OREO cookies have always been a staple in our household, and although my whole family adores them, my husband is the true meaning of an OREO fanatic!
When I learned about OREO Cookie Balls recently, I was not only thrilled that OREOs are something we always have on hand, but I was fascinated by how simple they are to make. I had never heard of these before, but I am now smitten by all of the cute ideas and options with these cookie delights, for holiday baking and for just about any occasion or theme imaginable!
I love how one simple recipe can get my creative juices flowing, and how I will now have a unique treat to bring to any gathering. I can just mix it up depending on the celebration, theme, etc.
Since the holidays are about sharing, why not share something that is made with America’s Favorite Cookie? This recipe is so simple (they call for OREOs, cream cheese and melted chocolate only), and the ingredients can be kept on hand so you will never be without options for a last minute dessert or treat. The kids will definitely want to help with these, and it would be fun to hear their ideas for OREO Cookie Ball creations too!
Original OREO Cookie Ball Recipe:
1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
Customize cookie balls with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills!
I started by crushing one package of OREO cookies. I placed them all in a gallon sized zip-lock bag and gently tapped on them with a meat tenderizer until they were sufficiently crumbly. I then poured them into a large bowl and combined them with one block of cream cheese (softened). After everything was mixed together, I rolled the cookie balls and put in the freezer.
While the cookie balls were chillin’ in the freezer, I decided that it was a good time to get all of my decorations set up. Since I planned on making elf cookie balls, I had purchased pre-made fondant, to use for their hats. I rolled out the fondant and cut out little hats and set them aside. I also bought a bottle of Christmas sprinkles that had little red balls in them for the tops of the hats. I bought skinny licorice ropes as well, but didn’t end up using them, as they were a little hard to form into smiley faces.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to have your decorations ready! You definitely need to do this before you start dipping the cookie balls in the melted chocolate, as the chocolate will harden on the balls really quickly! I discovered this the hard way, when I tried to apply the little fondant smiles, but the chocolate was already hard. For the smiles, I ended up putting little dabs of chocolate on the back of the fondant smiles, and then pressing them on.
One other tip I have is to use two skewers to dip the cookie balls. I used a large spoon, which kind of prevented them from being perfectly round. By using skewers, there would not only be less messy, but the cookie balls will look a little more uniform.
Ready to see my little elves?
Let your imagination run wild – the sky is the limit with these tasty balls of goodness. Some other ideas would be to dip the OREO Cookie Balls in white chocolate, or dip them in colored white chocolate. See? The possibilities ARE endless! I have some really fun ideas brewing in my head for Easter and Valentine’s Day!
For even more inspiration, check out the yummy OREO Cookie Balls recipes that others have made!
Follow @oreo on Twitter and #oreocookieballs to get fun, creative and delicious OREO Cookie Balls ideas for all seasons!
*Although this is a sponsored campaign, all opinions are my own, and the creation above is my own.