Death Balls!

Hello Darlings! 
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….
Gather:
  • 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)

Do:
  • 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.
Death Balls

Death Balls

Death Balls

Now don’t forget: share and enjoy!
Love,
The Sparkle Queen

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