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Cheater Chocolates: Easy Oreo Truffles in Peppermint and Orange

These easy Oreo truffles are what we refer to as cheater chocolates at our house. My sister-in-law makes them around Christmas, along with several other “cheater” goodies like Wheat Thins with peanut butter sandwiched in between and then the whole thing dipped into chocolate until you can only tell it’s a square and not crackers and everyday peanut butter. My favorites remain chocolate-dipped pretzels, just for the record.

These simple truffles take your ordinary Oreo cookies, mix them with a bit of flavoring to give them that homemade flavor, and look impressive on the cookie tray — cheater chocolate or not. My favorite flavors are peppermint dipped in white chocolate and orange dipped in dark chocolate.

Oreo Truffles
1 16-ounce package Oreo Cookies
1 8-ounce package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 teaspoon flavored extract: orange, peppermint, almond, etc.
16 ounces dark chocolate or white melting discs
candies for garnish

In a food processor, pulse Oreo cookies until no large chunks remain. Add in cream cheese cut into small chunks and extract of your choice. Pulse until combined. Using a small scoop, scoop Oreo mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze for 20 minutes. Remove from freezer and roll into neat balls. Freeze again while you wait for the dipping chocolate to melt.

Melt chocolate or white melts in a double boiler until smooth and no lumps remain. Remove from heat. Dip frozen Oreo balls into the chocolate and place on parchment. Sprinkle with desired garnish. Freeze or refrigerate to help harden faster when all balls have been dipped. Store at room temperature or in the fridge until ready to serve.

Makes 30-40 truffles.

Want more chocolate recipes? Head over to the Holiday Recipe Exchange for chocolate week!

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