After posting a poll on the Dollhouse Bake Shoppe Facebook page, you guys told me you wanted to see just as many creepy & spooky treat tutorials as Cute & friendly, this Halloween. So, like my Bloody Jelly Donut Eyeballs, these are not for the squeamish, as they are pretty hard to take a bite out of, with out cringing at the thought of chomping into a rat! But when I tell you that these beady eyed rodents are made up of a cookies & cream truffle mixture, adorned with sprinkles and chocolate chips, you won't think twice once you sink your teeth into them. Especially when I tell you my original idea was to have a Marciano cherry center, using the stem as the tail. Yet biting into gushing red cherry "organs" seemed a little too gruesome. After all, this is Dollhouse Bake Shoppe, a world of tiny whimsical, pink, sparkly, sweetness. My next Halloween treat will be cute & friendly, I promise ;)
Oreo Truffle Rats
You will need
- 1 (16 ounce) package Oreo Cookies
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
- chocolate chips (ears & nose)
- red and white sprinkles from a bag of rainbow jimmies (fangs and eyes)
- black licorice lace (tail)
Finely crush whole Oreo cookies in food processor, or by hand using a plastic sandwich bag and a rolling pin. Set aside about 1 1/2 cups of cookie crumbs in a small bowl. Reserving about a tablespoon of cream cheese to use as a "glue" for the face, mix remaining cookie crumbs (about 3 cups) with cream cheese until well blended. You can blend them together with a fork or spoon, or even get the kids involved and have them squish the mixture together by hand! Once combine, roll the cookie/cream cheese mixture into about 2" balls. Using your fingers, form balls into the shape and size of a strawberry. This will be your rat body.
Roll your rat body in reserved cookie crumbs.
Using your tablespoon of reserved cream cheese as a "glue", add a piece of black licorice rope for a tail, red jimmies for the eyes, white jimmies for the teeth, chocolate chips for the ears and a small piece from the tip of a chocolate chip for the nose.
You can even use your little rats as Halloween cupcake toppers! I added my Pretzel Stick Skeleton Bones and some seedless raspberry jelly to look like blood, for a totally creepy Halloween dessert spread.
I used this same recipe to make Halloween spiders too, coating the spider in chocolate rather than rolling them in cookie crumbs. Stay tuned for the tutorial next week!
Give them a try, and be sure to share a picture on our Facebook page, or email a photo to MyCreation@dollhousebakeshoppe.com!
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