Peppermint Oreo Balls are crushed Oreo cookies and cream cheese dipped in sweet chocolate then rolled in crushed peppermint candies.
Nothing says the holidays are here like Oreo Balls, and you’ll love the peppermint version too! These make the perfect homemade gift along with gift boxes full of Chocolate Covered Pretzels and Chocolate Covered Oreos.
PEPPERMINT OREO BALLS
Peppermint Oreo Balls are an indulgent mixture of crushed Oreo cookies and cream cheese, dipped in melted chocolate and rolled in peppermint candy pieces.
If you love peppermint and cheesecakes, you’ll definitely like this version of the recipe. They’re sweet, creamy, and have a really nice crunchy texture from the outside layer of candy, plus they’re no-bake so they’re incredibly easy to throw together.
These are PERFECT for wrapping in plastic with a ribbon and giving as a homemade holiday gift, or as a favor for a holiday party.
It’s a great idea to make a double batch because they’re not going to last very long. Plus this recipe is easy to get help with because you don’t need perfect chocolate dipping skills, tiny hands can help since you can let them roll it in the crushed peppermint candies!
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MORE HOLIDAY DESSERTS
- Pretzel Turtles
- Brown Sugar Cookies
- Buckeye Brownie Cookies
- Peppermint Bark
- Bread Pudding
- Ultimate Apple Crisp
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If your chocolate is too thick or not thinning out enough, add a few drops of coconut oil until it reaches the consistency you’re looking for. You can also try using almond bark instead, which is a smoother white chocolate with a richer flavor than regular melting wafers.
Add red sprinkles to the crushed peppermint candies for more pops of festive red color!
Make sure you freeze your Oreo balls before dipping them in the chocolate. This is the trick to getting them to hold their shape.
This recipe uses white chocolate, but you can swap that if preferred. We use it because it doesn’t make the peppermint candy look dirty but if you dislike the flavor of white chocolate feel free to swap as you’d like.
You can crush the peppermint candies with a food processor, or by placing them in a sealable plastic bag and crushing with a rolling pin.
An ice cream scoop can help make sure your Oreo balls are all about the same size.
You can roll them in chopped pecans, peanuts, or almonds, red and green colored sugar or sprinkles, crushed Oreo cookies, mini chocolate chips, or shaved chocolate
HOW TO STORE PEPPERMINT OREO BALLS
Serve: Don’t leave Peppermint Oreo Balls at room temperature for longer than 2 hours. Unlike other truffles that use a ganache, these use a dairy-based cream cheese in the center, so for food safety they have to be kept cold.
Store: Peppermint Oreo Balls can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 weeks in an airtight container.
Freeze: You can also freeze peppermint Oreo balls for 3-4 months if you want to make them ahead of time. When you’re ready to store the balls, put a piece of parchment paper between each layer of Oreos, to prevent them from sticking to each other. This is especially important if you freeze them, or you might end up with a big chocolate block of Oreo balls. Let them defrost in the refrigerator before serving. If you freeze them ahead of time, put them in the refrigerator the night before to make sure they’re not still frozen in the center when you serve them.
- 36 Oreos
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 16 ounces white chocolate melting wafers
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 48 crushed peppermint candies
- Place the cream cheese and Oreos in a food processor and process until combined. Scoop out small parts of the mixture and roll into 48 1 inch balls. Place the balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 20 minutes, or until hardened.
- Melt the semisweet chocolate with peppermint extract in the microwave at 30 second increments, stirring between each one.
- Once melted, dip each ball in it with a fork, scraping the bottom. Roll in peppermint candies and put the ball on the parchment paper.
Photos used in a previous version of this post.
Can I make these without using the cream cheese? I despise it. (I don’t like any type of cheese).
I hope so, bc I want to make these
Can you substitute frosting instead of cream cheese so they won’t have to be refrigerated?
I haven’t tried that but it would hurt to experiment!
Can I freeze these? I want to make them for Christmas and want to do it ahead of time. What type of container would I do them. I love your recipes as well! I use them all the time. Thank you.
Hi! in the actual blog I have directions on how to store them. its this – Peppermint Oreo Balls can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 weeks in an airtight container.
You can also freeze peppermint Oreo balls for 3-4 months if you want to make them ahead of time. When you’re ready to store the balls, put a piece of parchment paper between each layer of Oreos, to prevent them from sticking to each other. This is especially important if you freeze them, or you might end up with a big chocolate block of Oreo balls. Let them defrost in the refrigerator before serving. If you freeze them ahead of time, put them in the refrigerator the night before to make sure they’re not still frozen in the center when you serve them.
Since these have cream cheese in them, how do you store them? Do they need to be refrigerated? Thank you.
How long are these good for? Do they need to be refrigerated or can they be left at room temp? Hoping to make some treats before a Christmas road trip (2 day drive) and give as gifts. I could plan to pack a cooler if that would help.
Peppermint Oreo Balls can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 weeks in an airtight container. Unlike other truffles that use a ganache, these use a dairy-based cream cheese in the center, so for food safety they have to be kept cold.
You can also freeze peppermint Oreo balls for 3-4 months if you want to make them ahead of time. Let them defrost in the refrigerator before serving. If I freeze them ahead of time, I usually put them in the refrigerator the night before to make sure they’re not still frozen in the center when I serve them.
When you’re ready to store the balls, put a piece of parchment paper between each layer of Oreos, to prevent them from sticking to each other. This is especially important if you freeze them, or you might end up with a big chocolate block of Oreo balls.
I spent forever getting the ingredients for this recipe and follow me to a T and once I food processed the ingredients you cannot roll it into a ball it was like soft batter and created a huge mess. So disappointed
I know your recipe is long gone now and I’m so sorry your Christmas eve was frustrated by the recipe. The base of the peppermint oreo balls are the classic oreo ball recipe which should hold it’s shape for you. Were they really warm when you tried to roll them? If there was a temperature issue it could make it softer than normal. I’d just refrigerate for 15 minutes then roll again.
Sam, I also do not have a food processor or even a blender. I completely mixed by hand using a large soup spoon to not only mix it all together but it also made it very easy to crush the large Oreo’s.
I never usually leave any comments but this recipe just has to be said is now the favorite Holiday “treat”. I made a few variations due to some family needs but your recipe (even with a few variations is absolutely YUMMY !!!
I used Almond Bark for the chocolate in the first batch but then I was reminded we have 5 grandkids (one if which is Autistic) and the possibility of the peppermint pieces being a choke factor (not to mention our family & friends with no teeth to bite them). I remedied this problem by completely grinding the peppermint into a fine powder (adding red & green sugar to give the pink powder a bit more Holiday color). These also turned out awesome & a perfect solution to those who can’t or shouldn’t have the hard candy pieces). Also, I had lots of the powered candy canes leftover so I put it in a sugar bowl next to the coffee & tea pots and used it in everything from coffee, tea, apple cider and even toast, pancakes, French toast, etc.
I just wanted to say Thank You so very much for this (our favorite next to the peppermint bark) and all your delicious recipes (everyone of them I have made are so yummy, eat to make, along with looking so yummy that even the young, picky ones completely clean their plates & even usually ask for seconds.
Thank you again Sabrina for all your time & effort you put into these recipes & I look forward to all the new ones you post ?????
P.S. I did take pics stop you could see both types that I made (for the 1st time) so others can see how easy they are to make, how wonderful they look (even for a beginner) and believe me this recipe is truly YUMMY. Highly recommend to anyone to make these for any reason (holidays, gifts, housewarming, showers, pretty much any occasion (including a cloudy rainy day)
You are such a thoughtful person, Trinity. Thank you so much for the kinds words and I’m happy to know how much you are enjoying the recipes on the site.
Do you have any tips for the best method for dipping in the melted chocolate?
I place each ball on a fork and dip it in, scraping the bottom of the fork along the side of the bowl as I’m pulling it out. Hope this helps!
I made these. They are delicious. I had trouble with the peppermint clumbing. What did I do wrong or how can keep from this happening.?
I just rolled mine in a bowl but you could always place them in a bowl and sprinkle it over the top to have a bit more control over how much gets on it. Hope this helps!
Okay, I’m sorry but I have to ask a really dumb question…
For the oreos, are you scooping out the middle cream filling and using just the two cookies themselves? Or are you using the ENTIRE cookie? TIA
No need to scoop out the middle. Just place the whole cookie in the food processor. Enjoy!
Is it too hard to hand mix? Or use a blender? Do not have a food processor.
A blender would work too. Enjoy!
Can you make the complete recipe and refrigerate or freeze them until needed? Or can you only freeze them before the dipping stage?
Yes, these can be frozen once completed. 🙂
Do these need to be refrigerated to store or are they okay at room temperature?
These need to be kept in the refrigerator because they have a dairy-based cream cheese in the center. Enjoy!
These look amazing thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to make these for my family!! Happy Holidays!
Could you make these as cake pops? Would the stock stay in ok
I’m not sure it would support a stick. It has a cream based center and it might be too soft, maybe if you froze them?
Can these be made a day ahead, just the Oreo ball stage and left in freezer overnight, dipping the next day? Thanks
Made these today! Don’t worry about shaping them into pretty balls until after they have been in the freezer. Then just roll each one in the palms of your hands to make a nice ball. Did have to reheat the vanilla bark several times to keep it soft for dipping. Found a jar of “Peppermint Dust” at Home Goods (basically chopped peppermints) but prettier than what I made from my food processor as it was powdery. This takes a while to make but they are delicious and pretty!
Peppermint Dust sounds amazing! I’ll need to look for that. Thanks for the suggestion, Stacey.
Delicious! I stopped making these halfway through the batch because the peppermint coating looked too thick. I covered the rest in white chocolate with peppermint sprinkle decorations. Both were good, but this was the favorite by far.
Hello ? will this work if I make it into one large ball?
I’ve never tried it before. I’m not sure how you would dip it as one big ball into melted chocolate easily. If you decide to try, I’d love to know how it turns out. Good luck!
Sabrina can’t wait to try the peppermint balls. Also my mom was a Snyder she was born in Michigan we might be relatives,
How awesome! I hope you enjoy them!!
THESE ARE SO FESTIVE i love!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These peppermint Oreo balls are one of our favorite holiday treats!
I’m so glad you all love them!
Oreo Balls are a holiday favorite around here, love the peppermint twist!
Perfect for the holidays!
I love these – so easy and delicious!
Oh wow do these look good! I was just finalizing this year’s cookie list, and I think these are going to have to make an appearance! So easy but so much great flavor!
Add them to the list!!
it’s like a peppermint bark truffle!! These are perfect for any holiday tray!