King Cake Oreo Balls are an easy, no-bake, bite-sized Mardi Gras Dessert that everyone will love! Dipped in white chocolate and complete with a hidden baby! Top with purple, green, or yellow sprinkles and these are perfect for your Mardi Gras celebration.
Fat Tuesday is coming up! Even though I have been feeling fat since before Christmas, Mardi Gras with their “Fat Tuesday” just reminds me to stop snacking.
Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday mean it is time to party, don our beads and throw some too, hang with our Krewe at the Mardi Gras parade, and eat some King Cake. Not sure what a King Cake is?
Here is the skinny. Or should I say the “Fat?”
WHAT IS A KING CAKE?
A King Cake is a cake traditionally made from a broiche/bread dough, with various fillings like cream cheese or chocolate, and coated in frosting and sprinkles in Mardi Gras colors (purple, green, and yellow).
The King Cake is baked in the honor of the three Magi (wise men, or kings) that visited the Christ Child 12 days after Christmas on the day of Epiphany.
This starts the Mardi Gras, and King Cake eating season, and culminates with Fat Tuesday or the day before Lent (Ash Wednesday), which is 47 days before the celebration of Easter.
How fitting as most people tend to give up sweets or desserts for Lent.
The other cool things about a King Cake is that a tiny plastic baby is baked inside of it!
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE KING CAKE BABY?
The baby in the King Cake started off to symbolize the baby Jesus, but today it represents good luck and good fortune for he who finds it.
Some people even designate the finder as the King or Queen of the evening and get special privileges.
Finding the baby also comes with the obligation of hosting next year’s party or, at the very least, bringing the King Cake!
These King Cake Oreo Balls have a baby tucked in one of the truffles to carry on this fun tradition. This makes it easier to pick up the King Cake Oreo Truffles.
You might want to put a baby in each truffle so you can wish everyone at the party good luck!
Just be sure to take the baby out as it can post a choking hazard.
OREO COOKIE BALLS
I’m not very good at making a yeast dough, something I am working on right now, but really wanted to get into the Mardi Gras spirit! I am a huge fan of Oreo cookie truffles and how they are easy desserts to make.
Also, the fact that they require two ingredients, is a total plus!
OREO BALLS INGREDIENTS
- Oreos or other sandwich cookie with cream filling
- cream cheese
For these oreo balls I chose Golden Oreos. They have a light vanilla flavor that reminds me of King Cake.
Mixing the Golden Oreos with cream cheese, like a traditional Oreo truffle makes sense because some King Cakes have a cream cheese filling.
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HOW TO MAKE OREO BALLS
Making Oreo bites is quick and super easy. Just combine the crushed Oreos and cream cheese in a mixing bowl.
Once the Golden Oreos are mixed with cream cheese, I scoop them into tiny truffle balls and dip them in white chocolate. The whole combination tastes just like a traditional King Cake. Trust me, I have had a few before.
HOW TO CRUSH OREOS
There are a few ways you can do this to get them to Oreo crumbs.
- You can place them in a plastic bag, squeeze out the air, and them bang with a rolling pin or something similar.
- Place them in a food processor and chop until they are small crumbs.
Using a food processor makes them filling more consistent, easier to scoop, and doesn’t make your arms tired.
HOW TO DIP OREO BALLS
Once the filling is combined and scoop into balls. This is the time to add the babies to the truffles! Chill them for at least 30 minutes.
You can place them in the freezer but I wouldn’t recommend this unless you are really behind schedule.
While the Oreo bites are chilling, melt your white chocolate or almond bark coating, gather your sprinkles and babies, and set up your dipping station. I like to have a baking sheet with parchment paper ready to go.
One at a time, dip the chilled King Cake Oreo Balls in the white chocolate coating with a fork. Roll to cover completely.
Scoop out and lightly tap the fork on the side of the bowl to remove any excess coating. Scrape any extra coating from the bottom using the side of the bowl.
Place on the baking sheet and immediately add the sprinkles.
Continue with this until all truffles are dipped.
Place the baking sheet in the fridge to set the coating.
HOW LONG DO OREO BALLS LAST?
Once the balls are coated, they will last up to 7 days in the refrigerator if stored in an air tight container. This means you can make them up to a week ahead of time!
CAN YOU FREEZE KING CAKE OREO BALLS?
Yes, you can! Just be careful when you thaw them out as some condensation might form on the outside and the sugar colors might run.
These King Cake Oreo Truffles take less than 30 minutes to make so you can whip up a batch in no time!
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MORE PARTY FOODS
- 1 package Golden Oreo cookies (36 regular sized cookies, not double stuffed)
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- [16 ounces white chocolate]
- sprinkles (purple, yellow, and green)
- 1 tiny plastic baby (optional)
- Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper
- In a food processor, combine the Golden Oreo cookies and cream cheese.
- Pulse until completely combined and most of the bigger pieces are gone.
- Remove, scoop into 1 inch balls, and place on the lined baking sheet.
- Pop in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- While the truffles are chilling, melt your chocolate using the microwave or double boiler method.
- Remove the truffles from the freezer. (This is when I placed the baby in one of the truffles)
- Dip in the white chocolate and place back on the baking sheet.
- Top with the colored sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet.
- Place back in the refrigerator/freezer to set the chocolate coating. About 5 minutes.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g
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