Thanksgiving is right around the corner and my mind is already on Christmas - #sorry - I'm one of THOSE people now! The excitement surrounding Christmas is really contagious though! The lights, the food, the decorations, the smells, the Christmas movies and songs - it's hard not to get wrapped up in it as soon as you start seeing everything on the shelves. Even Luna is eagerly dressing in the Christmas spirit ;)
When Rob and I first started dating, he would go to Nebraska every year at Christmas and it was such a bummer for us as a couple to not be able to spend some of that magical holiday time together. My siblings would have their boyfriends or girlfriends over to make cookies one night with the family, or they'd go with their families to holiday potlucks or to a movie night with hot cocoa. And although this is a serious #firstworldproblem, I never looked forward to Christmas because I knew he'd be leaving for two or more weeks.
Once we moved in together though, Christmas was a whole new ball game! Now every year we get to decide together how we'll spend it, whether that's at home in Colorado with just the two of us, or a trip to Nebraska, or a trip to Florida to see both our families - a much preferred system to being younger and just doing what your parents tell you to do ;) And spending Christmas with the people you love, and most importantly, with the person whom you love more than you'll ever be able to put into words, makes the holiday matter that much more.
So now, I'm one of those crazy people who get all excited about Christmas, basically the day after Halloween. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE Thanksgiving and I am stoked about going home to see family next week and to eat without abandon, but in the meantime, I am busting out the Christmas DIYs and treats! Like these Glitter Deer Silhouettes or these DIY Christmas Tree Gift Tags, or this Snowy Pine Cone Centerpiece.
This one is super easy, super cheap, and will definitely become your go-to when you need to bring a treat to a party (seriously, they take no time, in the same night that I made these, I also made some blue ones with silver sprinkles for a baby shower!).
A package of Oreos (I used the Winter Holiday variety with red cream in the middle)
Wilton's Melting Chips in Bright White
Andres Peppermint Candies (typically in the Christmas aisle and not with the candy or baking supplies)
Now technically these aren't "white chocolate" as I used the vanilla flavored Wilton's candy melts. However, in my experience, they taste very similar to white chocolate and furthermore, they are MUCH easier to use than actual white chocolate chips. When melting white chocolate chips, they can be very tedious and they're more finicky than melting semi-sweet morsels. So in turn, they burn easily, clump easily, and are just difficult in general to achieve the right consistency for dipping.
That being said, if you want an authentic "white chocolate" oreo, by all means, replace the candy melts with white chocolate chips. Just be very careful during your melting process (and have a bag of candy melts on hand in case the frustration sets in - they're $2.99/bag at Michaels so trust me, it's worth it to have a security blanket).
So first, chop up all your Andes peppermint candies - they can be roughly chopped since they'll just be sprinkled on the top of your dipped cookie.
Set the chopped peppermint candies aside, and work on melting your candy melts. I used a glass or ceramic bowl, and stirred between 30-second intervals in the microwave. If you have chunks, rather than putting it back in the microwave, just stir vigorously - the melts come out creamier this way and you won't risk overheating them.
Add in your peppermint extract at this point - I do this little by little, drop by drop, and just to my personal taste. Add a little bit in at a time, stir, and taste. I end up using alot because I LOVE peppermint, but you may want a more subtle hint of it (subtle peppermint?! please.) so just go by taste for this step.
Next, dip your Oreo into the bowl of candy melts. Push the center of the Oreo into the melted candy, until it is completely covered.
Using a fork to scoop underneath the cookie, lift it out of the mixture. Let it drip for just a moment before setting on wax paper to dry.
As soon as you set your covered Oreo on wax paper, sprinkle some Andes peppermint candies pieces on top while it's sill wet. The pieces will settle into the melted candy as it dries.
Repeat until you have as many as you'd like (make extra for yourself, these are crazy good).
They only take about 30 minutes to dry too, so give time for the candy to set and you're done! Try not to eat them all ;)
This is absolutely going to be a staple in our house around the holidays! Easy, costs only a few bucks, and they're so good! Plus, they look fancy on a platter if you're bringing them to a party ;) What are some of your favorite holiday treats?