Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Valentine's Day Gift from the Heart-by Robyn Bird 2/8/2011

by Robyn Bird
Love is in the air and with Valentine's Day right around the corner, many young lovers can look forward to spending big bucks on those expensive boxed chocolates. So, what is an economically deprived student to do? Easy! Fool your sweetheart's taste buds with these divine chocolates that can be easily made in any kitchen for very little investment.


1 package of Oreo cookies-
8 oz. of cream cheese-
12 oz. milk chocolate chips-
wax paper-
    Before starting this project, make sure that there is room in the refrigerator for at least two cookie sheets for the truffles. This recipe will make about 48 truffles. For less truffles, reduce the ingredients accordingly.
1. Crush the Oreos into a semi-fine powder: When done by hand, crushing these cookies can become frustrating when all but the last few chunks have dissolved. Use a food processor if possible.
2. Combine with cream cheese: This step is best completed using a fork and a spoon. Mix together until your have an Oreo paste. This paste should be about the texture of sponge, but should be hard enough to be molded into shape.
3. Place the Oreo truffles on the cookie sheets: Line your baking sheets with wax paper. Next, spoon a ball of "Oreo paste" the size of a quarter and roll in the palm of your hand. Place Oreo truffles on the cookie sheets and place in the freezer.
4. Melt chocolate: Use a double boiler or tiny croc pot to melt the chocolate chips. Be sure to stir the melting chocolate frequently. A variety of chocolate chips are available for a variety of flavors.
5. Dip your truffles: After the chocolate has melted completely, bring out the chilled spheres and dip them in the melted chocolate. Allow the candies to dry in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy!
-When crushing the Oreos, be sure to use the cream filling
-When dipping the chilled spheres in chocolate, use two spoons to maneuver the spheres to the wax paper
-Put in a decorative box and give as a gift
-Keep your candies refrigerated

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