Easy to make reindeer and snowman oreo cookie balls, homemade brownie-mint oreo stuffed cookies, and a fun way to present all these treats at a Christmas party.
Happy December 1st everyone!! Cookie balls are hands-down one of my favorite treats ever and a holiday MUST. I mean can you celebrate Christmas without these?! (I’m kidding here).
These little reindeer are quite simple to make and are so much fun. I made them with my little guy, so naturally they took quite a bit longer…read: he likes to destroy as I create often times quicker than I create. I decided to try making them with Candy Cane oreos instead of the regular ones, and oh my gosh they are good. The peppermint flavor is subtle, but definitely present. Everyone loved the flavor of these cookie balls with the Candy Cane version, but feel free to substitute regular oreos or any other different flavor.
The eyes are candies I found at a local craft store, the red noses are red hots, and the “antlers” are broken pretzels. Once the cookie ball is dipped in melted chocolate, the decorating takes no time at all – just press in the candies and pretzels! The one trick I found throughout making these was to “shake” off the chocolate after dipping the cookie ball in it. I did this by using a fork and lightly tapping the fork on the edge of the bowl to get all the excess chocolate off. Otherwise, the nose and eyes tend to slide a bit down the face 🙂
- 1 package 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 36 oreos about 3 cups when crushed Oreo Cookies finely crushed
- 4 4 ounces each package semi-sweet baking chocolate melted
- 1 bag small twist pretzels
- 48 miniature M&M's or red hot candies
- 96 eye candies
Pulse the full oreos (no need to separate cream from cookie) in a food processor or blender until it is in crumbs.
Using a hand held mixer, beat the Oreos and cream cheese together until well combined.
Roll the mixture into balls. Chill the balls, covered tightly, for an hour in the fridge or 20 minutes in the freezer.
Once the balls are chilled, melt the chocolate in the microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 15 seconds until the chocolate is melted.. You may need a teaspoon (or a few) of vegetable oil to get the chocolate thin enough to dip in. Every chocolate is a little different so if needed, I'll just add the oil slowly until the chocolate can easily coat the oreo truffle.
Break the pretzels in half and press into the melted chocolate at the top. Press an M&M candy for a nose and then place two eye candies above the red hot for eyes.
Allow to harden at room temperature. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
Okay now another Oreo recipe for you all – this time using Mint oreos because YUM. And I stuffed them into a chocolate brownie dough which was deeeelicious.
- 1 package (18.4 ounces) chocolate fudge brownie mix
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- scant 1/4 cup white flour
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips or use Andes creme de menthe chips
- 10-12 Mint-Chocolate oreo cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, beat together the brownie mix, egg, and butter that has been softened to room temperature. Do not melt the butter.
Beat in the cocoa powder and then the white flour. Slowly add the white flour until the dough is easy to shape into a cookie ball. You may need a few tablespoons up to 1/2 cup.
- The dough may appear crumbly and that's normal! Knead together the dough with your hands until a thick dough has formed.
Knead in the chocolate chips. Barely cover a Mint oreo with the cookie mixture -- if you put too much cookie dough around the oreos they don't do as well.
If desired, top the cookies with a few more chocolate chips.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes and then remove from the oven. (Baking time may vary based on the size of your cookies)
- Allow to continue to "bake" on the cookie sheet for an additionally 3-4 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.
- Slightly under-baking these cookies will make them ultra fudgy and chewy!
Want to try another fun oreo cookie ball idea? We made some snowmen with Golden oreos (same recipe above just using Golden oreos and white chocolate instead of Candy Cane oreos and milk chocolate) The eyes, “carrot nose”, and buttons are all miniature M&M’s, and the arms are broken pretzels! I decided not to attach them so people could just grab a part of the snowman instead of feeling like they had to eat the entire three parts 🙂