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Peppermint Oreo Balls

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

Cookie tin filled with Peppermint oreo balls on a gray counter

I know it’s only December 4th, but I am already getting the urge to start holiday baking. Only problem is, I don’t really have the freezer space at the moment to store much of anything. That thing is packed with butter, chicken and more mini ice cream sandwiches than I care to admit.

I am pretty obsessed with Peppermint Oreo Balls every holiday season. They’re super simple to make and can easily be adapted to fit your personal taste.

Don’t like peppermint? No problem. Simply use regular Oreos and omit the crushed peppermint, or use any other of your favorite flavors of Oreos. I have used regular Oreos, Mint, Peanut Butter and Peppermint Bark all with great results.

Ingredients for peppermint oreo balls arranged on a gray counter

MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY FLAVOR COMBO

As I have mentioned before, I really have a thing for peppermint and chocolate during the holiday season. 

Every year I stock my pantry with eleventy-million bags of Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Bars. 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 those babies numerous times throughout the work day.

Crushed candy canes in the bowl of a food processor

So of course I love baking holiday treats with that beloved peppermint and chocolate combination.

In years past I have made Chocolate Peppermint Scotcheroos, Peppermint Cocoa Brownie Cups, Peppermint Mocha Cookies, and more. This year, I’m sticking with ultra easy.

Crushed candy canes and oreo cookies in the bowl of a food processor

And these Peppermint Oreo Balls are super 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 holiday dessert that everyone loves.

Shaped peppermint oreo balls arranged on a parchment-lined baking sheet

PEPPERMINT OREO BALL INGREDIENTS

These Peppermint Oreo Balls are another one of those recipes, like Eclair Cake and Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake, that uses just a handful of simple ingredients to make something super delicious.

To make these Oreo cookie balls, you’ll need:

  • Mini candy canes
  • Cream cheese
  • Peppermint Oreos
  • Dark or white candy melts

I like to decorate my Peppermint Oreo Balls with both dark AND white candy melts, but I think we all know by now that I’m a little extra.

If you’re crunched on time or only have one type of the candy wafers on hand, you can stick to just dark or white! They’ll still be delicious.

Oreo ball freshly coated in white candy melts on a fork

HOW TO MAKE THESE OREO COOKIE BALLS

If you’ve made Turtle Cookie Balls or Oreo Peanut Butter Truffles, then you’ll be familiar with this process.

Start by placing most of the mini candy canes into a food processor and pulsing until they’re crushed into fine pieces. Since this is what we’re going to mix into the Oreo balls, I like the pieces to be really fine.

Peppermint oreo balls decorated in white candy melts with chocolate drizzle and crushed candy canes arranged on a parchment-lined baking sheet

Add in the Peppermint Oreos and pulse until crushed into fine crumbs. Then add the softened cream cheese and pulse until everything is thoroughly combined.

Grab a small cookie scoop to portion the “dough” you’ve just made into about 2 teaspoon portions and roll them into cookie balls.

Place the Oreo balls on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and let them hang out in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or in the freezer for 10 minutes.

After that, you can dip the Peppermint Oreo Balls into the melted candy wafers of your choice and decorate them with more crushed candy canes!

Refrigerate the cookie balls for at least an hour before serving.

Cut-open Peppermint oreo ball nestled into a pile of oreo balls on a metal platter

TIP FOR DECORATING PEPPERMINT OREO BALLS

Wondering how to coat the Oreo cookie balls in the melted candy wafers without making a mess ev.er.y.where?

I like to 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.

Peppermint oreo balls arranged on a metal platter

That’s it! If you want, you can sprinkle on some more crushed candy canes or let the coating harden, then drizzle on contrasting white or dark candy melts before adding the crushed candy canes.

Just try to decorate all of them before digging in. I bet ya can’t eat just one!

Peppermint oreo balls arranged on a metal platter

Peppermint Oreo Balls

Yield: About 30 Oreo balls
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  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.

Notes

I placed the 10 mini candy canes into my food processor to really crush them into a fine texture.

The candy canes used for topping were crushed in a zip-top 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.

Nutrition Information
Yield 15 Serving Size 2 Oreo balls
Amount Per Serving Calories 221Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 8mgSodium 58mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 0gSugar 30gProtein 1g

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Karen

Sunday 13th of December 2020

Do these need to stay in the refrigerator after they are made? I would guess yes because of the cream cheese? Also how long do they last? Do they spoil? Thanks!

Jamie

Friday 18th of December 2020

Yes, you definitely want to store them in the refrigerator. They will keep just fine for a few days. -Jamie

Kim Moore

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Do these freeze ok? How long do you take them out of freezer before you plan to eat them?

Jamie

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Yes, you can freeze them. They'd probably need about 30 minutes on the counter before eating. :)

Carol Clark

Saturday 5th of December 2020

I used to make these years ago but I also made them out of regular vanilla cookies, filled peanut butter, maple flavored any cream filled cookie I could find. One time I stuck them in miniature ice cream cups and then dipped them for the kids, they were a fun thing

Jamie

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

That sounds delicious, Carol!

Pat

Saturday 9th of December 2017

Hi. I can’t find the peppermint Oreos anywhere. Can I use the original Oreos and add peppermint extract??

Jamie

Monday 11th of December 2017

Pat- You could, I'd only add in about 1/4 teaspoon of extract. You can also look for Mint Oreos, which work well here too! Happy holidays to you and yours! -Jamie

Nattrac

Saturday 2nd of December 2017

Can you peppermint Oreo cookies balls be frozen? How long do they keep after they are made on a counter top? 

Jamie

Monday 11th of December 2017

I would freeze them before dipping them in chocolate. Store them in the refrigerator after dipping. I hope this helps. Happy Holidays to you and yours! -Jamie

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