Last week in my post, 6 Ways to Reduce Stress & Simplify the Holidays, I mentioned that in an effort to simplify the holidays I now make some simple candies for Christmas. One of my families all time favorites are Oreo Cookie Balls. I make them as teacher gifts (a teacher once told me they LOVE gifts that get used up or eaten), neighbor gifts, take them to my office as well as my husbands, and to family events. They are hit everywhere they go! Try this simple recipe sometime and see how people respond.
Oreo Cookie Balls
- 1– package of Oreo cookies (regular size package)
- 1– 8 ounce package of cream cheese
- 1– package of vanilla almond bark
- 1– package of chocolate almond bark (optional)
Crush the entire package of Oreo cookies in a food processor until it is fully crushed. Cut up the cream cheese into squares and place in the processor with the crushed Oreo’s. Process until well mixed, typically forming a ball. Pull pieces of the Oreo mixture off and roll into balls about the diameter of a nickel. Once rolled into balls refrigerate to set.
Once set, melt the vanilla almond bark according to the package instructions. It is best to use only 6 ounces at a time. Once melted, dip the rolled balls into the almond bark. Place them on wax paper to let the almond bark set.
As an option take 2 ounces of chocolate almond bark and melt according to the package directions. Once melted, using clean hands, dip fingers into the chocolate, then quickly drizzle the chocolate over the set Oreo balls for an added touch of style. Another option is to reserve a little of the crushed Oreo’s before adding the cream cheese. Sprinkle this mixture over the balls before the vanilla almond bark fully sets.
Store in the refrigerator.
Using only two clean finger tips, dip the balls into the vanilla almond bark. Once placed on wax paper, dab a little more almond bark where the finger tips were. Another option is to place several balls in the almond bark. Rolls them, to coat, then use a fork to remove from the almond bark then placing the coated ball on wax paper. They can stay out of the refrigerator, once set, for a few hours as needed for gift giving.