Monday, July 30, 2012

Gold For The Gold: Golden Oreo Pops

On Friday, our family was invited to watch the Olympics opening ceremony at a friend's house.  As I was looking through one of my Pinterest boards for a dessert idea, I came across these super easy oreo truffles.  I've been wanting to make oreo truffles and cake pops for awhile and decided this was the time to give it a try.

I pretty much followed the recipe but tweaked it slightly.  Since my friends are not huge Oreo fans (I KNOW!!!  I didn't find out until we were already good friends otherwise they might not have made the cut), I used Golden Oreos.  They turned out great and were absolutely so yummy!  You HAVE to make these and you don't need to wait for the next Olympics opening ceremony to make them.  If you NEED an excuse, you could always make them to celebrate your favorite Olympic event.  Or just because it's Monday.  I mean, Mondays are a GREAT excuse to make baked goods!

Here's what you need:

1 package Golden Double Stuff Oreos (you can use use any flavor Oreos but I recommend Double
        Stuff over the regular)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
Wilton Candy Melts, white

I doubled this recipe.

Start by crushing the oreos with your blender or food processor.  Then add cream cheese and mix well.  I used my hands but you can use a spoon.  You can add more cream cheese but I really liked the texture and flavor of just 4 ounces cream cheese per package of oreos.

Using a 1 tbsp. scoop (I LOVE this one from Pampered Chef!), scoop cookie mixture and roll into balls.  Place on wax or parchment paper lined cookie sheet and freeze for approximately 15 minutes.  This firms the balls and allows the chocolate coating to harden faster and be less messy.

Just before taking the oreo balls out of the freezer, melt your chocolate or candy melts.  I melt mine in the microwave for approximately 2 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until I get the melty texture I want.  Dip a lollipop stick (I use these) into the melted chocolate--just about 1/2 an inch in--and then insert stick into firm oreo ball.  Try not to insert more than 1/2 way into ball.  Then dip ball into melted chocolate to coat.  Lift ball out of chocolate and let excess chocolate drip off.  I used a spoon to cover the top of the ball and little bit of the stick.  You can see Bakerella show off her signature technique here.

Then, over another container, sprinkle the top of the pop with gold sprinkles.  Set pop on wax or parchment paper to harden.

After they were set (approximately 15-20 minutes) I attached these fabulous free Olympic printables.  I just printed them off and used my large scalloped punch to punch them out.  Then I just taped them to each stick.

These were a huge hit!  (I need try this with the Berry Burst Oreos soon.)  Go make them and then come back and tell me how they turned out.  Just, don't blame me when you can't button your pants the next morning.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Strawberry Pie

The boys and I went strawberry picking last week.  It was so fun!  We came home with LOADS of strawberries.

And, what do you do with loads of freshly picked strawberries?  Make strawberry lemonade, strawberry smoothies, and try your hand at strawberry pie.

I'd never made a strawberry pie before but, how hard could it be?  Turns's pretty easy!  I followed this recipe but used fresh strawberries, obviously, instead of frozen.  It was so YUMMY!

If you find yourself with tons of strawberries this summer, definitely try this easy pie.  My boys gobbled it up!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

I LOVE the Fourth of July!  We always attend our town's parade and then have friends over.  We bbq, the kids ride bikes and play, and then when it's finally dark, we drag all our chairs out to the front of our house and watch fireworks from our front yard.  It's great!

This year we were out of town until the 1st so I didn't do any baking for the 4th but I do have photos of my baking from last year to share with you.  Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of the process so today, instead of a tutorial, I'm just sharing the photos and will do a tutorial later.

Hope you all have a wonderful, safe, and fun 4th of July!

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