Peppermint Oreo Balls
The ultimate holiday oreo balls – Peppermint Oreo Balls. Each Christmas oreo ball has a peppermint kiss stuffed inside!
I feel like people start breaking out the oreo balls during the holidays!
I really think they are an any kind of celebration dessert, but it’s fun to make them extra christmas-y or extra whatever holiday!
One of my favorite ways to make Christmas oreo balls extra special is to mini cookie cutters! Instead of rolling the oreo mixture into a ball, I press the mixture onto a baking sheet and use a cookie cutter to cut out my desired shape.
Place the cut out shapes on another baking sheet and put them in the freezer for 20 minutes to harden before dipping them! They are so fun – we’ve done this for candy cane oreo balls and gingerbread men oreo balls.
- cream cheese
- peppermint extract
- peppermint kisses
- chocolate and/or vanilla almond bark for dipping the oreo balls
- crushed candy canes
The method I used today to make these oreo balls extra special is called…. the stuffing method!
Yes, self explanatory because you stuff the inside of the oreo ball with something delicious.
To keep in line with all things peppermint I choose to stuff these oreo balls with peppermint kisses.
But it gets even better because I used 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract IN the oreo mixture. Yep. The ultimate chocolate peppermint treat!
Temperature of Oreo Balls
It’s important that peppermint oreo balls are’t too cold or frozen before you dip them. If you dip oreo balls that are frozen or very cold, the chocolate coating will crack as it sets because of the extreme temperature change. The best way to avoid cracking is to place the oreo balls in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes, then dip them.
Do Oreo Balls Need To Be Refrigerated?
Oreo balls should be kept in the fridge until you serve them. Plus, most people think oreo balls taste best when cold. However, oreo balls can be left at room temperature. According to the FDA, cream cheese can be left out at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
Tips for Making Oreo Balls
Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat. If you don’t have a silicone baking mat, use parchment paper. As you’re forming the oreo balls, place them on the lined baking sheet and place them in the fridge for 20 minutes to chill.
To dip the Christmas oreo balls, place 1 oreo balls in the pot with melted chocolate. Use a spoon to spoon chocolate on top, if needed. To remove the oreo ball, use a fork to lift it out of the chocolate. To remove excess chocolate from the oreo ball on the fork, scrape the bottom of the fork on the edge of the pot to remove chocolate, then put the oreo ball back on the silicone baking mat.
If you top the oreo balls with crushed candy canes and then store the balls in the fridge, the candy canes and outside coating of the balls become sticky. Doesn’t affect the taste – but I wanted to make it known!
More Christmas Desserts
Peppermint Oreo Balls
- 1 package oreos about 36 cookies
- 1 package regular cream cheese 8 oz, softened
- ½ tsp peppermint extract
- Peppermint hershey’s kisses
- Chocolate and/or vanilla almond bark for dipping the oreo balls
- Crushed candy canes
- Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature.
- Put half of the oreos in the food processor (or blender) and pulse until you have oreo crumbs. Add the other half of the oreos to the food processor and pulse again, until all the oreos are fine crumbs.
- Transfer the oreo crumbs to be mixing bowl. Add the cream cheese and peppermint extract and blend using an electric mixer until smooth.
- Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat. Use a small cookie scoop to form uniform oreo balls. Place a peppermint kiss inside each oreo ball, roll it into a ball and place on the baking sheet. Refridgerate the oreo balls for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place the candy canes in a ziploc bag, cover with a towel and use a rolling pin to crush them into small pieces. Set aside.
- After 20 minutes, begin to melt the chocolate and/or white chocolate almond bark in a small pot over low heat on the stove. Stir occasionally until the bark is completed melted.
- Remove the oreo balls from the fridge. To dip, place 1 oreo balls in the pot with melted chocolate. Use a spoon to spoon chocolate on top, if needed. To remove the oreo ball, use a fork to lift it out of the chocolate. To remove excess chocolate from the oreo ball on the fork, scrape the bottom of the fork on the edge of the pot to remove chocolate, then put the oreo ball back on the silicone baking mat. Continue this process until all the oreo balls are dipped. I like to let each oreo ball sit for about 1 minute before sprinkling the crushed candy cane on top – that way the candy cane doesn’t fall off the oreo ball because the chocolate isn’t too hot.
- Allow them to harden at room temperature. Store in the fridge.