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25 October 2013

No Bake Oreo Truffle Eyeballs



Day 2 of my Spooktacular countdown to Halloween!!! Whoo! :) I will make this short and sweet (haha...sweet...get it?) Because this is part 2 of a two part post. Click here to see my No-Bake Oreo Truffle (i.e., Oreo Truffles minus the Eye ball ;) -- when you want to make Oreo truffles any other time of year).

The hubby has a work Halloween party each year where they host a competition for the most ghoulish dessert. I noticed that when searching for "ghoulish" or creepy Halloween desserts, there is not much out there. Plus, when looking for something that looks creepy but is easy to make, it is especially hard to find :/ Trust me, I have spent hours searching for treats and foods to make for my Spooktacular countdown. Sure, I could just make anything but that would not be fun!

::queue superhero music:: For the Love of Dessert to the rescue ;) hahaha..just kidding. In doing a Google search I found this picture of a cakeball or truffle eyeball (did not know which, because the link did not take me to the recipe -- don't you hate that?!?) and since I was already going to make Oreo Truffles -- I decided to tweak what I saw, so that it would be something anyone could make. And sure enough, I got a delicious recipe that was yummy that looked just a bit creepy! This would be a fantastic Halloween party treat that catches people eyes and their tummy! And if you want you can do what I did, make half as regular truffles and half as eye balls. For those squeamish people who might not want to digest eyeballs ;)








OREO TRUFFLE EYEBALLS
A For the Love of Dessert Original Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 regular or family size package of Oreos, finely crushed 
8 oz. cream cheese (slightly softened)
12 oz of white candy melts or baking chocolate 
1-2 tsp. vegetable oil
7 oz. pack of Life Savers Gummies 
Chocolate chips
Red pen with edible ink

*Ghiradelli's chocolate melts are delicious but regular store brands work too.

DIRECTIONS

Making the Oreo Truffles:
First crush Oreos. Here is what you can do:
  • The  Oreo pack comes in three columns. I divided each column in half. I placed each of the these "batches," one at a time, in the food processor to get a nice, even consistency of crushed Oreo. If you put too many Oreo in the food processor at once, you are likely to get lumps of cookie that are not crushed
  • If you do not have a food processor- you can crush the Oreos by placing each batch in (1) in a blender or (2) in a freezer size Ziplock back and crushing them by hand or with a rolling pin.
After each batch was crushed, I dumped them into the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment. Once all the Oreo have been crushed and placed in the bowl- add in the cream cheese. Mix until well combined and a dough like consistency has formed. When you have reached a dough like consistency- roll into 1 inch sized truffles. Place in freezer for 15 minutes or in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Dipping the Oreo Truffles:
In the meantime, melt either chocolate bark or candy melts according to package directions. This is my secret, once the chocolate is melted I stir in the vegetable oil. This makes the chocolate have a smoother and shinier coating :)

Now, I am going to tell you how I get perfectly dipped cake truffles but if you have your own method that works-- you are more than welcome to do it that way--this is just whats worked best for me. Once chocolate has melted, take an Oreo truffle and while holding the top half, dip the bottom half into the chocolate, then dip a cake pop stick into the chocolate (about 1/2 inch) and push into the center of the truffle until about, no more, than half way through. Let cool. This will make it much easier to dip the rest of the truffle- otherwise I have found that the truffle either gets stuck in the chocolate or falls off the stick.

Once cooled, dip the top of the truffle and a little part of the bottom, that was already coated into the chocolate. Immediately center a Life Saver on the top of the Oreo truffle (Life saver writing side diwn). Then place a chocolate chip, upside down (point down), into the center of the Life Saver. Push down and hold Life Saver and chocolate chip for 2 seconds to set in. Allow to cool by sticking into flower foam. Once dried- holding the truffle with one hand, gently twist (while pulling slightly down) the cake pop stick with your other hand, and pull the stick out. Using your red pen with edible ink, draw veins.

Enjoy,
Chika


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