Tuesday, October 26, 2010
It's Peanut's turn to bring "special snack" to preschool tomorrow and we wanted to do something really fun. I saw these chocolate covered oreos somewhere (if you know, please tell me so I can reference them. I've searched and searched to no avail) and decided they were just perfect. Since Peanut is the third child, I have a "been there, done that" reaction to a lot of the usual treats and to be honest, I feel a bit of pressure to bring in something new as the teachers always seem to be anticipating what I'll do next.
I blocked off a good chunk of time to make these creations thinking that they may be a bit involved. Add the fact that I had the eager help of a 4 year old and I thought these may be an all-day affair. Surprisingly, the process went very quickly and with minimal mishaps. When does that ever happen?!
Here is a very loose step-by-step of the process. Please excuse the fact that I have not beautifully captured each step in photos. I'm more of the let's get this project done type rather than a let's capture every step to create a lovely tutorial type - but you already knew that!
On to the steps!
Step one: Melt the chocolate in a container deep enough to dunk an oreo.
Step two: Take the tops off of all the oreos. I was worried that it would be difficult to keep all the cookie tops intact while separating, but they came apart really easily. We used Halloween Oreos, if that makes any difference at all.
Step Three: Dip the end of a lollipop stick in the melted chocolate and then press into the cream of the oreo to secure the stick. Then add the top back on the oreo. Dipping the stick in melted chocolate first is critical in getting the stick to stay secure inside the oreo.
Step Four: Once all the sticks are added to the cookies and the tops are back on, dip each cookie into the melted chocolate being sure to coat the entire cookie. Use a small spoon to be sure to cover the area around the stick. Shake the cookie to allow the excess chocolate to drip off.
Step Five: Place the coated cookie on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Step Six: Once all cookies are coated in chocolate and while the chocolate is still wet, place M&M eyes on each cookie. If the chocolate has already set, use the end of an extra lollipop stick to dab two spots of chocolate to secure the eyes.
Step Seven: Once the chocolate has set, reheat the melted chocolate and spoon into a sandwhich bag. Cut off the bottom corner of the bag to use as the tip of a pastry bag.
Step Eight: Use the bag to stripe the top of the cookie to create a mummy effect. Be sure to partially cover the eyes with the stripes to give the appearance of eyes peeking out from behind.
Step Nine: Let the chocolate set and you're done!
I used food-safe cellophane bags and some inexpensive Halloween ribbon to package them up for ease of distributing, but I think a bunch of them together popping out of a bucket would be super cute as well.