Halloween's here, and I have pumpkin on the brain! In our home, pumpkin season runs from the start of the school year through Thanksgiving and beyond. I can never get enough of the sweet spiciness.
We always track down the exclusive Pumpkin Spice Oreos this time of year, and I like to crush them up and shape them into sweet little pumpkin balls. Kind of like cake pops. But better.
Every time I'm cooking or baking and need something crushed, I find myself cackling and muttering, “I'll smash it with a HAMMER!” Every. Single. Time. Anybody else quote children's movies sporadically? No? Just me then.
Festive Oreo Cookies Made into Pumpkin Balls
I use the basic well-known recipe for Oreo cookie balls, tweaking it a bit to make delectably adorable (if I do say so myself) pumpkin balls.
Spiced OREO Pumpkin Balls
- 1 pkg brick cream cheese 8 oz., softened
- 36 OREO Cookies about 3 cups, finely crushed
- 16 oz butterscotch chips melted
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- Pretzel sticks
- Canned green frosting with tip to pipe leaves.
- Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
- Shape into 48 1-inch balls. Freeze 10 min.
- Melt butterscotch and coconut oil together in the microwave for about a minute or a minute and a half, stirring every 15 seconds.
- Cut pretzel sticks approximately 3/4" long, then dip end of pretzel stick into melted butterscotch and skewer into pumpkin balls, leaving a small amount sticking out for the pumpkin ball stem.
- Holding by the pretzel stick, dip pumpkin balls in melted butterscotch. Place in single layer on shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
- Add frosting leaves.
- Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
I shape my pumpkin balls with a teaspoon so they all come out the perfect size.
You can use orange candy melts to bring a more vibrant color to your pumpkin balls, but I prefer the taste of butterscotch. I like that when I mix it up with coconut oil, it's nice and smooth. Man, I need a manicure.
Dipping the pretzel sticks in the butterscotch melt helps secure them to the sticks, which serve as handy handles for dipping in the candy coating. If you haven't made any sort of cookie balls or cake pops before, just know that it takes a little bit of maneuvering and you're bound to mess a few up. I figure these are taxes for the cook! Gotta make sure it all tastes okay before serving to guests, right? Riiiiight.
Add a sweet little leaf to complete your pumpkin balls. I use plain old canned frosting that comes with a variety of tips. Easy peasy.
What's your favorite Halloween-time treat?