Baking at it’s finest…

I love baking almost as much as I love crafting. I want to share with you 3 of my favorite treats. I am adding a few pictures, full recipes, blogs for tutorials and my suggestions! Enjoy.

Oreo Truffles:
I found this in a Kraft Foods Magazine a few years back. It’s super easy. Not to mention frugal. This recipe has always been a hit and is requested often.
prep time :30 min   total time:1 hr 30 min
makes 4 doz. or 48 servings, 1 truffle each
What You Need
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg.  (1 lb. 2 oz.) OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 4-1/4 cups), divided
2 pkg. (8 squares each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
Make It
MIX cream cheese and 3 cups cookie crumbs until well blended. (I usually do this in a food processor, saves time)
SHAPE into 1-inch balls. Dip in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs.
REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.
Kraft Kitchens Tips
How to Make Cookie Crumbs
Crushing OREO Cookies is a cinch with a rolling pin and a Ziploc Bag
            But even easy to do in your food processor.
How to Melt Chocolate
Place unwrapped chocolate squares in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 2-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted, stirring every 30 sec.
How to Easily Dip Truffles
To easily coat truffles with the melted chocolate, add truffles, in batches, to bowl of melted chocolate. Use 2 forks to roll truffles in chocolate until evenly coated. Remove truffles with forks, letting excess chocolate drip back into bowl. Place truffles on prepared baking sheet; let stand until firm.
Changes I have made:
1. I make my balls small less than 1 inch. This makes them easier to eat in one bite.
2. I used mint or crushed candy cane Oreo’s (Meijer brand works great)
 
Cake Pops:
Seriously Bakerella is the most amazing baker. I love her blog and all her humor. She is true inspiration. I love making cake pops. They are so simple and fun for any occasion. The flavor combination’s are endless. Braedon and I made two vases full and walked up and down our street passing them out to neighbors.
 Want to make your own smiley face cake pops? 
 
 
1 box cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
1 can frosting (16 oz.)
Wax paper
Yellow candy melts (1 lb. pkg.)
Lollipop sticksEdible ink pens
1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can frosting. (I use the back of a large spoon, but it may be easier to use fingers to mix together. But, be warned, it will get messy. Also, you may not need the entire can of frosting, so start out by using almost the entire can and add more if you need to.)
3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50)
4. Melt chocolate in the microwave per directions on package. (30 sec intervals, stirring in between.)
5. Dip the tip of your lollipop stick in a little of the melted candy coating and insert into the cake balls. (Insert a little less than halfway.)
6. Place them in the freezer for a little while to firm up.
7. Once firm, carefully insert the cake ball into the candy coating by holding the lollipop stick and rotating until covered. Once covered remove and softly tap and rotate until the excess chocolate falls off. Don’t tap too hard or the cake ball will fall off, too.
8. Place in a Styrofoam block to dry.
9. Once dry, draw faces with an edible ink pen and allow ink to dry!
Note: I think cake pops are a little more difficult to make than the cupcake pops because of trying to get the candy coating smooth. So, If you haven’t made them before, check out this post forred velvet cake balls and this one forcupcake pops.
            Changes I have made:
1.      We used triple chocolate fudge chip frosting instead of cream cheese frosting
For another AMAZING version check out Hostess {with the mostess}
 
Brownie Covered Oreos:
I know what you are thinking…No wonder she has weight loss on her LSC’11 list! (Life style changes of 2011, blog explanation to come)
These are so yummy. Visit Picky-Palate for a great tutorial.
What you Need:
1 Brownie mix (or use your own brownie recipe)
1 package Oreos, I used the Holiday ones
White chocolate, melted for drizzle, or Wilton White frosting pen works great
White nonpareils Sprinkles
How to Make:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare brownie batter according to package directions.  Leave in mixing bowl.  Dip Oreos in brownie batter then place in bottom of cupcake tins that have been generously sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, until brownies are cooked through (doesn’t take long).  As soon as you remove, take a plastic knife and run along edges, (this is VERY important so you get the cookie out with brownies not stuck to pan :)
2.  Let cool for 5 minutes, remove drizzle with melted white chocolate or the Wilton White icing pen, sprinkle with nonpareils and EAT!  Enjoy :)
Makes entire package of Oreos
**Some are having a hard time getting theirs to look just like hers, so here is the exact muffin pan she used.  Apparently all muffin pans are shaped different!!
            Suggestions:
1. for a cake-ier cookie dip the entire Oreo in the brownie batter before placing in the muffin pan
2. for a less cake like cookie only dip the sides and top in the batter and set in muffin pan with the clean cookie side down.
3. I think they tasted way better using mint cookies
4. I added melted dark chocolate mint candies to the top as frosting for the plain Oreo ones.
5. Under bake…if you bake too long they are too hard to eat
6. I know I have lots of suggestions but they were so easy and one box of brownie mix make two full packages of Oreo’s for me.
7. I added mint sprinkles to mine too
I hope this has inspired you to get your bake on. If you do make one of these recipes I would love to see pictures of your creations!

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Sinner turned saint. Lover of Jesus. DIY crafter. Mom of 3. Blogger. Friend. married to her high school sweetheart. I blogs to share about the things I love. My hope is that my love for crafting, Jesus, family, and food will inspire you to try something new. If you enjoy what you read, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog!

Comments

  1. Oh yum!!! Your brownie oreos look super yummy!!! Love the sprinkles for added lovely!!! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Truly Lovely!!!

  2. Ha! Problem is I make all 3 of these at the same time during the holidays…complete disaster in the weight area!

  3. I think I just gained 10 pounds reading this! lol!

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