These Christmas Oreo balls are easy to make with crushed Oreos and cream cheese. Dipped in white chocolate and decorated with sprinkles, these truffles look elegant on any cookie exchange tray and are an irresistible holiday treat!
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Oreo Balls for Christmas
Show of hands if you agree that some of the best holiday desserts are the easiest desserts. Especially ones made with just 3 ingredients!
It’s super simple to turn my classic Oreo balls into Christmas Oreo balls which are perfect for all your holiday gatherings! Using Oreos, cream cheese, and melting wafers, you’ve got perfect little bite-sized treats that can be decorated as festive as you’d like!
Why This Recipe Works
- Delicious no bake dessert. A decadent, fudgy, rich and chocolaty no-bake dessert. Make ahead and double the recipe for the freezer as one is never enough!
- An easy festive treat. Made with only 3 ingredients and minimal cleanup. Decorate any you way you would like to fit your holiday theme.
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
- Oreo cookies: You don’t need to remove the filling, but if you prefer them less rich and less sweet, you can remove the filling from half of the number of Oreos you use.
- Cream cheese: Use a block of cream cheese, not the spreadable kind. Softened cream cheese blends more easily.
- Chocolate melting wafers: I use white chocolate candy melts and the microwave. Learning how to melt chocolate using a couple of different methods can come in handy.
- Seasonal sprinkles: For Christmas, I use red and green, but you can opt for gold and silver, all white, or a dark chocolate drizzle. The sky’s the limit for what you can do!
Substitutions and Variations
Just like Christmas oreos these holiday truffles are so fun to creatively decorate!
- Type of Oreos: Use any variety of Oreo you like from mint Oreo cookies to any festive holiday varieties. I would avoid double stuffed Oreos, though.
- Snowman Oreo balls: A mini Oreo for a hat, a touch of melted milk chocolate wafers for the eyes and mouth, and an orange sprinkle for the nose.
- Peppermint: You can roll the balls around in crushed candy cane if you don’t have any sprinkles.
- Type of chocolate: Make some of the Oreo cake balls with dark chocolate melting wafers or even red and green melted chocolate. Use almond bark if that is all you can find.
- Decorations: Decorate with sprinkles, crushed peppermint, nuts or even just drizzled chocolate.
How to Make Christmas Oreo Balls
- Combine filling. Crush Oreos into fine crumbs using a food processor place Oreos in a zip-top bag and use a rolling pin to crush. Add crushed sandwich cookies to a large bowl with cream cheese and mix with an electric mixer.
- Scoop Oreo balls. Use a small cookie scoop to portion 1-inch balls. Roll them with your hands and drop them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Keep them in a single layer without touching.
- Chill to set. Transfer tray to freezer to set for about 10-15 minutes. You just want them slightly firm, but not too cold. Otherwise, the melted chocolate will set way too fast.
- Melt and dip chocolate. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate in 30-second intervals. Stir in between each zap until chocolate is smooth and melted. Dip the balls into the chocolate and tap the edge of the bowl to release the excess chocolate for a smooth finish. Decorate before the chocolate hardens!
- If the filling mixture isn’t coming together, feel free to get your hands dirty! Get in there and mix it up. Sometimes it’s just a matter of needing a little extra pressure.
- Too thick of chocolate: If your chocolate seems too thick, add a small amount of vegetable shortening until it reaches desired consistency.
- Use a cookie scoop. This isn’t a must but highly recommended to keep all the Christmas Oreo balls the same size.
- A smooth finish. Tapping the edge of the bowl to let the excess chocolate drip off is one way to have a smooth finish. The other way is to use a toothpick to help slice the ball back onto the baking sheet.
- Line pan with parchment paper. Once hardened, the Christmas Oreo cookie balls will easily release off the baking sheet this way.
Due to the cream cheese, these need to be stored in the refrigerator. They will last up to 1 week when stored in a covered container in the fridge.
Wait until the chocolate has set before storing them. If you need to stack the Oreo balls, place wax paper or parchment paper between them to prevent sticking.
For a short time, yes. They can stay out as long as they’re on display on your dessert table but transfer any uneaten truffles to the fridge after 2 hours.
If you need a room temperature treat that doesn’t need to be refrigerated, make white chocolate dipped oreos instead.
These are basic sweet, tangy, and creamy on the inside. They’re a combination of regular Oreos and regular full-fat cream cheese, but you can sub for a different type of Oreo to switch up the flavor. Golden Oreos or peppermint Oreos could be great too!
Absolutely! They can be kept frozen for up to 2 months and then thawed before serving. You can make them ahead and bring them out for Christmas, or keep some for New Year’s or Valentine’s Day too!
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Christmas Oreo Balls
- 36 OREO cookies (see notes)
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese , softened
- 8 ounces white chocolate melting wafers
- Seasonal sprinkles
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a blender or food processor, pulse the Oreos (with filling) into fine crumbs. You can also place the Oreos in a zip-top bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.
- In a large bowl, mix together the Oreo crumbs and cream cheese with an electric mixer. If it isn't coming together, get your hands in there and mix it up.
- Using a small cookie scoop, portion the dough onto the baking sheet. Roll into a ball with your hands. Freeze 10 to 15 minutes, or until slightly firm. You don't want them too cold.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in-between each, until smooth.
- Use a fork to dip the Oreo balls into the chocolate. Tap on the edge of the bowl to get the smooth finish. Use a toothpick to help slide the ball back onto the baking sheet. Before the chocolate hardens, add sprinkles. Let harden completely.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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