Friday, May 20, 2016

You could make maple syrup with all of this sap (Oreo balls)

Surprise! It's a not-Tuesday post.

You know those people you meet in life and you just instantly click with? There's no friendship version of the dating game, no rules of having to wait two days before you can text them without coming off as a stalker, you spend so much time together you've instantly got inside jokes and "you had to be there" references. People think you've known each other for ages. Almost eight years ago I was lucky enough to find an entire office full of them. And we lived not only in each others' pockets but we also lived in one building of the school. Well practically at least, (but not enough to get any of us in trouble), naps have been taken there.

That just happens to be one of the buildings that my college has decided to sell. And today some of those same people are having a "Done with Donahue" send off party. Confession: I was this close to buying plane tickets last week.

Spoiler: I didn't. Although it did get very dusty in my office all of a sudden.

What I did instead was make something that is affectionately known as "crack!". (And yes, the "!" is necessary).  The simple 8th wonder of the world that is the Oreo ball.

It's what happens when you mix ground up Oreos and cream cheese and cover them in chocolate. They're no-bake and go perfectly together with some peanut butter bacon cookies that I know of. Both can be made in the same hour. Easy.  And they usually go fast. As in I should probably start making two batches whenever I go back.

But if you don't a horde of hungry techies to feed, you can make a half-batch. Which is what I've done today so that I don't have millions of little Oreo balls.

Crack! Balls
1/2 a pack of Oreos
4oz cream cheese, softened (so that it distributes evenly)
Chocolate of choice (I use white chocolate almond bark)

Grind up the Oreos in a food processor (or in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin, excellent for anger issues, or so I hear...). Pour into a bowl and mix in the softened cream cheese. Form into balls about the size of a quarter and place them onto a baking sheet covered in parchment. Pop them into the freezer for about 20 minutes (In that time you can clean your kitchen. Or, more realistically probably, sit on your duff and drink some coffee). While they're still in the freezer melt your chocolate of choice.

 I use almond bark because it's more forgiving in the sense that it won't freak out if it's over-heated like I've had white chocolate do before.

Dip the little balls of wonder into the melted chocolate and throw them back onto the sheet and let them harden in the freezer again.

I would tell you how long they keep but I've honestly never had leftovers. It's like chips, "Betcha can't eat just one."

And as for the Done with Donahue goers, have fun and know that my heart is kicking my brain for being so practical last week.

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