Happy Friday everyone! Here’s a Friday present for you:
1 of the most delicious tasting and easy desserts ever. EVER.
Peanut Butter Oreo Truffles
*yields about 20 truffles
6oz of cream cheese (3/4 of an 8oz block)
1 regular sized package of Oreo cookies
1/2 cup of your favorite creamy peanut butter
12 oz. Milk Chocolate
(You could use a bag of Milk Chocolate chips, or, as I do most times when I use melted chocolate, about 3/4 of a Trader Joe’s 1lb Belgian Chocolate Bars)
*Peanut Butter Drizzle
(an optional step that can be achieved with either Wilton’s Peanut Butter Flavored Candy Melts or by melting about 1/2 cup of peanut butter over low heat in a saucepan)
1) In a food processor, pulse your Oreo cookies until they become a fine crumb texture.
2) In the bowl of a standing mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese and peanut butter on low speed until fully combined and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Slowly add in the Oreo crumbs until a dough like mixture forms.
3) Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Take about 2-3 tablespoons of the dough and roll between the palms of your hands to form a ball and place on the waxed paper. Once all the dough has been shaped into balls, chill them in the freezer for 1/2 hr – 1 hr. Cream cheese based dough can soften very quickly so this step is important!
4) While the dough is chilling, melt your chocolate in a double boiler. After the balls have chilled, dip each one in the melted chocolate and place on the waxed paper to allow the chocolate to dry.
5)*Optional Step: If you’re feeling adventurous and want to add some peanut butter drizzle, you can either melt about 1/2 of a 12oz bag of Peanut Butter flavored candy melts or you can simply melt 1/2 cup of Peanut Butter over low heat in a saucepan, stirring constantly. Then just dip the fork in the melted peanut butter and drizzle it over the truffles (these chocolate squeeze bottles also create a really nice drizzle effect – you can find them at any Michaels or A.C. Moore in the Cake decorating/candy making section).
Happy 1st Friday of 2013 everyone!
There’s this crazy little truffle movement going on out there – where creative combinations of cookies and cream cheese, food processed together into oblivion, rolled into balls, and covered in chocolate is making dessert the easiest it’s ever been, and the most delicious!
These Pumpkin Truffles are no different. I’m pretty sure you could blend oreos with dishwashing soap and it would still taste like heaven. But I thought “hmm, how can I get as much pumpkin into my diet as possible” – and this was the answer 🙂
Pumpkin Oreo Truffles
*Pumpkin Cream Cheese Recipe taken from Skinnytaste
1 block (8 oz) 1/3 fat cream cheese
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. agave nectar
1 regular sized bag of oreo cookies
8 oz. milk/dark/or white chocolate
1) Combine the first 7 ingredients in a mixing bowl, beating until smooth.
2) Place oreo cookies in a large ziplock bag and crush lightly. Then place oreos and pumpkin cream cheese in a food processor or standing mixer and combine until a dough-like ball forms.
3) Chill the dough in the fridge for about 1/2 hour, to let it firm up a bit.
4) Roll tbsp. sized balls of the dough and place on wax paper.
5) In a double boiler, melt your chocolate.
6) Once the chocolate is melted, dip each ball of dough into the chocolate until fully covered and place back on the wax paper to dry. Sprinkle with oreo crumbs if you wish.
The pumpkin flavoring is slight, but you know it’s there. Of course, if you wanted a more pumpkin’y flavor, you could try using less oreos. But for me personally, it was a perfect ratio. And I used white chocolate vs. dark or milk for 2 reasons:
1) I had some in my cabinet
2) I honestly felt that the white chocolate would help the pumpkin flavor to come through vs. the milk or dark which might make them overpoweringly chocolatey (not that I think that’s a bad thing!).
So here’s an easy, poppable dessert for your next fall gathering – and they’re puppy approved 🙂