No Bake, Valentines

Oreo Cake Balls

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Oreo Truffles? Oreo Cookie Balls? These bad boys have so many different names but they are so easy.  My 6 year old daughter wanted to do some baking today (Valentine’s Day) and I remembered how easy these are to make.

I made these years ago and went to look for the recipe that I used, and of course couldn’t find it. So I used a different recipe today – it’s from bbcgoodfood website & it worked equally well. I adapted the recipe slightly as I reduced the quantities. I only had 1 packet of Oreos in the house. My kids don’t like cream cheese but happily eat it when it’s mixed with Oreo Cookies 😉

Ingredients:

  • 154 g (aka one packet) of Oreo Cookies
  • 75 g Cream Cheese (Full Fat)
  • 150 g Milk Chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)

Method:

  1. Place Oreo Cookies in a strong food bag, I used an Ikea one. With a rolling pin, give them a good bashing until they are just crumbs. This is the fun bit for kids. You can also use a food processor, this produces finer crumbs with no bashing. I also gave them an extra bashing with the base of my rolling pin in a bowl.
  2. Put the Cream Cheese in a large bowl, add the Vanilla Extract and mix through.
  3. Add the Oreo crumbs to the Cream Cheese & Vanilla and mix it thoroughly, so that there is no white cream cheese clearly visible in the mixture.
  4. Take approximately one teaspoon of the Oreo mixture and roll it in your hands to make a small ball. Continue to roll them into balls and put them onto a sheet of baking parchment.
  5. Place the balls in the fridge. The Oreo’s ideally need at least at hour to chill before dipping them in melted chocolate.
  6. Melt your chocolate. I melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl and heat it for 30 second bursts in the microwave, stirring after each 30 second interval. Remove the cake balls from the fridge.
  7. Once the chocolate has completely melted, get two forks, place an Oreo ball resting on the fork prongs and submerge in the chocolate until it is totally covered. Take it out of the chocolate mixture, holding it over the bowl to catch any drips. Use the other fork to help move the ball from one to another to drain the excess chocolate back into the bowl. Or use teaspoons if you prefer.
  8. Put the Oreo ball down on the paper and scatter some sprinkles on the ball, while the chocolate is still soft.
  9. Leave to set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  10. *Cream cheese needs to be refrigerated, so please do store them in the fridge. I remove mine from the fridge 10-15 minutes before eating, to allow to come to room temperature.

Some @thecakemum observations/tips:

  • I have seen other recipes using Nutella instead of cream cheese – this would also work really well but I think it might be very sweet.
  • You can also make these into cake pops, but that takes an element of the ‘easy’ out of the activity. The cake balls need to be the right size to remain on the pop sticks, if they are too heavy they will slip or fall off. It’s still very doable but needs a bit more patience.
  • The balls would also look lovely dipped in white chocolate and drizzled with milk or dark chocolate.
  • The cake balls in the picture below were dipped and decorated by my 6 year old daughter. Not my work 😉

Enjoy!

De (aka the cake mum)

 

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