When my cousin was in town I made these tasty little treats for dessert. His favorite flavor is mint so this was right up his alley. I also decided to let little man help me out in the kitchen. Well…..that was until I he started figuring out the cookies where edible and licked them so his helping time was over. I still try to find little ways to keep him involved in the kitchen as much as I can and it’s something we can do together so it’s all worth it. This dessert is easy to make ahead of time and being bite sized they’ll go quick.
Mint Oreo Truffles
(Adapted from Amandeleine)
1 package mint oreo cookies
1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)
12 oz. white chocolate
2-4 tablespoons vegetable oil (optional)
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
green food coloring
Finely crush 5 cookies in a food processor or place them in a ziploc bag and crush into a fine consistency. Reserve for later.
Crush remaining cookies and stir in softened cream cheese. Use the back of a large spoon to help mash the two together.
Roll the mixture into 1″ balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet.
Place cookie sheet in freezer for at least 15 minutes.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler, or in a heatproof bowl set over simmering water, ensuring the bowl does not touch the surface of the water. Remove from heat, and stir in peppermint extract. Add green food coloring until desired shade of green is reached. If your brand of white chocolate melts a little thicker, you can use vegetable oil to thin it. (Folks have told me they’ve also tried almond bark and candy melts to BAD results. The peppermint seizes the whole mixture. So please, only use white chocolate!)
Dip balls into chocolate, tap off extra and set aside on wax paper covered cookie sheet to dry. Sprinkle the tops with the 5 crushed cookies for decoration.