Tuesday, December 21, 2010

No Bake Cookie Treats

No Bake Cookie Treats

These ugly cookie/candy treats are love at first bite for most people. TRY them!

1 package of Oreo (type) cookies (36-48 cookies)
1 8oz. package Cream Cheese
1 to 1 1/2 package(s) Dark Chocolate Chips
1 tsp paraffin (1/2" cube)

Dampen a cookie sheet or platter- the damp helps hold the wax paper in place. Spread a sheet of waxed paper onto the cookie sheet. Set aside.

In a food processor, grind the cookies to crumbs. They will be sort of gooey due to the filling.

Add  the package of cream cheese to the crumbs in the food processor. It blends more easily if you break the cheese into chunks. I did NOT soften the cream cheese first.
Blend  the cream cheese and cookie crumbs into a nasty looking paste.

Using a small cookie dough scoop, or a teaspoon, drop the paste onto waxed paper. I try to form the paste into ball shapes- or at least a semblence of round. If the paste is too sticky, place in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Once your paste is all formed into balls, or your first cookie sheet is full... place the balls into the freezer for 20 minutes. (Continue to make the paste into balls on a second sheet if necessary.)

My "double boiler"
While the freezer firms up the balls, set up a double boiler. A double boiler can be rigged by placing a glass (or metal) bowl over a saucepan with an inch or so of water boiling in it.. You want the bowl to fit partly into the mouth of the saucepan and seal it, keeping the steam sealed in the saucepan.

Melt the paraffin first, in the bowl of the double boiler- then add the chocolate chips. Stir as they melt. Turn the heat OFF to avoid steam burns. The hot water will keep the chocolate melted.

Using toothpicks, dip each of the balls into the melted chocolate, rolling to coat... then plop them back onto the waxed paper.

When all of the balls are coated, return to the freezer for 15 minutes.

Store, covered, in the refrigerator.

Try substituting Oreo Mint Cookies; or a few Andes Creme de Menthe candies in the chocolate. I have used milk chocolate chips, but pretty much everyone likes the dark chocolate best. I found a store brand of sandwich cookies that had bits of ground peppermint in the filling- that is what I used this time. this batch also has the milk chocolate, because the store was out of dark chocolate.

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