Football OREO Cookie Balls

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Football Oreo Balls - golden oreo balls dipped in white chocolate and topped with football pretzels! Make these for game day!Football OREO Cookie Balls – golden OREO cookie balls dipped in white chocolate and topped with football pretzels! Make these for game day!

Football Oreo Balls - golden oreo balls dipped in white chocolate and topped with football pretzels! Make these for game day!It’s Football Week at The First Year!

Well, I guess football week actually started last Thursday when I posted peanut butter stuffed chocolate footballs. They are amazing!

But this week is all about football shaped food! The entire week, we’re only sharing game day treats. *Cue the screaming football fans*

Football Oreo Balls - golden oreo balls dipped in white chocolate and topped with football pretzels! Make these for game day!I have decided that OREO cookie balls are a party staple! Plus, I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t like OREO cookie balls! The base of the recipe is the same, but you can customize the chocolate and ‘toppings’ to fit any occasion – a baby shower, birthday party, halloween/fall party, easter, christmas party and now for game day!

If you don’t like baking per say, OREO cookie balls are the perfect no bake treat. You still get to be in the kitchen whipping up something delicious. I picked up everything I needed – the OREOS, cream cheese, chocolate, and even the football pretzels at Walmart. Add the ingredients to your grocery list so you’re ready for the big game!

IMG_1849To make the OREO cookie balls..

Football Oreo Balls - golden oreo balls dipped in white chocolate and topped with football pretzels! Make these for game day!First, you will need to put half of the OREOS in a food processor or blender, and blend until you have OREO crumbs. Add in the other half of the OREOS and blend again. In a bowl combine the OREO crumbs and softened cream cheese until the mixture is combined and sticks together. Next, form the dough into balls, place them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and place in the freezer for 10 minutes and then they are ready to dip!

Football Oreo Balls - golden oreo balls dipped in white chocolate and topped with football pretzels! Make these for game day!The dipping process..

Football Oreo Balls - golden oreo balls dipped in white chocolate and topped with football pretzels! Make these for game day!While the balls are chilling, begin to melt the chocolate in a double broiler on the stove. This make take up to 15 minutes, but be patient! Once the chocolate is melted, place 1 OREO cookie ball in the chocolate, coat it with chocolate, and remove it from the chocolate using a fork. Place the dipped OREO cookie balls on a baking sheet lined with a silpat or wax paper. Make sure they cool completely before adding the football pretzels.

Football Oreo Balls - golden oreo balls dipped in white chocolate and topped with football pretzels! Make these for game day!
Football Oreo Balls - golden oreo balls dipped in white chocolate and topped with football pretzels! Make these for game day!
Dip the football pretzels in chocolate, allow them to cool completely. Next, using a small amount of royal icing, add the football details to each football. To get the football pretzels to stay on each OREO cookie ball, place a small amount of chocolate candiquik (or chocolate almond bark) on top of the OREO cookie ball, then place the pretzel in the chocolate and hold for 10-20 seconds until the chocolate has set and the pretzel stands by itself.

Football Oreo Balls - golden oreo balls dipped in white chocolate and topped with football pretzels! Make these for game day!

Football Oreo Balls

Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Golden OREOS
  • 1 package cream cheese, 8 oz, softened
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips (or 1/2 package of vanilla candiquik)
  • 3 tbsp vegetable shortening, to help melt the chocolate
  • 1 bag football shaped pretzels
  • 4 pieces of chocolate candiquik
  • 2 tbsp vegetable shortening, to help melt the chocolate

Small amount of Royal Icing

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp meringue powder
  • 1/2 tbsp water

Directions:

  1. Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature.
  2. Place half of the OREOS in a food processor or blender, and blend until you have OREO crumbs. Add in the other half of the OREOS and blend again.
  3. In a bowl combine the OREO crumbs and softened cream cheese with a spatula until the mixture is combined and sticks together.
  4. Form the dough into balls, I used 1 heaping tbsp of dough per ball.
  5. Place the OREO cookie balls on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  6. While the balls are chilling, begin to melt the white chocolate and vegetable shortening in a small pot over a double broiler. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate and shortening in a small pot directly on the stove, but we sure to keep it on LOW heat.
  7. I prefer to remove 2 OREO cookie balls from the freezer at a time for dipping. To dip, place 1 OREO ball in the saucepan with melted chocolate. Use a spoon to spoon chocolate on top of the ball, if needed. To remove the OREO cookie ball, use a fork to lift it out of the chocolate. To remove excess chocolate from the ball on the fork, tap your wrist 2 times with your other hand. Scrape the bottom of the fork on the edge of the saucepan to remove more chocolate, then move the OREO cookie ball to a baking sheet lined with a silpat or wax paper. Use a toothpick to help get the OREO cookie ball off the fork and onto the rack smoothly.
  8. Continue this process until all of the OREO balls are dipped. Allow them to harden at room temperature.
  9. While the OREO cookie balls are hardening, begin to dip the football pretzels in chocolate. Melt the chocolate candiquik and vegetable shortening in a small pot over a double broiler. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate and shortening in a small pot directly on the stove, but we sure to keep it on LOW heat. Using the same method as dipping the OREO cookie balls, place 1 pretzel in the chocolate at a time, cover it with chocolate, and remove with a fork, making sure to tap the fork to remove excess chocolate. Transfer the dipped pretzels to a baking sheet lined with a silpat or wax paper. Allow them to harden completely before adding the football detailing.
  10. To make the royal icing: Combine the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water in a small mixing bowl and mix until the icing has a matte appearance, about 3 minutes. Transfer the royal icing to a squeeze bottle or ziploc bag with one corner cut off to make decorating more convenient.
  11. Begin to decorate each pretzel. I found it easiest to do the curved lines and the small line in the middle on all of the pretzels THEN go back and add the small white line in the middle of each pretzel. Allow the royal icing to harden before adding the pretzels to the OREO cookie balls.
  12. To get the football pretzels to stay on each OREO cookie ball, place a small amount of chocolate candiquik (or chocolate almond bark) on top of the OREO cookie ball, then place the pretzel in the chocolate and hold for 10-20 seconds until the chocolate has set and the pretzel stands by itself.
  13. Refrigerate if serving later, but do not refrigerate overnight.
  14. Enjoy while cheering on your favorite team!

Football Oreo Balls - golden oreo balls dipped in white chocolate and topped with football pretzels! Make these for game day!

40 Responses to “Football OREO Cookie Balls”

  1. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — January 12, 2015 at 7:02 am

    The cutest football dessert! Sharing and can’t wait to see my guests faces when I serve it on game day.

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      YAY!!! That makes me so happy Amy!

  2. Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads — January 12, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Oh my goodness!! These are adorable!! Loving all your awesome football themed snacks lately!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 12, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      There is more coming, football week just started!!

  3. Melanie | Melanie Makes — January 12, 2015 at 7:44 am

    There you go again, Beth! You and adorable food are the perfect match and these treats are absolutely game day ready!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      I just can’t stop, I love making cute treats :)

  4. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) — January 12, 2015 at 9:08 am

    These are soooo adorable! In love!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 12, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you Jocelyn!

  5. Marlynn @UrbanBlissLife — January 12, 2015 at 10:58 am

    These are adorable and SO creative! What a great idea for tailgating parties!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 12, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Now to find pretzels shaped like soccer balls and baseball bats… :)

  6. Ginny McMeans — January 12, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Those are adorable! I can just imagine how delicious they are too!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Oreo balls + football = greatness!

  7. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen — January 12, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    These are just too cute, Beth! They’re perfect for a Superbowl or any football party! I’ll have to keep my eye out for those football pretzels. Pinned!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      The football pretzels are so fun, just to eat or dip in cheese dip too!

  8. Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner — January 12, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Beth – these are adorable!! What a great idea and perfect for the playoff season!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 12, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Super bowl here we come!!

  9. These are the most adorable balls I have ever seen!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 12, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Ekk!!!! THANK YOU!

  10. amanda @ fake ginger — January 12, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    These are the cutest things I’ve ever seen!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 12, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you Amanda, they make me smile!!

  11. tanya — January 12, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    These are so stinking cute Beth! These would be the first things to go at any football party. Ok I’d probably be the one to eat them all, but boy would it would be so worth it!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 13, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Haha! I’d be the guilty one too!

  12. Ryan — January 12, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Can’t wait to eat these on game day!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 13, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Get ready to rumble!!

  13. Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled — January 13, 2015 at 8:57 am

    BETH!!!!! These football oreo balls are the CUTEST thing EVER!!!! You always amaze me by your creativity, you rock! :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 13, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Jenn, you are super kind and sweet – thank you!!

  14. Emma Lincoln — January 16, 2015 at 1:27 am

    GAH! Those look insanely amazing. When I’m no longer paleo, I’ll be all over this recipe ;)

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 16, 2015 at 7:06 am

      Hahaa, I understand :)

  15. heather @french press — January 16, 2015 at 9:52 am

    girl you are an artist for sure! these are perfect football watching snacks

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 18, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Heather, thank you! You made me smile!

  16. Summer Davis — January 19, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    These OREO Cookie Balls are absolutely GORGEOUS. I love the footballs on top! It’s true: These are a definite crowd pleaser. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if it wouldn’t make me gain five thousand pounds! #client

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 20, 2015 at 6:23 am

      Maybe we should invent an OREO cookie ball cereal!!

  17. Janis Pierce — January 20, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Why don’t your put a little green food coloring in the white chocolate to make the ball look like a football field.

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 20, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Janis, that is a terrific idea!!

  18. Rebecca — January 23, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    These are so adorable, Beth! I loved how you used the pretzels to make them look like trophies! They’re almost to cute to eat, but I’m sure if they were in front of me it wouldn’t really be an issue.

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 24, 2015 at 7:55 am

      I guess I never thought of them as looking like trophies, but that’s true!

  19. Kirsten — January 26, 2015 at 11:31 am

    These are seriously awesome! I love the little football on top – perfect!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 27, 2015 at 7:32 am

      Perfect for game day!

  20. alice donahue — January 30, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Where do you find the adorable football shaped pretzels? Love this idea!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 30, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Walmart or Amazon!

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