Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Trick or Treat

Griffin's first Halloween was pretty mild on the spooky side, but festive none-the-less.  Griffin hadn't told us what he wanted to be so at first we opted with a free option of using one of his fall snowsuits (one is a bear outfit and one is a skunk outfit-both extremely cute).  

At the last minute our neighbor Angie offered up a pumpkin outfit that was too small for her daughter that is just a little older than Griffin, which her older daughter had worn as a baby.  It barely fit Griffin, but it was a great costume for a boy whose face is already shaped like a pumpkin!

Our awesome neighbors planned a pre-Trick or Treating party in their backyard with lasagna, pizzas and lots of other sides.  I decided to bring something from the sweet category, just in case there was not enough candy to go around:)

Oreo Truffles are ALWAYS a hit.  I got the recipe from my sister-in-law Elissa who got it from her sister-in-law.

OREO Truffles
*1 package Oreo cookies, finely crushed (I use my Cuisinart)
*8 oz package cream cheese, softened
*1 Package of white chocolate plus any additional chocolate for decorating (the bakers variety)
*Food coloring

First you mix together the softened cream cheese with the finely crushed oreo cookies to make a dough.
Then you roll the dough into bite-size truffles and place them on wax paper.
When you have made all of the truffles, put them into the fridge for about an hour.
Just before you are ready to take the truffles out of the fridge, follow the package directions to melt the chocolate for dipping.  I've tried melting the chocolate in a double boiler on the stove, but have found better luck in the microwave (30 seconds, stir, 30 seconds, stir etc. until you get the right consistency).

To dip the truffles, I just drop them into the chocolate and then use a fork to fish them out, and just let the chocolate drip through the prongs of the fork.  Once dipped, place the truffles back on a sheet of wax paper and then back to the fridge.  

Once the outer shell has hardened, then comes the fun part-decorating!  I am by no means talented in this area, but all you have to do is take a fork and fling the opposite color chocolate around and it seems to turn out ok.  I did try to use food coloring on the white chocolate to get orange for Halloween, but once you ad the food coloring, the chocolate hardens pretty fast so you don't have much time to work.
 The were delicious, as usual, not to toot my own horn....they are just that easy and who doesn't love an Oreo!!!

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