Valentine’s Day Treats

Nola Garand, Staff Writer

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Valentine’s  Day is upon us! Now it is time to plan the perfect gift for someone that you love. Everybody knows that the best gifts are  from the heart.  I have a hand-made sweet treat that I know everybody will love on this special day.

Chocolate covered Oreo Hearts

Most people love Oreos, and recipes including these tasty cookies have become very popular. Everybody seems to love bite size cookie balls. They are very simple and good for beginner cooks, too. However, they are even better when decorated for Valentine’s Day. Honestly, I think that they are more satisfying to make when they are for a certain person that I know will enjoy them.

Ingredients

1 Package (8 oz.) of Brick cream cheese, softened

42 OREO Cookies finely crushed (about 3-½ cups), divided

4 packages (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted

 

Instructions

  • First, mix one brick of cream cheese in with 3-½ cups of Oreo cookies, crushed, until completely blended. Personally, I used a paddle beater instead of a wired beater, but either one works.
  • Next, you will have to shape them into balls, but for the sake of valentine’s day, I am going to use a roller and roll out the mixture to about a ½ an inch thick. I would recommend chilling it for a half an hour before making the hearts or balls. it also might be easier to put the mixture on a plate and thin it out with a spoon after they are done chilling. Then choose a cookie cutter to use ( I used a heart) and make your Oreo shapes. Don’t worry if you don’t have a cookie cutter, you can use you hands or a knife to shape your desert. Then go ahead and freeze them on a cookie sheet for thirty minutes.
  • While you are waiting, put your chocolate on a double boiler or put it in the microwave with a microwave safe bowl. To melt the chocolate with a double boiler fill up a pan with water and put a bowl of the chocolate sitting on top of it. Then turn the stove on to a low temperature, so it doesn’t burn, and let the chocolate melt. I used red chocolate wafers to jazz things up, but it is your decision.

  • After the thirty minutes is up and the chocolate is melted, dip the balls (or hearts) in  the chocolate using a toothpick, spoon, or even your hands, but be careful because it is very hot. Then, you can place them on waxed paper on top of a cookie sheet. Next (melting the chocolate the same way as before)I take some white melted chocolate and drizzle it over the treats using a spoon. You can add any other decorations, if you would like, but they need to freeze for about an hour or until the chocolate is set. Then, you can enjoy!

 

I hope this tutorial is helpful when making a certain someone feel special on a love-filled day! Have fun when baking, and remember, less is more!

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