Holidays are full of fun gatherings that call for delicious treats. These Oreo Balls are a cute crowd-pleaser that comes together within an hour. Plus, they only require three ingredients and some fun decorating options. Make them earlier in the week for easy party prep.
Magic happens when you combine decadent Oreo cookies with cream cheese. You end up with a tempting truffle with an indulgence that only comes with Christmas. Dip them in almond bark, and you’ve got a treat that could be sold in any candy store!
Christmas Oreo Balls Hacks
Though this recipe is simple, you can do a few things to make it turn out fabulous every time.
- Use a stand mixer to blend your Oreo Balls. Even though the cream cheese is softened, mixing it by hand is difficult. This shortcut makes your mixture homogenous and saves a lot of elbow grease.
- Be sure to let your Oreo Balls chill in the fridge. If the treats are at room temperature, they’ll fall apart when you dip them. This extra step also makes the chocolate harden faster.
- If you don’t want to dip your cookies, you can always drizzle them with almond bark. The contrast of this method is beautiful and less rich than a covered treat.
- Create a multi-colored effect by dipping the Oreo Balls in white almond bark and drizzling them with dark chocolate.
- If you don’t have almond bark on hand, you can always use chocolate chips to achieve a similar result.
- Add any sprinkles while the almond bark is still wet, or they will fall off.
Variety is the spice of life! Here are some of our favorite Oreo Ball toppings.
- Chopped nuts (Slivered almonds, cashews, pecans, and walnuts are all great options)
- Crushed candy canes
- Sanding sugar
- Party sprinkles (Snowflakes, Christmas trees, hearts, etc.)
- Additional Oreo cookie crumbs
- Mini chocolate chips
- Crushed candy bars (Heath bars or Butterfingers are delicious!)
- Crushed pretzels
- Powdered sugar (Use as a dip instead of almond bark)
Oreo Balls Ingredient Info
These darling dessert bites come together with just three ingredients. Chances are you have some of them in your kitchen right now. Here’s what you need to add to your shopping cart.
Oreos. The Oreo Balls pictured use traditional chocolate Oreos, but you can always switch it up. Peppermint, golden, mint, birthday cake..the possibilities usually change with the season.
Many people pinch pennies during the holidays, and we get asked many questions about brand substitutions. Since the Oreos are ground up, what brand you use doesn’t make a difference.
Cream Cheese. Many similar recipes use frosting as their binder, but because the cookies are so sweet, we used cream cheese. Full-fat cream cheese tastes best in this recipe, but if you’re trying to lighten things up, you can use ⅓ fat cream cheese, also known as Neufchatel. This simple substitute won’t alter the overall result.
Be sure you soften the cream cheese before mixing the Oreo balls. The best way to do this is to simply let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes or so, based on the temperature of your kitchen.
Almond Bark. The contrast of white almond bark against the dark chocolate cookie is stunning. It also allows those gorgeous sprinkles to shine! I recommend using white bark because the taste is milder than dark chocolate, keeping the treats rich but not overpowering.
Decorations. These Oreo Balls are Christmas-themed, but there are many ways to customize them. Here are a few of our favorite themes.
- Valentine’s Day
- Monster cookie
- Gender reveal
- Birthday party
- St. Patrick’s Day
- Football (match the sprinkles with your favorite team’s colors)
- Class reunion
- Anniversary (Wedding colors)
The possibilities are endless! Get creative, and let us know what you come up with.
How to Make Oreo Balls
These Oreo Balls are easy to put together and a fun treat the entire family can make together. Get the kids involved! The best memories are often made in the kitchen.
Step One: Crush the Oreos
Place the Oreos in a food processor and pulse until crushed. You can also do this by hand; just place the cookies in a sealed plastic bag and crush them with a mallet or rolling pin. Set aside.
Step Two: Mix the Dough
In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine the crushed cookies and cream cheese until homogenous. There may be streaks of cream cheese in your mixture, but that’s normal. As you roll the Oreo balls, the cheese gets worked in a little more.
Using a stand mixer makes this job a breeze, especially if your kitchen is cold.
Step Three: Form the Oreo Balls
Roll the Oreo mixture into bite-sized balls and put them on a cookie sheet. Place in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to chill.
Step Four: Melt the Almond Bark
Chop the almond bark and melt it in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir the bark constantly so it melts evenly.
Low and slow is the way to go; if you try to rush the process, the bark scorches.
Step Five: Dip The Oreo Balls
Remove the Oreo Balls from the fridge and cover them in almond bark. The easiest way to do this is using a fork. This method allows the almond bark to coat the treat evenly and dip without excess pooling.
Step Six: Decorate and Finish
Place each Oreo Ball on the cookie sheet and immediately sprinkle them with your chosen decorations. Work fast to ensure the chocolate doesn’t harden before you’re done decorating. Place back in the fridge to let set.
Serve with a cup of Santa’s Christmas Coffee, and enjoy!
If you have leftovers, you can store them in the refrigerator. They can be kept in a covered container for up to a week. If you make your Oreo Balls ahead of time, you can store them in the freezer. They may lose their original texture, but some will gladly sacrifice that in the name of easy holiday prep.Print
1 (14.3-ounce) package of Oreos
1 (8-ounce) block of cream cheese
12 ounces of almond bark, plus more as needed
Decorations of your choice (Sprinkles, crushed peppermint, candy bars, etc.)
- Place the Oreos in a food processor and pulse until crushed.
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine the crushed cookies and cream cheese until homogenous.
- Roll the Oreo mixture into bite-sized balls and put them on a cookie sheet. Place in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to chill.
- Chop the almond bark and melt it in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir the bark constantly, so it melts evenly.
- Remove the Oreo Balls from the fridge and cover them in almond bark.
- Place each Oreo Ball on the cookie sheet and immediately sprinkle them with your chosen decorations. Place back in the fridge to let set. Enjoy!