Friday, March 26, 2010
My dear friend, Molly sent me a recipe for "Oreo Balls" back in February. Christmas was already over and we were travelling on Valentine's day. These Oreo Balls called for an occasion. To make them for no reason and with no one to share them with could be dangerous. Every once in a while a really great idea floats into my mind. That's what happened here. I could make these for Easter...only, I'd make them into bunnies! Yes, that's it! Bunny Oreo Truffles. Perfect! I have seriously been thinking about this since February. It was very cool to see this "vision" come to life yesterday.
I started by making the ears for the bunnies. I melted both white and dark chocolate and put them into a squeeze bottle. I piped the bunny ears onto a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.
I melted a couple of pink chocolate melts in my Wilton Candy Melting Plate. I purchased mine at my local candy making store. You just pop your chocolate melts into the tray and melt them in the microwave. I also purchased the melts at the candy store, although I think even Walmart sells them these days.
Then you can actually use paint brushes and paint the melted chocolate into molds(You can see the candy molds that I painted for my daughter's birthday HERE) or onto candies, like I did with these bunny ears. If painting is fun, then painting with chocolate is even better!
That pile of sugar on one set of the bunny ears warrants some explanation. My toddler was "helping" me. I looked up from carefully piping bunny ears just in time to watch this happen. Okay, so... one set of sparkly ears. : )No problem.
I placed the tray of ears in the fridge to harden and began making the truffles. All you need to make the filling for the truffles are a block of cream cheese...
Excuse me, softened cream cheese...
and a package of Oreo cookies. Actually, I used the less expensive chocolate sandwich cookies that I found at ALDI. I think that they call them "Waves". You can chop them like this or....
crush them in a bag with a rolling pin or meat mallet (or a soup can or a paperweight or a rock from your backyard...any blunt, heavy object that fits in your hand will do). Looking at this, I wonder if the countertop designer for this house actually had a crushed Oreo motif in mind. It matched perfectly.
I both crushed and chopped because I wanted some bigger chunks of Oreos in these truffles. Add the cookies to the cream cheese.
Then roll into balls. I used my cookie scoop to keep the size uniform on these. Now chill. No, not you. I mean chill the balls in the fridge for an hour. But you can chill too if you really want to.
While the balls chilled, I melted my chocolate chips over a makeshift double boiler. If you don't have a double boiler, just place a glass mixing bowl over a saucepan of boiling water (don't let the bottom of the bowl touch the water!) Add in the chocolate chips and keep stirring until melted.
I melted both white chocolate (candy melts melt better!) and chocolate chips for dipping the oreo balls.
I dipped each truffle into the chocolate and rolled it around.You can lift them out with a spoon or even better, a fork. Tap the side of the bowl with the utensil and the excess chocolate will fall back into the bowl and create a smooth effect on the truffle. If you really wanna be a pro you can get a Wilton Candy Dipping Set. I think that I'm getting one of these for the next time.
Once the truffles were coated, I returned them to the fridge to let the chocolate harden.
To attach the ears, I enlisted the help of my squeeze bottle again. Just squeeze a little chocolate on top the truffle and press the ears into the chocolate.
This is tricky, but with a little patience, you can get the ears to stay in place. The dark chocolate ears melted fast in my hands as I handled them, so I needed to move quickly!
I put the dark chocolate "eared" truffles in the fridge while I worked with the white chocolate bunnies. Once the ears were applied to the white bunnies, they went into the fridge and I pulled the dark chocolate bunnies back out to paint on their faces and give them tails.
Ah...here's everybunny all together!
Okay, I know that I've mentioned before that I love my Wilton Ultimate 3-In-1 Cupcake Caddy and Carrier. It's wonderful for moving cakes and cupcakes from place to place and each truffle fit perfectly into a circle on the mini muffin side of the tray. These bunnies made the 4 hour trip to my parent's house yesterday. Around curves and over potholes in the back of my van with shifting luggage, each and every bunny arrived unscathed under the protection of my cupcake caddy.
I'm so excited to share these with my family at our early Easter dinner tomorrow. The kiddos are gonna love em'! Who am I kidding? The grown ups are going to devour these too.
If you have neither the time or patience to make these truffles into bunnies, you can dress them up with sprinkles too. I did one with pink sprinkles, one with yellow, one with lavender, and one with light green. Oh, and a couple with nonpareils too. Very festive. A drizzle of white chocolate on the dark truffles and dark chocolate on the white truffles would look cool too. Actually, you don't have dress them up at all...but definitely try them! With just 3 ingredients these truffles are so simple, yet SO good!
Oh, wait. I haven't told you how the bunnies got their faces. I melted pink and blue candy discs (melts) in my tray, then used a confection paintbrush to apply the heart-shaped nose. I used a toothpick, dipped in the blue candy coating to dot on the eyes.
Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin' down the bunny trail. Hippity hoppity, Easter's on it's way!
Remember the sparkly ears? Here they are. I started out painting little whiskers on a couple of bunnies. Then I looked over at the 7 loads of laundry waiting to be folded and remembered that I also needed to pack that folded laundry into suitcases for our trip. I decided that the rest of the bunnies didn't need whiskers.
Oreo Balls from my friend Molly's sister-in-law Stacy : )
1 package crushed oreos
8 oz cream cheese, softened
Mix together, then roll into balls. Put on wax paper in the fridge for about an hour. Melt chocolate chips and dip balls in. Chill for another hour or 2.
Hope you all are having a lovely weekend!