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Over the weekend I put together a fall party that I am SO excited to share with you today. From wheat and acorns to squirrels, wood slices, and a retro style red picnic basket, this party just screams fall. I also have an AMAZING OREO cookie balls recipe to share with you that I know you will love. They were a total hit at the party with lots of requests for the recipe, so I figured I would share it with you too!
To get ready for this party, I gathered every fall decoration I own- wood slice platters and stands, leaf-shaped serving dishes, wheat, pumpkins, galvanized pails, a lantern, etc.
I arranged them all on the table, and then chose food for the party that would fit with in the containers and on the dishes. I wanted a blend of sweet and savory treats, not just a table full of desserts, since I wanted my acorn-shaped OREO cookie balls to shine.
I created a savory and delicious cheese board that included a smoked gouda, a smoked cheddar, and a creamy Havarti, along with two different types of whole grain crackers to serve with the cheese.
I also made a salad with fresh greens, raspberries, walnuts, and a balsamic vinaigrette.
Black grapes, pears, and a mixture of different types of nuts accompanied the cheese board for a variety of flavors. French bread pieces were perfect for dipping into the addicting jalapeño artichoke dip, as were the salted pita chips.
Large Bavarian pretzels, seedless mandarin oranges, mini cinnamon donuts, cinnamon crumb coffee cake, and olive oil and herb popcorn were all tasty additions to the fall harvest party, as were a wood slice serving platter full of assorted chocolates. I die cut paper leaves in fall colors, wrote down the names of the food on the leaves, and then taped them onto serving dishes so guests would know what they were eating. It was also a simple way to add to the fall harvest theme, too!
Apple juice and water bottles were the beverages of choice, with the water bottle labels removed and heavier burlap added in its’ place.
It just wouldn’t be a fall party without caramel and apples, so I served two different varieties of apples, sliced, as well as some sweet caramel dip. Which leads me to my favorite food at the whole party- the acorn OREO cookie balls…
These little guys were the star of the party! These OREO cookie balls taste like gourmet truffles, and are so soft and rich on the inside, with a hard chocolate shell on the outside that is so satisfying to bite into. It is truly impossible to eat just one of these cookie balls, and I’m going to share the recipe with you so that they can be the star of your holiday parties too!
What I love about the basic OREO cookie balls recipe is that there are only 3 ingredients. If you want to expound on the basic recipe and get creative, you can do that too! I’m going to give you the basic recipe first, and then tell you how I created my acorn-shaped cookie balls.
I found all of the ingredients, including lots of varieties of OREO cookies, at Walmart.
OREO Cookie Balls Recipe:
- 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
- 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
- 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills.
** Here’s where I got creative- I used Chocolate OREO cookies instead of the vanilla-filled ones, and shaped them into more of an oval shape instead of a ball. After freezing the oval balls for 10 minutes, I inserted a toothpick into each one, and dipped the whole thing in the melted chocolate, gently shaking off the excess chocolate.
After holding the ball for a minute to let it cool and harden slightly, I dunked the top portion of the acorn (opposite of the toothpick end) into crushed walnuts, and then inserted a small pretzel piece for the stem.
REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm. After some trial and error, I found that it was easier to remove the toothpicks AFTER they had been refrigerated, because it didn’t mess up the chocolate at all since it had already hardened.
Share and enjoy!
You truly need to give these cookie balls a try… everyone at the party said they tasted like gourmet truffles, and were pretty shocked when I told them how easy there were to make!
Even Mr. Squirrel got in on the action! 😉
When it was time to go, I gave each couple a fall leaf bag that I had made and filled to the top with caramel apple salt water taffy. A sweet ending to an equally sweet night!