Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls

Have you caught the holiday fever yet?  We’re just three days away from Christmas…the in-laws are probably flying in,  last minute presents are being purchased and it’s time to start shopping for ingredients for your annual holiday dinner.  We started a new tradition this year, where all of the women in our family got together to bake Christmas cookies and delicious holiday candy, very similar to a cookie exchange.  We each pitched in making eight different recipes, and at the end of the evening, we each took home a few tins to share, give to Santa, bring to work/school and eat!!  It was such a great way to celebrate the holidays with “just the girls” and the guys reaped the benefits with amazing chocolates and cookies later.

One of the recipes I chose was too good not to share…if you like oreos and mint, I’ve got a simply decadent dessert that will seriously satisfy your sweet tooth.  The recipe is called Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls – a soft cake-like oreo chocolate inside a dark chocolate outer shell – top it off with holiday candy canes and you’ve got one mouthwatering holiday treat that’s bound to please the crowd on Christmas!

Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls

Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls

Ingredients
36 Peppermint Oreos (Food Lion has these exclusively this year)
1 Package Cream Cheese
6 Candy Canes
1 Package Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melts

Recipe
-Run all oreos through a food processor until the consistency is that of a pie crust
-Chop your candy canes finely and  split in half
-Mix together oreos, 1/2 of chopped candy canes and cream cheese
-Roll into 1-2 inch balls, (should make about 40)
-Immediately place balls into the freezer and freeze for 10-20 minutes
-While your cookie balls are freezing, use a double boiler to melt your candy melts
-Once mildly frozen, use two forks to dip each ball into the chocolate.
-Rest each cookie ball on parchment and lightly dust with remaining candy cane pieces
-Refrigerate one hour prior to serving
-And for the final step…take a photo of your cookie ball masterpiece and add a fun cookie-themed photo enhancing sticker from Photofy!  Don’t forget to share!

*Special note: The chocolate will dry rather quickly after dipping.  Dust with candy cane pieces immediately after coated.