The holidays are all about family and my family spends a lot of time in the kitchen. We love cooking up all kinds of sweet treats, including these Holiday Cookie Bites. Even the kids enjoy getting their hands dirty and showing their creative side with this recipe.
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Along with the holiday season, comes my sweet tooth. And you can guarantee I’m not going to let it go unattended. I’ve already had my fair share of sweet treats this holiday, but when the kids want to get in the kitchen to have a little fun, I’m along for the ride and so are those cravings.
This week, we made some tasty Holiday Cookie Truffles. Break through the hard, outer chocolate layer and you’re instantly greeted with a sweet cookie truffle inside. Every bite is better than the last!
Ingredients for Cookie Truffles
- 8 oz. pack of cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1 standard pack of Golden Oreo’s or cream filled cookies (about 36 cookies total)
- 1 bag of milk chocolate chips
- Toppings – chopped nuts, sprinkles
Directions for Making Cookie Truffles
- In a food processor, pulse the cookies into a fine crumb consistency. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whip the cream cheese with a hand mixer until smooth.
- Pour the crushed cookies into the bowl and mix it with the cream cheese.
- Form the mixture into bite sized balls, lining them up on a parchment paper/wax paper covered baking sheet.
- In a medium bowl, microwave and stir the chocolate chips until smooth and creamy.
- Tip: Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the chocolate chips to keep it smooth and easier to coat the cookie bites.
- Dip and completely coat the cookie bites in the melted chocolate. Place the cookie bites back on the baking sheet and add your favorite toppings.
- Freeze for 15 minutes or refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
One of my favorite things about this recipe, is that with all of the different flavors of Oreo’s that are available now, it’s extremely easy to switch up the taste. Using the same recipe, you can create new flavor combos just by switching up the ingredients. Instead of Golden Oreo’s, try using Red Velvet, Carrot Cake, Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter, or Mint Oreo’s.
And that doesn’t only apply to the cookies themselves, but the outer chocolate coating too. Instead of milk chocolate chips, try white chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, or peanut butter baking chips. Around the holidays, you can usually find peppermint flavored baking chips too. There are so many possible flavor combos!
Oh, by the way…the amazingly beautiful marble background in these photos…not at all what my kitchen looks like. I’m going to let you in on a little photography trick – backdrops. Now, I don’t use backdrops to be deceiving. I use backdrops to brighten up my photos because the lighting and countertops in my house are hor-ri-ble.
As I scroll through Instagram, or look for a new recipe on Pinterest, it’s the bright, crisp, white photos that grab my attention. Well, I want my photos to look that good too! Unfortunately, I can’t naturally achieve that with my dark countertops and dungeon-like house lighting. So, I use beautiful backdrops, like these from SnapIt Boards.
SnapIt Boards has the perfect white backdrop duo, “The Whites Combo Pack,” which includes one Alabaster backdrop (white marble, as shown in the photos above) and one Rustic White backdrop (white wood grain, which can be seen in this post). When the backdrops arrived, I couldn’t wait to see how well they would elevate my photos and I was not disappointed.
And it’s not just the look that I love about these backdrops. The set came with SnapIt Brackets that help to hold the backdrops together, so that I get photos with no visible seams. That is a total game changer for me. In the past, I’ve always had to use random objects to try and prop up whatever I have in the back, and it just doesn’t work in my favor.
On top of that, SnapIt Boards can be washed! I cannot tell you how many paper backdrops I’ve ruined when doing food photography. Once you spill something on a paper backdrop, it’s ruined. There’s no turning back. But with SnapIt Boards, when I make a mess or spill something, I can easily wipe the backdrop off and it’s as good as new.
Anytime the kids help me with a recipe, I know there’s going to be a mess involved. The ability to just wipe the mess away without ruining the backdrop makes me a happy camper. No more wasting money on cheap paper backdrops that end up in the trash after 1-2 uses.
I’m a SnapIt Boards customer for life and can’t wait to order some of their other designs! Just keep your eyes out because I’m sure you’ll be seeing them soon.
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