Chocolate Covered Reese’s Stuffed Oreos

Wow, that’s a long name.  Well worth it though, considering all of the chocolate and yumminess inside.  When I made these, my brother and friend were at my house.  They were in another room, chatting away, with no clue as to what I was doing in the kitchen.  I figured it would be best to surprise them when I was finished.  My brother was getting ready to walk out the door when I stopped him, a big glob of chocolate on a paper towel in my hand, holding it out for him.  He immediately took it and looked at it.  “What is it?” he asked.  “Don’t worry, you’ll like it,” I responded.  He said, “Well, I’m sure I’ll like it, but what is it?”  “Just take a bite and you’ll see.”  It’s a good thing he trusts me.  He took a bite, and looked at the inside.  When I explained exactly what was inside the big glob of chocolate in his hand as he gobbled away, he looked at me and said, “I outta beat you for giving me this.  I guess this is lunch AND dinner!”  He still finished it off, and I got a good chuckle out of it.  When my friend ate it, she said, “This is STUPID good.”  I’m going to take that as a compliment.

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First, get your ingredients.  Double Stuf Oreo cookies, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and dark chocolate melting wafers.  That’s it, just three ingredients.  Separate the Oreos, disgarding the side of the cooke that doesn’t have the cream.  Or, save it for something else.  Or, just eat it.

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Sandwich one of the peanut butter cups in between two of the cream-coated Oreo cookies.

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Melt your chocolate wafers in 15 second intervals in microwave safe dish (I use a coffee cup or glass measuring cup), stirring in between each interval.  Dip each cookie in melted chocolate using tongs, then place on wax paper for chocolate to harden.

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Eat, and enjoy.  Beware, because it’s a LOT of chocolate and tends to be quite rich…but I noticed that after I gobbled one down, I was talking myself out of eating another one and just staying away.  It worked long enough for them to get out of the house.  Whew!

Dark Chocolate Covered Apples

I’ve actually been meaning to make these for a while, but over the holidays was the perfect opportunity.  After putting together an edible gift basket for my in-laws, I kept looking at it and thinking,  Seems like it’s missing something.  Then, I realized that this would be the perfect addition.  And apparently it was a wonderful addition…  When I told my mother-in-law that the big lump of chocolate on a stick was a dark chocolate covered apple, she dropped her hands to her side, and her eyes got big.  Her jaw dropped, and she engulfed me in a big hug, and told me that she loved me.  Not only was I overly flattered, but very shocked that she loved them so much.  Mental note.  Might even be a good way to suck up to the in-laws in the future.  😉

IMG_3653First, buy the necessary ingredients and materials.  I bought these at the local arts and crafts store.  For this project, I picked up cookie sticks, large treat bags, twistie ties, 1 bag of dark chocolate, and 4-5 small apples.

IMG_3654Insert the cookie sticks into the apples.  I used a hammer to tap them in…this keeps the sticks straight.  Push the sticks all the way down until they hit the bottom of the apple.

IMG_3655Melt the chocolate wafers in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between each interval.

IMG_3656Insert the apple into the melted chocolate, swirling around to completely cover apple with the chocolate.

IMG_3658Gently twirl the apple around, letting the excess chocolate fall off the apple.  This will help prevent extra pooling of chocolate at the bottom while setting.

IMG_3659Set chocolate covered apple on wax paper for chocolate to harden.  Try your best not to eat while chocolate is still liquid…you’ll need a bib.

IMG_3660How do you like dem apples?!  I love them!

IMG_3661When I packaged these, I trimmed down the treat bags so that the stick was coming out farther than the end of the bag.  Wrap twistie tie around to seal.  Store at room temperature.