Typically, this time of year is full of cookie exchanges and holiday parties. While that is limited for us this year, I thought… Well I’ll just make holiday cookies for Dylan and I! Bring on the quarantine 15 (kidding).
Who doesn’t love an Oreo, right? I love using these little cookies in desserts because they are 1. easy and 2. yummy – what more can you want? These 2 different treats are perfect for any cookie exchange, party, or just night in for you and your family. I can’t wait to share them!
Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies
Now, these cookies are a HIT! A friend of mine shared this recipe with me last year and it did not disappoint. I also just noticed that the author of the recipe published a new version with chocolate cookies here, so that looks amazing too!
However, here is the recipe I used and here are some tips…
– These cookies can be a bit expensive (a tip I got from my friend), just due to the pre-packaged ingredients you have to buy (cream cheese, Oreos, Andes Peppermint Chunks, cake mix, etc.). However, each of these ingredients really add to the flavor of the cookies. If you are looking for places to cut costs, I would recommend buying generic brands of these ingredients, as you won’t tell the difference in the cookies.
– If you have time, make the dough the night before and let it sit in the fridge before you roll it into balls. Since there are so many “chunks” in this recipe, it can be a bit hard to keep the dough together when you roll them out if it is too warm.
– Watch you don’t overdo it! Bake for the time she mentions and expect that they will look underdone.
– Store leftovers in the fridge.
And enjoy! These will not disappoint.
Rookie Rating: 5/5
Chocolate-Covered Oreo Balls
These are not quite a “cookie” but are a fan favorite! While the previous recipe requires a lot of prepackaged store ingredients, all you need here is: chocolate, Oreos, and cream cheese. However, I’ll say… I don’t always have success making these. Coating something evenly in chocolate is not an easy task for us novices, but I’ll share some tips below.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need…
– 1 package of regular Oreos (it is important here to buy the “real deal”)
– 1 8oz package of cream cheese
– Melting chocolate – I used chips, but I think melting wafers would’ve turned out better. I recommend at least 8oz, but I think 10-16oz might help get an even finish on your balls (the more chocolate, the better for dunking). I used both white chocolate and milk chocolate this time, but you can choose your favorite.
Here is what you’ll need to do…
– Crush the Oreos in a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, you can put the Oreos in a large Ziploc bag and mash them to crush. You do want to get the crumbs pretty fine though.
– Pour the Oreo crumbs into a large bowl
– Put the cream cheese directly on top of the Oreo crumbs and then mix the entire mixture with a hand mixer (this is where I went wrong). It’s important that you get the cream cheese evenly mixed so that all of your Oreo balls have an even consistency.
– Spoon/ roll out the Oreo balls into even spheres (a cookie scooper can help here) and lay on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Then, put the Oreo balls in the freezer for 15-30 minutes.
– Meanwhile, melt the chocolate (ideally on the stove).
– Working quickly… Pull the Oreo balls out of the freezer and coat them in chocolate. This is where I struggle a bit 🙂 It’s hard to get an even consistency. I had success using a fork to roll the balls into the chocolate, but I think that was because my chocolate was a bit thick this time (because I used chips). Ideally you would be able to lie the ball on a fork, dip directly in/ out of the chocolate, and then use another fork to gently slide the ball off your fork and back on to the parchment paper. The good news is, even if yours look ugly (like mine), they still taste amazing.
– The chocolate will harden quickly, so enjoy! Store leftovers in the fridge.
Rookie Rating: 4/5
I would love to hear your other favorite holiday cookie/ Oreo recipes below – happy baking!