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!
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Decorated Mini Oreo Snowman
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. These plus white chocolate covered Oreos and Christmas Oreo balls 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.
Just 3 Ingredients
You read that right! These sweet treats only need 3 ingredients and come together in a flash.
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
- OREOs: As the backbone to these quick desserts, I crush half Oreo cookies with the filling and half without the filling to give them just the right amount of sweetness.
- Cream cheese: I love the tang cream cheese gives these Oreo truffles.
- Chocolate: I prefer using Ghirardelli melting wafers (white and milk chocolate) because they melt so easily, but choose whatever chocolate you like best for a smooth finish.
- Decoration: A little bit of icing, sprinkles, and a mini Oreo or Hershey Kiss bring these sweet little snowmen to life.
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.
I would! They will last up to 1 week when stored in a covered container in the fridge. They can stay out as long as they’re on display on your dessert table but transfer any uneaten truffles to the fridge.
Absolutely! They can be kept frozen for up to 2 months. You can make them ahead and bring them out just in time for the holidays.
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 (see notes)
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
- 8 ounces white chocolate melting wafers
- 1 teaspoon black decorator icing
- Orange sprinkles or orange 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. 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 cookie 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 mixture 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 and let any excess chocolate drip off. Use a toothpick to help slide the ball back onto the baking sheet. Let harden completely.
- For the eyes and mouth, poke a small hole in the corner of a zip-top bag using a clean toothpick. Add the decorator icing. 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 about 20 seconds, until it is secured.
- Melt a small amount of dark chocolate.
- Cut the peak off a Hershey’s kiss.
- Dip it tip side down into the melted dark chocolate.
- Place it on top of the flat side of an unmelted dark chocolate wafer.
- Hold it in place until the two pieces are connected.
- Using a toothpick, put a small amount of melted white chocolate on the bottom of the top hat. Place it on top of the snowman’s head and hold in place, about 20 seconds, until secured.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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