Sunday, March 7, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Oreo Mint Truffles

I've done a lot of baking this past year.
I guess you could say:
"I am baking my way through the pandemic",
experimenting and trying difference recipes.

St. Patrick's Day is on March 17th.
These decadent little goodies
are easy to make, with minimum 
ingredients and are sure to disappear fast.
And they do freeze well.

1 package Oreo Mint cookies 303g
1/4 cup Cream Cheese Spread

1 cup Chocolate Chips
(or your choice of chocolate) for dipping.
3/4 tbsp vegetable oil. 

Candy decorations.
(Makes about 2 doz. truffles)

Oreo Mint Cookies, 
303g package contains 21 cookies.
I used 20 cookies.
 Someone ate one. 😁

I used about 1/4 cup cream- 
cheese at room temperature.
1/4 of the package below.

 I softened/mashed the cream cheese with a fork, 
enabling it to mix better with the crumbled cookie mix.

I crushed the cookies in a food chopped.
It can also be done in a 
zip-lock bag with a rolling pin.

With an electric beater, I added the 
cream cheese to the crumbled cookies mix.
and rolled the balls, approx. 1 inch.
Place the balls in the freezer for at least 1/2 hr.
This will prevent them from falling apart
when dipping.

For Dipping, 
I used 1 cup of Chipits

Melting the chocolate for dipping:

Because I used chipits,
I added 3/4 tbsp. vegetable oil with 
1 cup of chocolate chips.

I used the microwave for melting. 
The chocolate must be stirred at intervals 
to reach the right consistency
and to prevent burning.
A glass bowl is not recommended, because
 it gets too hot and cooks the chocolate.
Use a plastic microwave bowl.

First melt for 14 minutes and stir. 
Then 10 minutes, and stir.
Then 10 more minutes and stir.

Note, the photo below is from my Valentine Truffles,
that explains the white chocolate.
I wanted to show the tools I use.

Dipping takes some practice and can be messy.

Here's how I do it.
Dip the balls into the chocolate holding with a fork,
roll the ball around in the chocolate,
 tapping the fork on the side of the bowl, 
to help the excess chocolate drip off.
With a toothpick slide the truffle off the fork 
and onto parchment paper to harden.
If you are using decorations,
 do so before the chocolate hardens.

My first experiment with  "Truffle Making" was with these

Chocolate Latté Truffles, for Valentines Day.
And I probably will be making some for Easter

Thanks for visiting my blog xo

Happy St. Pattys Day 


Thursday, March 4, 2021

A Shamrock Dessert

March has arrived, we're tired
of the snow and longing for Green.

 I made this dessert for 
St. Patrick's Day this year.
similar to a Grasshopper Pie.


Mint Oreo Cookies and Crème de Menthe 
liqueur, a no bake dessert, with minimum 
ingredients. How green is that?


1 1/2 cups chopped Oreo Mint cookies.
3 cups mini marshmallows 
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup Crème de Menthe
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
(reserve a little of the whipping
cream for topping)

 Put the Oreo cookies, the mint centers also,
 in a food processor, mixer, or food chopper
 and pulse until they are fine crumbs,
or place your cookies in a baggie and 
crush them with a rolling pin.

In a saucepan, melt the marshmallows 
with the milk over low heat.
Chill the mixture, stirring it occasionally.

When the marshmallow mix has cooled, 
stir in the 1/4 cup Crème de Menthe,
Set aside.

Whip up the whipping cream until soft peaks form.
Fold the whipped cream into the
 cooled marshmallow mixture.
(reserve a little whipped cream to place on the top)
Set aside. 

    Assembling the dessert.

    Spread the Oreo mint mixture into the bottoms, 
    of your dessert dishes,  packing it down. 
    (In the photo, the filling appears more that I put.)

    Add the marshmallow mixture on top 
    of the Oreo cookie mixture, dividing  
    it evenly into the dishes.

    If you like, top the dessert with a dollop
     of whip cream and some cherries
     or chocolate shaving.
    (I used green cherries for
       fruit cakes at Christmas. I froze a
     few, thinking that maybe I could
     use them for St. Pat's desserts and 
    it worked well for this dessert).

    Chill at least 2 hrs. before serving,
    giving it time to thicken. 


    Other Irish desserts:
    Click on the name for the recipe.

    Fruit soaked in porter, topped
    with a Whiskey Cream Sauce.

    Made with frozen fruit,
    rhubarb, blueberries, raspberry, etc.

    Cooked in a cast-iron skillet.

    Thanks for your visit 💚

    Happy St. Patricks Day 

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