Kraft Monster : Chewy Chocolate Mint Oreo Truffle Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Mint Oreo Truffle Cookies

Oreo Truffles:
1/2 pkg. Cool Mint Oreos, blended finely (if you don't like mint, you can sub in the original Oreo)
1/2 block (or 4 oz.) cream cheese, softened
(Makes 30 or so truffles)
2/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
1 T. water
1/3 c. cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 pkg. Holiday Mint M&M's
For the truffles, put the Oreos in the blender in two portions.  Blend finely so there are no chunks.  Soften cream cheese in microwave.  With a fork, work the cream cheese into the crushed Oreos, making sure everything gets moistened.  Form into mini balls about 3/4" in diameter.  Place on a cookie sheet and freeze.  

For the cookies, cream shortening, sugar, water, and vanilla.  Blend in eggs.  Stir together dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.  Chill the dough.

Working quickly so the dough stays chilled and the truffles don't thaw, grab a truffle and a heaping tablespoonful of dough and form it around the truffle so the truffle is completely covered by the dough.  

**It's crucial to freeze the Oreo Truffles. If not, the truffles won't hold together when trying to form the cookie dough around them.  *It's also very important to chill the dough.  The dough will be too sticky without it.  In the above picture, my dough wasn't chilled quite enough, so I put it back in the fridge for about 15 more minutes.

Place cookie balls on sheets that have been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 9 minutes.  Immediately after removing from the oven, press chocolate candies into the cookies.  Let cool on pan for a few minutes, then remove cookies to a wire rack.  *Cookies are best when fully cool.

No one can resist this.  Chewy outside, gooey, "mint-truffley inside".  What more could you want in a Christmas cookie?


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