November 25, 2013

Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls

Oreo Truffles

The year is flying by so quickly I can hardly believe I am already talking about Christmas recipes. But, here I am touting a great holiday dessert so it appears that the season has truly arrived. Today I am starting off with a great recipe for fake truffles, or as they are more officially called, Oreo Cookie Balls. I have been making variations of these for years and today I am going to share my family’s favorite flavor. Once you read how totally insanely easy these our to make you’ll be floored. They really do taste like real truffles and are always a hit at a party!

Oreo Truffles

The two best things about making these treats is that they are great to do with children, and you don’t have to worry a smidge about things like chocolate seizing or finding expensive ingredients. The basic Oreo Cookie Ball has three ingredients. This version has five and all of them can be very easily procured inexpensively at your local grocery store. Isn’t that a relief to hear during the holidays?!

Since there are so many terrific Oreo Cookie Ball variations I’ve listed a few more of my flavor ideas below in the recipe. Play around the recipe and make whatever you want! I guarantee you’ll be the hit of the party and you’ll never worry about making real truffles again. It’s beginning to look a lot like…

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Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Serving Size: 48 balls

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Ingredients

  • 1 package Oreo cookies (regular Oreos, not double-stuffed)
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Add the Oreo cookies to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Then, add the cream cheese and peppermint extract and pulse again until a soft dough forms.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pinch off the dough and roll it into 1 ½-inch round balls. Place the balls on the cookie sheet and chill them in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  3. Set a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water and add the chocolate. Stir the chocolate until it is just melted and smooth and glossy. Remove the bowl from the heat.
  4. Individually dip the chilled Oreo balls in the melted chocolate and return them to the baking sheet. Sprinkle the freshly dipped balls with decorations while the chocolate is still wet. Allow the cookie balls to cool completely before serving.

Notes

More flavor ideas: Add almond extract and top the balls with chopped almonds. Add orange extract and top the balls with orange zest. Dip the balls in white chocolate. Use Nutter Butters instead of Oreos.

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  • Cookbook Queen

    Love Oreo Balls, and the peppermint makes these extra special!!

  • Lizthechef

    Dangerous! These look amazing. I love chocolate and peppermint together, especially during the holidays.

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      So dangerous!! Esp because they are so darn easy. You can add all kinds of flavoring. Make these using blond Oreos with a drop of eggnog flavoring and cover in white chocolate…/

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  • Rt

    Hi Kelsey how many oz of Oreo we need

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      Hi!
      It is one standard box which is 18 ounces (30 total). :)

  • Christine

    Thank you for the recipe! I made these for my tree-trimming party last night, and the phrase “best thing I’ve ever eaten” was heard several times.

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      I am so glad! Happy holidays!!