Red Carpet Oreo Truffles

I know it was a few days ago, but I’m still basking in the greatness of the Oscars. Movies have always been a part of my life. Growing up, I watched black and white movies with my grandma. My favorites were Jimmy Stewart and anything with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. On Sundays my dad and I made a habit of going to the theater while my mom was at work. In high school I always made a big deal of the Academy Awards and had a tradition of wearing my fanciest pajamas.

This year I managed to see five of the Best Picture nominees so I had high hopes with my Oscar ballot. For the big shindig my friends hosted I wanted something themed. I considered something dark chocolate for Zero Dark Thirty or pie for Life of Pi. While raiding my pantry I saw I had red melting chocolate and decided on Red Carpet Oreo Truffles!

Red Carpet Oreo Truffles

Ingredients

1 package of Oreos, finely crushed
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
14 oz. melting chocolate (the red was vanilla flavored)
1 chocolate bar (I used dark chocolate)

1. Crush cookies-this can be a great stress buster! I put the cookies in a bag and then use a rolling pin and some pent-up frustration.
2. In a large bowl, combine cookie crumbs and cream cheese. Beat on low until well blended. The mixture should resemble batter.

Oreos!
3. Melt chocolate according to directions. (I prefer to use a double broiler.)
4. Roll mixture into one inch balls by hand and dip into chocolate. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Melt the chocolate bar in a small bowl and use a spoon to drizzle over truffles.
5. Refrigerate one hour to firm.

And the Oscar goes to...

I managed to get 14 right, a huge improvement over last year!

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Raspberry Chocolate Bars

I have a tried and true brownie recipe that calls for raspberry preserves (post coming soon for that one). On Sunday night I had planned to make the tried and true for a birthday dessert for my co-workers. After realizing I was lacking the supplies I scrambled to come up with a new treat. Much to my delight, I think I stumbled upon a keeper with these Raspberry Chocolate Bars.

For me, raspberry is also perfect for Valentine’s Day. So if you’re looking to bake for your sweetie, this is pretty easy and sure to impress. Dealbreaker: Not being impressed when someone bakes for you.

Chocolate and Raspberry Bars

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup raspberry preserves
1 cup chocolate chips

  1. Heat oven to 400. Spray 8 x 8 inch dish with cooking spray.
  2. Stir flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in large bowl. Mix in butter until mixture becomes like coarse crumbs.
  3. Add egg, milk and vanilla. Beat until well blended.
  4. Save 1/2 cup of dough for topping. Spread remaining into the prepared pad. Evenly spread the preserves over the dough and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.
  5. Drop saved dough by teaspoons over chips.
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes (until golden). Cool completely, cut and enjoy!

These bars love the camera

This recipe was adapted from Hershey’s Classic Recipes