Making the holidays fun and festive with OREO cookie balls

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I love this time of year for so many reasons – family gatherings and best of all, the food consumption! Of course, wherever we get invited as guests, my favorite thing to  bring is something sweet. Cookies, cakes and cupcakes are your standard run-of-the-mill treats, but if you want to be different, try making OREO Cookie Balls!

So with thanksgiving around the corner, I thought I would surprise my mother-in-law with a special christmas treat in addition to her yummy Thanksgiving spread she’s putting out for our entire family. Can we say I’m a little anxious for the holidays to begin??

I purchased all the ingredients I needed at Walmart, and bought 2 boxes of OREO cookies – specifically the regular ones and the mint ones (with the green filling). When I returned home, I promptly placed them in the deep freezer so they would be as solid as possible for when I run them through the food processor.

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The rest of the ingredients were:

  • 1 pkg of cream cheese
  • 1 pkg of mint flavored chips (I used andes because they are red & white)
  • 3 bags of melting chocolate or baker’s chocolate
  • festive sprinkles and mini cupcake wrappers

I stated with breaking up my frozen OREO cookies in the food processor and set them aside in a a bowl. I like to have them frozen solid so the filling stays intact.

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In my mixer, I started to blend my cream cheese so it became soft and easy to work with. Slowly, I added about 3 cups of the crushed OREO cookies and about a cup of the mint chips. Once its all blended, chill in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours.

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After it was fully mixed, I shaped them into tiny balls and placed them on a sheet of parchment paper. I had all my balls arranged on a cookie sheet and I placed whole thing in the freezer for about an hour to make sure they were solid, in preparation for the next step.

Next it’s the fun part! Decorating!!!

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For the chocolate coating, I melted each color separately in a metal bowl over hot water. Avoid just melting in a pan because your chances of scorching your chocolate are pretty good, even if you do it on a low heat setting. If you melt in the microwave, zap it for 30 seconds, mix and zap it again and keep repeating until its fully melted.

Using the desired color, I dipped each ball in the melted chocolate and placed it back down on the parchment paper. using either sprinkles or contrasting color of chocolate – I got creative!

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Once your masterpiece is complete, chill in the fridge for at least an hour as to make sure the chocolate hardens. Place each decorated ball into the mini cupcake wrapper and serve!

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Making the holidays fun and festive with OREO cookie balls - #OREOCookieBalls #Cbias #shop

Warning – These are seriously addictive!! Let me know what you think of these – My husband thought they were awesome!

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My favorite midnight snack has just reached a new level with Reese’s Spreads

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One of my favorite midnight snacks I’ve always loved is peanut butter and jelly on saltine crackers with a cold glass of milk. As of lately, its become a nightly craving! So to change it up bit, I decided to start using Reese’s Spreads instead of straight up Peanut Butter like I normally use. This spread is a little different – think of it as chocolate peanut butter! I was turned on to it when I visited Walmart and got to see it for myself.

It took me a few seconds to finally spot it amidst all the other peanut spreads out there, but there it was right in the middle with the familiar orange packaging.

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Its so different from what most other peanut butter spreads are like – rich, chocolatety and nutty all rolled into one. i began to also think of all the ways this could be put to use in recipes! Ooooh the possibilities are endless! I started by trying it on my favorite peanut butter and jelly crackers that I like to munch on at night.

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So with a fresh box of saltine crackers, I spread a little love on each one before I top them with jelly. Its much darker than the typical light brown color that peanut butter is.

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Then I topped each one with a small amount of grape jelly, and poured myself a nice glass of milk to go with it….

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No words needed.. Do you understand why this is my favorite snack ever? I like to enjoy these after dark with a big glass of milk when JP and the hubs are both fast asleep and watch my favorite housewife franchise on bravo. Don’t judge!

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Hearty winter dinner solutions with Marie Callender’s Pies

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 I LOVE an easy dinner solution that is both delicious as it is easy to prepare. I’ve always been a fan because Marie Callender’s tastes like homemade – with the golden flaky crust and tender pieces of chicken on the inside. I got the idea to make this because its been sooo cold here lately, and there’s nothing that hits the spot better than chicken pot pie when its chilly outside. So when I spotted this in the frozen section at Walmart, I knew it would make a perfect weeknight meal. #PotPiePlease

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As you can see, there was so much to choose from, its hard to make a decision! A golden, flaky crust is what sold it for me – plus it was large enough for second helpings!

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Preparation is a snap – all you have to do is make some slits in the top of the crust and let it bake for an hour and 30 minutes. There’s nothing better than the smell of something like this baking in the oven!! It leaves the whole house smelling awesome!

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So after a good hour and a half of baking time, I pulled it out and it had a nice golden, flaky crust. After letting it cool off for 5-10 minutes, we couldn’t wait any longer and had to cut in to it. It’s definitely a bowl & spoon type of meal!

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I served mine with some yummy ciabata rolls found in the bakery section at Walmart. These do nicely for dipping up that yummy sauce! #CollectiveBias

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