Cake Balls, the easy way.
The other night I had the gym instructorsÂ I work with over for a girls night out. Â Â Â Everyone brought their favorite late night snack and Nicole brought these delicious little dipped-chocolate treats.Â They looked like cake balls I’ve heard so much about ( big at weddings in Idaho) so I was very excited to try one.Â After taking a bite of the white hardened chocolate with soft creamy Oreo filling I about died.Â They are so good! Â Usually something so wonderful is very time consuming to make, but not these little treasures.Â Three ingredients and a food processor is all it takes.Â Also, these little treats freeze well.Â When cake balls defrost, little water droplets form on the chocolate because of the frosting inside.Â Cookie balls do much better in the freezer.Â I am so excited to make some.
Chocolate Cookie Balls
Yield:Â 3 dozen cookie balls
1 ((18 oz) package Oreo cookies (any cream filled cookie will work except for double stuffed)
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups semi-sweet, milk or white bakers chocolate, melted
In a food processor, crush the Oreo cookies (cream filling included).
Unwrap cream cheese and place it in the microwave for 10 seconds or until softened.Â Line 3 baking sheets with waxed paper.
In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with electric mixer until fluffy. Add the crushed Oreos and beat on high until well mixed.Â Roll the Oreo cookie mix into one-inch Oreo Balls and chill them in your refrigerator overnight.
For melting chocolate, theÂ best is to putÂ the unwrapped chocolateÂ inÂ a crock pot on low for about an hour and then on warm once it’s melted. It melts perfectly smooth and then you can just take a bowl out at a time to dip and the chocolate stays smooth in the crockpot. When using the microwave, it tends to need re-heated and I always have problems with it cooking to much and scortching it. I also like to use the melting chips a grocery or craft store…they seem to work theÂ best.Â Another way to melt the chocoalte is to place unwraped chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat chocolate stopping every 10 seconds to stir until it is melted.Â If your chocolate is tooÂ thick, you can add 1 tablespoon of shortening per ounce to thin it.Â Around Christmas time grocery stores sell bakers chocolate that you can melt in it’s own package in the microwave.Â I highly recommend it.Â It is fool proof.Â The last way to melt chocolate I know of is to place unwrapped chocolate in a pan on a stove top.Â Stir until the chocolate melts over medium-low heat.
Â When the chocolate has melted (5-10 min) dip the Oreo balls completely into the melted chocolate using your hands or two forks.Â After dipping your chocolates, place on waxed paper or foil lined baking sheets.Â You can top them with cookie crumbs, sprinkles or nuts.Â Or drizzle with red, white or green chocolate.Â Place the chocolate ballsÂ in the refrigerator if youÂ serve them right away, or freeze them on baking sheets for 1 hour.Â After one hour, take out the cookie balls and place them in a large zip top bag to freeze again and pull out as needed.
To serve:Â Pull outÂ the frozen cookie balls 15 minutes before serving.