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Recipe: Peanut Butter Oreo Balls

Oh, look, its another Oreo Ball variation!  The original recipe is here.

Previously I have made Nutella Oreo Balls and Mint Oreo Balls.  This time, I decided to do peanut butter.

Um, ok  I lied.  By I decided, I really mean the Husband decided.  Honestly, I’m surprised it took him this long to suggest that we make a peanut butter version.  And, well, since its no secret that I don’t like peanut butter, I’ll tell you just what I’m sure you’re expecting to hear.  Yes, he made them as well.  He, in fact, is quite talented at making Oreo Balls.  🙂

Peanut Butter Balls

The recipe is basically the same as the original recipe except that this time we used peanut butter Oreo’s instead of regular Oreo’s.  We also drizzled peanut butter over the top instead of drizzling chocolate.  A couple of things to note about the peanut butter drizzle:

– It takes a lot more peanut butter than you’d think to drizzle on top of them.  I would guess the Husband used about a half cup of peanut butter (melted) for the drizzle on one batch.

-The peanut butter doesn’t really harden like chocolate does.  So, the balls get pretty sticky, even when they have been refrigerated.  It is even more important to keep these in the refrigerator when they are not being eaten, otherwise you will have gooey peanut buttery balls on your hands.

Peanut Butter Oreo Balls

by Kelly Nigl

Prep Time: 3 hours

Keywords: dessert

 

Ingredients (2-3 dozen balls (depending on)

  • 8 oz. Softened Cream Cheese
  • 18 oz. package of Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies (crushed)
  • 2 c Semi-sweet or Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Tbsp. Shortening
  • 1/2 c smooth peanut butter

Instructions

Mix cream cheese in electric mixer until fluffy. You really do need an electric mixer for this, unless you have crazy strong arm muscles and want to spend an hour beating cream cheese. I haven’t tried it yet, but I bet you could use whipped cream cheese and then eliminate this step.

Crush Peanut Butter Oreo cookies. The easiest way to do this, is to put them in a large plastic bag and roll over them with a rolling pin. I would guess a food processor or blender would work as well, but you might loose some that gets stuck to the blade.

Add crushed Oreo’s into whipped cream cheese until blended.

Put mixture into freezer for at least 2 hours. This is so that the cream cheese hardens.

Cover large cookie sheet with waxed or parchment paper.

Roll cookie mixture into balls and set onto prepared cookie sheet. If the balls seem soft, put them into the refrigerator for another 30 minutes to make the chocolate process easier.

Melt chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave. Using a toothpick or tongs, dip the prepared balls into the melted chocolate and then place back on to prepared baking sheet. If dipping each ball is too hard or time consuming for you, you can just carefully pour the chocolate over the balls. I happen to think the shape that they come out in when they are dipped is nicer. We used a toothpick and it seemed to work pretty well.

After the chocolate has slightly hardened, melt peanut butter in microwave and drizzle over the top.

Store in the refrigerator. I recommend keeping them on the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours, or until the cleanly peel off of the paper.

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator. The peanut butter doesn’t really harden like chocolate does. So, the balls get pretty sticky, even when they have been refrigerated. It is even more important to keep these in the refrigerator when they are not being eaten, otherwise you will have gooey peanut buttery balls on your hands.

The recipe makes 2-3 dozen balls, depending on the size.

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Ease: A-, a bit of prep work and waiting time involved, but nothing too hard, and it is SO worth it for the end result.
Taste: well, since I don’t like peanut butter I can’t tell you how they test.  However, from what other people have said, I would imagine they are just as good as the original – if not better.

Would I make them again? If we make them again, we have to figure out the sticky peanut butter problem. However, they actually weren’t as popular at the family get togethers that we took them to as we thought, so I’m not sure.

Now that we have made Oreo Balls for so many occasions, we are kind of known for them.  I kind of feel like people expect us to bring them to every occasion at this point.
Is there something that you are basically expected to bring to every family gathering?

5 Responses

  1. maybe you could use half cream cheese + half peanut butter on the inside? 🙂

    these sound FABULOUS and look great too!

  2. I would love a special delivery of these

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