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Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small . . .
. . .will be making this OREO Cookie Balls Grinch Tree for their Who-Celebrations!
I know I can’t be the only one out there who loves How the Grinch Stole Christmas! In our family, it is more than simply a classic, it is a Christmas tradition!
Christmas Eve is our big family event with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins in attendance. Growing up, it was always the same. . .
First, there was playing/talking/relaxing, and snapping family portraits in front of the tree.
Then came dinner, followed by all the kids rushing to claim seats in the living room of my Nana’s farm. My uncle would put in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and we’d sit, captivated.
(Every year, Nana would make the same complaint about the “poor dog, Max, climbing that mountain”, lol.)
We never got to finish the cartoon, since right around the time the Grinch’s heart began growing there’d be a pounding knock on the door and Santa would come bursting in!
I love that we are still doing these traditions with our own children.
With so many wonderful memories, I love incorporating the Grinch into our Christmas decorations and festivities. A few years back, I made our holiday cards all Grinch-y after I found a stamp that reminded me of a Suess-like tree.
This year, I decided to play up our love of the Grinch with a special treat, just perfect for taking to holiday parties. I present you with my OREO Cookie Balls Grinch Tree!
OREO Cookie Balls are seriously addicting, and super simple to make! If you’ve never made them before, add them to your shopping list right now! You’ll be the hit of any party.
What You Need
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.
REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
When dressing up OREO Cookie Balls as a Grinch Tree, add in a few colors of melted chocolate – I used red, green, white, and yellow. You could also add in other fun elements, like chocolate chip ornaments or powdered sugar snow. The possibilities are really endless!
I also varied the size of my OREO cookie balls, so a few smaller ones could act as ornaments.
The trick about dipping the balls is to gently roll them around in the melted chocolate before extracting them on a fork. Be sure to let the excess drip off into the bowl, then set them onto your wax paper to harden.
Another element you can add is to shape some of your OREO cookie balls into pointier leaf shapes, and stick them out in various spots on your tree.
I twisted and curved the outline of my tree for that added Suess-style. I also used a piping bag of melted chocolate to draw the star on one of the smaller pieces, and draw a string of Christmas lights over the entire tree.
Make sure you are happy with your layout before piping over everything!
A few additional bits of melted chocolate snowflakes and my party tray is good to go!
You’ll look like a pro baker if you show up with this OREO Cookie Ball Grinch Tree at your next holiday gathering! Or, make these as a sweet snack for a family movie night, watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas of course!
Pop over to your local Wal-Mart and grab a few packages of OREOs to get started!
For even more fun ideas of what to create with OREO Cookie Balls, check out these amazing recipe versions!
What holiday traditions have you kept over the years?
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