Oreo Balls

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Crushed Oreos mixed with softened cream cheese, rolled into a ball, and dipped in melted chocolate make up the famous Oreo Balls recipe!

Oreo Balls (also known as Oreo Truffles) are simple to make (only four ingredients!) and a hit wherever we serve them. They can be made ahead of time and keep well for several days in the fridge.

Oreo Balls, piled up on a plate.

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There are only a few treats that I can think of that you could truly call iconic: the ones everybody knows and loves, that started out as a way to promote a product. Rice Krispies Treats are the only other snack that comes to mind right now. The Nabisco Company struck gold when they introduced Oreos® to the world, and very soon after that, Oreo Balls were born. 

These are easily one of the most requested treats in my home. They’re also my favorite treat to jazz up for holidays (check out these Christmas trufflesHalloween truffles (version 1), or Halloween Truffles (version 2). I even made Oreo Balls into cookie form to serve at my sister’s wedding reception’s cookie bar. But today we’re bringing it back to basics with the classic oreo balls recipe.

Process shots --A sleeve of Oreos; the Oreos being crushed in the blender

How to make Oreo balls:

  • Crush Oreos: Make sure the Oreos are finely crushed; big chunks of cookie will mess up the texture. I pulse whole Oreos (no need to remove creme) in the blender until they resemble fine crumbs.
  • Mix the cream cheese and cookie crumbs until you’ve got a thick and slightly sticky dough. You can knead the mixture with your hands, a stand mixer, or a hand mixer. (I prefer the hand mixer.)
  • To form the cookies, I pinch off a heaping tablespoon of the “dough” and knead it until it easily rolls into a ball.
  • Place the balls on a tray and refrigerate. This makes them much easier to dip!

How to dip Oreo Balls 

Place a chilled ball on top of a large fork; use a spoon to pour melted chocolate over the ball. Tap that fork against the bowl a few times to smooth the chocolate and then slide the fork against the edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Use a table knife to gently slide the ball off the fork and onto a parchment-lined tray to harden.

Make them pretty (optional)

Jazz up the Oreo Balls a bit by adding on a drizzle of white chocolate. If you want a distinct white chocolate layer, add the drizzle once the chocolate has set up. If you want the white to bleed into the chocolate (so it looks like this) add the white chocolate drizzle immediately after dipping the ball in chocolate.

Another option: Add some finely crushed Oreo crumbs to the top of the Oreo Ball. Add while the chocolate is still wet so they will stick.

Process shot-- Image of the crushed up Oreos with cream cheese being added

Oreo Ball FAQs

How do you melt chocolate for dipping? 

While there are lots of ways to melt chocolate, I like using the microwave. The secret? Microwave in short bursts and stir in between each burst for 10-15 seconds. Remember melting is still happening after being removed from the microwave.

Do you store Oreo Balls in the fridge?

Oreo Balls have cream cheese in them, so they need to be refrigerated when not being served. If left out they will not only be unsafe to eat but they will also soften and might not hold together. 

Can Oreo Balls be frozen?

You can freeze these (before being dipped in chocolate) for 3-4 months in an airtight container. Allow frozen balls to defrost in the fridge for a few hours before dipping in chocolate.

Can you put Oreos in a blender?

You can blend the whole Oreos in a high-powered blender. You can also use a food processor. Another option is to place the cookies in a plastic bag and hit them with a rolling pin until they are crushed. Regardless of the method you use, be sure that the Oreos are completely crushed. 

I have found a blender to be the quickest and easiest way to crush Oreos for this recipe.

How many Oreos are in a pack?

A standard Oreo pack has 36 cookies inside. 

Process shot-- showing the dough being rolled into balls.

Tips and tricks

  • High-quality chocolate: Using a good, high-quality chocolate is key to having the best Oreo Balls. I recommend using Guittard® or Ghirardelli®. Not only does high-quality chocolate melt better, but it also does wonders for the overall flavor.
  • Freeze: If you are having a hard time dipping these nuggets, try freezing the un-dipped balls for a minute to help them set up. 
  • Smooth: If your chocolate coating is too thick, add a bit more oil to help smooth it out and make dipping easier.
  • Scoop: Use a tablespoon measuring spoon or ice cream scoop to keep all of the balls about the same size before rolling them into a ball.

Process shot-- image of the Oreo Balls being dipped in chocolate.

Variation ideas

  • Use this recipe with Golden Oreos instead of chocolate for a vanilla flavor. (any Oreo flavor will work!)
  • Swap out the milk, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate for white chocolate.
  • Dip Oreo Balls in melted Andes® mints and sprinkle with crushed peppermint for a holiday treat.
  • Add crushed nuts on top.
  • Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top.
  • Try using almond bark instead of chocolate.

How to make Oreo Balls without cream cheese

While I don’t think the cream cheese is an overly prevalent flavor, you can swap it out with a few other ingredients.

  • Nutella®
  • Peanut butter
  • Cookie butter (when making Golden Oreo Balls)
  • Chocolate or vanilla frosting
  • Marshmallow Fluff®
  • Melted butter
  • More ideas/suggestions here

Finished truffle with a bite taken out, showing the inside.

How to store leftover Oreo Balls

Refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks.

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Oreo Balls

5 from 4 votes
Crushed Oreos mixed with softened cream cheese, rolled into a ball, and dipped in melted chocolate make up the famous Oreo Balls recipe!
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Oreo Balls

5 from 4 votes
Crushed Oreos mixed with softened cream cheese, rolled into a ball, and dipped in melted chocolate make up the famous Oreo Balls recipe!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword oreo ball, oreo truffle
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 35 Oreo Truffles
Calories 87kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 14.3 ounces Oreos (1 package--36 whole Oreos)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese full fat, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups chocolate chips milk chocolate, semi-sweet, or dark --whichever you like best; we love milk! Guittard or Ghirardelli are our favorites brands.
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate
  • Optional: vegetable oil or coconut oil

Instructions

  • Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Place whole Oreo cookies (don't separate cookie from creme) in a blender or food processor. Pulse until they have been crushed into fine crumbs. Ensure there are no large pieces and transfer all but 2 tablespoons (set aside for later) to a large bowl or stand mixer.
  • Add the softened cream cheese (important it isn't too cold or melty) to the remaining Oreo crumbs. Using a hand mixer or the whisk attachment on a stand mixer, beat until ingredients are well combined and smooth. (If you don't have a mixer, knead with your hands until smooth and combined.)
  • Scoop Oreo "dough" by tablespoonsful (I like smaller balls so the ratio of Oreo to chocolate is bigger, but feel free to make them larger) and knead the balls until you can roll into a smooth and even ball. Repeat with all the dough until it is all rolled in balls.
  • Place in fridge or freezer and chill for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Place dark, milk, or semi-sweet chocolate in microwave-safe bowls. Melt the chocolate in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 15 seconds until chocolate is completely smooth. Be careful to not burn/scorch the chocolate-- a lot of melting happens out of the microwave. Add some oil if needed to thin. (I usually add about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per cup of chocolate.) Stir until smooth.
  • Remove Oreo Balls from the fridge/freezer and dip them in chocolate. Place one chilled ball on a large fork and spoon melted chocolate right over the ball. Tap that fork against the bowl a few times to help the chocolate smooth out and then slide the fork against the edge of the bowl to remove excess. Use a table knife to gently slide the ball off the fork and onto the prepared parchment paper-lined tray. Repeat until all the truffles are dipped in chocolate. If the melted chocolate is getting too hard to dip, put in the microwave for another 15 seconds and remix. Sprinkle reserved 2 tablespoons of Oreo crumbs over half of the truffles.
  • For the remaining truffles, add a white chocolate drizzle (optional): add the white chocolate (and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon oil if desired, to make it easier to work with) to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 15 seconds until smooth. Transfer the melted white chocolate into a plastic bag and seal it. Cut off the very tip with scissors and pipe through the bag in stripes across the Oreo balls.
  • Allow chocolate to harden before serving. Keep any leftover Oreo Balls stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

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