Turtle Cookie Balls
Last year I started making cookie balls for the holidays. These cookies are easy to make and taste great too! The basic cookie recipe is very simple but the variations are only limited by your imagination. You can use most any kind of store bought cookie that can be crushed into fine crumbs. Last year I used vanilla wafers, Oreos, and ginger snaps.
Another variation that I really liked was substituting strawberry cream cheese for a delicious strawberry flavor to the cookie balls. For these balls I used white almond bark for coating and red sugar sprinkled on top.
My favorite of all the cookie balls I made last year was the one with caramel, nuts and chocolate. This cookie ball reminds me of a favorite candy "Turtles". It is so good it is hard to eat just one.
- 2 1/3 cups crushed vanilla wafers
- 3 Tablespoons caramel topping
- 1 8 oz pkg of cream cheese (softened)
- 6 squares Melted chocolate or almond bark
- Mix the cookie crumbs, caramel topping and the cream cheese until well blended. Shape into 1 inch balls and place them on a wax paper or parchment covered baking sheet. Freeze 10 minutes.
- Melt almond bark. (I did mine in the microwave starting with 60 seconds and then stirring. I added additional time as needed in 30 second increments.)
- Dip balls in chocolate or almond bark mixture and then return to baking sheet. (See instructions under the tip of using a plastic fork to see how I did this)
- Sprinkle chopped pecans on each cookie
- Refrigerate for 1 hour
A cookie scoop works great to keep your cookie balls uniform in size.
Mini muffin liners work great to display your cookie balls or give them as gifts.
This tree platter is perfect for displaying your cookie balls for guests.