Adorable snowman Oreo balls are a fun, festive, and delicious DIY activity for the kids! Made with Oreo cookies, cream cheese and melted chocolate, these super easy snowmen are always a hit!
These irresistible mini desserts will not only be devoured in seconds, but you’ll have such a blast making them too! They’re the perfect treat for your kids to help out with in the kitchen this holiday season. Let them decorate the snowmen faces and be sure to take pictures of the hilarious results! Perhaps a friendly Oreo snowman decorating competition is in order?!
Even if your little ones are not into helping out in the kitchen, you better believe they’ll be right there to lick the bowl. The melted chocolate coating on that indulgent bite of oreo and cream cheese is a winning combination. They are always a welcome addition to any dessert table.
Make extra and save some for later or package them up nicely and give a few of them as gifts to your friends and neighbors. They are also great for contributing to Christmas bake sales at school or even packing them in your kids’ lunches as a nut-free treat.
How to make snowman oreo balls
Start with the base oreo ball recipe, then add on the decorations later!
- Prep. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and crush the regular Oreos in a blender, food processor, or Ziploc bag and rolling pin. No need to take out the cream in the middle, it helps with consistency.
- Mix. In a large bowl, mix the Oreo crumbs and cream cheese using a hand mixer or have some fun and use your hands! Mix well.
- Scoop. Using a small cookie or ice cream scoop, scoop out the dough and roll into a ball with your hands. Place individual balls onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Freeze. Freeze until slightly firm. You don’t want them too cold otherwise it will help the melted chocolate to harden even faster. You don’t want that while you’re trying to coat the balls as quickly as you can!
- Dip. Melt the white chocolate and stir until smooth. This can be done with a double broiler or even easier in the microwave at 20-second intervals. Use a fork to dip the balls into the melted chocolate and tap the edge of the bowl to get a smooth finish and allow any excess chocolate to fall. Use a toothpick to help slide the ball onto the pan and let it harden.
Eating these Oreo balls is only half the fun. Getting creative is the other half! This recipe gives you a basic guide on how to make them but of course, you can play around and use your imagination as much as you’d like!
- Eyes. Take a clean toothpick and poke a small hole in the corner of a sandwich bag. Put a small amount of black icing in the bag. Pipe 2 small dots for the snowman’s eyes and 5 small dots for the mouth.
- Nose. Take 1 orange sprinkle and dip the end of it into the melted white chocolate and hold in place until it dries. You can also use orange icing and follow the same steps as above.
- Hat (version 1). Put a small amount of melted white chocolate on the bottom side of a mini Oreo. Place it on top of the snowman head in any position you’d like, tilted or otherwise. Hold it until it’s secured.
- Hat (version 2). Melt a small amount of dark chocolate. Cut the tip off the peak of a Hershey’s kiss. Dip it into the melted chocolate tip side down and place it on top of the flat side of an unmelted chocolate wafer. Hold it in place until the two pieces of chocolate have come together. Place a small amount of white melted chocolate on the bottom of the top hat, using a toothpick. Place it on the snowman’s head and keep in place until secure.
Tips for success
- Speed. For best results, have all your decorating accessories out and ready so that you can decorate FAST!
- Keep it melted. Having the chocolate in a melted state the entire time you are coating the oreo balls is important. It helps keep the color of the snowmen consistent and it will help the Oreo ball slide off onto the parchment paper without issues. If you find the chocolate is starting to set, reheat in the microwave for approximately 20 seconds.
- Best icing. If possible, avoid using cookie icing as it is way too liquidy to hold form. The gel icing also doesn’t really stick to the hardened chocolate to make the eyes and nose.
- Supersize it. A party size package of Oreos has 63 Oreos in it. A family size package of Oreos has 45 Oreos in it. Either will work, but also good to note you’ll have some leftover cookies to eat!
- Switch it up. If you’re up to trying something different, have fun with different Oreo flavors. The peppermint or golden Oreos will work just as well.
Storing & freezing
These snowman Oreo balls will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week in an airtight container or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
More Oreo desserts for the holidays:
Snowman Oreo Balls
- 36 OREO cookies (1 package)
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 8 ounces white chocolate melting wafers
- orange sprinkles or orange decorator icing
- 1 teaspoon black decorator icing
- mini OREO cookies
Optional: Hershey's kisses and dark chocolate melting wafers for top hat version (instructions in notes below)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then crush the oreos (with filling) in a blender or food processor.
- 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.
- 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 white 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. Allow to harden.
- For the eyes, poke a small hole in the corner of a sandwich bag using a clean toothpick. Put a small amount of black decorator icing in the bag. Pipe 2 small dots for the snowman’s eyes. Pipe 5 small dots for the snowman’s mouth.
- For the nose, dip the very end of an orange sprinkle in the melted white chocolate and hold it in place, about 20 seconds. You can also do this step using orange decorator icing and a sandwich bag to pipe it.
- For the hat, put a small amount of melted white chocolate on the bottom side of a mini oreo. Place it on top of the snowman’s head and hold it in place for about 20 seconds, until it is secured.