A few weeks ago Yummly asked me if I wanted to be part of their OREO holiday campaign. To participate, all I had to do was come up with a fun, festive treat using Oreo’s classic cookie ball recipe. I was immediately on board because (1) I love OREOs, and (2) what’s not to love about crushed chocolate cookies mixed with cream cheese and dipped in chocolate? Plus, I’d been toying with the idea of making snowmen out of cake balls for a holiday post, and cookie balls aren’t really all that different. Same basic concept, equally delicious.
As it turns out, I haven’t made truffles or cake balls or anything involving dipping/coating things in a long time, and I forgot that…I kind of suck at it. The actual process of making an OREO cookie ball is very simple and straightforward, but for me the candy coating is always the hardest. How does Bakerella make such perfectly smooth, flawless candy-coated cake pops? All of mine turned out a tad lumpy…which, now that I think about it, may have had something to do with the fact that I am supremely impatient and can’t ever be bothered to shake off the excess chocolate/candy coating before plopping everything back down on the baking sheet. Hindsight…it’s a killer.
That being said, these OREO cookie ball snowmen were super easy to make (only 3 ingredients and no baking), and ended up being pretty darn cute. Delicious, too! Dan snagged a few while my back was turned and couldn’t stop raving about how tasty they were. Like I said – it’s hard to go wrong with crushed cookies, cream cheese and melted candy. Trust me, you’ll definitely want to make these for your next holiday party. You don’t even have to make snowmen. These cookie balls are super versatile and can be made into anything you want – snowballs, reindeer, elf heads, ornaments…the possibilities are endless! To can learn more about OREO cookie balls and find fun takes on the classic recipe, click here. And, if you follow @oreo on Twitter, you can find cookie ball inspiration and recipes all season long.
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OREO Cookie Ball Snowmen
- 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
- 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups) (You can use a food processor for this, or just throw everything into a gallon bag and use a rolling pin to crush the cookies into fine crumbs)
- 1 pkg white candy melts (I used Wilton’s Brilliant White Candy Melts)
- Lollipop sticks
- Thin pretzel sticks
- Orange sprinkles
- Gel frosting or candy writers (for decoration)
- In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
- Using your hands, shape the cookie/cream cheese mixture into balls of varying sizes (bottom of the snowmen, torso, and head) of your choice. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.
- Freeze rolled balls for 10 min.
- Pour candy melts into a microwavable bowl. Microwave on medium heat for 50 seconds then stir. If candies still aren’t melted, put the bowl back in the microwave for 20-30 seconds at a time and then stir until mixture is completely smooth.
- Dip balls in melted candy. Lift out with a fork, allowing excess coating to drip out between the tines. Place dipped balls in single layer on your lined pan.
- Allow candy coating to become firm (but not hard), then stack 3 different sized balls on top of each other (largest on the bottom) and pierce all the way through with a lollipop stick.
** If you want “hats” like mine, leave some of your dough un-dipped. Then shape them into “hats” with your hands and stick them on top of your snowmen.
- Pierce the middle ball (aka the torso) on each side with a pretzel stick – these are the “arms”.
- Using some of the leftover melted candy coating, stick a piece of orange sprinkle onto the “face” ball to create the nose.
- Use your candy writers to create eyes (and a mouth, if you want).
- Refrigerate snowmen for an hour, or until firm.