These Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls are a fun twist on a classic holiday treat!
Even as a young kid, I knew what the gold tin meant. The gold tin was stored up high…out of reach for little kid’s hands. The gold tin was like finding the end of the rainbow. The gold tin was always stocked with Oreos! I can vividly remember my Dad reaching up and getting that tin down from the top shelf after dinner. My sister and I were each allowed to have one Oreo, and we savored that chocolate cookie like you wouldn’t believe.
My way of eating an Oreo: Carefully twist off the top, taking care to keep the filling intact on the bottom piece. Eat the top piece by itself. Study the bottom piece and decide on the best approach. Nibble away, enjoying each and every bite. My sister’s approach: go all in. Thinking back, our Oreo-eating strategy isn’t that surprising. My sister is an all-in type of person. If she does something, she does it big. On the other hand, I’m more analytical, and I like to evaluate all of my choices on a decision. Neither strategy is better. After all, both strategies lead to Oreo cookies!
While we typically just ate Oreo cookies from the package (err, gold tin) as kids, my mother would always make a batch of Oreo Cookie Balls around the holidays. The best part was my sister and I were allowed to help with this project! (In actuality, my job was the enforcer. I was the guy who made sure any stray Oreos were swiftly taken care of. I took that job seriously!)
As we head into Robbie’s second Christmas, I’ve been thinking a lot about holiday traditions. (He was only about ~1 month old last Christmas…so that didn’t really count.) I definitely plan on doing the boot print in baby powder on the hearth trick. By spreading out a thin layer of powder on the hearth, you can “catch” Santa when he lands at the bottom of the chimney on Christmas Eve. And then there’s the whole open one gift on Christmas Eve. It can’t be the biggest gift under the tree. I spent a lot of time as a kid picking up, shaking and evaluating each gift trying to decide which one to open. Fortunately, I managed to avoid the new socks from my grandmother each time. (Thanks, Grandmommy!)
Once Robbie is older, I definitely plan on having him help out in the kitchen with making Christmas cookies. Since making Oreo Cookie Balls was one of my favorite memories as a kid, I hope he enjoys this one as much as I did. (Heck, I still enjoy it!) This year, I decided to put a twist on the traditional and make some Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls. Chocolate + peppermint go quite well together, and the flavor combo always reminds me of watching Christmas movies at night with the family.
When I was making my weekly grocery run the other day, I grabbed some candy canes in addition to the Oreo cookies, chocolate and cream cheese. I crushed up several of those candy canes and then mixed ’em into the Oreo cookie balls. After dipping the cookie balls in semi-sweet chocolate, I drizzled some white Wilton Candy Melts on top. Then I finished ’em off with a sprinkle of additional crushed candy canes. All together, I was pleased with how these Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls turned out! Soft and chocolaty with a hint of peppermint flavor.
I did have one Oreo try and escape during the making of these Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls. However, my training as the cookie enforcer kicked in, and the problem was averted. Phew. That was a close one! Oh, and here’s a fun tip: Try freezing these Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls after making them. I stumbled across this by accident, but frozen Oreo cookie balls are quite delicious! Enjoy!
How do you eat your Oreos?
What are your favorite holiday traditions?
Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls
- 8 oz. cream cheese softened
- 36 OREO cookies finely crushed (about 3 cups)
- 4 large candy canes finely chopped (~⅓ cup), divided
- 16 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate melted
- 10 oz. Wilton white candy melts melted
- Mix cream cheese, cookie crumbs and all but 2 Tbsp of candy canes until blended. (Note: Remaining 2 Tbsp of candy canes will be used as garnish later.)
- Shape mixture into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze balls for 10 minutes.
- Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single-layer on a shallow wax paper-lined pan. (See note.)
- Place melted candy melts in piping bag or small sandwich bag with one corner cut off. Drizzle tops of balls with candy melts. Sprinkle tops with remaining candy canes.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until firm. Keep refrigerated.
This Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls post was sponsored by Oreo Cookies, but the opinions are entirely my own.
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