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Holiday treats are one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season, and I love to make them for our family and to share and give to friends. Today I’m sharing an easy recipe for Double Chocolate OREO Cookie Balls made to look like little Christmas ornaments with candy cane hooks. These adorable treats are perfect for teacher, neighbor, and hostess gifts, or for your own holiday party. Find lots more fun ideas for making festive OREO Cookie Balls. I’ve long been intimidated by cookie balls and was shocked to find out how easy they really are to make. Read on to find out how to make your own.
Start with the Official 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
Optional Ingredients: I used Chocolate Creme OREOS to get the double chocolate flavor I wanted. I added red and green sugar crystals on top, and used gummy candy canes for hooks. All items can be found at Walmart.
To create the cookie crumbs, I tossed all 36 cookies in to my food processor and pulsed it a few times until everything was ground up. Then I threw the crumbs in to my stand mixer with the softened cream cheese and mixed it until it was well blended. You can mix with a spoon or by hand as well, sort of like kneading dough. Shape your cookie dough in to 48 1 inch balls. Freeze them for 10 minutes. I placed them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for easy clean up. You could also use wax paper. After freezing for 10 minutes dip the balls in to your melted chocolate. Follow the directions on your chocolate to get the best melting results.
Now it is time to customize your cookie balls. I sprinkled sugar crystals on top and then inserted a gummy candy cane as the ornament hook. You could also use lollipop sticks, pretzels, or regular mini candy canes. Refrigerate your cookie balls for at least an hour. They don’t have to look perfect. I promise no one will care. All of the chocolate run off can be broken off after it hardens, or you can leave it. After all, who has ever been mad about extra chocolate?
Find more recipes from OREO to jazz up your holiday party. These little treats are perfect finger food for parties and just right for giving as gifts. For our neighbor gifts I placed each cookie ball into a mini cupcake liner and added 4 cookie balls to a cute jar. I tied some baker’s twine around the jar and added a cute tag. Download my free printable gift tags here, for personal use only.
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