It’s that time of the year for making ghoulish treats and yes, I’m talking about Halloween. This year, I’m upping the icky factor by making 3 freakishly-looking treats that will (very) likely to freak out anyone at Halloween parties. Today, I’m starting with these Dirt Balls with Worms.
Inspired by my Oreo Truffle Pops recipe, cream cheese with cookies are an absolute divine and top end combination. Yes it sounds like junk food because it technically is. But if it makes you feel any better, try to think of the cream cheese as protein and the cookies as carbs. Therefore, in some twisted way, which is befitting for Halloween, you are technically having a balanced meal.
These cloyingly sinful cheese balls are texturized with cookie bits and are further punctured with an addition of gooey and rubbery gummy worms. Some may find it slightly mismatched as the lollipop fruitiness of gummy worms stands in sharp contrast with the cream cheese and Oreos. However, all you have to do is pull out the gummy worm, and enjoy it separately after devouring the cheese and cookie ball. Alternatively, you can make this without the gummy worms and simply name them Dirt Balls.
In Singapore’s weather, it is best advised to keep these ‘dirt balls’ in the refrigerator until guests arrive. As they are made from cream cheese, they do soften fast. Although having them slightly tender from the weather may be ideal, the last thing you want is a soft, melted mess that guests will not be able to pick up with their fingers.
1 packet Oreo cookies (about 12 pieces)
100 g cream cheese – softened at room temperature
makes about 20 dirt balls
Place Oreo cookies in a Ziploc bag and crush them into fine bits with a rolling pin.
Remove a handful of the crumbs and place onto serving dish.
Add in softened cream cheese and squish the bag around until the mixture is well combined.
Place the cookie dough onto a clean plate and roll them into uneven balls.
Place onto the serving dish and decorate with gummy worms.
If the dirt balls are too soft, place them into the fridge for about 45 mins to firm up.