Oreo balls are an easy no bake treat that is always a crowd favorite! Made with Oreo cookies, cream cheese, and chocolate, this 3-ingredient dessert is a great option at Christmastime or anytime of year! Easy, decadent, and delicious.
Oreo cream cheese balls are always a crowd-pleaser and are the first to go at any party. I mean, how can you go wrong with the combination of Oreos, cream cheese, and chocolate?
Oreo truffles are one of those special treats that are surprisingly easy to make. This delicious no-bake dessert recipe only uses three ingredients (four if you add sprinkles)!
This no bake dessert is great for parties, games nights, or as a holiday treat to share with your loved ones. Oreo balls are also an easy dessert recipe to throw together to bring as a sweet surprise to your family and friends!
If you love this easy treat recipe, you need to try Oreo Fluff, Pretzel M&M Hug Treats, and Dark Chocolate Bark with Fruit and Nuts. All super easy and delicious!
- Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Ingredients Needed
- Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- How to Make Oreo Balls
- Possible Dietary Restrictions?
- Tips for Melting Chocolate
- Tips for the Perfect Chocolate Coating
- Helpful Equipment
- Recipe FAQs
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- Oreo Balls (aka Oreo Truffles)
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Very easy to make! A great recipe for the beginning baker or to make with kiddos!
Like Oreo cheesecake, but bite-sized. Bite sized desserts are always a winner in my book! These Oreo truffles taste very similar to an Oreo cheesecake.
Quick to make. From start-to-finish, it will take you approximately 45 minutes to make these Oreo balls. This includes your prep time, making the filling, chilling in between steps, and dipping the Oreo balls in the chocolate (and optional decoration).
Oreos: use regular Oreo cookies for this recipe (although double-stuffed are great for eating, they make your Oreo truffles fall apart).
Cream Cheese: using regular cream cheese is often recommended when making Oreo balls because it creates a creamier, richer truffle. If you choose to use low-fat cream cheese, just be aware that the texture may not be quite as creamy or as thick as you were expecting. I’ve used both types of cream cheese for this recipe and the Oreo truffles turned out great with both.
Chocolate: this is the fun part! Oreo cream cheese balls are totally customizable; you can use dark chocolate, white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, almond bark, chocolate melts…whatever chocolate you like (or happen to have in your pantry).
Optional Decorations: I personally like to top my Oreo balls with sprinkles, because sprinkles make everything more fun! Other topping ideas include: drizzled chocolate of a different variety (example – if you dipped in dark chocolate, drizzle in white chocolate), additional crushed Oreos, chopped nuts, coconut, crushed candies…let your imagination run wild and have fun with it!
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- Make them festive with holiday sprinkles. For these photos, I’ve used Christmas sprinkles to decorate. But you can make Oreo truffles anytime of year (and I highly recommend that you do!). Select sprinkles for whatever holiday you’d like to make these for. Pink and red sprinkles for Valentines Day, pastel sprinkles for Easter, spooky sprinkles for a Halloween party, etc.
- Use candy melts instead of chocolate for a pop of color. If you’d like to have a specific colored coating on your Oreo balls, using candy melts is a great option. You could use school colors for a graduation party, red and green for the holidays, or pastels for a spring event of baby shower.
How to Make Oreo Balls
Step 1: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
Step 2: Crush the Oreo cookies. I like to use a food processor to do this, but you can also use a blender or manually by placing your cookies in a bag and crushing with a rolling pin.
Step 3: Mix the crushed Oreos with softened cream cheese. If using a food processor or blender, scrape down the sides as needed.
Step 4: Continue to mix until a consistent, smooth filling is created. If the filling seems dry, add more cream cheese in ½ ounce increments.
Step 5: Scoop your filling and roll into 1” balls and place on your lined baking sheet. I use a small cookie scoop to get mine all the same size. Chill balls for 10-15 minutes in the refrigerator (or freezer) to set up before dipping.
Step 6: When the truffles are firm, melt the chocolate of your choice (either using the double boiler method or in 20-second increments in the microwave). Dip each ball in the chocolate until well coated. Place back onto the lined baking sheet.
Step 7: Add optional decorations (sprinkles, crushed Oreos, etc.) immediately to ensure they stick. This is also the time to add chocolate drizzle if desired. Chill dipped truffles for 10-15 minutes in the fridge (or freezer) to set the chocolate.
Possible Dietary Restrictions?
This Oreo ball recipe is vegetarian, and can also be made gluten free!
- To make these Oreo cheesecake balls gluten free you will need to purchase gluten free Oreos. Luckily, these are much easier to find than they used to be, making this a great gluten free no bake dessert option with this minor modification.
Since cream cheese is a main ingredient for Oreo truffles, it may be challenging to modify this recipe into a dairy free dessert option. However, if you cannot have dairy and have found a suitable non-dairy cream cheese substitute, you could try using it in this recipe. Please note, I have not tried to do this and cannot tell you what the outcome will be.
Similarly, with a main ingredient being cream cheese, this will be a tough recipe to alter to meet a vegan diet. Additionally, Oreos are not considered vegan friendly (they are stated to have milk as a cross contact). If you abide by this diet and have found alternatives for both of these ingredients, you could try using them but I cannot tell you how the final result will turn out.
Tips for Melting Chocolate
Melting chocolate can be frustrating if your chocolate seizes up (it happens to the best of us). There are a few methods to melt chocolate:
- I have the most consistent success using a double boiler over medium heat on the stove. You can also create a DIY double boiler using a small saucepan plus a glass or metal bowl.
- Alternatively, you can melt chocolate in the microwave. Be sure to keep an eye on it and stir it frequently. If melting in the microwave, I recommend heating in 20-second increments, stirring in between (you’ll check the melt-status of your chocolate as you stir). Once you see almost all of the chocolate ‘lumps’ are gone, continue to stir to encourage it to melt without additional heat. Your chocolate is ready once it is totally smooth.
Tips for the Perfect Chocolate Coating
Getting a beautiful and smooth finish in your Oreo balls can be a little challenging, but these tips will help you achieve the perfect chocolate coating:
- Make sure that your chocolate is melted and stirred until smooth before dipping.
- When your chocolate is melted and ready to go, you’ll want to move quickly to ensure your chocolate doesn’t begin to harden. Have a fork ready and optional sprinkles nearby so you can keep things moving once you’ve begun dipping.
- Place your Oreo cookie ball on a fork and then dip it into the chocolate (or spoon chocolate over the ball). Gently tap the fork on the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate and create the smooth finish.
- If it’s helpful to you, use a toothpick to help push the dipped Oreo ball onto the parchment paper.
- A good quality food processor makes this recipe extra quick and easy to make!
- A small cookie scoop helps you get your Oreo truffles to all be the same size!
Oreo balls can be kept in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
You can also freeze Oreo truffles for 2-3 months! Do a “flash freeze” of your truffles on a baking sheet for 1-2 hours before placing them in a zip top baggie (or air tight container of choice) to be frozen. Place truffles in the refrigerator to thaw when ready to enjoy.
Yes. Because Oreo truffles contain cream cheese they need to be refrigerated. According to the FDA, cream cheese should not be left out longer than 2 hours.
You can freeze Oreo truffles for 2-3 months. Do a “flash freeze” of your truffles on a baking sheet for 1-2 hours before placing them in a zip top baggie (or air tight container of choice) to be frozen. Place truffles in the refrigerator to thaw when ready to enjoy.
Using a food processor to make Oreo truffles creates the best filling because it finely grinds the Oreo cookies to create a smoother texture. A blender will also work. If you do not have either of these pieces of equipment, don’t fret! Place your cookies in a plastic bag and crush the cookies with a rolling pin. Then mix together with a stand mixer, hand mixer, or the good old fashioned way with a wooden spoon and large bowl.
There are a couple of ways to do this. My favorite way is to use a small cookie scoop portion out my truffles. Alternatively, you could use a Tablespoon measure.
There are a few reasons your Oreo balls may be oily.
1) You’ve used a little too much cream cheese (don’t worry, they’ll still taste good).
2) Your Oreo balls aren’t cold enough. Chill them a little longer before rolling and/or dipping.
There are a few reasons your Oreo balls may falling apart.
1) You haven’t used enough cream cheese in your filling. If your filling isn’t rolling into a nice ball, place the ingredients back into your bowl (or food processor or blender) and mix in a little more cream cheese.
2) The chocolate is too hot. If your Oreo balls are falling apart while you’re dipping them, let the chocolate sit for a few minutes to cool down a little bit and then try again.
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Oreo Balls (aka Oreo Truffles)
- 30, regular Oreo cookies
- 5-6 oz cream cheese (softened / at room temperature)
- 10-12 oz chocolate of choice
- Optional: decorations (such as sprinkles, additional chocolate, or crushed Oreo pieces)
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside
- Make your filling: crush the Oreos in a food processor until the cookies have been ground finely. Then add 5oz of cream cheese into the basin of the food processor (this works best if the cream cheese is split into a few pieces). Blend together to make a consistent, smooth filling. If the filling is too dry or not coming together, add a little more cream cheese
- Roll your filling into 1” balls: evenly scoop out your filling and roll into 1” balls. Place each ball on the cookie sheet and continue to roll until all filling has been used (will create approximately 24 Oreo balls)
- Chill Oreo balls for 15-20 minutes in the refrigerator
- While Oreo balls are chilling, place your chocolate in your melting vessel (double boiler or microwave safe bowl). When Oreo balls are about ready to come out, melt your chocolate (either on the stovetop, or in 20 second increments in the microwave)
- Dip the chilled truffles into the chocolate to completely coat and place back on the parchment lined cookie sheet
- Chill to harden chocolate. Allow Oreo balls to chill in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes before you eat them to allow the chocolate coating to harden
- Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator
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