – have no fear, this is a great one! 🙂
8 oz. Softened Cream Cheese
18 oz. package of Oreo Cookies (crushed)
2 c Semi-sweet or Milk Chocolate Chips
1 Tbsp. Shortening
Mix cream cheese in electric mixer until fluffy. You really do need an electric mixer for this, unless you have crazy strong arm muscles and want to spend an hour beating cream cheese. I haven’t tried it yet, but I bet you could use whipped cream cheese and then eliminate this step.
Crush Oreo cookies. The easiest way to do this, is to put them in a large plastic bag and roll over them with a rolling pin. I would guess a food processor or blender would work as well, but you might loose some that gets stuck to the blade.
Add crushed Oreo’s into whipped cream cheese until blended.
Put mixture into freezer for at least 2 hours. This is so that the cream cheese hardens.
Cover large cookie sheet with waxed or parchment paper.
Roll cookie mixture into balls and set onto prepared cookie sheet. If the balls seem soft, put them into the refrigerator for another 30 minutes to make the chocolate process easier.
Melt chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave. Using a toothpick or tongs, dip the prepared balls into the melted chocolate and then place back on to prepared baking sheet. If dipping each ball is too hard or time consuming for you, you can just carefully pour the chocolate over the balls. I happen to think the shape that they come out in when they are dipped is nicer. We used a toothpick and it seemed to work pretty well.
After the chocolate has slightly hardened, store in the refrigerator. I recommend keeping them on the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours, or until the cleanly peel off of the paper. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator. The recipe makes 2-3 dozen balls, depending on the size.
For an extra decorative touch, you can drizzle white chocolate on them! (If you do drizzle white chocolate on them, you should know that it doesn’t melt as well as semi-sweet for some reason. Maybe some more food-science knowledgable person could let me know exactly why that is.)
These are a hit at any gathering. Another great thing about them is that they have lots of possibilities for experimentation. Using different cookies, different chocolates, or even the addition of toppings while the chocolate is still wet.
I’m working on some fun possibilities that I will be sure to post when they are finished 🙂
Ease: A-, There was a little bit of prep work, so I can’t give it a solid A, but it is really pretty easy.
Taste: A+ So. Good. 🙂
Do you have a go-to recipe that you bring to potlucks?
I definitely prefer desserts over anything (if that wasn’t already obvious), but this recipe in particular may be turning into that one that everyone requests for me to bring.