Allow me to cut right to the chase. Over St. Patrick’s day weekend, I had the pleasure of trying these:
Yup. Birthday Cake Oreos. Birthday cake icing flavored deliciousness spotted with confetti sprinkles and sandwiched between two chocolate cookies. Believe me when I say these are as strangely delicious as you think. Actually they may be better. As soon as you open the bag, the scent of freshly baked funfetti cake wafts through the air until it hits your nose and your mouth involuntarily begins to water. The cookie version of crack.
Very elusive these crack-cookies are – it took several store visits and phone inquiries to find them. But find them I did, and rather then stuffing my face until I lay like a sloth in a self-induce Oreo coma, I decided to make Oreo Balls.
I was recently introduced to the wonders of Oreo Balls. Essentially, they are little balls of smashed up Oreos mixed with cream cheese and smothered in chocolate. I love the versatility of this recipe. Between different flavored Oreos, varied chocolate, assorted garnishes, there is a quite an extensive array of recipes that can come from this base. Due to J’s looming birthday, I figured this would be a perfect time to utilize my treasured Oreos and make birthday cake flavored Oreo Balls.
Before we move on to the recipe, it must be noted that these cookies are allegedly “Limited time only”. Oreo turns 100 this year so I can only assume by “limited time only” they (ie Nabisco) mean for the year. Who knows. Either way, my heart may break if they ever get rid of these, not to mention my Birthday Balls will need to be made with regular Oreos which in turn would just make them regular balls. Not nearly as fun. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that there are here to stay, or even better, they show up every so often like the McRib, creating some sort of Birthday Oreo cult following. That would be neat.
Moving right along…
Oreo Birthday Balls
Difficulty: Slightly more difficult then easy peasy
Yields: between 50 & 55 balls
- 30 Birthday Cake Oreos*
- 1 8 oz. tub of whipped cream cheese (you can use regular cream cheese, I just find whipped less difficult to stir.)
- 1 Package of Vanilla candy coating (You can also use white chocolate, but I always have a hard time melting it correctly and end up with a pile of unusable nonsense. This stuff is far easier work with)
- Multicolored sprinkles
*There are 21 cookies in a package -stingy people at Nabisco – so buy two and scarf the leftovers before your dog can get to them. I’m looking at you, Bella.
- Untwist the Oreos and using a spatula, separate the frosting from the cookie and place in a bowl (I think every 9 year old’s dream was to have a bowl full of Oreo frosting…)
- Take the frosting-less cookies and blend together using a food processor or, if you are a sucker for infomercials (such as myself) your Magic Bullet. If you use the blender route, you may have to do this in several batches to ensure all the cookies get crushed. Place the cookie crumbs in a bowl.
- Add about 6 oz. of the cream cheese to the scraped off frosting pile and stir together until combined.
- Take about half the frosting/cream cheese mixture and add to the cookie crumbs. Stir around until well combined (you should be getting a decent arm workout). If the mixture is too dry, add about half of the remaining frosting mixture and stir until you have a combined pile that can be easily rolled into balls and strongly resembles a big pile of confetti-speckled poo (see picture). I ended up using a little over 3/4 of the mixture.
- Using your hands, roll out 1 inch balls of the Oreo mixture onto cookie sheets lined with wax paper.
- Place the balls in the fridge to cool slightly – about 5 minutes.
- While the balls cool, heat up your candy coating until thoroughly melted.
- Using a fork, dunk the balls one by one into the melted candy. You want the balls to be completely coated before you take them out and shake off the access. Place them back on the wax paper.
- The coating will harden fairly quickly, so about every 4th or 5th ball, you will want to shake the sprinkles over the just-dunked balls.
- Once you have dunked and sprinkled all the balls, place them back in the refrigerator to cool completely.
- J likes his balls frozen (heehee), so if that’s your prerogative, have at it. I think they are delicious at any temperature.
I stuffed some balls into an (unused) Chinese takeout box and wrapped them in festive tissue paper before I presented them as fun and delicious gift. Happy Birthday J!
I hope you try this birthday ball recipe before you can’t anymore (whomp, whomp). So, my friends, run, don’t walk, to your nearest grocery store and stockpile the cookies while you still can!