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My kids and I love making treats together during the holiday season. It’s one of our favorite traditions, and we always have a blast. Last year, my daughter suggested making OREO cookie balls, but we had so many other goodies planned that we never got around to it. So this year, I was much better prepared, and we made this adorable OREO Cookie Balls Retro Christmas Tree.
The kiddos absolutely love OREO cookies, so they were super excited to turn their one of favorite cookies into something even better. Personally, I think the cookie balls remind me of truffles, which I’m crazy about. The Hubs always buys me a box every year, and it takes a ton of will power to resist diving right in. So of course, I was more than happy to try these.
I found everything I needed to make the OREO cookie balls at Walmart. The recipe itself is super simple and so are the basic ingredients. But the sky is the limit when it comes to decorating them!
I picked up some cream cheese, baking chocolate and of course, the OREOs. And then I went a little crazy with the rest of the ingredients. The kids and I thought it would be fun to make a retro-inspired Christmas tree — you know, the white trees with the colorful ornaments and lights? So we also bought everything we needed to make the tree.
Since it’s the holiday season, I wanted to make these treats as decadent as possible, so I bought both mint and chocolate OREOs. The directions call for 36 cookies, so we used about half of each flavor to make two separate batches.
We crushed the cookies in the food processor, mixed in the cream cheese and then rolled the mixture into 1-inch balls. The kids just loved this part. They don’t mind getting their hands messy, but if you’re helping out, definitely take your rings off! The mixture is pretty gooey, and you may end up with chocolate diamonds — just saying.
The balls went into the freezer to firm up, and then we dipped them into a silky chocolate bath.
I popped them into the fridge so that the chocolate would set faster, and then we dipped them again into white chocolate and brightly colored melted candy coating. We added sprinkles and sugar lights and put the balls into little paper cups.
We even made a gold ornament for the very top of this little retro Christmas tree.
Ingredients for OREO Cookie Balls Retro Christmas Tree
The kids wanted to sample the treats right away, but I persuaded them to wait until we arranged them into the shape of a Christmas tree. I even used some decorated chocolate balls for the tree trunk.
I think this little OREO cookie balls retro Christmas tree is adorable, and it’s festive enough for any holiday gathering. I’m sure we’ll be making another batch for Christmas dessert!