Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls

Peppermint Oreos are combined with cream cheese and crushed candy canes and in dipped in candy melts to create Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls. They’re simple and so delicious.

It is going to become incredibly apparent in the coming weeks that I have a thing for peppermint and chocolate during the holiday season. I’ve already stocked my pantry with eleventy-million Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Bars and numerous bags of the minis. I like to consider a piece or two my treat after a long day’s work, but if I’m being honest, I kinda snack on these babies numerous occasions throughout the work day.

If you’ve been a regular here on My Baking Addiction in recent months, you know that we’ve been planning a pretty big move to the opposite side of Ohio. And after months and months and months of searching for our perfect home, we ended up deciding to build. I’m super excited to report that we officially have a basement complete with walls! A huge load of lumber arrived to our lot on Monday, so it’s only a matter of a few days until the framing begins.

Peppermint Oreo Truffles on My Baking AddictionIf you’re interested in progress updates, I’ve shared a couple on my Instagram and will continue to share throughout the process. Since we live well over an hour away from our new home, we’ve been doing a lot of traveling back and forth. Although we can’t check up on the progress daily, since our families are local to the new house, we’ve been lucky enough to have them drive by, snap photos and update us every step of the way.

Since we’re planning a mid-winter move, we’re in the process of going through all the things. In fact, we had a garage cleaning party two weeks ago. Okay, it so wasn’t a party, but we bribed friends and family with Sloppy Joes and first dibs on anything we didn’t want from the garage. From a meat smoker and speakers to cupcake carriers and loads of random baking pans, I’d say they made out like bandits. And so did we – there’s nothing better than a freshly cleaned garage – well, maybe a freshly cleaned house and garage.

Peppermint Oreo Truffle Recipe on My Baking AddictionDue to all the packing coinciding with the holiday season, we’re kind of taking it easy in the baking and cooking departments. Dinners have consisted of grilled cheese and tomato soup more times than I care to admit. And one day last week, we ate macaroni and cheese with cut-up hot dogs on paper plates while sitting on our living room floor watching the Cavs. We’re supah fancy like that.

So when it comes to the sweets, we’re looking for easy. Desserts like these Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls are so easy to make! They’re also always one of the first things to disappear from any cookie platter or holiday dessert table. And with only a handful of ingredients and minimal prep work, they’re perfect for anyone who is looking for a simple, crowd pleasing holiday dessert.

Go ahead, roll up your sleeves, crush some Oreos and create something delicious. I bet ya can’t eat just one!

Photo Credit: Emily Caruso of Jelly Toast

Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls

Yield: about 30 cookie balls

Prep Time: 30 minutes


  • 10 mini candy canes
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1  (10.7 ounce) package Peppermint Oreos
  • 16 ounces dark or white candy wafers
For Garnish
  • 5 mini candy canes, crushed (optional)


  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place candy canes into a food processor and pulse the machine until crushed into fine pieces.
  3. Add in Peppermint Oreos and pulse until crushed into fine crumbs.
  4. Add in cream cheese and pulse until thoroughly combined.
  5. Using a small cookie scoop, measure mixture (about 2 teaspoons) and then roll into cookie balls.
  6. Place rolled cookie balls on prepared cookie sheet and place into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or into the freezer for 10 minutes.
  7. Once cookies balls are chilled, melt candy wafers according to package directions.
  8. Dip cookie balls (see tip below) in melted candy wafers and place back onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
  9. If desired, sprinkle with crushed candy canes and/or drizzle with contrasting candy melts.
  10. Once all cookie balls are dipped refrigerate them for one hour.


  • I placed the 10 mini candy canes into my food processor really crush them into a fine texture.
  • The candy canes used for topping were crushed in a ziptop bag with a mallet.
  • Dipping Tip: I place a cookie ball on a fork over the bowl of melted wafers and spoon the melted candy wafers over the cookie ball. Allow excess candy to drip off into the bowl. Slide the cookie ball off of the fork and onto the parchment paper using a toothpick.
  • This recipe was updated in November 2016 to reflect the new size package of Peppermint Oreos.

Looking for More Peppermint Recipes?

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bark
Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bar on My Baking Addiction

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

32 Responses to “Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls”

  1. Carol — December 11, 2014 at 11:56 am


    help, I have 2 year old chocolate candy squares. How can I use them in baking?


    • Jamie — December 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Does the box say that the chocolate are expired? If so, I would definitely purchase new chocolates. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Cathy — December 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Where did you find the mini candy cane oreo cookies? I can’t seem to locate them. These look so yummy and easy to make. Thanks!


    • Jamie — December 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      I picked them up at Kroger. I hope this helps. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • Xtine — December 19, 2014 at 3:08 am

      If you can’t find them, Candy Cane Joe Joe’s from Trader Joes work splendidly!

  3. Ria — December 11, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    This is a must-make! Congratulations on your new house!!


    • Jamie — December 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Ria! :)

  4. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy — December 11, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Congrats on the big move! These are my favorite holiday treats :)


    • Jamie — December 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! :)

  5. Cheryl — December 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    That Le Creuset mug! I almost bought the red one yesterday at Whole Foods and now I’m really wishing I had. Can you believe I’ve never had Oreo cookie balls?! But they look so delish! Not going to lie, I’m actually even more blown away by your sugar cookie peppermint bark and those cupcakes.. damn!


    • Jamie — December 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks so much, Cheryl! :)

  6. Amanda — December 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    These look amazing! Congrats on the house progress, very exciting!


  7. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits — December 13, 2014 at 1:57 am

    These cookie balls look so delightful! I could eat so many of them at once. Congrats on the move!


    • Jamie — December 13, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by.


  8. Alexis — December 13, 2014 at 8:40 am

    What brand candy wafers do you use? Mine never get to the point that I can spoon it out.



    • Jamie — December 13, 2014 at 10:10 am

      I love the Ghirardelli melting wafers! I hope this helps!

  9. Amanda — December 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    The oreo cookie balls are awesome – we’ve been doing them for a couple years. Here’s another version. Same recipe using the oreos and cream cheese, but we use regular oreos and we dip them in Andes candies baking chips (melted, of course) to get the minty flavor. Then we decorate with gold and silver sprinkles. Just a different take, thought I’d share. :)


    • Jamie — December 20, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Your version sounds delicious! Thanks for stopping by.


  10. Mehndi Design Videos — December 1, 2016 at 12:40 am

    LOVE simple holiday treats like this!!


    • Jamie — December 1, 2016 at 10:45 am

      I’m so glad! Let me know if you give them a try!

  11. Ann — December 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Can dye be added to the candy coating or should I try to find green candy coating?  I plan to arrange them into a Christmas tree for serving.  Can’t wait to try this recipe!


    • Jamie — December 5, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Hi, Ann! I’ve never tried it, but I say give it a go. Let me know how it all turns out!

  12. Patti — December 6, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Do these need to stay refrigerated? How ahead can I make them 


    • Jamie — December 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Hi, Patti! I don’t think these need to stay refrigerated…I would just refrigerate until the outer shell sets. If you’d like to make them ahead (2-3 days would be fine, I think), don’t dip the cookies into the chocolate until the day you’re ready to serve them. Refrigerate, and you should be good to go. Let me know how it goes!

  13. Elizabeth Tielbur — December 11, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I can’t find mini candy canes…. what would be the conversion if I used regular sized candy canes instead?


    • Jamie — December 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Hi, Elizabeth! I would use about three to four regular size candy canes. I hope you enjoy them!

  14. Leticia Nakamura — December 11, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I don’t have a food processor can I smash up the candy cane and oreos in a zip lock bag?


    • Jamie — December 12, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Absolutely, Leticia! I hope you enjoy the cookie balls!

  15. Lydia — December 17, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Just made these and they are amazing! The Oreo’s were hard to find but someone left one pack of peppermint Oreos Willy-Nilly in the store, like they just ditched them, and then they were mine. Fate. Great recipe. Except for my food processor dying….


    • Jamie — December 18, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Hi, Lydia! I’m so sorry to hear about your food processor, but I’m glad you enjoyed the cookie balls. All the best to you!

  16. hania — December 25, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    what alternate can i use for candy wafers…??


    • Jamie — December 27, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Hi, Hania! You could melt some chocolate chips and add a bit of shortening to it. Let me know how it goes!

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