Can we talk for a second about guilty pleasures?
I’m more of a guy’s girl than a girly girl. Probably about 90% of my friends are male. I play video games, watch the hockey play-offs and can dole out the potty humour with the best of them. However, I am a sucker for girly TV shows & movies.
I’m a Charlotte, with a touch of Carrie.
I hope Allison is the next top model.
I have watched a certain movie that stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan approximately a hojillion times.
Yeah, hojillion is a number. A big one.
You have to be slightly ashamed of your pleasure for it to be a guilty one, right? My friend Joe loves Mint Oreos. I do too.
Another guilty pleasure of mine? Eating an entire row of Mint Oreos.
I have witnessed Joe eat an entire box of Oreos. And it’s happened more than once. But going back to that guilty thing..
I’m not sure, but I think that Joe is proud of his Oreo consuming abilities.
So is it still a guilty pleasure if it’s something normal society would probably find shameful but you feel no guilt over?
Nah, I think at that point it just becomes awesome.
So in honour of his recent birthday, I celebrated his Oreo accomplishments by making him Mint Oreo Truffles. Not sure why, but I seem to have a thing for making Joe green birthday desserts.
These certainly are a guilty pleasure. Small, delicious and easy to consume? That’s what guilty food pleasures are made of.
Now excuse me while I go watch upcoming chick flick trailers.
Mint Oreo Truffles
Adapted from Bakerella
These came out softer than I would like, probably because Mint Oreos have more cream than standard Oreos. So if you give these a try, I would maybe use a little less cream cheese, or add a half a cup of Oreo crumbs.
- 1 package mint oreo cookies
- 1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)
- 12 oz. white chocolate
- 2-4 tablespoons vegetable oil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- green food colouring
- Finely crush 5 cookies in a food processor or place them in a ziploc bag and crush into a fine consistency. Reserve for later.
- Crush remaining cookies and stir in softened cream cheese. Use the back of a large spoon to help mash the two together.
- Roll the mixture into 1″ balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet in freezer for at least 15 minutes.
- Melt chocolate in a double boiler, or in a heatproof bowl set over simmering water, ensuring the bowl does not touch the surface of the water. Remove from heat, and stir in peppermint extract. Add green food colouring until desired shade of green is reached. If your brand of white chocolate melts a little thicker, you can use vegetable oil to thin it. (Folks have told me they’ve also tried almond bark and candy melts to BAD results. The peppermint seizes the whole mixture. So please, only use white chocolate!)
- Dip balls into chocolate, tap off extra and set aside on wax paper covered cookie sheet to dry. Sprinkle the tops with the 5 crushed cookies for decoration.
- Once dry, refrigerate and enjoy!
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Wow, that is so weird. I linked your post for the recipe and it added it to your response. Sorry about that. You can totally delete if you like. By the way, it was a huge hit and everyone loved them. I ended up uses 1 and 3/4 packages of the oreos and used Almond Bark because the white chocolate was not very cooperative. Yours came out much prettier and greener. Thanks for the inspiration!
It’s called a trackback, Helen. Most bloggers allow them so people can see where their posts have been shared. :)
i made these last christmas and people went crazy for them! i love them cold out of the fridge!
WOW. i love oreos. i’ve got a best friend who LOVES mint oreos.i will make these for her tomoorow
thanks 4 sharing
why is it called mint oreo truffles, when there is no truffles in them?
because when they are done they are truffles
What anon 2 said, in the end they’re little balls of rather truffle-like goodness as they’re rich and chocolately. I realize they’re not balls of ganache like truffles are supposed to be, but they’re similarly rich!
These look delicious! I’ve heard you can used sweetened condensed milk instead of cream cheese to avoid the whole store in the fridge thing.
I have made these for years. If you use real white chocolate, you have to temper the chocolate for the chocolate to cooperate. The other trick is to pop the balls into the freezer for 15 minutes before coating with the chocolate. They will hold their round shape better.
Yes, this freezer step is pretty important and I missed it up above. I will fix that. Thanks!
These are my favorite of all the “truffle’ recipes! They freeze easily and can be brought out at any time.
I’ve never froze the finished truffles, do they last a long time in there?
do NOT use candy coating because as soon as the mint was added, it became solid and didn’t melt again. I ended up wasting a lot of time and money.
As I said to Meagan below, I’m so sorry, I’ve only worked with candy melts a little in the past and assumed they would work fine. Totally my bad, I’ll fix my comment about them in the recipe.
i made these around christmas time and used mint flavored candy melts – solves the problem of the peppermint extract/candy melt reaction. the candy melts worked great, and it saves a bit of money by not having to buy peppermint extract! i’m making them again for easter – they were quite the hit! thanks for sharing your recipe! :)
If you do use candy coating there is a special oil flavoring made by Lorann that will not seize the mixture. Normal extract as you know will not work. Also for coloring with candy melts it needs to be a specific oil based color instead of gel or powder.
Ok, I used mint chocolate (about half a bag) which I ground in with the mint oreo cookies. It turned out great! I also got “white” & “dark” mint flavored Wilton melts and decorated the truffles with green sprinkles & sugar. Flavor was spot on!
if you use peppermint oil instead of extract, the candy melts will work just fine.
When adding flavoring or coloring to chocolate coating. As in almond bark. Because of how it’s made. The flavoring and color must be in an oil form. If u add the water base the Chocate goes hard. Just saying
These look incredible!! Can’t wait to try these out b/c chocolate and mint are 2 of my favorite things!
And I am curious as to what the tom hanks and meg ryan movie you were speaking of b/c one of my fav movies of all time is You’ve Got Mail. I’m pretty sure my sister and I have that entire movie memorized!! =) Tho Sleepless in Seattle is also a fav!
These looks so delish! I adore mint and chocolate and will definitely be making these =)
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Yes, DO NOT ADD PEPPERMINT to candi quick! it sets up and you cant roll balls into it…..
I love choc mint and these look divine!! Found you surfing pinterest, thanks so much for sharing :)
After reading some of the comments here is what I did before I found this minty recipe. 1 box of regular oreo’s, 4 oz of cream cheese, white chocolate chips, crushed candy canes. Same directions but DO put in the freezer for 15 or so minutes. Roll in chocolate then in the crushed candy canes. Yummy and nice for Christmas. You can use the “sucker” sticks found at the craft store and give them as wrapped gifts.
not a truffle, more of an oreo ball with mint. good either way though!
Made these last night… I tried the peppermint flavoring w/ the almond bark and it got hard and stiff… redid the chocolate.. no flavoring.. used the food coloring… and viola.. they were not a perfect picture like the ones above but I took them to work today and everyone fell in love! Thanks…I love them…so yummy!
Yay! Glad they were a hit! Multiple folks have told me only white chocolate really works with the peppermint flavouring. I’m fixing the recipe with this info!
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Thanks for posting this!! This was precisely what I had in mind to fix up for some Christmas gifts, but hadn’t seen the mint version done, and wasn’t sure of the exact measurements. Thanks again!!
Hey!!! These look amazing… How many days in advance could I make them? How long do you think they would be ok in a sealed container in the fridge?? Thanks!!!
I made these for a holiday office bake-off and they won “best tasting”. Hooray, and thanks for the bragging rights with this great recipe!
Oh goodness, that’s awesome! Congrats on the win! :D
[Anons – I’ll have to directly reply to each of you or I’ll never keep you all straight!]
Helen – No worries, as Jenn explained, it’s supposed to do that! Thank you for linking! I had troubles working with the white chocolate too and had to use oil to make it smoother. Did the almond bark work out well for you?
Natalie – Mmm yeah, me too, the texture seems more… correct… directly out of the fridge!
Millie – Hope your best friend loved them as much as my friend, Joe, did!
Jenn – I’ve never tried that! Althought that sounds like it might be increeeedibly sweet at that point, going from the tang of cream cheese to the incredible sweetness of condensed milk.
Amanda – It was TOTALLY You’ve Got Mail. I watch it all the time, especially if I need cheering up. :D
Hearty Appletite – I know, mint & chocolate as a combo is sooo good!
Meagan – I’m so sorry, I’ve only worked with candy melts a little in the past and assumed they would work fine here. :( I’ll edit the recipe.
Michelle – Thanks! Yay pinterest!
Kathy – Ooh I love the candy cane idea!
bandgeek – Yeah, it’s more of truffle-like concoction than a legit truffle. :)
Tori – Did they make good gifts? Hope everyone liked them!
Tash – Since the recipe makes so many, I had them still kicking around my fridge about a week later and they were still delicious, but they were probably the best the first 3 days. And yes, definitely keep them in a sealed container in the fridge.
I’m impressed. You’ve really raised the bar with that.
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How many do these make?
It depends on how big you make them and how tightly you pack them, but I generally find I get 3-4 dozen.
Hmmm do you think mint extract would work?? I have everything on hand except the peppermint extract!
Take a whiff of the extract! if it smells like candy canes, it’s peppermint extract. Some extracts just aren’t explicit about what type of mint it is. If it doesn’t, but still smells like a delicious mint you would enjoy eating in a dessert, go for it! With extracts, it’s all about incorporating flavours you like!
First I want to say that my family has been making these (well, not with mint oreos) for years. They are delicious. We’ve found that they set, the better they are.
On another note…I’ve been working with melting chocolate for several years. I use Make n Mold Candy Wafers and have never had a problem with adding extracts. So I don’t really understand why everyone seems to be having issues. Maybe I’m just lucky. :-)
*the longer they set
Sorry. It’s this damn cursor pad on my laptop. haha.
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Curious if anyone has tried to add the mint flavored extract into the “dough” instead? I have Wilton green candy melts and plan on using them to dip my pops in but thought a boost of flavor would be nice with the extract as well. OR, what about mint flavored chocolate candies added to the dough mixture?
Peppermint oil will flavor the candy fine. Extract will cause the melts to clump. Flavoring the dough is a good idea as well.
Using almond bark can be tricky because you aren’t suppose to mix anything watery into it. Only oil, or it clumps up and goes crazy. I can’t wait to try these!
I tried white chocolate and the peppermint still made it clump up.
I used white chocolate and it clumped up too. Boo.
The wilton candy melts work fine. As long as the coloring and flavoring is oil based and they are melted gradually.
I like to combine cookies and cream cheese in a pan and melt together over low heat, roll in balls and freeze before dipping. Excited to try mint!!!
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Just made these and I had the same problem as listed in the direction with the chocolate drying out as soon as I added the mint extract. I fixed by aiding a little bit of vegetable oil (not to much though or the chocolate won’t harden)
These truffles look amazing and so beautiful. Guess, it’s not a problem to eat a row of them, eh? ;-)
How do you get them to look so pretty? Mine got all hippy looking and had spots where the Oreo showed through.
I put them in the freezer overnight before rolling in the chocolate. It keeps them from falling apart. Works great. Also, I just used the double boiler idea for melting chocolate. I used white chocolate chips. I began by heating a very small amount of water in a sauce pan. Then I placed a glass bowl over the pan making sure it didn’t touch the water. I put the chips in and turned down the heat. They all melted perfectly. You just have to keep stirring. It really works wonderfully! I added some food coloring to get the green color. No need for peppermint extract because the mint Oreos are super minty!
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Not only do these seem like wonderful treats for birthdays and snacks, but they could also be used for different holiday occasions! Green could definitely be used for St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas! The peppermint oreos could be used for Valentine’s Day and Christmas, and the Fourth of July! This is a wonderfully delicious idea that can be altered to fit the schedules of anyone! Thank you for the wonderful recipe and party snack idea! :)
I made a much simpler version, just dipping the Mint Oreo balls into melted dark chocolate bark, no peppermint extract or food coloring or anything fancy like that. I found that the mint just from the Oreos themselves was still deliciously minty.
How many does it make?
About 3 dozen!
I was excited until I saw they have cream cheese in them….the one ingredient I refuse to make anything with, as I can’t stand the stuff…is there anything you can make them with instead of cream cheese?
Hmm… I’ve never tried anything else. It needs to be something that is blendable but stiff at cold temperatures (or they’ll never be dippable in chocolate). If you didn’t need to have mint, you could use normal or peanut butter oreos mixed with peanut butter… I’m not sure what else would work with mint oreos.
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Almond bark works great for this and has a better consistency than the white chocolate, but you have to use peppermint oil to flavor it, not extract. Peppermint oil can be found in the candy making section.
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