These no-bake peppermint Oreo balls have a chewy mint cookie and cream cheese center with a hardened chocolate shell and crushed candy canes on top! The perfect one-bite mint chocolate dessert for the holidays!
Easy Oreo Cookie Balls
I’ve posted quite a few Oreo balls but these peppermint Oreo balls have to be my favorite around this time of year. I love the mint Oreos mixed with the candy canes…it adds the perfect flavor combination. These are so festive and are one of my favorite mini desserts that are just perfect for a cookie exchange.
I love a holiday dessert that everyone finds irresistible but takes no time at all! These Oreo peppermint cookie balls are a pop-in-your-mouth treat that requires no sitting down, no utensils, and are small enough to allow people to sample more than one! When I’m hosting a crowd for the holidays, I like having a few different types like sugar cookie truffles and snowman Oreo balls on display for everyone to enjoy.
How to Make this Peppermint Oreo Balls Recipe
- Pulse crushed candy cane and Oreos together to make crumbs.
- Add the cream cheese in with a hand mixer.
- Scoop out cookie dough and make balls.
- Flash freeze on a wax paper-lined baking sheet for 10-15 minutes.
- Dip balls into the melted chocolate coating, tapping off excess chocolate for a smooth finish.
- Decorate with sprinkled crushed candy cane and allow the chocolate to harden.
- Did you forget to take the cream cheese out of the fridge ahead of time? Check out this post on how to soften cream cheese quickly and easily!
- Keeping your chocolate melted at all times is key! A quick guide on how to melt chocolate will help you figure out whether the microwave or stovetop is what works for you.
Tips & Tricks
- Mint cookies. Make sure to pick up MINT Oreos for the ultimate peppermint flavor.
- Flavor. If you can’t find Mint Oreos, adding a little peppermint extract to your mixture of regular Oreos can help.
- Keep the cream filling. Crush cookies with the cream intact. It helps with binding.
- Use your hands. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, if the hand mixer isn’t doing the job!
- Consistency. If your mixture is too dry, add a little more cream cheese. If it’s too wet, add more cookie crumbs without the cream in the middle.
- Type of chocolate. I prefer to use melting wafers for my chocolate, because of their smooth finish, but you can use a bar of chocolate or chocolate chips.
Oreo Cookie Balls (The Christmas Edition!)
Chocolate. I like to use a combination of white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. It looks pretty and it’s always nice to have a little something for everyone.
Decoration. Crushed candy cane or hard peppermint candy on top gives it such a festive look and feel.
Variations. Have any Christmas sprinkles leftover from your cookie decorating? Use them up! It can also be nice to leave a few plain or swirls of some of the extra melted chocolate you have lying around. The contrast of white chocolate on dark looks great. Or vice versa!
Storing & Freezing
For maximum freshness, store these peppermint Oreo truffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. They are also very freezer-friendly and can be kept frozen for up to 2 months.
More Easy Holiday Desserts:
- Peppermint Bark
- Chocolate Covered Oreos
- Peppermint Brownies
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
Peppermint Oreo Balls
- 36 mint OREO cookies , see notes
- 4-6 ounces cream cheese , softened
- 8 ounces chocolate , I prefer melting wafers
- 6 candy canes , crushed
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Crush the candy canes in a blender or food processor. Reserve about 1/4 cup for the tops and then add in the oreos and blend until it turns into crumbs.
- Mix together the oreo crumbs and cream cheese with a hand mixer. If it isn't coming together, get your hands in there and mix it up. If it's too dry add a little more cream cheese. If it's too wet add a few more crushed oreo cookies (without the cream).
- Use a small cookie scoop to scoop out the dough. Then roll into a ball with your hands and place onto the pan. Freeze for 10-15 minutes or until slightly firm. You don't want them too cold.
- Melt the chocolate and stir until smooth. Then 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 onto the pan.
- Immediately sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. Then allow to harden. 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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