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Oreo Cookie Balls: Two Ways

Oreo Cookie Balls

It’s cookie season. The season where we all stock up on carbs and sugar. It’s the best time of the year, right?

If you are still thinking about what to add to your holiday cookie list, you have to add these OREO cookie balls! Traditionally, they only take three ingredients to make: crushed OREO cookies, cream cheese, and melted chocolate. How I never knew about these little gems until now is beyond me because they are super easy to make and don’t require any baking! I felt so out of the loop, but I’m totally with it now and can see myself making these every holiday season to share with family and friends! I can tell you my co-workers were pretty happy when I brought these in the other day. I think I ruined their post-Thanksgiving diet plans though. Oops.

Oreo Cookie Balls

When they asked me to put my own spin on this holiday favorite, I had two ideas and I couldn’t bare the thought of only making one so being the overachiever that I am, I made both. First I made gingerbread cookie balls which are made with golden OREOS and I added some of my yummy gingerbread syrup to the mix! Then I whipped out the dark chocolate and the Bailey’s. You can never go wrong with dark chocolate and Bailey’s! While I love both versions, I am partial to the Bailey’s but I will almost always choose chocolate over anything else.

The great thing about these OREO cookie balls is that the possibilities are endless! You can decorate them anyway your little heart desires.

Oreo Cookie Balls

 

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OREO Cookie Balls: Two Ways

Yield: About 48 cookie balls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Gingerbread OREO Cookie Balls:

  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 36 Golden OREO cookies, crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 4 tablespoons gingerbread syrup (recipe below)
  • 8 ounces white chocolate
  • sprinkles
For the gingerbread syrup:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbs. molasses
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

For the Bailey's OREO Cookie Balls:

  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO cookies, crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate
  • sprinkles

Directions:

For the Gingerbread OREO Cookie Balls:

  1. First, prepare the gingerbread syrup. In a small saucepan, heat the water, brown sugar, molasses, ginger, and cinnamon on medium heat and bring to a light boil, lower the heat, and let simmer for about 8 minutes, stirring every so often. Remove from the heat and let cool. Syrup will thicken.
  2. Mix the crushed OREO cookies (I used a food processor) and the cream cheese (a food processor is helpful here). Then add the gingerbread syrup until everything is well-combined. Stick the mixture in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Remove and shape into 1-inch balls. Stick the balls back into the freezer for 10 minutes. Melt the chocolate.
  3. Use a toothpick to dip the chilled cookie balls in the melted white chocolate. Place onto a lined cookie sheet. Decorate as desired.

For the Bailey's OREO cookie balls:

  1. Mix the crushed OREO cookies and the cream cheese (a food processor is helpful here) until well-combined. Stick the mixture in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Remove and shape into 1-inch balls. Stick the balls back into the freezer for 10 minutes. Melt the chocolate and stir in the Bailey's.
  2. Use a toothpick to dip the chilled cookie balls in the melted dark chocolate. Place onto a lined cookie sheet. Decorate as desired.

I recommend storing the cookie balls in the fridge until ready to serve. I keep mine in the fridge as I prefer to eat them cold anyway.

Oreo Cookie Balls

You can learn more about OREO cookie balls and find fun takes on the classic recipe here and make sure to follow @OREO for cookie ball inspiration and recipes all season long!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Yummly and OREO. I was asked to create recipes using the classic OREO cookie ball recipe. I was compensated for my time. As always, all opinions are my own.

   

7 Responses to “Oreo Cookie Balls: Two Ways”

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    Melissa Belanger — December 4, 2013 at 1:11 am

    I guess I’m your opposite because I would choose pretty much everything over chocolate 90% of the time. I love that you made these using gingerbread syrup instead of gingerbread cookies. Using Oreos makes it seem much easier than if you had to actually bake cookies to crumble. I may even make some extra gingerbread syrup to use in my coffee. Beautiful pictures as always :)

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    Kristi — December 4, 2013 at 2:39 am

    I love Oreo Balls! I never thought about putting anything else there like, Baileys. I can only imagine how extra tasty they would be with that addition.

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    Jess — December 4, 2013 at 4:53 am

    I have never had an Oreo ball, but those photos seriously make me think it’s something I must remedy fast! What great variations!

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    Heather — December 4, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Great idea! Festive and yummy!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — December 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Love that you made gingerbread oreo cookie balls! Can’t wait to try them!

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    Ashley — December 4, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Love these two spins on oreo cookie balls! Oreo truffles were the most requested sweet of my husband’s co-workers! haha they always wanted them! At least they aren’t hard to make : )

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    Ramona — December 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Mmmm.. I love your variations to the recipe. :) Yum! Yum!! :)

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