Have you had Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe-Joes? Surely, you've at least heard of their amazingness. They are truly perfection and since they're seasonal, it's pretty hard not to grab a box or two when you're shopping at TJ's. I'm still not eating sugar but I knew I had to buy a box before they were out of stock (I saved myself a couple for when I'm eating sweets again someday - I don't mind them when they're a little stale!) I wanted to make a fun treat for our Polar Express party this weekend and decided that it would be fun to make Oreo truffles out of the Candy Cane Joe-Joes! They were a hit! And really easy too! This recipe makes a lot (about 36) so be sure you have somewhere to take these or else you'll be stuck with a whole bunch of rich truffles that you probably shouldn't eat all by yourself. The "old me" would've done that . . .
1 package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
16 ounces white chocolate chips (or white chocolate bark)
1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies
Place cookies in a food processor and pulse until finely crushed. In a medium bowl, whip cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add cookie crumbs and peppermint extract and mix well until combined and evenly moistened.
Scoop out 1 teaspoon spoonfuls of the cookie mixture and roll gently until it forms a compact ball. Place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and repeat until all cookie mixture has been used. Place truffles in freezer for 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, set over a barely simmering saucepan of water, melt chocolate chips or bark until smooth. Remove bowl from on top of the saucepan and set aside. Remove truffles from freezer and gently dip into the melted chocolate to coat (I use a fork to hold it and then let it drip off. Place truffles on wax paper and immediately sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies. Allow chocolate to set and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.