Santa's Chocolate Balls

Somehow I managed to get myself into a kick ass cookie exchange. All these fantastic cooks that can whip up things like homemade biscotti and hazelnut lace cookies. It is a score, let me tell you. I walk away with a variety of treats that I could never make myself.

The winner of this years best tasting prize was a no-bake cookie that tasted just like a Frango mint candy. It was so good, so easy, that we had to get the cook snookered before she would share the recipe.

Santa's Chocolate Balls

1 Box Trade Joes Peppermint Jo Jo Cookies (their version of Oreos)
1 Block Philly Cream Cheese (cause the off brand stuff never tastes right)
1 Bag Milk Chocolate (not semi-sweet) Chips

Put your Jo Jo cookies into your food processor and grind them up. Then slowly add your cream cheese. Toss it in the fridge for a while so the dough becomes a little less sticky. Then take it out and roll it into small balls (or big balls if that's your thing, I don't judge).

In the meantime melt your chocolate chips in double boiler, or in a covered crock pot (one mom recommended lining it with a turkey bag for easy cleanup) on low. When you've got all your balls in a row and your chocolate is melted, dip them and put them on wax paper to harden.

Make them! Trust me, you've never tasted balls this good.


areyoukiddingme said...

Mmmmmmm. That sounds delicious! (Although, I have to say, in the never-ending mint candy wars, I fall squarely on the Fannie May meltaways side, but I'd take a Frango if I had to). I think I'll go out to the Trader Joe's tomorrow and pick up the makings for this...

Anonymous said...

If I might make a few suggestions:

If you don't own a food processor, you can put the cookies in a gallon-sized ziploc-type bag. Use a rolling pin to smash them to a pulp. I used Oreos--their mint ones. (No Trader Joe's nearby.) Soften the block of cream cheese for 20 seconds on High in the microwave. Dump the softened block into the baggy with the smashed Oreos. Smoosh around until mostly mixed, and then use your rolling pin to get mixed/smooshed together more completely. To harden the "dough" more quickly, throw it in your freezer. Forget the double-boiler or Crock-Pot--use the microwave. Put the chips in a 4-cup microwave-safe measuring cup and melt (1 to 1-1/2 minutes on high usually does it.)

I tried these for a party, and they were super-delish! Thanks for the recipe!

Mom O Matic said...

So glad they turned out! Thanks for the smashing tip!