Recipe Time!
Oreo Balls via Oreo!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese, room temp.
  • 36 Oreos
  • 1-2 packages of melting chocolate
  • An ugly sweater

The How-To:

  1. Using a food processor (or a rolling pin/wine bottle and a ziploc bag) mash up the oreos in to tiny tiny bits.
  2. Mix oreos together with the cream cheese
  3. Form 1 tbsp large balls and freeze for 1 hour
  4. Melt chocolate
  5. Take out frozen balls & lay out some wax paper for the balls to dry on
  6. Carefully roll balls into melted chocolate and take out to harden
  7. Decorate as you will
  8. Eat while wearing an ugly sweater

My method for rolling the balls? Two toothpicks. One to push it around in the chocolate & then stick it and pull it out, the other to help me get the first toothpick out and then cover up the hole. My method is not great. Also I didn’t decorate them because they’re already gone. They’ve been eaten.

What I wish I had done? White chocolate and then stacked them like little snowmen. Or maybe rolled them in shredded coconut for snowballs. Though I don’t know how it would be sticky enough. Or I would’ve dipped them in red chocolate melts and made them look like ornaments.

The things I would’ve done. Isn’t it the thought that counts?

These will be a fan favorite this holiday. My Mom doesn’t even like Oreos (blasphemy) and she can’t get enough of these. My Dad found out they were in my house and was upset I didn’t have them ready at the front door for him! 

#Decktheballs this season. Oreo balls. Mmm.

<3 bakerhi

Baby Ninjas Series 1 from Shawnimals

You can’t learn to be a ninja. You’re born as a ninja. These handmade plushies from Shawnimals depict primordial ninja using their skills of kawaii for massive damage.

The ninja stork drops them off in a blind-bagged package complete with hangtag. There are 10 Baby Ninja plus one chase. Pre-order one here. Currently gestating, they’ll ship in April.


Next Friday’s CreativeMornings/Chicago speaker is Shawn “Shawnimal” Smith of Chicago-based design studio, Shawnimals. The above plushes are just a few of the plethora of characters that exist in their online shop.

Shawn founded Shawnimals with his wife and business partner Jen Brody in 2002. In the near decade since Shawnimals’ inception they have received international recognition for their unique designs and the original line of character-branded products they’ve spawned. Beginning with a handful of simple yet endearing handmade plush toys, based on designs from Smith’s own sketchbooks, Shawnimals has blossomed into a full-fledged company making significant contributions to the world of designer toys and beyond.


Animal Spirit Ninja by Shawnimals Releasing Soon!

Shawnimals is releasing its newest addition to its family this coming Wednesday, August 1, called Animal Spirit Ninja. The wee little plush sports a furry cape and seems to be a merge of ninja with a type of wolf-like animal. It’s cute, fuzzy, and it’s badass (because it’s a ninja, too).

Purchases of the $30 Animal Spirit Ninja include:

  • A handmade ~ 7" x 7" plush Ninja limited to 100 pcs.
  • Signed and numbered fancy hang tag
  • Special accessories – Removable animal hood w/ built-in claws!
  • A character sticker
  • A character button

Awesome design, awesome Shawnimal addition.

Final Ninja of the Month: Ragdoll Ninja

Shawnimals is moving onto new projects in their Legends of Ninjatown series, so December 2012’s Ninja of the Month will be the final one produced by the company. And since this 7x7 inch plushy is closing the book on a three year long legacy, they’ve done something special with the Ragdoll Ninja. The terrycloth-like fabric, button eyes, and thick stitching make Ragdoll Ninja unique. And unlike other Ninjas, this one can sit upright, making it perfect for a shelf or table. He comes with the customary hangtag, card, and button, as well as a special scroll.

Order one of the 100 handmade Ragdoll Ninjas from Shawnimals for $30.


One of a Kind Shawnimals Stuff @ MyPlasticHeart

I snagged a blue mini canvas painted by Shawnimal while I was in NYC a few weeks ago. Now fans can buy one-off canvases, paintings, drawings, and custom vinyls from MyPlasticHeart’s web store. A lot of the stuff is in the $20-$30 range - a steal for customs from the Shawnimal himself.