Homemade Christmas gifts. How much we appreciate and cherish them, yet we seldom take the time to make them ourselves. Perhaps this could be the year when many of us will remember the wonderful tradition, and we will spend time making presents instead of buying them?
For many money is tight this year but presents, big and small, are a part of our Christmas and holiday traditions. We don’t have to join the commercial spectacle that takes place right now. We can be different and give away homemade goods and I thought I will post a few ideas this year.
One of my seasonal favorites: Oreo pralines. These chocolatey, juicy, and super simply prepared Oreo chocolates are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. The general popularity of Oreos cookies speaks for itself and the countless processing possibilities know hardly any limits.
The pralines (truffles) are so simple to make, and always a big hit. Making them doesn’t cost much and they look impressive in a tin box, a bag, or an older glass jar. Pralines and truffels. They are not an everyday treat, but special.
100 g cream cheese (A good brand, that’s creamy and not too watery)
200 g white couverture (white baking chocolate)
Crush the Oreo cookies in a food processor or put them in a freezer bag and smash them with a rolling pin or similar. Set aside two tablespoons of Oreo crumbs.
Then mix the oreo crumbles with the soft cream cheese, until it spreads well. Form small balls with a diameter of about 1 to 1 1/2 inches (3 cm) and place them on a sheet lined with baking paper. Put them in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.
For the glaze, melt 2/3 of the couverture over a water bath, then turn the stove down and stir in the remaining chocolate until it’s melted. Make sure that the bowl is heated only by the hot steam during the water bath and not by direct contact with the water.
Remove the Oreo balls from the freezer and skewer them on toothpicks. Then dip them into the liquid chocolate and drain thoroughly. Place the chocolates on a plate lined with baking paper.
While the glaze is still warm, sprinkle the pralines with the Oreo crumbs we set aside at the beginning, or use Christmas sprinkles as decoration. The possibilities are endless! Remove the toothpicks as soon as the glaze is dry. You can fill the small hole with Oreo crumbs or with a bit of warm chocolate glaze.
Freezer time: Shorter is better
Couverture: Melt the chocolate carefully, you can melt it in the microwave (yes, I know) but do it in small intervals.
Crumbles: I like to use the hand mixer. I can crumble the cookies very fine, and I don’t have to clean the food processor.