So they’re pretty much exactly what they sound like. If they sound like ground up Oreos mixed with cream cheese and dipped in melted white chocolate.
Nate and I were invited to a holiday gathering a couple of weeks ago and someone had made these delicious Oreo balls at work so I thought “how hard can that be?!” and decided to make some to bring with us.
It was actually much harder than I thought it would be. Everything started out great! I used my food processor (for the first time in.. umm.. years maybe?) to ground up the Oreos, then I mixed in a block of cream cheese letting my stand mixer do all of the heavy lifting, and then I rolled the mix into little balls to refrigerate for a few hours. See how easy that was? So easy!
Then came the hard part.
The next part of the directions I had advised me to melt almond bark to use for dipping. Since I did not see anything “bark” related at the grocery I decided to use white chocolate chips instead.
Did you know that chocolate chips don’t lose their shape as they melt? At least, not until you start mixing them up. So after microwaving them for 1 minute, if they look like they haven’t melted even in the slightest, they’re lying. Start stirring! Do NOT put them back around for another minute, it will not end well. Your kitchen will smell like burnt chocolate for hours and you’ll have to send your husband to the grocery store for an emergency “buy more white chocolate chips” trip.
So anyways, once I (thought I) figured out the chocolate melting part I stuck each ball with a tooth pick and started using the tooth picks to dip the balls into the chocolate to coat them evenly and turn them into pretty little desserts. Not surprisingly, this too went poorly. The chocolate was heavy and the Oreo balls kept falling off their tooth picks which was not in any way completely frustrating. So I started dropping the balls in and pulling them out with a spoon while quietly (or loudly) cursing myself for ever thinking there was any such thing as “quick and easy” in the kitchen. As a bonus I also learned that the longer you microwave chocolate chips, the less melty they actually become. They hit their maximum meltiness and then start turning back into a powdery solid. Who knew?!
In the end I wound up assuring our party hosts that they tasted much better than they looked (and they did) and Nate was sure to add that while he’d love to say they were made with love, in reality they were made with hate and loathing with some swearing thrown in for good measure.
I wish I had taken a picture of them but I did not. I was just so relieved to have them done with I never wanted to look at them again! (Until the next day when it was time to eat them, by then I was over it.)