This year we officially found a new Holiday treat that the entire family loves. I’ve never made truffles before but after seeing dozens of them come across my Facebook feed and seeing all of the beautifully decorated truffles on Pinterest, I finally broke down and decided to make a batch of truffles for my family. This first batch was nothing fancy. Just simple Oreo truffles coated in white chocolate and sprinkles. They they looked pretty and let me tell you, they lasted less than 10 minutes before they were all gone. Picture a pack of ravenous wolves descending on a deer… yup… that was my family.
It was not a pretty sight.
After a successful, and somewhat disturbing, first attempt, I made a second round of truffles this time spicing things up a bit. I decided to add a bit of flare by crushing up candy canes and sprinkling those over the top. I’ve seen recipes where they call for peppermint extract to be used in the truffle batter but honestly, to me at least, I think that would be too much peppermint. The crushed candy canes added the perfect hint of peppermint throughout the entire truffle.
This batch was pretty much amazing and is now an official new member of the holiday playlist here. To make this recipe even better, it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients, no bake time, and its ridiculously easy to make! PLUS you get to beat the crap out of a pack of Oreos and a couple of candy canes, so you’re going to get to work out some of that holiday frustration while you’re making it. This is literally a win, win, win all the way around!
So to avoid being like those other food bloggers that write a 15 page dissertation on the reason you should be using amazonian vanilla beans as to Madagascar vanilla beans (is that a thing? I feel like it sounds like it should be a thing) I’m going to stop writing and give you the good stuff… Scroll down for my Peppermint Oreo Truffle Recipe that you can view here and print out to keep for yourself.
Peppermint Oreo Truffles
- 8 oz plain cream cheese softened
- 1 family sized pack of original Oreos
- 12 oz white chocolate chips
- 2 tbs vanilla extract
- 3 candy canes crushed
- Soften the cream cheese ( if you’re a planner… unlike me… you can pull the cream cheese out about 30 minutes to an hour ahead of time and allow it to soften at room temperature. If you ARE like me, though, and decide to do this shit at the last minute, just pop that bad boy in a microwave safe bowl for about 30 seconds. You don’t want it hot or melted just a little easier to mix up)
- Place the Oreos in a large Ziplock bag and proceed to pummel the little buggers until they are pretty finely crushed. They don’t have to be powder (unless you’re working out some serious frustration) just crushed up into smaller bits.
- Repeat this step with the candy canes but this time you want to make sure these are, in fact, pretty fine once you’re done.
- In a large bowl, place the crushed Oreos, the cream cheese, add in the vanilla extract and mix together until all of the Oreos and cream cheese have been incorporated.
- Cover the bowl of truffle dough and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to firm up.
- Once the mixture has firmed up, it’s time to really make your truffles.
- Roll 1-2 tablespoons of the truffle dough into a ball and place on a lined cookie sheet. Once this is finished you can either choose to place them back in the fridge for another 30 minutes to an hour to help firm the balls back up or you can just go for the dipping process… but I recommend giving them another chill session first.
- In a large bowl, melt down your white chocolate chips. Heat in 15-30 seconds intervals and stir between each. Once it is just soft enough that all the chips are melted and easily coat your fork, it’s time to dip the truffles.
- Place each ball in the melted chocolate and completely coat the ball then place back on the cookie sheet.
- Top off the truffle with a good sprinkling of the candy canes
- Place back in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to allow chocolate to harden.
That’s it! I know it’s a lot of time in the fridge but with how easy this recipe is, the fridge time really isn’t that bad.
They can last for a couple of days in an air tight container in the fridge too and I found that the chocolate didn’t melt very fast, so they will be perfect to make over the weekend to take to a weekday work party.
I hope you enjoy these truffles as much as my family did. Tag me in a picture on Instagram ( @goldfishandgin ) if you make them! I’d love to see how they turned out for you!
If you enjoyed this recipe, make sure to check out my recipe for my favorite chocolate chip cookies too!