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Turkey Oreo Balls

These turkey Oreo balls are an easy kid-friendly Thanksgiving dessert that are so fun to make. Oreo truffles are dipped in chocolate then decorated with candy corn and candy eyes to turn them into festive turkeys!

Turkey Oreo ball on counter.
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Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Dessert

These turkey Oreo balls are the perfect sweet treat to add to your Thanksgiving menu. Both kids and adults will go crazy over them! Plus, they are a great addition to the pie table for those that may not love pie.

Oreo balls are a great year-round dessert but during the holidays there are so many fun ways you can decorate them! This Thanksgiving turkey version is one of my favorite festive recipes along with strawberry turkeys, turkey veggie tray and turkey fruit tray.

Recipe Ingredients

Everyone will rave about these cute Thanksgiving turkey Oreo cookie balls that are chocolatey, bite-sized and decorated so cute!

Dipping Oreo truffle in chocolate with candy corn, candy eyes and orange reese pieces in bowls.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Oreos: 1 package of Oreo cookies. No need to remove the middle filling, it helps add to the rich dessert.
  • Cream cheese: Softened cream cheese is combined with the cookies to create a creamy and rich mixture.
  • Chocolate melting wafers: I used a package of dark chocolate melting wafers to coat the Oreo balls/make the base of the turkey, but you can use semi-sweet.
  • Candy corn: These are used to make the tail feathers. You can use M&M candies if preferred.
  • Candy eyes: Mini candy eyes help create the cute turkey face.
  • Reese’s pieces: These are used for the beak of the turkey. Make sure to use orange colored Reese’s pieces. Orange M&M’s work, too!
  • 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 Turkey Oreo Balls

This Thanksgiving Oreo cookie ball recipe is a fun and easy way for the kids to help in the kitchen and get creative turning the truffles into cute characters!

The process of making turkey oreo balls in a four step photo collage.
  1. Crush Oreos: In a food processor crush the Oreos into fine crumbs. You can also add Oreos to a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  2. Base mixture: Mix crumbs together with the cream cheese to create the truffle filling.
  3. Scoop and roll into balls: 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.
  4. Coat: Melt chocolate and then use a fork to coat the balls in the melted chocolate.
How to make turkey oreo balls.
  1. Tail: While the chocolate is still wet, press 5 candy corns into the top of the Oreo ball (in a fanned manner).
  2. Beak: Grab an orange Reese’s Pieces candy and press it into the middle of the Oreo ball to make the beak.
  3. Eyes: Add some melted chocolate onto the back of the candy eyes, then adhere them above the beak.
  4. Wattle: Pipe some red decorating icing to the right of the beak, to make the turkey’s wattle.

Turkey Oreo Truffles Tips

  • Quality chocolate. I love buying these Ghirardelli melting wafers from Amazon. The quality is great and they give a super smooth finish to chocolate covered Oreos.
  • Move fast: In order to be able to decorate while the chocolate is still wet, you must move fast. 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.
  • 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.
  • Get creative. Decorating these Oreo truffle turkeys for Thanksgiving is such a fun activity and a chance to let creativity soar! You could just add sprinkles or even more candy.

5 star review

“Too stinkin’ adorable! These yummy oreo balls are so fun to make and to eat! It’s dessert and decoration all in one!”


Recipe FAQs

Do Oreo balls have to stay refrigerated?

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.

Can you freeze Oreo balls?

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.

Turkey Oreo balls decorated with candy corn and eyes on the counter.

Other festive Oreo desserts we love include these chocolate covered Christmas oreos, Oreo brownies and white chocolate covered Oreos!

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Turkey Oreo Balls

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
These turkey Oreo balls are an easy kid-friendly Thanksgiving dessert that are fun to make. They will become the star of any holiday party!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chill time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 40



  • 36 OREO cookies (see notes)
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese , softened
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 80 mini candy eyes , plus more if needed
  • 200 candy corn , plus more if needed
  • 40 orange Reese's pieces , plus more if needed
  • Red decorating icing


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a blender or food processor, pulse the Oreos (with filling) into fine cookie 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. Get candy corn ready to press in. Use a fork to dip 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, immediately press 5 candy corn pieces into the ball in a fanned manner, making the turkey tail.
  • For the beak, press the Reese’s Pieces candy into the ball. If the chocolate has hardened before you are able to get to this step, dip the candy slightly into the melted chocolate and hold it in place for about 20 seconds to adhere it.
  • For the eyes, using a toothpick, put a tiny bit of melted chocolate on the back of the candy eyes and adhere them to the ball
  • For the wattle, poke a small hole in the corner of a zip-top bag using a clean toothpick. Add the icing. Pipe onto the ball to make a turkey wattle.
  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


Oreos: You’ll need about 1 package of Oreos for this recipe. You don’t have to remove the filling, however I like to remove the filling from about 15 or so to make them less rich. 
  • You can use different flavor of Oreos. The peppermint or golden Oreos also taste great. You can also use milk, dark, or white chocolate.
  • If you run out of candy for decorating, simply dip the oreo balls in chocolate. You can always drizzle extra chocolate over top for a decorative touch. 
Storage: For best results, store the Oreo cookie balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 2 months. 


Serving: 1ball | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1.9mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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