But I have for you today, my friends, the best holiday balls of all: Oreo Balls. I'm not sure where this recipe originated, though I'm sure someone claims credit (and, to whoever that person might be, I am
This recipe contains three ingredients. That's right, THREE. It also requires no measuring. And, these tasty little buggers blow people away every time I bring them to a party. Though, when I bring them to a party, I usually try to class it up a little bit and call them something like "Oreo truffles" or "Oreo cheesecake bites."
The truth is...they're balls. Cheap, easy, fast. But, oh, so delicious. (And, also, perfect for any time of year. Though if I allowed myself to make them year-round, they would be a staple in my diet, and my waist would not thank me.)
Put the whole package of Oreos in a bowl and mash them up. I used a potato masher (mostly because it made for a better picture than a spoon). They can still be pretty chunky...the goal is just to not have any whole cookies left.
Next, add a whole block of cream cheese.
Then, mix the cookies and the cream cheese with a hand mixer. At first, you're going to say, "What the heck is she talking about?!? This was a terrible idea! There's no way the hand mixer is going to do anything except cause cookie bits and cream cheese to fly about my kitchen!!" But, keep going. Eventually, they will combine. I promise. Also, you should have used a bigger bowl (I make this mistake every time, and don't realize it until I am at this step).
Now, put them in the freezer for an hour or two. (Full disclosure: I never do this because I'm usually running late and don't have the time to do this before I'm supposed to be at the party. It works fine anyway.)
After the balls get nice and hard (in the freezer...what did you think I was talking about??), melt some almond bark in a bowl. I usually use six cubes at once, and melt it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, so that I don't scorch the chocolate. Lesson learned the hard way.
Dip each ball in the chocolate, coating it thoroughly (or mostly). I use two forks to finagle the chocolate-coated ball onto a new sheet of wax paper to dry without messing up too much of the chocolate shell.
I'm not very careful about how I dip the balls, so they usually end up with these goofy little wingy things attached to the bottoms. I just break those off once they're dry. And voila - nice looking Oreo balls.
Once they dry, put them on a pretty platter, and you're done! Now eat one. Seriously. You won't regret it.