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Oreo Cookie Balls Recipe
Easy Oreo Cookie Balls Recipe
Oreo cookie balls are a yummy, sweet treat that is perfect for the holidays. Oreo cookie balls are great any time of the year, but can be decorated specifically for special occasions using different colored icing, sprinkles and food coloring.
If you are not familiar with Oreo cookie balls, you may have heard of them referred to Oreo balls, Oreo truffles, or Oreo cake balls. Regardless of what they are called, they are all delicious!
Here you will find a very easy recipe for Oreo cookie balls and ideas on how to decorate them for Christmas and other occasions. I have included the recipe with ingredients and instructions for easy printing, at the bottom, but first you will find step-by-step directions with pictures to give you a better idea on how to make these fabulous Oreo cookie balls.
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Oreo Cookie Balls Ingredients & Supplies - What Your Will Need for Your Oreo Cookie Ball Recipe
Ingredients for Oreo Cookie Balls
1 Package of Oreo Cookies
1 Package of Cream Cheese
1 Package of Almond Bark
Supplies You Will Need
Wax or Parchment Paper
Cookie Sheet / Baking Pan
2 Spoons for Stirring
All ingredients and supplies again so that you could make sure you have EVERYTHING. With the chocolate, you want to make sure you have everything on hand and nearby so that when you get started, you don't have to stop and get supplies while your chocolate beings to cool and harden.
Oreo Cookie Balls Step #1 - Crush The Entire Bag of Oreos
Pour an Â½ the package of Oreos into a gallon back and crush them using a rolling pin, meat tenderizer or other utensil. Crush them until they are a fine mixture of both the cookie crumbs and the Oreo filling. There may be a few chunks that don't crush up but as long as they are small, they will be fine. Once the first half is complete our them into your mixing bowl and crush the 2nd half.
You can also use a food processor to crush your cookies, but honestly, it takes only a few minutes and by the time you get the processor out and set up you could have already crushed them with a rolling pin. Plus, there's no cleanup, simply toss the bag in the trash.
Oreo Cookie Balls Step #2 - Create the Creamy Cookie Mixture for the Center
Once your entire bag of Oreo's have been crushed and placed in a large mixing bowl, add a whole (8oz) block of cream cheese to the top of the cookie crumbs. Mix the two together so that the cream cheese is evenly blended with the crushed cookies. The easiest way to do so is to wash your hands, remove any jewelry and mix by hand. Mix until it is blended well creates a 'dough'. Shape your dough into a ball and leave in the bowl.
Oreo Cookie Balls Step #3 - Roll Out the Cookie Balls
Take a small pinch of dough, about 1 tablespoon worth, and roll it into a small ball. Set the cookie ball on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Complete the process until all your dough is rolled into cookie balls.
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Oreo Cookie Balls Step #4 - Melt the Chocolate
Once you have formed all your cookie balls, it's time to melt the chocolate (almond bark). If you are using blocks of chocolate or almond park, break them into small pieces. As you can see in picture #1 to the left, I took the larger squares and broke them into smaller pieces using a butcher knife. The smaller the pieces the quicker it will melt, reducing the chance of burning.
Place your chocolate in a glass bowl (or other microwave safe bowl- glass is easier to clean) and place it in the microwave for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds remove the bowl and stir. Continue melting the chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until it is completely melted and creamy like in picture #2 to the right. Do not over heat it as it will burn.
Oreo Cookie Balls Step #5 - Dip Your Cookie Balls in the Chocolate
Once your chocolate is melted, set the cookie ball on a fork and lower it into the melted chocolate. Cover the cookie ball completely and lift out of the chocolate by holding it on the fork. Do not 'stab' the ball with the fork or else it will crumble. Hold it over the bowl for a few seconds until the majority of the excess has dripped off.
Next, slide the dipped cookie ball off of the fork onto the cookie lined with parchment paper. Continue this until all of the balls have been dipped.
Allow the chocolate covered Oreo balls to harden completely before moving them. This usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the temperature of the room, humidity and a few other factors. Do not put them in the fridge as it can cause the inside to separate.
Oreo Cookie Balls Step #6 - Serving & Storing Your Oreo Cookie Balls
Now that your Oreo cookie balls are completed and the chocolate has hardened completely, you can remove them from the parchment paper. Simply 'peel' the cookie away from the sheet and serve on a decorative plate, platter, or dish. Left over Oreo cookie balls can be stored in gallon bags or airtight containers with lids. They will last for at least a week at room temperature, that is if they haven't been eaten within the first day!
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Chocolate Coating Ideas
There are several ways to make Oreo cookie balls. I have used both almond bark and white chocolate morsels, so use which ever you prefer. I will tell you that both turn out great, but almond bark has a much sweeter taste- they are still delicious but MUCH sweeter. My guests always love them, but typically, only eat one or two if I use almond bark because of how sweet and rich they are.
Chocolate Coating Ideas:
You can use bakers chocolate in bars or or chocolate chip morsels. It's all about personal preference with this recipe. I personally use morsels because I melt my chocolate in the microwave and it is much easier.
- 1 - Package of Oreo Cookies
- 1 - 8oz Package of Cream Cheese
- 1 - Package of Almond Bark
- 1. Start by crushing Oreos in a gallon bag using a rolling pin or meat tenderizer. Once all the cookies have been crushed add them to a large mixing bowl.
- 2. Next, add the cream cheese and mix well with the crushed Oreos. Using clean hands is the best way as a spoon takes too long and doesn't get it mixed well enough.
- 3. After your crushed cookie mixture is complete, pinch off small amounts, about 1 tablespoon full, and roll it into a ball and set aside on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue until all the mixture has been rolled into balls.
- 4. The next step is to melt the almond bark. Either use a double boiler to melt your chocolate or the microwave. If you are using the microwave, simply put the chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until melted thoroughly.
- 5. Once your almond bark is melted, drop a cookie ball into the melted chocolate and use a fork to lift it out of the chocolate. Do not stab the cookie ball, but simply lift it out of the chocolate with the fork beneath the cookie ball. Allow the excess to drain back into the bowl and then place it back onto the parchment paper. Continue until all the of the cookie balls have been dipped.
- 6. After all the cookie balls have been dipped, allow them to harden for 30 minutes to an hour. After they have hardened you can then remove them and place into containers, serving trays, platters or any other dish.
- For more thorough instructions, including pictures and directions for adding color, please see the step-by-step guide below.
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Christmas Oreo Balls Drizzled Icing
Homemade Icing Recipe Used for Decorating
You can also add beautiful a beautiful Christmas theme to your Oreo cookie balls by drizzling colored icing over them. This is a great way to add a touch of Christmas and a gourmet feeling to your cookie balls without spending a lot of time on them. Simply use your favorite icing recipe or the one below to create a small batch of icing. Icing can be added to the cookie balls while they are wet or after they have hardened.
Homemade Icing Recipe Used for Decorating
1 Cup of Confectioners' Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Milk
2 Teaspoons of Light Corn Syrup
Assorted Food Colorings
In a small bowl, combine milk and confectioners' sugar and blend until smooth. Next, beat in the corn syrup until the ingredients are mixed well.
Once you have made the icing, simply divide it into separate dishes, one for each color you would like to use, and then add coloring to each separate bowl of icing. Remember, coloring goes a long way.
Next, pour the icing into a sandwich bag, aiming to keep most of the icing in one of the lower corners. Next use a pair of sharp scissors to snip the very end of the corner off the bag. You only want to cut the very tip of the corner or else you will have a large hole with a large 'tip' causing your drizzle to be very thick. I prefer ad very thin, delicate look to my drizzle so I literally cut it just enough to open the bag. You can always cut more to make the hole bigger, but you can never make it smaller. Start small, test it on the counter, paper towel, etc., and go from there.
Once you have your icing in the bag and ready to go, simply decorate each Oreo cookie ball by squeezing your icing bag and moving back and forth quickly. It's really simple. If you are not sure how it will turn out or not sure if you are doing it right, simply practice on a plate, napkin or a single cookie ball.
Decorating Your Cookie Balls With Sprinkles - How to Decorate Your Christmas Oreo Cookie Balls
Again, if you don't want to leave your cookie balls a solid white color, you can add sprinkles to them while the chocolate is still 'wet'. Simply dip a few balls at the time and then sprinkle them with your favorite Christmas colored sprinkles. Do not allow them to harden or begin to 'dry' or else the sprinkles will not stick. You can sprinkle individually after you dip each ball but it will take a lot longer to complete. I usaully dip two or three cookie balls then shake on some sprinkles and then dip some more.
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Dying chocolate and almond bark can be a bit tricky. I felt that it was worth mentioning in this recipe separately to avoid any confusion. Chocolates and barks will 'seize' or become pasty if you add a water based product to them, therefor, if you try to add a few drops of liquid food dye to melted chocolate you will ruin it! I cannot stress this enough! Even one or two drops will ruin it! Food coloring gels also contain water and should not be used.
To add color to your chocolate you will need to get food coloring powder or paste. These can usually be found in the cake decorating section or at craft stores. I do not expect them to be with the seasonings and regular food dye but more so in the craft area near the Wilton supplies.
To color your chocolate, simply melt it in the same way as Step #4. When you remove the chocolate from the microwave add in a tiny amount of powder or paste and stir until well blended. Continue adding a tiny portion at the time and blending until you get the right shade you desire. When I say tiny, I mean like an 1/8 of a teaspoon at a time. Not a whole teaspoon. A little bit goes a very long way.
Once you have created the shade you desire, simply continue on to Step #5 and begin dipping your cookie balls.
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