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OREO Cookie balls are a Christmas tradition around here, and this year I thought we’d do something simple and fun with these OREO Christmas Trees!
Christmas OREO Balls Recipe
Every year, I make a new form of OREO balls with Ella and the daycare kids.
It’s a super simple recipe to make with kids – no-bake, 3-ingredients, and with endless twists and flavor combinations. Plus it makes a delicious homemade gift!
This year, we decided to make mini OREO trees with the help of a silicone tree mold. You can use any festive mold you already have on hand to make your OREO cookie balls – the recipe will remain the same, just the decorations will be different.
I purchased all of the ingredients I needed to make our OREO Christmas Trees at Walmart – any flavor will work but I had to go for those Peppermint Bark OREOs for the holidays! (You know how I love peppermint bark.) Just make sure you buy the regular stuffed OREOs, not Double Stuff for this recipe.
My favorite part about this recipe (beyond how easy it is to make) is how much fun we had customizing our Christmas Tree Cookie Balls! Some of the kids opted to leave theirs plain, but most had a lot of fun adding candy garlands and sprinkle lights. You could even add some edible glitter for tinsel!
Even if they turn into a giant globby mess of melted chocolate and sprinkles, they will still taste delicious and the kids will be so proud to gift their creations. (Just maybe pop a couple of the cute ones in the box, too, so the recipient gets what they were going for.)
The taste of these OREO Cookie Balls is the perfect balance of tart and sweet, thanks to the tanginess of the cream cheese. You bite into the hard chocolate shell and hit that creamy, smooth truffle-like center. The chocolate melts immediately, adding to the creaminess and really marrying the chocolate and cream cheese flavors together.
You can use any chocolate for this recipe. Semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate adds another flavor dimension in play and is perfect for those who like their desserts not-too-sweet. (Dark chocolate is my favorite.) We went for white chocolate so we could dye it green, which does make our cookie balls sweeter, but it also adds to the creaminess of the dessert.
Since you have to divide the chocolate in four batches anyways (as the cookie balls inevitably end up leaving a few crumbs behind and making the chocolate a bit too messy to continue using the same bowl/chocolate after about a dozen), you can have a bit of fun and use different chocolates to coat the trees and then taste test them and see which you prefer for next time.
Watch our quick recipe video to see just how easy these OREO Christmas Tree truffles are to make and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab our free printable recipe and directions to guide you as you make these OREO Cookie Balls for yourself!
Ingredients for OREO Christmas Trees
- 1 pkg. (8oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
- 36 OREO Cookies Peppermint Bark flavor, finely crushed about 3 cups
- 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) white semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
- Green candy coloring
- Star candies
Tip: do not use regular food coloring as it contains water and will cause the chocolate to break and become clumpy.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Food processor
- Small bowls
- Electric mixer
- Small spoon
- Tree candy mold
How to Make Christmas OREO Balls
MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
PRESS 1 Tablespoon of the mixture into each cavity of the Christmas tree mold. Freeze 10 min.
MELT 1 package of the candy coating and dye green with food dye. Dip frozen trees in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
(Repeat this melting and coating process until you coat all 48 trees.)
REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
DECORATE by drizzling on white chocolate over the Christmas Trees and then immediately sprinkling on Christmas sprinkles to look like Christmas Tree lights. Attach the star candies with a dab of melted chocolate.
Let set completely before serving or packaging up as gifts.
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These festive OREO Christmas Tree Truffles are a delicious homemade gift for the holidays and a great addition to your Christmas party table.