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Oreo Truffles
1 16-ounce package Oreo Cookies
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 teaspoon flavored extract: orange, peppermint, almond, etc.
16 ounces dark chocolate or white melting discs
Candies or sprinkles for garnish
1. In a food processor, pulse Oreo cookies until no large chunks remain. Add in cream cheese and extract of your choice. Pulse until combined.
2. Using a small scoop, scoop Oreo mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze for 20 minutes. Roll into balls. Freeze again while dipping chocolate melts.
3. Melt chocolate in a double boiler until smooth. Remove from heat. Dip frozen Oreo balls into the chocolate and place on parchment. Sprinkle with desired garnish. Freeze or refrigerate to help harden faster. Store at room temperature or in the fridge until ready to serve.

When people say they give truffles and homemade chocolates as homemade gifts it is easy to roll your eyes. Clearly, you think, they must have some sort of professional pastry background to undertake some kind of homemade gift project like that (!) But, surprisingly, it is easier to make homemade chocolate truffles and similar confections than you might think. The first time I followed a homemade truffles recipe I was shocked at how quickly they came together. I was even more surprised at how popular they were! Here are several easy chocolate confections you can make at home and give out this holiday season. Go ahead, give them a try! - By Kelsey Banfield


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