When there was a call for desserts for a co-worker’s baby shower… I couldn’t help myself and jumped at the opportunity to try something fun! I’d had to miss the last baby shower and wanted to do this one “right.”
It might look like a lot for one night, but made three different treats, all baby boy themed. Two of which included dipping chocolate, which simplified matters greatly!
Oreo Cheesecake Truffles
As soon as I saw this post on A Beautiful Mess, I knew it would translate perfectly for a shower themed treat. Swap in white chocolate and add blue food coloring, and you are good to go! Get the recipe here!
Things I learned…. Let the cheesecake freeze completely before starting. I was rushing and since it wasn’t fully hardened, the cheesecake didn’t stay together very well during the dipping process, and only resulted in gunking up the almond bark. This could have been another potential issue, as almond bark has a slightly more dense consistency than melting chocolate, but might not have mattered in the long run if I had let the cheesecake freeze.
I ended up drizzling the almond bark over the cheesecake balls instead, which resulted in a lot thicker of a coating than I would have liked, as well as messy truffles. Trying to clean them up ended up cracking a few. Overall, still a big hit!
Rice Crispy Rattles
These were super fun to make! You will need:
- Rice Crispy Treats (original recipe)
- Chocolate or Almond Bark for melting
- Waxed Paper
- Food Coloring of your choice
- Cake Pop sticks
Make your rice crispy treats the way you typically do. I always add a teaspoon of almond extract for a extra layer of flavor. Once these have cooled, cut them into rectangles and melt your chocolate or almond bark in the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring each time until completely melted. I simply used the same almond bark from the truffles.
Carefully dip each treat halfway into the chocolate. I say carefully since the warm chocolate makes the treats likely to fall apart, so I used a spoon to help transfer each dipped treat to the waxed paper. I then placed the wax paper back into the original pan (and used a second so they wouldn’t touch) and put them into the fridge for 20 minutes to set.
Once the chocolate sets, carefully insert the cake pop stick into the non-dipped side of the treat. Try to get it in as far as you can so that the heavier chocolate-dipped side doesn’t start to fall off when you lift it by the stick. Finally, tie a ribbon in a bow around the stick and you have your rattle!
I couldn’t help myself, it was too funny! These were also extremely easy to make. All you need are Chocolate or Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies (completely set), cocktail napkins, and safety pins. Note, if you make no bake cookies that are larger than 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter, you might want to size up in napkins.
Fold the napkin in half, and place the cookie in the center of the long edge. Fold in the two side corners, and then the bottom corner to meet in the middle and secure with a safety pin. Delicious cookies and a good laugh.