Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

by Kelli on December 2, 2013

This post was sponsored by OREO, but, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

I was kind of sad when I picked my way through the very last of the Thanksgiving leftovers this weekend.  Until five minutes later when I was rocking out to Christmas tunes and diving head first into all things butter, sugar, chocolate and holiday baking!  Arguably the most wonderful time of year.  And, definitely the most delicious.

I feel like we can officially talk holiday baking now!  Or, in this case, holiday no bakes.

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This year I’m kicking off holiday baking (err holiday no-baking?) with a super easy, must have holiday treat.  Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls are like a cookie and a candy, full of rich chocolate pepperminty flavor, all in one!

These cookie balls combine two of my holiday season must-have flavors in one tiny package!  I’m talking about chocolate and mint.

Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

Right now, only four ingredients are standing between you and Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls.  And, they’re super easy to make.  What’s not to love about that?!

It’s gonna go something like this….use a food processor or blender to turn your OREO cookies until OREO dust –> mix with cream cheese –> form a lot of bite size cookie balls –> chill –> cover the chilled cookie balls with melted white chocolate (yum!) –> top the cookie balls with crushed candy cane.

Whether you bring these Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls to a party, give them as a gift or just devour them yourself, I guarantee they’re going to be a crowd pleaser.

Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

I have a few cookie ball making tips for you…

This is not the time to skimp on calories.  Forget the no fat or low fat cream cheese.  Go for the real deal, full fat cream cheese.

The recipe calls for 36 OREOs…..this is exactly one standard size (16 ounce) package of cookies.  Do yourself a favor, buy two packages of OREOs.  The second you open the package, you’re gonna wanna pop a cookie or two in your mouth.  And if you don’t wanna nibble on some cookies, someone else in the house certainly will.  Two packages of cookies gives you some nibbling leeway, and you want nibbling leeway.

I’m awful at melting white chocolate.  Awful!  I burn it nine times out of ten.  Instead of going through that song and dance again (and again and again) I used white melting chips instead.

Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

Yield: Makes 48 1-inch cookie balls

Ingredients

  • 36 OREO cookies (about 3 cups), finely crushed
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 16 ounces white chocolate, melted
  • 2 candy canes, crushed

Instructions

Use a food processor blender to finely crush the OREO cookies.

Combine the cookie crumbs and cream cheese and a large bowl and mix together.

Shape into 1-inch balls, and place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet or large plate. Freeze for 10 minutes. Dip the cookie balls in the melted chocolate and place on another wax paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle crushed candy cane over the freshly dipped cookie balls. Repeat with the remainder.

Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.

Notes

Adapted from OREO

http://thecornerkitchenblog.com/peppermint-oreo-cookie-balls/

Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

Enjoy!

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracey December 2, 2013 at 8:06 AM

My family begs for these every single year, they’re a must have on my holiday cookie trays!

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Kelli December 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM

You’re family has excellent tastes! These are a total holiday must have!

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Ali @ Inspiralized December 2, 2013 at 8:08 AM

I love your recipes so much – they’re so seemingly easy and packed with yumminess. I love these so much, I’m going to make them for my holiday party! Thanks for sharing :)

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Kelli December 2, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Thanks so much, Ali…you’re so sweet :) These cookie balls will be a huge hit at your party!

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Julia December 2, 2013 at 8:27 AM

LOVE these! Oreos are my favorite store-bought cookie, and I looooove pepperminty chocolaty treats. SO excited for baking season! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

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Kelli December 2, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Oreo’s are pretty much the only store-bought cookie you’ll find in my kitchen. I think this has to be my ultimate chocolate-peppermint sweet treat.

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Carrian December 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Oh my goodness! This looks amazing! I love it!

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Kelli December 2, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Thanks, Carrian!

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor December 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Love these, Kelli! You can never go wrong with Oreo :)

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Kelli December 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

My thoughts exactly :)

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Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain December 2, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Oreos are my weakness!!! These look amazeballs. wink, wink.

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Kelli December 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

That makes two of us…so irresistible! Thanks, friend!

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ashley - baker by nature December 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Oh good lawrd, lady! These look amazing x 1,000,000.

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Kelli December 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Thanks, Ashley!

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Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough December 2, 2013 at 2:07 PM

I was sad when my Thanksgiving leftovers were all gone, too (that’s what happens when you have two full-grown brothers in the house and a husband who eats everything in sight). Which is why I’m going to have to make these cookie balls and keep them ALL TO MYSELF. :)

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Kelli December 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM

That’ll teach them to hog all the Turkey Day leftovers!!

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Erin | The Law Student's Wife December 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

My family FLIPS for oreo truffles. Seriously–they vanish. The peppermint addition makes these totally fun and festive.

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Kelli December 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

These are seriously such a crowd pleaser!! I made a plate last night for our houseguests…turned around for a minute and the plate was nearly empty!

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Amy @ Elephant Eats December 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM

How on earth do you get to be sponsored by Oreo? That’s like the best gig ever ;) These cookie balls sound delicious and look so festive…like little snowballs. Love the candy canes on top (looks like we were on the same food wavelength this week)! I’m so making them!

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Kelli December 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM

If these are like snowballs, then they’re the best snowballs I’ve ever encountered in my life! I’ve been adding crushed candy cane on nearly everything!

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Natalie @ Tastes Lovely December 3, 2013 at 9:00 PM

These Oreo cookie balls are too darn cute. I love how the peppermint candies turn pink when you crush them. Can’t wait to try these : )

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Kelli December 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Thanks, Natalie! The candy cane “dust” is awesome! I think it would also be fun to roll the whole cookie ball in the peppermint!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 3, 2013 at 10:09 PM

So cute and festive! I haven’t had cookie balls before (that sentence sounds weird), but I’m positive I would love them. Anything with peppermint makes me swoon :)

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Kelli December 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Whaaaaat?? We need to get you on the cookie ball wagon asap!

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Joanne December 4, 2013 at 7:07 AM

We can never get enough of Oreos in our apartment! I love these bite sized treats!!

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Kelli December 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Thanks, Joanne!

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Sarah December 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I made these balls and love them. my question is do hey have to be refrigerated when not being served. I plan to give them as gifts, but if they have to be refrigerated, that would not be too convenient

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Kelli December 22, 2013 at 6:27 PM

These are an awesome edible gift! It’s best to keep them refrigerated, but they don’t have to be. I’d package them and keep them in the fridge as long as you can, and maybe mention to the recipient to store them in the fridge when they get home….assuming, of course, they don’t eat every single one of them before getting home :) Have a great holiday!

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Georgina Holden December 24, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Recipe went fine until dipping in white chocolate. That was a mess and the cookies look a mess. Grand kids will still eat.

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