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King Cake Truffles

The pride of Mardi Gras are the floats, masks, and beads, but let’s not forget the King Cake! Let’s make a whole new version of the classic dish, one that is bite-sized and just as delicious. Made with Golden Oreos and topped, topped with colorful sprinkles, these King Cake Truffles are complete with the hidden baby!

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Fat Tuesday is coming up! Even though I have been feeling plump since before Christmas, Mardi Gras with their “Fat Tuesday” just reminds me to stop snacking.

But they do mean that it’s time to party, put on our beads and throw some too, hang with our Krewe at the Mardi Gras parade, and eat some King Cake. Along with some Muffuletta Deviled Eggs and this Muffuletta Cheese Ball covered in Olive Salad.

Not sure what a King Cake is? Here is the skinny. Or should I say the “Fat?”

What is King Cake?

A King Cake is the ultimate Mardi Gras dessert. A cake traditionally made from a broiche/bread dough, with various fillings like cream cheese or chocolate, and coated in frosting and sprinkles in festive colors (purple, green, and yellow).

Everyone bakes the cake 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 thing about a King Cake is that a tiny plastic baby is baked inside of it!

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Ingredients Needed

Cookies – Instead of the traditional chocolate cookies, I use Golden Oreos to taste like cake.

Cream cheese – Use softened cream cheese. Low fat or fat free works fine too.

White Chocolate – White chocolate melting discs or almond bark.

Extras – Colored sprinkles and a tiny plastic baby complete this!

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How to Make King Cake Truffles

First: 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.

Second: Remove the mixture and scoop into 1 inch balls. (This is when I placed the baby in one of the truffles) Place on the lined baking sheet. Pop in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Third: While the truffles are chilling, melt your chocolate using the microwave or double boiler method. Remove the truffles from the freezer.

Fourth: 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. Enjoy!

Just be sure to take the baby out before eating as it can post a choking hazard.

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How long do they last?

These fun Mardi Gras desserts last up to 7 days in the refrigerator. Store in an airtight container. This means you can make them up to a week ahead of time!

Can you make them ahead of time?

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.

What is the meaning of the king cake baby?

The baby in the King Cake started off as a symbol of 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!

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Use your favorite oreo cookies. Just like in these sugar cookie truffles and fruit cocktail cake balls.
  • Top with Mardi Gras colored sprinkles
  • Put a hidden baby in every truffle or just one if you like.
  • Warn guests about the hidden baby to avoid an accident.
  • Use an ice cream scoop for evenly shaped truffles.
  • Let the balls sit out after freezing for a few minutes before dipping so the chocolate doesn’t crack.
  • If it cracks, dip a second time.
  • 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 the baking sheet in the fridge to set the coating.

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king cake truffles

These King Cake Truffles are a super fun and easy Mardi Gras dessert or Fat Tuesday party food for your masquerade party or parade!

king cake truffles

King Cake Oreo Balls

Yield: 24 truffles
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Traditional King Cake for Mardi Gras is made bite-sized into King Cake Truffles.  Coat them in white chocolate and hide a baby in one for the prize! Top with purple, green, or yellow sprinkles and these are perfect for your Mardi Gras celebration.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper
  2. In a food processor, combine the Golden Oreo cookies and cream cheese.
  3. Pulse until completely combined and most of the bigger pieces are gone.
  4. Remove, scoop into 1 inch balls, and place on the lined baking sheet.
  5. Pop in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  6. While the truffles are chilling, melt your chocolate using the microwave or double boiler method.
  7. Remove the truffles from the freezer. (This is when I placed the baby in one of the truffles)
  8. Dip in the white chocolate and place back on the baking sheet.
  9. Top with the colored sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet.
  10. Place back in the refrigerator/freezer to set the chocolate coating. About 5 minutes.
  11. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Use your favorite oreo cookies.
  • Top with Mardi Gras colored sprinkles
  • Put a hidden baby in every truffle or just one if you like.
  • Warn guests about the hidden baby to avoid an accident.
  • Use an ice cream scoop for evenly shaped truffles.
  • Let the balls sit out after freezing for a few minutes before dipping so the chocolate doesn't crack.
  • If it cracks, dip a second time.
  • 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 the baking sheet in the fridge to set the coating.
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

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

{Originally published 2/27/17 – photos and recipe notes updated 01/26/24}

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Bonnie Barnes

Monday 20th of February 2023

I made these for a dinner group and they were a hit! I've also made regular Oreo cookie balls with chocolate Oreos and dipped them in white and dark chocolate with drizzles. Very easy and fun to make.

Jennifer Stewart

Tuesday 21st of February 2023

So glad you liked them! Did you add the baby?

Janet

Monday 17th of January 2022

Boozy? how much bourbon?

Jennifer

Monday 17th of January 2022

I haven't tried adding any bourbon to them. If you do I would start with 1-2 teaspoons. You don't want the mixture to be too runny.

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Monday 20th of August 2018

Definitely saving this recipe! These are so cute.

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