Christmas is coming!!
I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. And my love for Turkey Day is deep and smothered in gravy. But Christmas is my favorite. I love the joyful celebration of Christ’s birth – the decorating, the shopping, the family gatherings, the scents of cinnamon and pine, the Mariah Carey and Bing Crosby, the merry and bright, the sleigh bells jingling, the heavenly peace, the boughs of holly…
And the food.
Most specifically the trays of Christmas goodies.
Helloooo, calorie-laden, chocolate-dipped, snow-dusted mountains of cookies that are too cute and festive to resist, all in the name of Christmas.
Baking is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season, and some would argue that I go a little overboard.
Okay, “some” would be correct.
A few years ago, I made a record-setting 18 varieties of Christmas cookies and treats…then proceeded to eat them from the freezer until Valentine’s Day.
Since then I’ve tried to be more selective.
These Oreo Truffles always make the cut. They’ve become pretty popular over the years, but just in case you’ve never heard of them or had them…well, they involve Oreos! What’s left to say?
Oreo Truffles are like little (or, usually in my case, big) bites of creamy Oreo cheesecake dipped in chocolate. White chocolate, milk chocolate, whatever chocolate you like. I used to use exclusively white, until I discovered Guittard milk chocolate chips, and then I was converted to the milk side.
(P.S. Ghirardelli comes in second place to Guittard. Both are smooth and perfect.)
These truffles are a great way to kick off your holiday baking early…primarily because they are not baked. Quick, easy, three-ingredient, no-bake truffles? YES.
The only potential problem would be them disappearing before Christmas, because they’re fairly difficult to resist. Even if I set them aside and manage to avoid them myself, a sneaky family member usually swipes them all before the Christmas festivities begin. Use caution and an excellent hiding place.
Christmas is not typically a time of year when I’m overly ambitious about healthy habits. However, I do commonly make this recipe using Reduced-Fat Oreos and fat-free cream cheese, and I don’t notice a huge difference in flavor. Certainly, the full-fat ingredients will give you a richer, creamier taste if you compare them side-by-side, but I’m content with the slightly healthier stuff. Gives me an excuse to sample more! :)
You can use anything you have on hand – any Oreos, any cream cheese, and any chocolate chips or melting chocolate. Up north, we have almond bark, which works great. I had trouble finding it in grocery stores when I lived down south, however. Use whatever melting chocolate you have available!
Chances are good you’ve already got something usable on hand to mix these up. I even used to make them in my dorm room in college, stomping on the package of Oreos to crush them since a food processor (or even a rolling pin) wasn’t exactly readily available.
If I can throw these together in a tiny dorm, you can easily make them just about anywhere. Bust out the Amy Grant Christmas collection, deck the halls, and let the Christmas baking begin!
- 1 package Oreos
- 1 (8 oz.) package fat-free cream cheese, softened
- 2 bags (11 oz. each) chocolate chips (I like to use one bag of milk chocolate and one bag of white chocolate)
- Vegetable oil, optional
- Crush Oreos with a food processor or, alternatively, place them in a sturdy Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
- In a large bowl, mix crushed Oreos and cream cheese with your hands until combined. Roll into one-inch balls.
- Place each kind of chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt for one minute and stir. Continue microwaving at 15-second intervals until melted and smooth. If necessary, add a bit of vegetable oil to make the chocolate smoother.
- Dip half of the prepared Oreo balls into the milk chocolate and place on waxed paper to harden. Repeat with remaining Oreo balls and white chocolate (or chocolate of choice).
- Store in a covered plastic container in the refrigerator.
You can use any variety of Oreos, cream cheese, and chocolate (or almond bark). The nutritional info below is calculated using reduced-fat Oreos, fat-free cream cheese, one bag of white chocolate chips, and one bag of milk chocolate chips.
Total Fat: 5.6 g
Cholesterol: 2.8 mg
Sodium: 87.4 mg
Total Carbs: 11 g
Dietary Fiber: .2 g
Protein: 1.6 g