Valentine’s Day is coming up and I’m feeling very lovey. I’ve got my love for my family, my love for my animal cookies and my ever-present love for making Oreo cookie balls – that’s not to say that my love for my family is on par with a cookie. But, a few months ago I did fall in love with making no-bake cookie truffles. I made peanut butter pretzel truffles, pumpkin pie versions and lots of various holiday delights. And then I started using other cookies. A good friend of mine asked, “Aren’t the cookie good enough on their own? Do you really need to mix them with cream cheese and call it baking?” The answer is – yes! I’m not the best baker out there, so this is pretty much the tops for me. It allows me to feel like a culinary creative without having to even turn on the oven.
I know, that like Oreo balls, frosted animal cookie balls aren’t exactly original. I have no doubt that I’m not the first cookie-lover who shoved a handful in the blender. But, these were truly better than any box of chocolates that my husband would have maybe thought to buy for me.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· Frosted animal cookies- yay!
· 6 oz. softened cream cheese
· Red or pink sprinkle or sugar crystals
Here’s What to Do:
1. Crush the bag of cookies (take a few out to save for later) in a food processor. You’ll need to make them into a sand-like consistency, so hand-crushing simply won’t do.
2. Stir the cream cheese in. I prefer to do this with my hands. If your kids are helping you, it turns the ‘no-baking’ into ooey, gooey fun.
3. Sculpt the mix into hearts. It is Valentine’s Day after all. Roll a scoop of the mixture into a golf ball-sized sphere. Make the bottom pointy and press your finger into the middle of the top to create the two heart humps. Flatten the bottom. You can also keep a few in ball form.
4. Put the animal cookie treats onto a piece of wax paper and pop them into the freezer for an hour.
5. Take the cookies out and cover them with frosting. Pick a Valentine’s color such as red or pink. I only had orange on hand. It was actually a super-low priced post-Halloween pick-up (it was something ridiculous like $ 0.29) – it had a 2016 expiration date, so why not? I used a few drops of red food coloring to get it the shade that I wanted.
6. Shake the sprinkles or sugar on top of the frosting, covering it. Another option is to hand-crush a few leftover cookies into chunky pieces. Sprinkle them over the frosting for added texture and sweetness.
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