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Oreo peppermint truffles are an easy homemade treat for Valentine's Day

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The popular Oreo truffle recipe gets an update with the addition of peppermint extract and white chocolate-peppermint baking chips. These no-bake treats are so easy to make, and they’re sure to please anyone who loves mint and peppermint. Instead of picking up candy at the store this Valentine's Day, show your love with these homemade truffles.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Oreo cookies
  • 5 oz. fat-free cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 ½ cups milk chocolate morsels (or other melting chocolate)
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

  • Use a food processor (or sturdy plastic bag and a meat tenderizer) to crush cookies into fine crumbs.
  • Combine cookie crumbs and cream cheese using an electric mixer.
  • Add Andes baking chips and peppermint extract. Mix to combine.
  • Use a small cookie scoop (tablespoon sized) to form dough balls. Place balls on a cookie tray lined with foil or parchment paper.
  • Once balls are formed, lightly cover tray with foil and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or overnight.)
  • Melt chocolate using a double boiler (or microwave-safe bowl if you prefer). If using the microwave, heat on 50% power for 30 seconds at a time. Stir well after each increment.
  • Dip each ball into the melted chocolate. Lightly shake off excess chocolate. A useful technique to try is to use a spoon to dip the dough ball into the melted chocolate. After it is coated, pick up the ball using the spoon, then shift the ball onto a fork, so it rests sitting on the tongs. Gently shake over the bowl, letting excess chocolate drip off. Place chocolate covered ball on a second cookie tray lined with parchment paper or foil.
  • If using sprinkles, lightly shake over truffles before the chocolate coating hardens.
  • Refrigerate finished truffles for 1 hour before serving. If making in advance, truffles will keep in an air-tight container for 1-2 weeks if refrigerated.
  • Makes approximately 40 truffles.

Ingredient note: If you cannot find Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips, you can also substitute crushed candy canes or add a bit more peppermint extract to the truffle mixture.

Shopping tip: If you live in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, the Neshaminy Target is a great spot to check for the Andes Peppermint Crunch on clearance in January and February.

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