Deceivingly Simple: Chocolate Covered Oreos

Chocolate covered oreos are one of my favorite desserts. They are easy to make, can be customized with color to match any event and always present well. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching why not try making your loved ones some chocolate covered oreos?

Helpful Hints

  • When melting chocolate in the microwave, always use 50% power to avoid burning the chocolate. Microwave in 20-30 second increments stirring in between.
  • Use a bowl that is narrow and deep enough to allow you to fully encase the oreo when dipping it in chocolate.

Recipe:

Ingredients:
1 bag Oreos
1 bag candy melts (any color)
(use multiple colors of candy melts for multi-colored designs. For the chocolate covered oreos I made, I used pink to coat the oreos and midnight black to drizzle on top)

Directions:
1. Melt the candy melts in a bowl in the microwave on 50% power in 20-30 second increments, stirring in between, until completely melted.
2. Using a fork as a spatula, dip an oreo into the chocolate covering the oreo completely with chocolate.
3. With the oreo on the fork, tap the fork against the side of the bowl so that the excess chocolate falls off.
4. Place on a wax paper covered cookie sheet.
5. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm (approx. 20 minutes)

Freshly dipped oreos on a wax paper covered cookie sheet

 

To decorate the oreos as I did, melt an additional color in a separate bowl and use a fork to drizzle the additional color over the oreo.

No need to be neat with the drizzling as there is wax paper on the cookie sheet.

Refrigerate until the chocolate is hardened. Voila – chocolate covered oreos. Don’t forget to make some extras to store in the freezer for the next time you have guests!

February 1, 2011. Deceivingly Simple, Dessert, Holiday, Recipes. Leave a comment.

Deceivingly Simple: Gourmet Brownies

Almost every Sunday, we eat dinner with my in-laws. My mother-in-law and I alternate between dragging the boys out to dinner and cooking meals for home. No matter whether we eat out or eat in, my MIL’s favorite dessert is brownies with coconut ice cream. Having tried almost every brand on the market, I now only make Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie mix. I used to consider myself a hopeless failure at brownie making. I wondered why it was I could create a triple layered chocolate raspberry supreme cake, but couldn’t make a simple brownie. They were either too gooey in the middle or too crisp on the edges. Through trial and error, I have learned that there are 3 key tricks to baking the perfect brownie:

  • To ensure even baking, always make sure the rack is placed directly in the center of the oven.
  • Metal pans work better than glass pans. Despite owning beautiful baking pans, I always use a disposable aluminium 8×8 baking pan as the heat appears to transfer evenly throughout – and I don’t have to clean the pan after, I just throw it out. Score!
  • If you struggle timing how long the brownies should be cooked for, remember that it is better to have them a bit under-cooked than overly cooked because if overly cooked the edges become hard as a rock.

My MIL likes her brownies plain with a scoop of coconut ice cream. I prefer mine with m&ms or butterscotch chips on top and some vanilla ice cream. My mom prefers hers with some chocolate chunks and toasted coconut. There is no limit to the ways you can create a brownie. They are easy to make, gourmet in appearance, and always a crowd pleaser. A guaranteed win. Next time you make brownies consider jazzing them up with a little something extra!

January 13, 2011. Deceivingly Simple, Dessert, Recommendations. 3 comments.

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