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Cookie Balls

Updated on November 9, 2014

Easy and Great Tasting Cookie Balls

I love these easy to make and delicious cookie balls. I will be making several different varieties for my Christmas cookies this year. They only require three main ingredients and do not need to be baked. You can decorate them with an assortment of different toppings or use the white chocolate coating and food coloring to have red and green cookie balls.

I started making these cookie balls the end of October and tested several different methods and varieties. On this page, I will share with you tips that worked for me and ingredients for some of the varieties I have made and enjoyed.

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Cookie Balls for Holiday Giving

I have started making cookie balls this year and love the easy way you make this delicious cookie. 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. Some possibilities that come to mind are ginger snaps, thin mint cookies, sandwich cookies, and lemon cookies.

Another variation that I really liked was substituting strawberry cream cheese for a delicious strawberry flavor to the cookie balls. For these balls (pictured with this recipe) I used white almond bark for coating and red sugar sprinkled on top.

After you have dipped the ball in chocolate you can add a wide variety of toppings. Try coconuts, chopped nuts, sprinkles, chopped cherries, or red and green sugars.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 36


  • 2 1/3 cups vanilla wafer cookie crumbs ..finely crushed
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese (softened)
  • almond bark or chocolate for coating (I used 6 squares)


  1. Step 1- Mix the cookie crumbs 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.
  2. Step 2- 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.)
  3. Step 3- 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)
  4. Step 4- Sprinkle topping of your choice on each cookie
  5. Step 5- Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm
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Cookie Ball Tip

Cookie Balls can be Frozen

Cookie Scoop - for uniform sized cookies

The secret to uniform size cookies is using a cookie scoop. I can't believe I went for years making all my cookies with just a teaspoon to dip them out. This cookie scoop makes cookie baking so much easier. Less mess...uniform size and shape...easy to make!!

Parchment Paper - great for cookie balls

I haven't always used parchment paper in the past, but this year I thought I would try it. It worked particularly well with these cookie balls. When the chocolate was forming on the cookies the parchment paper made it easy to remove the cookies. Very little mess and you just throw the parchment paper away when you are finished. I love the no clean up!!

Almond Bark for Easy Coating - great for cookie balls

I used both bar chocolate and almond bark in trying different variations of the cookie balls. I found the almond bark to be much easier to use. It comes in dark and light chocolate and in white. It also is available in a sugar free variety.

In order to smoothly put the covering on the cookie ball, I use a plastic fork with the middle tines removed. I place the cookie on the fork and then I take a spoonful of the melted chocolate and pour it over the cookie. I allow the excess chocolate to drain off into the bowl of melted chocolate. When most of the dripping has stopped I return the cookie ball to the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Paper Candy Cups - red and green

These red and green paper cups make a great way to present your cookie balls. I have also found ones with holiday designs that look great. I will put the paper cups in my holiday tins and then put a cookie ball in each little cup. It make a beautiful presentation.

Cookie Ball Tips

Great for Gifts.

Cookie Ball Assortment - great for gifts

These cookie balls are all ready to give as a gift or to enjoy at a holiday party.

Christmas Tree Dish - cookie ball presentation

When serving cookie balls for guests a small tray such as this Christmas tree dish would work great.

Have you ever made cookie balls? - share your experience

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    • Wednesday-Elf profile image

      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Yum. Besides being a great selection of Christmas cookies for myself, these are so pretty I can see using them for gifts. Time to get busy in the kitchen now that December has begun and Christmas is coming soon. :)

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Wow; they sound pretty easy!

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yum - and the basic recipe is good for a variety of holidays or special occasions all year round.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Nope, but I may have to now. They are beautiful!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I've never made these - but they do look really good

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Actually, no, but they do look super yummy and easy with this recipe. What a great change of pace from regular cookies. I think these would be perfect to give to neighbors and co-workers.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Very simple cookie recipe and very festive looking as well.

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      Those cookie balls look so good...

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      Perfect timing, I was just pulling together some new Christmas cookie recipes to start working on and here I find a great one!

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your cookie balls recipes! I am gonna add these to my holiday baking list this year. What a gorgeous presentation!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      These cookie balls recipes really do sound wonderful! The Turtle cookie balls sound especially delicious to this chocoholic :)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I really should try these cookie balls this year - maybe my daughter will help. Angel blessed

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Oh, yum... those Turtle cookie balls have me drooling.... :) A local Farmer's Market has been having fresh picked pecans for sale and my SIL just bought a bunch. We may have to make some of these 'Turtles'. :)

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      DarrenVeronica 5 years ago

      Cookies are my downfall, big time! The Turtle cookie ball looks like heaven, pecan, vanilla, caramel and chocolate all in one, I am afraid I will like them too much! Although that is the kind of afraid I like :-) Thank you, I enjoyed this lens - Darren

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Hi, Fancy meeting you in the cookie section. Funny, I just got a magazine that featured these recipes and made a batch of the strawberry cookie balls. They were wonderful!

      With all the recipes here lately, my freezer is groaning so I'm going to have to get more friends to give the cookies to. I'm wondering if the cookie balls are going to be the sequel to the "cupcake." Blessings.

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      Loved your page, found you over on the monster board. Really beautiful cookies. Can't get over you don't even bake them. Great job! Blessed

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      These look positively decadent - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      My mouth is watering so... blessed!

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @Faye Rutledge: I think the graham cracker crumbs would work just fine.

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Just wondering if you could make these with pre-made graham cracker crumbs, or would they be too finely ground? Just a thought to make it easier. :)

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      I've never made these, but they sound yummy, and easy to make. I think I'll try them! Merry Christmas!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Oh, these cookie balls sound delicious and certainly easy enough for me :)

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Nope.. but these sound so easy I think I'm going to try! :) (I think I will just make my own cookies and then crush them :) ).. Blessed!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Chocolate and cream cheese. I would die for these. Blessed! Please add this to my Zazzle and Blessings for November 2011 lens.

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      Heather B 6 years ago

      Mm, they look so delicious! :)

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      kougar lm 6 years ago

      These sound delicious. I will definitely give these a try. Thanks for this wonderful lens!

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Bye bye diet again - a very nice way to reach 200 - congratulationsand a Blessing.

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      These look yummy, and I love how easy they are. Definitely will give it a try this year!

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      These are different and look delicious!

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Can't wait to make the turtle cookie balls! yum...

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      savenlives 6 years ago

      I am so making these!! A friend made for me my first cookie ball with oreos.....absolutely to die for! I never thought of switching things up with different cookies however. Yummy!! Can't wait to try, great lens...thanks for sharing!

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      These cookie balls sound yummy and easy for sure. I'll have to try the turtle cookie balls.

      Congratulations on reaching your goal of 200 Squidoo lenses!

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      Very nice - thanks for sharing your cookies.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      They look scrumptious, and what a pretty gift to give, too!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh my, my mouth is watering! I've never tried making cookie balls, but you've inspired me! Blessed

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh my, my mouth is watering! I've never tried making cookie balls, but you've inspired me! Blessed

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Congratulations on your 200th lens, and what a lens it is! Great recipes, timely subject, well-written, and now it's blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Othercatt 6 years ago

      My sister-in-law makes them (although she makes them differently). They're great to bring to birthday parties, baby showers and school classroom parties.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh wow, these look delicious and so pretty. I might have to try this recipe for Cookie Balls especially the Turtle Cookie Balls. Congrats on 200 lenses. Maybe I will make it to 200 before my 4th Squidoo Birthday in July, 2012.