This post is sponsored by OREO, all opinions are my own.
This year the holiday season looks quite different for many, including my family. To make sure it is still merry and bright, we intend to continue with our family traditions even if the whole family isn’t in one place and that includes making and decorating OREO Cookie Balls!
OREO Cookie Balls are an easy no bake snack that are great for the holiday season and great to make with kids. No cookie tray or party is complete without them! And this year I am putting a fun new twist on them… using Eggnog!
Eggnog OREO Cookie Balls
Traditional OREO Cookie Balls, sometimes called OREO truffles, are super easy with just 4 ingredients. My eggnog version requires 3 additional ingredients, but still comes together in a snap with no baking. So easy that I allow my kids to help make them.
They are one of my favorite things to give or receive as part of a cookie tray. I made a triple batch this year so we can deliver some to our neighbors.
How to Make Eggnog OREO Cookie Balls
ONE. You’ll need to make OREO cookie crumbs. For the eggnog version I use Golden OREO Cookies. They have a bold and rich vanilla flavor that mimics the iconic holiday drink.
The two methods I like best are using a food processor or placing the cookies in an airtight plastic bag and crushing them with a rolling pin.
PRO TIP: For quick and easy OREO Cookie crumbs, pulse them in a food processor. You can even mix crushed OREO Cookies with the cream cheese in the food processor as well.
TWO. Then mix the cookie crumbs with softened cream cheese, a little bit of eggnog and spices. Form into two bite-size balls (about 1-inch each) and chill.
THREE. Dip into melted white chocolate, decorate and voila! What you choose to decorate them with is totally up to you, but I am loving holiday sprinkles and white chocolate curls.
Other options include:
- Drizzle with more melted chocolate
- Crushed peppermint
- Holiday candy
- Hard icing décor
- Decorating icing
Tips for Melting Chocolate
The only step I wouldn’t let the kiddos be a part of is melting the chocolate. One, because it is hot and two, because it can be a bit tricky. White chocolate is especially challenging and sometimes doesn’t melt as smooth as cocoa based chocolates.
Melting chocolate, like many other things in the kitchen, is chemistry and science. It looks easy but is often the point most get stuck on, so here are a few tips and tricks.
- You need the optimal temperature to make sure your chocolate melts to a silky-smooth consistency, don’t do it over high heat, keep it at medium.
- Skip the microwave and use a double boiler. The microwave heats too fast and gets too hot.
- If you do need to use the microwave, use it at 50% power or defrost mode and go slow, 15 second intervals.
- Don’t fully boil the water in your double boiler. Get it hot enough to melt the chocolate, but not to a rolling boil.
- Put the top pot on with chocolate after the water has come to temperature.
- Stir constantly while melting. It should only take a minute or so.
- Use immediately and while shiny.
- If chocolate gets too hot, it gets clumpy and matte.
- You can try to revive it by adding 2 teaspoons of vegetable shortening, but sometimes you are better off just starting over.
How to Dip OREO Balls
I’ve read a lot of tricks for dipping OREO Cookies Balls in melted chocolate, but after trial and error, I’ve found the easiest way is to work one at a time, place a chilled ball into melted chocolate, turning gently to cover.
Lift out with a fork and tap on the outside of the bowl. This will let the chocolate fall smoothly on the outside.
Scrape the bottom of the fork on the rim of the pan to prevent having too much pool on the bottom while cooling. Use a toothpick or another fork to push it off the dipping fork onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.
Decorate while the chocolate is still tacky and use a rimmed baking sheet to catch any of the excess that falls off. After they set, you should be able to easily peel them off and store.
Storage & Freezing
Why does chocolate sweat? Chocolate sweats when the temperature changes too rapidly and the moisture releases. Chocolate covered anything is best kept somewhere between refrigerated and room temperature.
How should I store my OREO Cookie Balls? If that is the case and I don’t own a special chocolate covered items refrigerator, then where do I put them? Listen- they are fine in the fridge, just know that they might potentially sweat a little. They will still taste perfectly fine.
I grabbed Golden OREO Cookies at my local ShopRite grocery store. OREO Cookies are on sale for 2/$5 with $1/2 digital coupon available on Shoprite.com 12/20 – 12/26. Look here for other fun and festive OREO cookie recipes here!
Eggnog Oreo Cookie Balls
- Mix softened cream cheese, eggnog, nutmeg, cinnamon and OREO cookie crumbs until blended.
- Shape into 30 (1-inch) balls. Place on waxed paper-covered rimmed baking sheet. Freeze 10 minutes or chill for up to an hour.
- Melt almond bark in a double boiler according to package directions or in the microwave.
- Dip cookie balls in melted chocolate, turning to evenly coat all sides of each ball with chocolate. Return to lined baking sheet. Decorate with desired toppings while still tacky.
- Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Keep refrigerated.
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!