Oreo Cookie Balls

Rich with chocolate and cream cheese, these little cookie balls are pretty, delicious, and festive. I make them small enough to serve in mini muffin liners- they're just the right size for about two luscious bites!

Oreo Cookie Balls  Print
Makes about 2.5 dozen, 1" cookie balls

1 (14.3 oz.) package oreos, any flavor (about 39 cookies)
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 (12 oz.) package chocolate chips (milk chocolate or semi sweet)
2 to 4 teaspoons vegetable shortening (optional)
toppings of choice, such as cookie crumbs or crushed candy canes

parchment paper or waxed paper

1. Process the cookies in a food processor until finely and evenly ground. Remove a tablespoon or two of crumbs for topping, if desired.
2. Pour crumbs into a large bowl. Stir cream cheese into crumbs until completely combined. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, or up to overnight (cover if leaving overnight).
3. While dough chills, set toppings out. Melt chocolate according to package directions. Stir 1 to 2 teaspoons of shortening into melted chocolate and stir until completely melted and smoothly combined. Optional, but keeps the chocolate from getting thick and gloppy.
4. Form chilled dough into scant 1" balls or preferred size. Working in batches (keep the rest in the fridge or freezer while you work), dip each ball into melted chocolate. Let some of the excess chocolate drip off back into bowl, then set ball onto parchment paper. Sprinkle lightly with desired toppings before chocolate sets. If you are planning to drizzle with a contrasting chocolate, do allow dipped cookie to set first. Keep finished cookie balls refrigerated.

On melting the chocolate: I melt about half a package of chips (about 6 oz.) at a time in the microwave (f
ollowing package directions), using the crock insert of a small crock pot. After the chocolate melts, I set the crock liner back into the crock pot and set it on low. This keeps the chocolate warm while I dip the dough balls. I use 1 to 2 teaspoons of shortening per 6 oz. of chocolate. If you want to use shortening, add a teaspoon at a time until you get the consistency you want.

On dipping the balls: Everyone seems to have their preferred method- toothpicks, forks, etc. What works for me is to use a large slotted spoon. Dip the ball briefly, cover completely in chocolate, then let drip through the slotted spoon while tapping lightly on side of crock/bowl. Roll gently onto parchment paper.

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  1. This recipe looks beautiful and sounds delicious! Thank you for the crock pot tip for melted chocolate. 'Gotta try it! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Oh my, these look like heaven in a little ball! Seriously pinning and making very soon. Thanks so much, Joy :)

  3. Oreo cookie balls...now your talking! Anything rich and chocolaty is right up my alley!!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  4. We just got a package of oreos and my husband turned to me and said "Now we can make oreo cookie balls!". I felt like he'd been hanging out on pinterest or something, lol. These look so lovely. Thank you for sharing with us at Weekend Bites

  5. Hey, Joy!
    Love these! Can't wait to try them myself! Thanks so much for joining me @ "What to do Weekends"!! How fun! Merry Christmas! I've pinned your yummy recipe!
    Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance

  6. Joy, these are stunning!! I have a package of oreos in my pantry,,,,cant wait to make this...Merry Christmas!

  7. Joy, these are so pretty and look delicious. I had to pin these! Joan-MyCookieClinic

  8. Joy, these look amazingly delicious! Merry Christmas!!

  9. If I made all of your wonderful recipes I would get fat! This one sounds wonderful, too. Amara and I made your Praline Sauce yesterday afternoon. She is giving a jar to two of her Grandpas. Thank You Joy! Merry Christmas!

  10. These look divine Joy. How pretty and decadent. These make any dessert table more festive! Pinned

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  12. Your Oreo Cookie Balls are beautiful, Joy and they sound delicious too! Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. What a great gift your Cookie Balls would make!

  13. Hello cute lady! I bet these little gems made a lot of people happy! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  14. Delicious my daughter will love it, hope you had a wonderful christmas, Wishing a prosperous new year too. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.

  15. Hi, Joy - These look so wonderful I'd like to feature them tomorrow at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  16. I would really enjoy one of these little treats right now. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with our special edition of Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are enjoying your holidays and look forward to seeing you soon!
    Miz Helen

  17. Oreo cookie balls are one of my favorite holiday treats! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Spark last week!

  18. Hi Joy! I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe, again! And, to tell you that we featured it on "What to do Weekends" Link Party! Come on over and pick up your Featured Button!!
    Isn't this fun?!
    Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance

  19. Hello, Joy - Just wanted to let you know I am talking about this scrumptious recipe today! Please don't laugh when you see how ugly mine are. ;-) Thanks again for a wonderful recipe! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures


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