Like many parents, I’m kind of excited for school to start. I know what you’re thinking – “Woo-hoo! A little break!” But, in all actuality, it’s not that at all. There’s nothing more exciting than a fresh start, new teachers, new books, new things to learn, seeing friends after a summer break, and, I could never fail to mention, the welcoming of fall. You all know by now that I’m a proud mommy of boys. And, I have to tell you, what they say about boys is true – they love to eat! But, girls like special treats, too. I am a fanatic for novelty and love to celebrate special occasions and holidays with that eye-catching treat that leaves a lasting memory for children.
I’m about to share one of my favorite recipes with you. I guarantee that these little balls of goodness not only won’t face rejection, but, will also be gone in a matter of minutes! The wonderful thing is that once you have the simple recipe down, you can let your creativity take flight and create all different types of treats. To stay with the spirit of back to school, I’m sharing the recipe to make ‘apples.’ But, you can also make pumpkins, ornaments, etc. They are extremely versatile and simple to make!
Don’t let the name deter you. They are chocolate lumps of sweetness!
1 package Oreo cookies (divided… use cookie including the cream center)
1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)
One package of white chocolate bark (this can be found at Walmart in the baking aisle. If you decide to use the chocolate bark, add several drops of red food coloring once melted) or two to three bags of red colored chocolate melts (these can be found at any craft store or Walmart – I use Wiltons).
Green jelly beans or M&Ms
2. Crush remaining cookies and stir in softened cream cheese. Use the back of a large spoon to help mash the two together.
3. Roll the mixture into 1″ balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. After this, I usually place the cookie sheet in the freezer to allow them to harden a bit for easier dipping.
4. Using a skewer or the pretzel stick (stem), poke a hole into the ball. This will not only serve as a stem for the ‘apples,’ but will also allow you to hold onto the truffle while dipping into the chocolate.
5. Melt chocolate as directed on the package and then dip balls into chocolate, tap off extra and set aside on a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Then, place a green jelly bean or M&M next to the pretzel stem to create a leaf. Let rest on the cookie sheet to dry.
6. Once dry, refrigerate and enjoy!
This recipes makes about 36 truffles.
You can also follow this exact recipe to make ‘pumpkin’ truffles. Instead of the red-colored chocolate, you would use orange-colored chocolate and omit the green jelly beans/M&Ms and dip the pretzel sticks in green-colored melted chocolate. You could also take a skewer or Q-tip and cover the pretzel stick by hand with the melted, colored chocolate.
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