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One thing I miss about working outside of the home is my old team. I had one employee that would make these delicious OREO cookie balls and bring them to work. I miss them so much that I decided to make some for Thanksgiving Dinner. Of course, I had to do a trial run and fancy them up a bit with an easy craft.
I’ve had this tray I picked up at a thrift store for a while and had an idea how to upcycle it for Thanksgiving. I picked it up because I thought it would be perfect for an easy craft project–like decoupage. In fact, I had every intention of decoupaging it until the last minute.
Then I realized that if I didn’t decoupage it with Fall paper then I could use it for Christmas too. I love it when things are versatile.
Easy Thanksgiving Dessert Idea: Pumpkin Patch Tray with OREO balls.
The wooden tray I found at the thrift store
Printed Papercrafting paper
Martha Stewart Metallic Gold Paint
Gold Spray Paint
I started off by painting the tray with the gold acrylic paint. At the end, I decided to finish it with a light coat of gold spray paint that I had. I probably should have skipped the acrylic paint and gone straight to the spray paint. But–I really love the way the Martha Stewart gold paint looks.
After it was dry I cut the paper to size and placed it inside the tray.
For the OREO Cookie Balls
36 OREOS (finely crushed)
1 pkg cream cheese
4 4oz packages of semi-sweet bakers chocolate
I had the kids count out 36 Oreos and put them in a bag.
Then I let them help me finely crush them.
Afterwards, we poured them into the mixer and mixed until blended.
Then we rolled them into 1 inch balls.
Frozen for 10 minutes or until you are ready for them.
Melt the chocolate and dip each ball in it. Sprinkle them with orange sugar, and place it wax paper lined shallow baking dish. Refrigerate an hour or until firm.
(I suggest only doing a few of them decorated with the orange sprinkles. They are already pretty sweet! A few pumpkin balls could be on the tray as a centerpiece with small serving dishes holding just chocolate dipped oreo balls!)
Remove them from the freezer and decorate your pumpkin patch with pumpkins!
*Please note: I used small pieces of twine as decoration for the stems. They are not edible and should be removed prior to eating.
I grabbed all of the ingredients I needed at Walmart!
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