Saturday, February 5, 2011

Oreo Cookie Balls

Each Christmas these little babies show up on nearly every recipe site and potluck table. They are one of those things that are ridiculously easy to make and everyone seems to rave about.  I have been known to bribe people with these little gems.  Just ask my husband.  And every year I always find at least one person who has never eaten one and then I get 'em hooked!  It's all part of my master plan, dontcha know.  And inevitably they come back to me saying "How do you make these? My husband looooovvvvved them".  And so I tell them and they can't believe I'm speaking the truth because they are just that easy!  They just take a bit of patience.  But I say, why just Christmas? We love them anytime. I am making up another batch for my son's teachers, co-workers and of course for my family for Valentine's day. Just add colored sprinkles and pretty little mini cupcake liners and Voila - a great food gift awaits.  I think the hardest part about making these is having the patience to make all the balls and then dip them in the chocolate.
Ingredients:
1 (16 oz.) package of Oreos
1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
1 package of white chocolate (or vanilla) Almond bark*

*Almond bark can be found in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips, it may also be called candy coating





Directions:
Take the whole package of cookies and dump them in your food processor.  Run your processor until the cookies are in fine bits.  If you have to do it by hand, just put the cookies in a large Ziploc bag and then pound the life out of those suckers using a rolling pin.  They need to be very finely ground.  Add in the softened cream cheese and continue to pulse the mixture (or mix thoroughly by hand) until is is smooth and looks like thick paste.

Drop small mounds onto wax paper-lined cookie sheets. About a teaspoon and a half sized balls.  I like to use one of those cookie scoopers with the spring release.  It makes baking so much easier and quicker, let me tell ya. Now put the whole tray in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Just give them time to harden up a bit so they hold together better while dipping in the chocolate.
 When ready, put your vanilla (or white chocolate) almond bark in a bowl and melt in the microwave according to package directions.  Usually for about a minute. Now you want to start dipping each ball in the chocolate.  Using a spoon, dip each ball in the melted chocolate, roll it around and then let any excess drip off. Put them on a sheet of wax paper to dry.  Before the chocolate hardens, make sure to add your colored sugar or sprinkles on top. Once the chocolate hardens, nothing will stick to it. If you aren't giving these out right away, just store them in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Cook's Notes: A couple of tips: until you get used to working with chocolate, you may tend to overuse the amount of chocolate you actually need for each ball.  After dipping, take a toothpick and run it around the bottom of each ball before the chocolate totally hardens. This will make it easier to break off any extra chocolate that pooled at the bottom of each ball.  Also, you may want to buy an extra package of the white chocolate for this same reason.  

Enjoy!

61 comments:

Annie said...

OMG, this is a new one on me. I can't believe I haven't seen these before now! I absolutely love Oreo's and I think these would taste like Oreo and white chocolate cheesecake. I am definitely saving this one. Have a great weekend!

Katrina said...

I LOVE this recipe! My frend makes these and they always go in an instant! Great post!

thecountrycook said...

Haha - see Annie? There's always one person that hasn't made them yet. You will love these (especially since you love Oreos). And people will love you for making them. Have a great weekend and have a great day off tomorrow!!

Holly said...

I love Oreo Balls! So yummy! Yours look so cute for Valentines Bran!

Fresh and Foodie said...

These look lovely! Cutie pink wrappers, too.

Jenny.U said...

Oh my! I have had these only covered chocolate. So yummy!

Julie said...

Those looks absolutely beautiful!

The Farm Girl

Sandra said...

This is the winner..love it!!! Picture perfect!!!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

I LOVE these. They're so addicting and sooo good. Yours are just too cute with the pink sprinkles on top! :)

mywanderingspoon said...

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cheryl@pictureperfectmeals.com said...

So cute! My niece will love making these for Valentine's Day. Thanks for the recipe, its' great!

Mother Rimmy said...

Okay, how can you miss with this? Oreo cookies and cream cheese covered in chocolate. Lovely!!

Kristi

A Busy Nest said...

I'm such a fan of these. I love your Valentine's Day approach!

Yin said...

Wow! They look so sweet and lovely, brilliant idea to serve as V day gift. I bet the sweetness of the cookies not only melt in the mouth but also melt the heart of the person who recieve it!

Charissa said...

Oh wow, I had these once and they were so good. I can't have dairy any more, but this recipe brought back sweet memories!

Chef Dennis said...

Those oreo balls sound delicious, I have never had them but I would certainly love to try them! I love how you made them for Valentines day
Hope your weekend is going well
Dennis

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

I've made cake balls before but never oreo balls. Dare I say these sound even better?

I'd love to have you share this recipe on Sweet Tooth Fridays. I hope to see you there! http://alli-n-son.com/2011/02/03/chocolate-toffee/

Deidra said...

All I can say is "Wow". I'm not a dessert person. I don't even like chocolate (that one usually gets me some weird looks), but the hubby is into both. I was thinking earlier today about surprising him with some kind of dessert. You have officially inspired me to follow through with that. Thanks so much!

Mateja ^_^ said...

They are so cute! Bookmarked the delicousness, thank you for sharing :) No bake sweets are so convinient!

Peggy said...

I love Oreo balls and I remember how astonished I was the first time I made them at how easy they were! Definitely a crowd pleaser!

Kaitlin said...

I have always wanted to try these, but every time I buy Oreo's I end up eating the whole bag with milk! Yours are too cute!

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

Oh yum! And so simple too!

Sloth Cat said...

YUM! These look absolutely lovely, and I bet that they taste DELICIOUS! Great blog!

:)

slothcatcooks.blogspot.com

baking.serendipity said...

Your "why Christmas?" question is so smart! These are gorgeous with the pink sprinkles for Valentine's Day and I am sure equally delicious :)

Sydney said...

So cute! I've actually never seen nor had these before. They DO look easy and simply divine. Thanks for the recipe and great photos!

A little bit of everything said...

i ate something like this at the Christmas party held in my community. Thanks to you now I can make my own.
Have a wonderful Sunday Brandie

MaryBeth said...

OMG...YUMM-O

Lizzy said...

Excellent idea, Brandie...you typically just see these around Christmas, but why not treat yourself (and friends) all year round. You did a fabulous job garnishing these beauties :)

Tiffany said...

My brother loves everything oreo, I'll have to make these for him!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

These are the BEST and yours look so festive :)

Blessings!
Gail

nancycreative said...

Those look so cute–I bet they taste great, too!

Mary said...

These really are cute and I plan to make them next time I have young visitors. I hope you've had a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

Kristen said...

It's nice to see those babies dressed up for Valentine's Day. YUM!

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Susan said...

Love these - we make them at Christmas! I love your pink sprinkles and how you made them look so festive. I just may make them for Valentines!

Susan www.ugogrrl.com

Rosemary said...

I've never seen these before either! One of those! Thanks so much. Now I can be the hit of the next potluck! (Thanks for visiting me, too!)

ravienomnoms said...

One of my friends makes something so similar to this and they are soooo fantastic! Yours are so cute

Monet said...

What a great gift for Valentine's Day (or any day for that matter!) Thank you for sharing, sweet friend, and thank you for your kind words on my blog this morning. It means so much to have your support! I hope you have a wonderful Monday.

Emily said...

Ohhh, yummy and super easy, can't wait to try. domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

Emily said...

Blogged about my version and gave you a shout out today (linked to your recipe), stop by and see domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

Erin said...

Oh yum, yum, yum!!!

Lindsey said...

Oh these look so delightful! I have a weakness for Oreos, so there is no doubt that these would be perfect for me. :) Can't wait to try them!

The Mom Chef said...

Yes, I'm one of those for whom this is a new recipe. I can't believe I haven't seen it yet. Here I sit with a brand new package of Oreos on the counter. Ha!

Thanks for sharing. I hope mine come out half as gorgeous as yours. I love the pink sugar on top!

Barb said...

Wow! These look too good to eat - but I don't mean that! I would love to have a plate of them in front of me!! Beautiful photography!

Miz Helen said...

These Oreo Cookie Balls look so good. They would be a great Valentine treat. Thank you so much for bringing them to Full Plate Thursday and I look forward to seeing you again!

Desi said...

Beautiful. Such a LOVEly Valentine treat :)

Jessa Smith said...

Those look delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe!

Jessa
www.jessajill.blogspot.com

BigFatBaker said...

YUMMM!!!!! Oreos are a serious addiction of mine. I love the idea of an oreo ball. DEFINITELY making these when I get the chance! Thanks again for stopping by BFB and leaving a sweet comment :)

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

so cute! you have such great recipes on here.

kathryn
-thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

Megan said...

Thanks for the reminder of this wonderful treat. Love the toothpick trick!

Eftychia said...

Easy to make, delicious in taste! Thank you for giving us such a great ideas to impress our loved ones! I am sure my kids will be thrilled with this dessert...

Dot said...

These look wonderful. Do they have to be stored in the 'fridge? We have a grandson in the Army and he absolutely LOOOVES Oreos! I would really like to surprise him with a "love" box that includes these. Do you think they would "ship" well?

Anonymous said...

These are good with lemon cookies too! We call them hillbilly truffles!

Anonymous said...

I just made these, they're still naked & waiting to be dipped. I know they will be a hit,I had a small taste when I was forming them. Thank you for sharing
Nadine Osborne
nadineosborne99@yahoo.com

Chris said...

I just found your great site and have enjoyed reading and looking at all the great recipes. I made these Oreo Cookies but instead of using the regular flavor, I bought the green mint flavored Oreos and will be decorating the tops with red and green for our family Christmas Party this year. Thanks for the idea.

Anonymous said...

They are to die for.....yummo!

Anonymous said...

how do they hold up if I have to freeeze them for a summer wedding?

Anonymous said...

They are really good though the dipping can be tricky with either too much or not enough but no matter really lol. I am going to try some made with Nutter Butter cookies too.

Heather said...

I have been making these babies for years! I would have to say the mint ones are probably the most popular next to the original and PB ones. Try putting a Maraschino cherry in the middle of an original! Holy Moly!! Delicous!!

Anonymous said...

I make these at Halloween as eyeballs. Use mini M&M's as the center of the eye and red frosting in a tube to fan out lightly. Kids love them.

Anonymous said...

My family loves oreos, but thought the oreo balls were a little too sweet. For peanut butter lovers, try the recipe with Nutter Butters. Heaven!