The Super Bowl is Sunday and it's time to indulge in that whole fan experience; choosing sides, wearing the colors, planning the munchies. Which team are you rooting for?
I have to admit, I'm more excited about the food than the football. While we might not agree on which team we favor, Patriots or Giants, I bet we can agree on Super Bowl snack favorites. Mine tend to have a retro bent; Bourbon Sauced Cocktail Wieners, Ro-tel Queso Dip, burgers and hot wings, chips and don't forget the Oreos.
Are you an Oreo fan? Whether you first loved the sweet creamy frosting or the crisp chocolate cookie, whether you dunk them in milk or lift the lid and eat the inner frosting first, it seems that almost everyone has a fond light in their eyes at the thought of Oreo cookies.
Maybe that's why I was drawn to these limited edition football-shaped Oreos. Aren't they cute? When I saw them at the supermarket they were suddenly a must have for this year's Super Bowl spread.
Not only are football shaped Oreo cookies a great addition to a Super Bowl extravaganza but Oreos also mix and match well, making them a welcome ingredient in other snacks and desserts. They go especially well with cream cheese and I have posted about a big ganache covered Oreo Cookies and Cream Cheesecake and tiny cupcake-sized Oreo Crusted Cheesecakes.
I finally tried these little Inside-Out Oreo Truffle Bites which are all over the Internet these days. They are even a smaller version of "cheesecake," and arguably simpler to make. You just mix together crushed Oreos and softened cream cheese, then dip bite sized portions in a white candy coating. Top with a halved mini-Oreo for more cute product drama. True fans are bound to love them! And if you aren't into football, they make a sweet confection for Valentine's Day as well.
Inside-Out Oreo Truffle Bites
1 package of Oreo cookies, crushed
1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, at room temperature
1 package of white baking chips or almond bark
Several Tablespoons of powdered sugar
Mini-oreo cookies, for garnish, if desired
In a large bowl, mix together the crushed Oreo cookies and cream cheese until well blended.
Scoop the mixture by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet. (I use a 1¼-inch batter scoop that holds about 2 teaspoons to make rounded balls approximately 1-inch in diameter.)
Place the cookie sheet in the freezer until the dough is firm.
Place several Tablespoons of powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Take the cookie sheet from the freezer. Roll each portion of dough in your hands to form a smooth ball. Roll each ball in a dish of powdered sugar to coat. Place the balls back on the baking sheet and return to the freezer.
When firm prepare the white baking chips or almond bark for dipping or transfer the balls to a Ziploc freezer bag and store in the freezer until ready to dip.
Melt the white baking chips or almond bark in the microwave or in a double boiler, according to package directions. When smooth and melted take the truffle balls from the freezer.
Using a round toothpick stuck into the frozen dough as a handle, dip the truffle into the melted candy coating, shaking gently to help the excess drip back into the pan before placing the finished truffle on a parchment lined baking sheet. Remove the toothpick and garnish by placing a mini-Oreo half over the toothpick mark.
Repeat with all remaining truffles. Allow to cool until the candy coating is firm.
Serve and enjoy!