Holiday Oreo Truffles

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holiday oreo truffles

Every year I go crazy getting things *just right* for the holidays, especially when it comes to cookies and treats. I have a weakness for chocolate and think that everyone else should enjoy it like I do, too. Thankfully my neighborhood Giant Eagle is close enough to home and work to help when I’m shopping for the ingredients I need.

This holiday season will be no different. I’ve already started preparing for things – like teacher and hostess gifts. My holiday Oreo truffles have been a go-to since the year Evan was born and I stayed up all night making them for Christmas morning. (Why? Because myself, Pop-Pop, and Aunt LiLi were eating them as fast as I made them.) I’ve learned my lesson and like to keep some on hand to pop into holiday themed bag and pair with a card for those last minute events.

The preparation started on Black Friday. Greg and I were shopping and we ran over to Giant Eagle to get our ingredients. For sure, I needed the Oreos. When we got to the cookie aisle, I was overwhelmed with the choices of flavors available this year. Greg decided for me – Red Velvet to remember our wedding cake.

Find your favorite Oreo flavors in the cookie aisle at Giant Eagle!
Find your favorite Oreo flavors in the cookie aisle at Giant Eagle!
Look at those choices!
Look at those choices!

Next up were the holiday storage bags. Giant Eagle has a great option in their store brand bags, so we went with that. (If you’re looking for these specific ones in your store, look for a special display!)

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While I was looking for the cream cheese, I decided some cheese cubes and crackers were also something good to have on hand for holiday visitors, so I picked up some Club Crackers. (Bonus? The twins love munching on these!)

 

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We headed home and I called upon my ‘lil helpers to get the Oreo truffles going.

Holiday Oreo Truffles

To make holiday Oreo truffles, you will need:

  • 1 package of Oreos – your choice of flavor
  • 1 8 oz package of Cream Cheese – I like to lighten it up with reduced fat, but the truffles are a little mushier with this option
  • 3-4 squares of almond bark (found in the baking aisle)
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil or shortening

Step One: Using a food processor, finely crumble the Oreos. (You can also do this with a storage bag and a rolling pin, but I’ve found that it leaves the filling stuck to the bag.)

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Step Two: Mix in the {softened} cream cheese until fully mixed.

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Step Three: Let the mixture set in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.

Step Four: Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Place on a freezer-safe dish with waxed paper and store in the freezer for 15-30 minutes to set.

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Step Five: Melt the almond bark with 2 TBSP of your oil of choice (see ingredients).

Step Six: Remove the truffle balls from the freezer and cover with the melted chocolate. Return to the freezer safe plate. Place the dish back in the freezer until the chocolate hardens (30-60 minutes).

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Step Seven: Enjoy, or store in holiday storage bags until ready to share at holiday gatherings or as gifts. (Bonus – I like to pair them with a Hallmark Holiday greeting card when giving as teacher or hostess gifts!)

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It’s great to have treats on hand for visitors and parties, but I also try to stay balanced. That’s why I added Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt drinks to my holiday shopping list. They’re great to wash down these truffles or to just have on hand for a snack when you want to raid the fridge of all the yummies! What’s YOUR go-to for being happy and healthy during the holidays?

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Check out other holiday recipes from more Giant Eagle shoppers, then come back and tell us your favorite!

Christmas Treat List

With 12 days and 27 minutes to go until the DEFINITE arrival of Baby #2, I can’t think of anything else but what treats I want around the house for Christmas! Here is the list that I made this morning that I would like to be responsible for making (in addition to this, I really hope my dad gets to make his mom’s Butter Cookies and Pizelles)…and pictures and details will follow as I get around to making these:

Puppy Chow (ala Chex box recipe)
Snickerdoodle Chex Mix (ala Chex box recipe)
Cake Batter Chocolate Bark (thank you How Sweet Eats!!!
Three Minute Fudge (again, thank you to How Sweet Eats)
Trufle Fudge Brownies (Tastefully Simple) with Peppermint Dip (Le Gourmet Chef)
Crock Pot Chex Mix (CD Kitchen)
Hidden Mint Cookies (my most favorite holiday treat)
Rainbow Cookies (ah, thank you Betty Crocker)
Double Chocolate Cookies (again, thank you Betty Crocker)
White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies (an amazing cookie from the ‘Ski wedding brunch and the recipe can be found at Better Homes & Gardens but is now a cookbook favorite of mine)
Cracker Candy (my mom makes this and it is amazing…but I have a HUGE craving for it, so I am not waiting for her to make it, lol)
M&M cookies (going to give this recipe a shot)
Peppermint Bark (goodness to I love me some Paula Deen)

Let’s see what I can accomplish between waiting to go into labor, spending 3 days in the hospital, bringing baby home, and opening our house to guests! Stay tuned.