Hungry Happenings: Longtail - A Sweet Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball Rat

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Longtail - A Sweet Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball Rat


Halloween Recipes - Longtail
If you are looking for party food that might at first gross out your squeamish guests, but tastes so yummy they wont be able to resist, this is the recipe for you. A yummy dough made from Oreo Cookies and Philadelphia Cream Cheese creates Longtail's body, legs and ears.  His long body is rolled in crushed cookies which mimics his hair. Chocolate chips become eyes and a simple cream cheese frosting is piped on to create his tail, nose and toes.  Kid's will love helping you create this adorable yet disgusting creature and will have even more fun eating it.

If you don't have any experience piping frosting you can substitute candy pieces for the tail, nose and toes. You could use strawberry Tootsie Rolls to create these parts.  Just soften the candy in your warm hand and cut and mold into the desired shape.  You can also put them in the microwave on defrost for 5 seconds.  Just be careful as the candy may be very hot when you remove it from the oven. 

Longtail - Sweet Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball Rat

Ingredients:

18 ounces Oreo Cookies
8 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese, softened and divided
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
pink paste or gel food coloring
2 chocolate chips

Special Equipment Needed:

food processor
plastic wrap

Instructions:


Pour cookies into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the cookies are fine crumbs. Remove 2/3 cup crumbs and set aside. Add 7 ounces cream cheese to the food processor and pulse until mixture is completely combined, scraping bowl as needed.


Reserve about 3 tablespoons of the cookie/cream cheese dough for Longtail's legs and ears. Pour the remaining dough onto a piece of plastic wrap. Use the plastic wrap to help you form the dough into a long oval. Unwrap.


Pour reserved cookie crumbs into a long shallow container. Roll dough oval into crumbs, shaping the body as you go. Place on a serving platter.


Press the two chocolate chips onto either side of Longtail's face. Pinch off small amounts of the reserved dough and roll into 2 short skinny front legs and two longer wider back legs. Attach to body. Pinch off two small balls of dough and flatten them into ears. Attach to head.


Combine the remaining 1 ounce of cream cheese with the powdered sugar and one very small drop of pink food coloring. Stir until well combined.


Spoon pink cream cheese into a pastry bag fitted with a coupler and # 12 decorating tip. Click on the link below for really simple directions for adding couplers and decorating tips to a  pastry bag. http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/recipestepbyst2/ss/fillpastrybag.htm


Pipe a long tail onto the back of Longtail's body. Start by setting the decorating tip at Longtail's back end.  Squeeze and as the frosting comes out of the tip, pull out and around the body tapering off as you go.


Pipe on a nose and pipe some pink onto each ear. Remove the #12 decorating tip and replace it with a #3 tip. Pipe on Longtails' toes. Keep refrigerated for up to a week. Bring to room temperature before serving.

18 comments:

  1. Do you just slice "him" up and eat it, or use it as a spread on something else?

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  2. Hi Noelle,

    I just slice it and eat it as it has a crumb like crust. You could make cat shaped fried tortilla chips and serve them on the side. Then your guests could scoop out the rat with a cat! That would be pretty funny.

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  3. Wow, thank you Beth for posting this ratty! He's adorable and your directions are really clear. I will certainly be trying it out this Halloween season!

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  4. This is soooo cool!!! Can't wait to make it and freak everyone out! Thanks!!!

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  5. Oh i wish I had seen this on the weekend! My coworker HATES mice and rats but love cakes and I would have loved to have brought this into work.... next year! mwahahahaha!

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  6. how would u make cat shaped fried tortilla chips

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  7. how would u make cat shaped fried tortilla chips

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    1. What a fun idea! I would use a cat shaped cookie cutter to cut out flour tortilla, then I'd fry them and sprinkle on some cinnamon sugar. You could even add some cocoa powder to add some dark color to your cats. Have fun. I'd love to share a photo if you make them!

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  8. I think I will serve graham crackers with it. It will taste like oreo balls without the coating.

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    1. It will taste great with graham crackers. You can even cut them into cats using a cookie cutter if you want.

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  9. This is the entry that led me to your site (via Mental Floss, I think?) and I LOVE it! I had to subscribe to your RSS feed.

    Thanks for sharing all of your creative ideas with us!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for subscribing. I hope you continue to enjoy my projects.

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  10. Do we take the cream out of the center of the cookies for this? or just put the cookies in whole to make the crumbs?

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    1. You need to use whole cookies to make the crumbs.

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  11. I love it! Just finished mine up and he is ready for the party!

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    1. I'd love to share a picture in my Reader's Gallery of your rat. Have a great party!

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  12. I use this base to make oreo truffles (just roll them into balls and dip in chocolate) but this is so much easier and Halloween-appropriate. I had a tough time sticking the ears to the head so i just connected them to each other and they kind of sit on top of the head. I had to add a splash of milk to the pink frosting to be able to pipe it. Thanks so much for this cute idea! Everyone at my work Halloween party loves it!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that you and your coworkers loved your rat. I realize looking at the picture of the ingredients that I used 1/3 less fat Cream Cheese and recently I discovered that it is more wet than regular. I was making a cheesecake and used it instead and it really changed the recipe. So, adding some milk to the pink frosting was a good idea. If you used regular cream cheese, it was probably a bit thicker. Glad it all worked in the end. If you snapped any pictures, I'd love to see them. Send them to beth@hungryhappenings.com

      Happy Halloween!

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