So it's my husbands birthday and I can't make "the cake" until next weekend so I scrounged around the kitchen to see what I can clear out and make some kind of special treat for him this weekend. I love cleaning out the cabinets and the fridge and making something with what I found.
After assessing the situation (one row of oreo cookies, a container of oreo cookie crumbs, 2 eggs, white chocolate almond bark, and 5 packages of cream cheese all leftover *yikes!* from Christmas baking except for the eggs) I decided on Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookie Cake Balls. I didn't have a recipe for this so I made it up as I went along...
Once again, sorry the images kind of suck. The lighting in my kitchen is not so good and it didn't help that I was doing this at about 2:00 AM so I didn't even have a crack of sunlight coming in.
Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookie Cake Balls
What you need:
|1 Cup White Sugar||1 ¾ Tsp Baking Powder|
|½ Cup Butter (1 stick)||¾ Cup Milk|
|2 Eggs||1 Pkg Cream Cheese (8oz) at room temperature|
|2 Tsp Vanilla Extract||1 Pkg Oreos*|
|1 ½ Cups Flour||1lb Pkg White Chocolate Almond Bark**|
*I know I said I only had one row. That is all I used but if and when I make this again, I would use a whole package. Can you have too many Oreos? :)
**You could also use chocolate chips or whatever you have on hand. Next time I would try mixing 8oz of semi-sweet with 8oz of white chocolate chips
Make the cake! Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9×9 inch pan.
Cream together the sugar and the butter
Beat in the eggs, one at a time (make it real fluffy) and stir in the vanilla.
Combine the flour and baking powder (in lieu of "sifting" I stir it up real good with a fork), add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
Flour Mixture added to creamed mixture.
Finally, stir in the milk until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 40 minutes in preheated oven. The cake is done when the middle springs back when you touch it. (If you forgot to pull the cream cheese from the fridge, now is a good time to get it out...maybe put it on top of the stove while the cake is baking so it softens up a bit)
Now you can go muddle around until the cake is done...doot da doo, ho hum. OK...cake is ready. Pull the cake out of the oven and let it cool off a little while you prepare the oreos and cream cheese mix.
Get out your meat mallet and smash the Oreos to smithereens (or you could put them in the food processor, it's up to you). Take about ¼ cup of cookie dust and set aside.
Start whipping up your cream cheese to make it smooth then add the smashed Oreos and mix well. Crumble up the cake and add it to your cream cheese mixture. Mix well. Using your hands or a small scoop / melon baller (hands were easiest for me) form the cake mixture into balls and place them on a cookie sheet.
Now go put your balls in the freezer for about 20 minutes ...
All froz up? OK. Remember the cookie dust we saved? Get that ready and melt your chocolate. You can prepare a double boiler for melting or just put it in the microwave like I do. If you microwave, do it in short time spurts and stir often. Chocolate burns easily! Once your chocolate is smooth, we are ready to dip!
Place one ball at a time in the chocolate. Using a spoon, cover it in chocolate. Place it back onto the cold cookie sheet and immediately sprinkle with the cookie dust / crumbs. Repeat until all your balls are covered in chocolate.
If you froze the balls like I suggested, within minutes, your truffles should be set and ready to transfer to a container or ready to serve. Keep them in the refrigerator.
Alternatively You Could...
Use a box cake mix (go for chocolate overload using a chocolate cake mix!)
Use leftover frosting or a can of pre-made frosting in place of the cream cheese (this will probably make them quite a bit sweeter)
Try something different, like peanut butter in place of the cream cheese or peanut butter mixed with the cream cheese, use Nilla wafers, pretzels, mint wafer cookies or animal crackers instead Oreos.
You've got the basics, look around your kitchen and have some fun! I would love to hear what you do!