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We were invited to a football tailgating party at a friend’s house a couple of weeks ago and my husband asked me to make a dessert he could eat, because, with his egg allergy, he sometimes feels “left-out” if I don’t bring something just for him. So, I decided to make a batch of Tailgating Grill OREO Cookie Balls. Little grill-shaped OREO Cookie Balls with tiny hamburgers and hot dogs are just a a tiny little vision of cuteness–and surprisingly easy to make. They were so cute, in fact, I was asked to bring them again; and because they were so easy, I just might.
I’ve always wanted to make some of these OREO Cookie Balls and the tailgating party was just a convenient excuse. So, when I got a rare opportunity to have the afternoon before the party alone (whoopee! no kids!), I headed to my local Wal-Mart and picked-up my supplies. There were so many choices of OREO flavors, but I went with my holiday-favorite: Mint.
Tailgating Grill OREO Cookie Balls Start with the Basics
- 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
- 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
- 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
- Make it!
- MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
- SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
- CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills.
- REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
Making these was far easier than I ever thought they would be. It’s a super-simple process that just comes together very quickly. Things I learned: don’t panic if, by adding food coloring, your chocolate gets too firm. Just add some vegetable oil and stir, stir, stir. That chocolate will go right back to being soft and usable–and it will dry just fine on the cookie balls. I do wish I’d made it a little thinner, though, to give the outsides of my grills a little more polished look, but my husband raved over and over that they looked great. So, there’s that.
I customized mine by cutting the balls in half and using white chocolate, throwing some black food coloring in so that they’d be all grill-ey like. Then I tossed some crushed OREO goodness on top (while the chocolate was still melty so it would stick), then make with the icing. It didn’t really look all that great until I attacked them with the food-safe marker…adding those little grill marks just made everything POP!
Oh, you want a picture tutorial for that? I got you covered.
I decided about halfway through that I didn’t just want hot dogs and hamburgers, but I wanted bratwurst on some, too, so I added a little more food coloring to my icing (in the bag) and so, some of my grills have a little brat and some don’t. Heh.
- 1 pkg 8 oz. brick cream cheese, softened
- 36 OREO Cookies finely crushed (about 3 cups)
- 4 pkg. 4 oz. each semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
- Optional Ingredients for making those OREO Cookie Balls into Tailgating Grills:
- white chocolate for the initial cookie ball dunk
- black gel food coloring
- red gel food coloring
- black edible food pen
- 5 crushed Vanilla or Birthday Cake OREO Cookies
- 5 extra crushed Orginal or Mint OREO Cookies
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tbspn milk
- 4 tbspn corn syrup
MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills.
REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
Here's what I did to make those cutesey grills:
After freezing the balls for about 5 minutes, cut them in half, then return to the freezer.
Mix about 10-15 drops of black food coloring into white chocolate after melting.
Dip balls in chocolate.
Immediately place a mixture of the light and dark crushed OREO Cookies on top of the "grills" and pat down to affix in chocolate.
Mix powdered sugar, milk and corn syrup in a medium bowl.
Separate half of the powdered sugar mixture into a second bowl and set aside.
Mix 10 drops black gel food coloring into half of the icing.
Using your smallest writing tip, pipe grill bars on each of the grills.
Mix 5 drops red gel food coloring into the un-touched half of the icing.
Pipe, using your smallest writing tip, little hamburgers and/or hot dogs on each grill (circles for burgers and lines for hot dogs). For bratwurst, add 5 more drops of red food coloring.
You can make slight adjustments to your icing using a toothpick.
Allow icing to dry for at least 15 minutes.
Using the food-safe marker, draw grill marks on all burgers, hot dogs, and brats.
Serve 'em fast!
You can aways find more awesome tailgating OREO Cookie Ball inspiration here. I’d love to get your suggestions for any future game day treats, so drop me a line in the comments below with your ideas!