Thursday, December 16, 2010

Peppermint Oreo Truffles

Every year it's been a challenge to figure out what sweet treats to make friends and family. I tend to steer away from the usual cookies since I like to offer up something a little different. This year is the year of various candy truffles. These Peppermint Oreo Truffles were what I made for girlfriends a couple weeks ago for our annual holiday party. With only 4 ingredients to make, they were easy and addictive!

As previously mentioned, this is the year of candy truffles for special friends and family. I've been testing out a few recipes and have come up with quite a few to give as holiday gifts. Some flavors include: Peanut Butter Crunch Truffles, Chocolate Candy Cane Truffles, Snickerdoodle Truffles, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles. The recipes for these will be featured on the site soon but really, they're all just as easy as the recipe below.

These Peppermint Oreo Truffles are a straightforward combination of cream cheese, cookie crumbs and a little extract which are rolled into small balls and dipped into chocolate. No cooking or baking required, unless you count melting the chocolate to dip these truffles into. You could even skip the melted chocolate and roll these in cocoa powder too. I garnished these truffles with colored melted chocolate that I topped them with but it's completely optional.

Peppermint Oreo Truffles
recipe adapted from Kraft

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 pkg.  (1 lb. 2 oz.) chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed (about 4-1/4 cups), divided
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 pkg. (8 squares each) semi-sweet chocolate, melted

Mix cream cheese, 3 cups cookie crumbs and extract until well blended.

Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Dip in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet.

Chill 1 hour or until firm. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.