Celebrate Thanksgiving with these festive turkey oreo balls. An easy no-bake dessert that will become the star of your holiday party!
This is the perfect sweet treat to add to your Thanksgiving menu. They’re filled with chocolate, are bite-sized and are decorated so cute. Both kids and adults will go crazy over them!
Oreo balls are a great dessert to make year-round, although I especially love making them during the holidays. There are so many fun and easy decorations you can add to jazz them up a little more. This turkey version for Thanksgiving is one of my absolute favorites. They turned out so cute and look so realistic. Everyone was raving about them!
- Oreos: You’ll need 1 package of Oreo cookies. No need to remove the middle filling – it helps add to the richness of the dessert.
- Cream cheese: This gets combined with the cookies to create a creamy and rich mixture. Make sure to use softened cream cheese so that it’s easier to mix together.
- Chocolate melting wafers: I used a package of dark chocolate melting wafers to coat the oreo balls/make the base of the turkey. I love buying these Ghirardelli melting wafers from Amazon. The quality is great and they give a super smooth finish.
- Candy corn: These are used to make the tail.
- Candy eyes: While the chocolate is still wet, you’ll also stick on some mini candy eyes.
- Reese’s pieces: These are used for the beak of the turkey. Make sure to use the orange colored Reese’s pieces. You could also use orange M&M’s if you have those on hand.
- Red decorator icing: Use red decorating icing to make the turkey’s wattle. You could always omit this step, but I think it makes them look extra cute and realistic.
How to make thanksgiving oreo balls
- Base mixture: Crush the oreos, then mix them together with the cream cheese. Scoop out the mixture with a small cookie scoop, then roll them into a ball with your hands. Freeze until slightly hardened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Then coat them in melted chocolate.
- Tail: While the chocolate is still wet, press 5 candy corns into the top of the oreo ball (in a fanned manner).
- Beak: Grab an orange Reese’s Pieces candy and press it into the middle of the oreo ball to make the beak.
- Eyes: Add some melted chocolate onto the back of the candy eyes, then adhere them above the beak.
- Wattle: Pipe some red decorating icing to the right of the beak, to make the turkey’s wattle.
- Move fast: In order to be able to decorate while the chocolate is still wet, you must move very fast. Make sure to have all of your decorating accessories out and ready to go before you get started.
- Melted chocolate: If the chocolate hardens before you are finished, you can use melted chocolate to “glue” the remaining decorations on. Use a toothpick to adhere it onto the decoration, then press it onto the oreo ball and hold it in place for about 20 seconds.
- Candy eye substitution: Instead of mini candy eyes, you can use white and black icing to make the turkey eyes. Just make sure it’s decorating icing, not the gel icing or cookie icing.
More oreo desserts for the holidays:
- Halloween oreo balls
- Chocolate dipped oreo snowflakes
- Oreo brownies
- Snowman oreo balls
- Oreo peanut butter pie
Turkey Oreo Balls
- 36 OREO cookies (1 package)
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 8 ounces dark chocolate melting wafers
- mini candy eyes
- candy corn
- orange Reese's pieces
- red decorating icing
- 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 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.
- Before the chocolate hardens, press 5 candy corn pieces into the oreo ball in a fanned manner, making the turkey tail.
- Next press the Reese’s Pieces candy into the oreo ball for the turkey’s beak. If the chocolate has hardened before you are able to get to this step, you can dip the Reese’s Pieces slightly into the melted chocolate and hold it in place for about 20 seconds to adhere it.
- Using a toothpick, put a tiny bit of melted chocolate on the back of the candy eyes and adhere them to the turkey.
- Last, cut the corner off a sandwich bag and put some red icing into it. Then pipe the red icing onto the oreo ball to make the turkey’s wattle.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.