OREO Cookie Balls with Salted Caramel Sauce

OREO Cookie Balls are fudgy, delicious, and WAY better than any store-bought candy! And the homemade Salted Caramel Sauce puts them right over the top.

OREO Cookie Balls (often called OREO truffles) have been a staple on my family’s holiday cookie plate for many years.

Usually, my sister Monica always makes them, but this year I decided to give it a try.

OREO Cookie Balls are fudgy, delicious, and WAY better than any store-bought candy! And the homemade Salted Caramel Sauce puts them right over the top.

What could be easier? 3 ingredients, no baking, all deliciousness. To make sure no one confused Monica’s OREO Cookie Balls with my own, I added a drizzle of my favorite Salted Caramel Sauce and a sprinkling of coarse sea salt.

The result? Perfection to rival the fanciest store-bought treats.

Crush It

You’ll need a full package of OREO Cookies for this recipe (36 cookies). I recommend buying two packages right up front so those around you have something to snack on while you work on the OREO Cookie Balls.

Crush the cookies as finely as you can manage. The more finely the cookies are crushed, the more fudge-like the resulting center will be.

A food processor is the easiest way to go if you have one. Otherwise, a pastry cutter works really well (better than a potato masher). I tried a large zipper-top plastic bag and a rolling pin too, but I always end up smashing holes in to the bag.

OREO Cookie Balls are fudgy, delicious, and WAY better than any store-bought candy! And the homemade Salted Caramel Sauce puts them right over the top.

Mix It

If you mashed your cookies finely enough, they will look like chocolate cookie crumbs and you will no longer see the cream centers. Now it’s time to mix in the softened cream cheese. If you’re using a food processor, just drop in cubes of softened cream cheese and hit the button. Done in seconds!

When this is uniformly combined, you will see traces of the cream cheese, but overall the mix will look mostly chocolatey. And delicious. I wanted to eat it all right then and there. Resist this temptation!

Roll It

The goal here is to roll 36 1-inch cookie balls. To achieve this, start with a teaspoon-size ball of cookie dough and roll between your hands. You’ll find the cookie balls easy to roll; they don’t stick to your hands like traditional cookie dough.

Line them up on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper (I used a silicone mat). Freeze for 10 minutes. If you happen to live in a cold climate (I was in Wisconsin when I made these), you can just set them outside!

OREO Cookie Balls are fudgy, delicious, and WAY better than any store-bought candy! And the homemade Salted Caramel Sauce puts them right over the top.

Melt It

In case you have a fear of melting chocolate, you can set aside your worries with this recipe. It’s really easy – this coming from a person who has a history of seizing-then-burning chocolate.

I used Baking Chocolate from the baking aisle and just followed the instructions on the box. It’s basically microwaving the chocolate in 30-second increments, stirring in between. So easy!

Just drop a couple of frozen OREO Cookie Balls in the bowl of melted chocolate at a time, stir them around with a spoon, scoop them out, and return them to your wax-paper-lined baking sheet. At this point I chilled the OREO Cookie Balls for another 10 minutes to set the chocolate.

Decorate It

Here’s where you can get creative. Use my easy Salted Caramel Sauce and a sprinkling of coarse sea salt for a decadent version of this classic holiday treat, or use sprinkles, crushed candy canes, or any other decorations you have on hand. There are lots of delicious flavors of OREO Cookies too, and certainly other flavors of dipping chocolate, so you can really have fun with this recipe!

Save these OREO Cookie Balls to your “Desserts” Pinterest board!

And let’s be friends on Pinterest! I’m always pinning tasty recipes!

OREO Cookie Balls are fudgy, delicious, and WAY better than any store-bought candy! And the homemade Salted Caramel Sauce puts them right over the top.
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Oreo Cookie Balls with Salted Caramel Sauce

OREO Cookie Balls are fudgy, delicious, and WAY better than any store-bought candy! And the homemade Salted Caramel Sauce puts them right over the top.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 36 cookie balls
Calories 102 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 (14.3 ounce) package OREO cookies (36 cookies)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened
  • 4 (4 ounce) packages semi-sweet baking chocolate melted
  • Salted Caramel Sauce for garnish, optional
  • Coarse sea salt for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a food processor or by hand, finely crush cookies. Add cream cheese and mix until evenly combined (filling should have a fudgy texture and appearance).
  2. Shape into 36 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, set chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water (double-boiler method) or melt in the microwave at 50% power in 30-second increments.
  4. Using a spoon, carefully roll chilled balls in melted chocolate. Place in single layer in baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until firm.
  5. Drizzle with Salted Caramel Sauce and sprinkle with sea salt, if desired. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes longer.

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OREO Cookie Balls are fudgy, delicious, and WAY better than any store-bought candy! And the homemade Salted Caramel Sauce puts them right over the top.

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30 comments

  1. These are so pretty and I love the salted caramel!

  2. These are so fun and easy to make. Perfect for the holidays. Speaking of which, hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

    • Thank you, Matt! I did have a nice Thanksgiving. It was cold enough for snow, but not TOO cold. But at least Calvin got to see snow! It was great to see the family again. I hope you had a lovely holiday as well!

  3. Love the cookie monster hoodie and his look is priceless. I’ve never tried an Oreo ball and these make me want to try 1 or 10. They look like they’re right out of a confectioners store.

  4. Wow, those cookie balls are so beautiful! I pinned them all because I can decide which one is the winner! I like the salted caramel drizzle, brings out such a great flavor of the chocolate :)

  5. You had me at ‘salted caramel’! These are so beautiful and perfect for the holidays! Btw, love the Cookie Monster hoodie – super cute!

  6. Yes to all the cookies! What a fun little dessert. I’ll take 2 dozen, please!

  7. I love Oreos, but I can’t believe I’ve never made Oreo truffles. Love the chocolate and salted caramel! They are beautiful and I’m sure delicious!

    • Thank you Mira! I love Oreos too, and having them in the little cookie balls is just amazing. I only really have them at Christmas, but whenever I do, it reminds me that I should make them year-round!

  8. Oh my gosh!! I was looking for an oreo truffle recipe the other day! I’m going to use YOURS!!

  9. I hit “post” before I got to dribble on about how cute C is…..love those trackies he’s wearing!! SO CUTE!!

  10. Such a cute little shopper helper! Did you ever try to use a food processor or blender to smash up your cookies? Or will that get them too fine? I REALLY want to make these and hopefully I will have time. Thanks for sharing!

    • Carolyn, I need to update my post to mention a food processor. It’s an obvious solution! The only reason I didn’t do it that way is because I was at my parents’ house for Thanksgiving, out of town, so I had to find a way to do it by hand. But yes. You should definitely use a food processor!!!

  11. do you have to store them in the fridge since there is cream cheese in it? thanks

  12. I crush my Oreos in the food processor. Super quick and easy. Love the idea of adding salted caramel… which I happen to LOVE!

  13. The salted caramel sounds amazing! I needed a great salted caramel recipe for some cookies I’m making for my son, thanks for the great recipe! YUM! #client

  14. I make some variation of these every year around the holidays. They are so easy and everyone lovessss them! The peanut butter Oreos are really good coated with melted Reese’s chips and drizzled with chocolate. The birthday cake Oreo’s make really good ones too! Happy Holidays!

  15. What is the carmel sauce? Is it like what you would put on sundaes?

    • Hi Colleen, you could definitely put it on ice cream sundaes. I’ve also put it on cookies. It’s just a basic salted caramel sauce. I also have to say, it’s optional with these OREO cookie balls… they are good without it. But they are crazy good with it!

  16. Where do you find salted Carmel sauce?

    • Hi Ann, so sorry about that. I used to have a post with it, but the link was going somewhere else. I just got the Salted Caramel Sauce posted on its own. It’s on my homepage and linked 3 times in this recipe now. So sorry about that! If you don’t want to make it, you could try buying caramel sauce from the store and adding salt until you like the taste. I should really do that so I can provide the shortcut details! Thanks for letting me know about this. Take care.

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