I know many New Years resolutions involve “being healthy” and “losing weight”, but I just had to share this treat with you I made over the holidays!
We call these little delights “Death Balls” because not one of the 3 ingredients used in the making is good for you! And yet they are so delicious….
- 1 normal container of Oreos (could get the mint ones if you like the chocolate and mint combination!)
- 1 bag of chocolate chips of your choice. (Milk and dark work best, but if you are a huge white chocolate fan then use those, or mix and match.)
- 1 package of cream cheese (8 oz. container)
- Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Crush the Oreos. Try not to snack as you go. If you have a food processor, it will save you a few minutes, but if not I suggest dumping them all into a big Ziploc baggie and smashing them there. You want there to be as few “chunks” of cookie left when you are done. Set ½ a cup of crumbled Oreos aside.
- Mix in cream cheese. This works better if it is as room temperature, but if you are in a hurry, just toss the cream cheese in. Stir until fully combined. Start forming into little balls. The biggest I would go would be 1 inch, but I suggest something more like ½ inch so they are more bite size (and you get more!).
- Start melting your chocolate. I suggest stove top since it is a lot of chocolate, but if you are able to pull it off in the microwave, go for it!
- With your baking sheets nearby, start rolling your balls in the melted chocolate mix. *You have to work fairly quickly here, as you don’t want the chocolate to burn, but you also have a short amount of time before the uncovered ball cools the chocolate it is in.* If you are comfortable with chopsticks, those may work well when handling the balls, but whatever you can do is fine. Two spoons, a knife and a fork, whatever works. Use what you have on hand. Now place the covered ball on the parchment paper.
- IT IS OK IF A SMALL PART DOESN’T GET COVERED! That can be the part that goes on the parchment paper. No one will be the wiser!
- Top off with crumbled Oreo bits that you set aside. A light dusting is just fine. If you are feeling particularly festive or looking for alternatives, you could crush up M&M’s or other candies and sprinkle those on as a topping.
- **OPIONAL STEP** If you want to make the larger size balls, you can add the baking sticks, such as the ones used for cake pops, in to the balls before they cool for a different type of effect. This is a good idea if you are making golf ball size rounds, so the chocolate doesn’t melt on people’s hands. Put sticks in BEFORE putting into the fridge to cool!
- Place baking sheets in your refrigerator (or freezer if you are in a hurry) to set and cool. I suggest an hour or more, especially if you will be traveling with them, but you could get away with letting them cool for 30 minutes.
Now don’t forget: share and enjoy!
The Sparkle Queen
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