It’s a new year and what better way to celebrate than with an old-fashioned cookie. The Oreo cookie, first created in 1912 by Nabisco, celebrates 105 years of delighting kids — and kids at heart — this year. Growing up, I loved coming home from school and enjoying the chocolatey goodness of an Oreo cookie with an ice-cold glass of milk. But here’s a twist on the Oreo that would be fun to make with your kids for an after-dinner treat: the Oreo Truffle. The kids will think they’re making something really special with a fancy name, but it is super easy to make and requires no baking.
1 package of Oreo cookies
8 oz. package of Philadelphia cream cheese filling
Two 11.5 oz. packages of chocolate chips (I like to use milk chocolate and white chocolate, but it’s really up to interpretation)
First, crush the Oreos, with either a blender or a food processor. You want them to be finely crumbled. Then, mix (with a mixer/blender/food processor) the crumbled Oreos with the Philadelphia cream cheese until it’s nicely blended. This is the center of your truffle.
Put the bowl with the Oreo cream cheese mixture in the refrigerator until it’s firm enough to be manipulated, about an hour (30 minutes in the freezer). Roll the mixture into cookie-dough sized balls. You should have about 18-22 balls.
Then, leave the balls in the refrigerator for as long as possible, so that they don’t melt when you dip them. Sometimes I do the prep work the evening before I plan to eat them, so I leave them in the fridge overnight.
After your balls are sufficiently hard enough, melt the chocolate chips. If you’re like me and you don’t have a double boiler, create a makeshift one by boiling water in a pot and then putting your (heat-safe) bowl on top of the pot. Dip the balls in the melted chocolate.
Set on wax paper until they’ve cooled, and then the Oreo Truffles are read to enjoy!
Oreo Cookie Fun Facts
- Oreos are the world’s best-selling cookie.
- More than 25 varieties have been made to cater to tastes in other countries.
- It takes 59 minutes to make one cookie.
- If all the Oreos ever made were stacked, they would reach to the moon and back more than 5 times!
Source: Kraft Foods
Alexandria Robinson is a freelance writer and sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill. She loves making Oreo truffles for her family when she comes home to Memphis during her college breaks.