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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Father’s Day Cake Balls

Like most dads, mine has a sweet tooth and is always happy to try my new baking creations. Payment for looking after my car and various handyman projects usually comes in the form of sugar from me. A few weeks before Father’s Day, hints for the need of cake pops were dropped.

As I’ve mentioned before, this whole cake pop craze rejuvenated my love of baking. A few years ago I made my first batch of cake balls for New Years Eve…

Not bad, right?

I soon realized cake pops were much easier when it came to getting rid of the excess coating and decorating.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Out of sticks, I decided to do cake balls for Father’s Day. I even thought of making them look like golf balls. Well, fast forward to Friday night at 9 p.m. after a couple of crazy weeks and this is the mess I created:

I found myself hating the process with little patience. Luckily, my family didn’t really notice and boasted that they were the best flavor combination yet. I used vanilla cake, chocolate frosting and a white chocolate coating.

You’re can’t win them all. The important thing is they were delicious. Note to future self: don’t take on a tedious baking project the night before facing a 15 hour work day.