OREO Cookie Ball Recipe

The ultimate Oreo Cookie Balls recipe is right here, waiting to be rolled into your family’s holiday cookie line-up. These no-bake beauties get drizzled with a homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, but you can change them up in a million different delicious, chocolatey ways.

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The ultimate Oreo Cookie Balls recipe is right here, waiting to be rolled into your family’s holiday cookie line-up. These no-bake beauties get drizzled with a homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, but you can change them up in a million different delicious, chocolatey ways.
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This recipe for cookie balls is as simple as it gets. And with all the different OREO flavors out there, limited edition and otherwise, you’ll have a blast trying all the combinations you dream up. 

All you need is three ingredients: a package of OREOS, a box of cream cheese, and semi-sweet baking chocolate. All the steps, plus the recipe for the caramel sauce, is down below. 

Making Oreo Cookie Balls for a school fundraiser bake sale? Get ready to sell out! Click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.


Oreo Cookie Balls ingredients:

For 3 dozen (36) cookie balls, grab this list at the store:

  • One (14.3 ounce) package of OREOS
  • One (8 ounce) package of cream cheese
  • 16 ounces of baking chocolate (Baker’s sells 4-ounce packages; you’ll need about 4 of these)

How to make OREO cookie balls:

  1. First, you have to crush the OREO cookies, ruining all that hard work at the factory. Use a food processor, which works so much better and faster than a plastic bag and a rolling pin.
  2. Process until the cookies look like very fine cookie crumbs. This is important because once you add the cream cheese, they’ll take on a super creamy, truffle-like consistency.
  3. 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.

  4. Next, add the room temperature cream cheese and pulse to combine. If you’re using a food processor, this takes only seconds!
  5. Then carefully roll the filling up into 36 1-inch balls, using a teaspoon to measure. The cookie balls are easy to roll up and don’t even stick to your hands—perfect for getting little kids involved.
  6. Line up the cookies on a lined baking sheet that will fit in your freezer. Line the baking sheet with waxed paper or one of those fancy silicone mats. Then freeze the cookie balls (or place them outside, if it's winter) for about 10 minutes to firm up.

How to melt chocolate for Oreo truffles:

While the cookies are chilling in the freezer, go ahead and melt the chocolate. As far as the best way to melt chocolate, you have two options, but microwave is faster. And this applies to white chocolate, too!

No matter which technique you use, make sure the bowl and utensils—anything that will come in direct contact with the chocolate—are very, very dry. Any water will seize up the melted chocolate and make things difficult for you.

  • Melting chocolate in the microwave: Place chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until smooth and melted.
  • Melting chocolate on the stove: Place chocolate in the top of a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over— but not in— a saucepan of simmering water; cook, stirring occasionally, until melted, 2 to 3 minutes.

How to thin dipping chocolate:

Optional, but maybe you prefer a slicker finish on your cookie balls. How to you thin out chocolate so that it flows better over what you’re dipping? Easy—add a little shortening. The best way to thin chocolate is by adding a fat. The exact amount you will need will depend on the thickness of your melted chocolate and your desired consistency.

To thin 16 ounces of chocolate, add no more than 3 tablespoons of vegetable shortening to the chocolate as you melt it, stirring until completely melted and incorporated.

To thin chocolate with coconut oil, add a drop at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

Now you’re ready to dip those cookie balls, once and for all!

How to dip OREO Cookie Balls in chocolate:

It’s really easy, and not even that messy.

  1. With a fork or spoon, dip chilled cookie balls into the melted chocolate mixture, one at a time.
  2. Gently tap the utensil on the edge of bowl to get rid of any extra chocolate.
  3. Place the dipped cookie ball back on the lined tray. If you need to, swirl a small amount of melted chocolate on top to cover any utensil marks.
    The ultimate Oreo Cookie Balls recipe is right here, waiting to be rolled into your family’s holiday cookie line-up. These no-bake beauties get drizzled with a homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, but you can change them up in a million different delicious, chocolatey ways.
  4. Before the chocolate hardens, you can carefully decorate the cookie balls the way you want to, with crushed candy, cookie crumbs, nuts, etc.
  5. If you’re drizzling on the homemade Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, or a little white chocolate, set them up in a cool room or in the refrigerator for a few minutes to harden the chocolate coating. Then sprinkle on some good sea salt to really seal the deal.
    The ultimate Oreo Cookie Balls recipe is right here, waiting to be rolled into your family’s holiday cookie line-up. These no-bake beauties get drizzled with a homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, but you can change them up in a million different delicious, chocolatey ways.

How to make OREO cookie balls without cream cheese:

In place of cream cheese, you can pick one of these delicious choices:

  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Nutella or another chocolate hazelnut spread*
  • Marshmallow fluff*
  • Sweetened condensed milk*

*Because of the extra sugar in these ingredients, keep the cookie truffles in the small side.

Fun toppings for Oreo truffle balls:

Decorate the cookie balls while they’re still warm, so the topping sticks. Depending on what the filling is, and what kind of chocolate they're dipped in, try some of these:

  • Crushed peppermint candy.
  • Instant espresso or coffee.
  • Himalayan pink salt.
  • Finely chopped chocolate. Roll them around for a spiky look.
  • Toasted pecans or other nuts. (Learn how to toast pecans here.)
  • White chocolate shavings.
  • Cinnamon.
  • Cookie crumbs.
  • Candied orange peel.
  • Candy sprinkles.

Other Oreo truffle ball ideas:

With all the limited edition OREO flavors on the market, there’s no limit to what you can do. Every flavor is more fun than the last!

  • Golden OREO cookie balls. Dip these vanilla cookie balls in melted white chocolate for a dreamy candy treat. Or make a batch using half gingersnaps and half golden OREOS for gingerbread OREO balls.
  • Peppermint Bark OREO cookie truffles. This flavor has a huge following. What better way to celebrate than by making a chocolate truffle topped with a crushed candy cane?
  • Carrot Cake OREO truffles. White chocolate would be fabulous, topped with candied ginger.
  • Dark Chocolate OREO balls. Deep, dark, chocolate lovers unite! Sprinkle with instant espresso for a jolt.
  • Buttered Popcorn OREO cookie balls. No judgement here. Dip ‘em in white chocolate and give them a dusting of chili powder.
  • Maple Creme OREO balls: White chocolate and a sprinkle of salt, maybe. Or chopped pecans.
  • Peanut butter OREO cookie balls: Mix peanut butter into the cookies instead of cream cheese, dip in chocolate, and roll in chopped peanuts. Yeah, baby!
    The ultimate Oreo Cookie Balls recipe is right here, waiting to be rolled into your family’s holiday cookie line-up. These no-bake beauties get drizzled with a homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, but you can change them up in a million different delicious, chocolatey ways.

How to store OREO Cookie Balls:

Because of the cream cheese, store these in the refrigerator. Wrapped up, they should keep 3 to 4 weeks.

Freezing Oreo truffles:

They freeze beautifully, making this recipe the best yet for making ahead of time in big batches. You can place the truffle cookies in an airtight container and freeze them for up to 4 months.

Move them to the refrigerator for a few hours before you need them. They’ll thaw out and be ready to serve.

5 from 7 votes

Oreo Cookie Ball Recipe

The ultimate Oreo Cookie Balls recipe is right here, waiting to be rolled into your family’s holiday cookie line-up. These no-bake beauties get drizzled with a homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, but you can change them up in a million different delicious, chocolatey ways.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel, oreos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 36 cookie balls
Calories 102kcal
  • 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
  • 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).
  • Shape into 36 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drizzle with Salted Caramel Sauce and sprinkle with sea salt, if desired. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes longer.

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcal

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  1. Elaine

    Do the balls have to be stored in the refrigerator because of the cream cheese?

    1. meggan

      Hi Elaine, yes! Or if you live in a cold climate, put them in your garage or outside. I will go fix this in the recipe so everyone knows. Thanks for the question!

  2. Ann

    Where do you find salted Carmel sauce?

    1. meggan

      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.

  3. Colleen

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

    1. meggan

      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!

  4. Amy

    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!5 stars

  5. Summer

    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! #client5 stars

  6. hrmajsty

    I crush my Oreos in the food processor. Super quick and easy. Love the idea of adding salted caramel… which I happen to LOVE!5 stars

    1. Yes, the food processor is the way to go for sure. I was at my mom’s house when I made these, no food processor in sight, but of course that is what we should all be doing to make these!

  7. Karin Wright

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

    1. Yes, I would. Thank you for reminding me to add that to my post!

  8. Carolyn Solewski Boulton

    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!

    1. 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!!!

  9. I hit “post” before I got to dribble on about how cute C is…..love those trackies he’s wearing!! SO CUTE!!5 stars

    1. Trackies… translation please?! Are they similar to chat potatoes? I’m chuffed at your kind words though!!!! ;) (at least I make myself laugh)

  10. Oh my gosh!! I was looking for an oreo truffle recipe the other day! I’m going to use YOURS!!5 stars

    1. You are so sweet! This is definitely the “official” OREO cookie ball recipe! I need to update my post to mention that you can/should grind the cookies in a food processor. Much easier.

  11. 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!

    1. 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!

  12. Liz @ FloatingKitchen

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

    1. You are so sweet, Liz! They were a huge hit with my family. People could not believe how fudgy they were inside!

  13. Kathleen @ hapanom

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

    1. Thank you! Salted caramel makes everything better. :) My little guy doesn’t get to wear hoodie sweatshirts much so this was a change for sure!

  14. 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 :)

    1. You are so sweet with your multiple pins. :) Thank you so much!

  15. Janette @ Culinary Ginger

    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.5 stars

    1. Thanks my dear, yes Calvin is pretty funny in cold weather. He just doesn’t quite get why he can no longer run around barefoot everywhere. :)

  16. These are so fun and easy to make. Perfect for the holidays. Speaking of which, hope you had a great Thanksgiving!5 stars

    1. 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!

  17. Jessica @AHappyFoodDance

    These are so pretty and I love the salted caramel!

    1. Thank you, Jessica! The salted caramel just puts them right over the top into cookie ball madness. :)

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