My Aunt Jo, who is also one of the best bakers I know, gave me this recipe for Oreo truffles from allrecipes.com. The three ingredient recipe is an eccentric, more domesticated take on the chocolate truffle, with an Oreo cookie and cream cheese filling in place of the traditional ganache.
I’m all for taking the easy way out when it comes to baking. Ganache, an emulsion of chocolate and (usually) cream, isn’t difficult to make, but there is always the stress of separation or collapse if you happen to make a wrong move. Then, you have to wait for it to set before you can make the truffles. You know what’s really not difficult? Pulverizing a bag of Oreos in the food processor and mixing it all together with a softened pack of cream cheese. Rolled up into little chocolaty orbs and covered in melted chocolate, they are delicious in a way that only America’s favorite cookie could make possible. I never claimed to be Jacques Torres.
This weekend, we had a surprise celebration for Aunt Jo’s 60th birthday so I made the Oreo truffles and decked them out for the occasion. Other than just the suggested Oreo crumbs, I garnished the chocolate spheres with colorful little sprinkles, and big 60’s written in pink and white chocolate. The vivid mound of truffles went fast. The taste is chocolaty enough to make you roll your eyes back into your head, with a subdued richness that dangerously impels the urge to keep going back for more. I can attest to this, since I had more than my fair share throughout the day. And the birthday girl loved them! The verdict: an easy and customizable go-to recipe that won’t fail to satisfy a large crowd, or any right-minded chocolate lover.