As soon as the middle of March comes around, it’s all Irish, all green, all the time. I’m sure your blog reader or inbox is crammed full of assorted emerald-hued baked goods, Guinness-soaked what have yous, and corned beef bonanzas. Well this post is really not all that different, except there’s no booze (crazy, right?), no beef, and no baking. But they are green. And they are delicious. And if you really wanted to throw in some sort of alcohol, I’m sure you could. Get your kicks where you can get ’em.
I did the car bomb cupcakes last year. If you haven’t tried them, please do so. They are really quite tasty and always a crowd pleaser. But I really wanted to try something original this year. Something that if I Googled, I couldn’t find – easily anyway. This is what I came up with – Green Oreo Treasure Balls. Or Just Green Balls. Or Treasure Balls. I don’t know, they’re balls, they’re green and they’re festive.
They are adapted from my Birthday Ball recipe (check out those sweet pics! My, how far we’ve come…) and pretty easy. I was wise, and decided to use Golden Oreos so I could dye them green because I’m sneaky like that.
I suggest putting them in a cauldron, running around in a leprechaun suit, and finding a rainbow (preferably the double kind) to sit under. If you can’t have gold, these leprechaun balls are the next best thing.
Yields: About 50 balls
Difficulty: Slightly more difficult then easy peasy
- I package of Golden 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)
- Green food coloring
- Gold (read: yellow) sprinkles
- Untwist the Oreos and using a spatula, separate the frosting from the cookie and place in a bowl.
- Take the frosting-less cookies and blend together using a food processor . 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. Add about 6-10 drops of green food coloring and mix together until the color is combined.
- 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.
- Once you have dunked and sprinkled all the balls, place them back in the refrigerator to cool completely.
- While they are cooling, I added green food coloring to the remaining candy and put it in a zip lock bag. Cut off the tip and did a back and forth design on top the cooled balls. (I also failed to take a picture of this process, so sorry)
- The coating will harden fairly quickly, so about every 4th or 5th ball, you’ll want to shake your sprinkles (if you chose to use them) over the candy.
- Refridgerate for a hot second to cool again, and then you should be good to go! Cut one if half, and they should look something like this:
- I stuck mine in little mini muffin cups to give them some flair. You don’t have to do that but they are more portable that way.