Tis the season for making sweet goodies and gift giving! All three of my kids are in school, which means it’s time to start planning for gifts for teachers and staff. I always love taking the time to make sweet goodies to gift out or for a party. I have loved OREO cookie balls for a long time now, so I wanted to make some with a few twists!
I made these OREO cookie ball pops, and turned them into a bouquet to wrap up for some of my kids’ teachers! I also made mint chocolate OREO cookie balls and almond vanilla OREO cookie balls. Keep reading with how to make these flavors and learn how to turn them into cookie ball pops!
If you’re going to make both flavors that I mentioned above, these are the ingredients you’ll need to make them: one package of Golden OREOS, one package of regular OREOS, 2 8 oz blocks of cream cheese, 2 bricks of white bakers chocolate, 2 bricks of semi-sweet bakers chocolate, mint extract and almond extract. If you’re turning them into cookie ball pops, be sure to purchase short and long sucker sticks.
I found all my ingredients at Walmart, including the OREOS and cream cheese!
To make the OREO cookie ball pops, blend up 36 OREOS in a food processor and place it in a mixing bowl. add an entire block of softened cream cheese to the bowl with a teaspoon of extract (almond if you’re making the Golden OREO balls and mint if you’re making the chocolate OREO balls) and mix together with the OREOs until completely combined. Roll into 2″ balls and set on a tray. If you’re making the cookie pops, be sure to insert the sucker sticks into the balls prior to freezing. Place into a freezer for 2 hours, allowing it to harden completely.
Once the OREO cookie balls are completely frozen, place the bakers chocolate into a microwave-safe dish and melt in the microwave in 30 second incremements until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Once this is ready to go, take the cookie pops out of the freezer and quickly dip them into the melted chocolate until completely covered. place them upright into a piece of styrofoam and allow to harden. If you want to add sprinkles to the cookie pops like I did, be sure to add them before the chocolate cools and hardens.
I created these fun OREO cookie ball pops bouquet using buckets and plastic grass from the dollar store and styrofoam from the box of a recently purchased TV. If you don’t have that at home, you can find floral styrofoam at Walmart or any arts and crafts store. Totally easy to find! The styrofoam secures the cookie pops in place in the bucket and the plastic grass covers the ugly styrofoam!
With the amount of OREO cookie balls this recipe makes, you could easily make 4-5 cookie ball bouquets!
I found some clear gift bag kits in craft section at Walmart, so I used those to wrap and secure my cookie pop bouquets.
the gift bag kit came with ribbon to tie the bag and these plain gift tags, so I added some washi tape to it to give it some Christmas flare and wrote Merry Christmas on the tag with a permanent marker. Super simple!
- 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
- 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
- 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
- Mint or Almond Extract, 1 tsp each (optional)
- Short and Long sucker sticks
- Make it!
- MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
- SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
- CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills.
- REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
- Share and enjoy!
So, what treats do you like to make for the holidays and for what purpose? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!