3/16/2013 10:00:00 PM Column: Chocolate makes Dad/daughter moments even sweeter
Courtesy photo Annie makes Oreo Something-Or-Other Truffles while her father sits around and watches.
Casey Martin Courier Columnist
My four daughters and I like to think that we're gourmands. We're not, of course. Nothing could be further from the truth. There's too much macaroni and cheese in our diets to mean that we're actual gourmands. Still, I like to think that we all have diverse palates.
Since I do like food, and since my daughters do, too, I like to impart to them a little lesson I learned growing up: If you know how to cook, you can eat what you like.
Desserts aren't typically in my repertoire. I'm more of an entrée man, with the occasional journey into appetizers. But my daughters were home for spring break this week, and Annie and I found a recipe online for Oreo Something-or-Other Truffles. I can't quite recall the name of it, but hey, it only had three ingredients, and we got to smack something, so it was perfect for us. Besides, we do appreciate a good dessert every now and then.
I thought I'd share this simple recipe with you, complete with more instructions than you'd ever think you'd need.
Annie and Casey's Oreo Something-or-Other Truffles.
One bag of Oreo cookies, which aren't exactly a "bag," per se. It's more like a paper box. Let's call it "container." One "container" of Oreo Cookies. That's better. Or bag. Whichever you prefer.
One 8 oz. thingy of cream cheese. This one does come in a box, but a box of cheese sounds repulsive.
Bowl full of melted chocolate. Really, you can figure out how much on your own. I can't do everything for you.
1. Put Oreos in a ziploc bag, grab your rolling pin, and smack the ever-lovin' snot out of the bag until the Oreos are all crumbled up. Note the state of the "crème" (Is it "crème?" Is "Crème" actually a thing? I know it isn't "cream," but I suppose "unholy combination of mysterious, barely edible, but delicious chemicals" didn't look nice on the package). The "crème" will have smeared all up the inside of the bag, looking vaguely like a smashed, filthy caterpillar. Congratulations! This is exactly how it's supposed to look.
2. Use your fingers, and eventually a big ol' spatula to pour out the crumbled cookie and "crème" into a bowl.
3. Notice that cream cheese, while very soft, is still too hard to mix with Oreo crumblings. Put cream cheese into microwave. Press the One Minute button, and then walk away. Come back to liquid cream cheese. Oops.
4. Pour now liquid cream cheese into Oreo crumblings. Make 8-year-old stir and stir until it reaches your exacting standards.
5. Check for quality by sneaking tastes of the cookie/cream cheese mixture. Dang. That's good.
6. Make little balls of the mixture and put them on waxed paper. The mixture will be incredibly sticky. It'll be hard to form into balls. Give up on your idea of beautiful little truffle balls, and just make little wads.
Or igloos. Or anthills. Whatever. You're going to make tiny mounds no matter what.
7. Lick your mixture-covered fingers. Question each other about whether the other remembered to wash their hands before making food. Hope the other one isn't lying.
8. Realize that these little balls/mounds/anthills/wads are far too soft to dip into chocolate without falling apart. Put them in the freezer and start sampling the melted chocolate, preferably with the same fingers you've just cleaned off with your tongue.
9. While the wads are hardening, hand the spatula to 8-year-old and let her clean out the bowl. Ignore the fact that she somehow got mixture right between her eyes. Okay, don't ignore it, but secretly laugh about it and wonder how long it will take before the 8-year-old notices. It turns out that the 8-year-old will find out when the 12-year-old tells her.
10. Take the little wads out of freezer and realize that you left them in a little too long. They are now stuck to the wax paper. Good job. Pry them off and experiment with how to dip them into melted chocolate. Make sure to fling melted chocolate all over counter. I'm not sure how this is necessary, but wow, did we ever fling chocolate.
11. Finally realize that the best way to coat the frozen wads in chocolate is to dip them in upside down and burn your fingers. Remember to yell at each other for licking the chocolate off your own fingers.
12. Pour remaining chocolate sauce over the first attempts that look half buried in chocolate. Lick fingers again.
13. Realize that you are too full of rich chocolate and cookie and cream cheese mixture to want any of the finished product right now. Eat one anyway.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and share it with your friends and family. You might've noticed that I chose to burn my fingers. Could I have used a fork to dip the ball/mounds? Well, sure. Now you tell me. Where were you last week? Besides, long after Annie and Casey's Oreo Something-or-Other Truffles are long gone, I'll still have these finger burns to remind me of the pleasant afternoon Annie and I had together. And wasn't that the whole point? It probably was.