Peppermint Oreo Truffles all decked out for the holidays! Only 4 ingredients necessary to make these no bake oreo candy cane truffles.
So this past weekend I got together with some girlfriends in a baking extravaganza. I mean an EXTRAVAGANZA. We spent the entire day baking up cookies and dipping oreo truffles in chocolate. I lost track of how many oreo truffles were made. Let’s just say we all went home with our fair share, and there were still tons left to freeze. So of course, when I got home I got inspired to make my own version. And sometime later, these oreo candy cane truffles were born.
Oh hello peppermint Oreo truffles. Welcome to the world.
How To Make These Peppermint Oreo Truffles
If you aren’t familiar with what an oreo truffle is, let’s take you out from underneath that rock shall we? Oreo truffles were first introduced to me as “crack balls” because they are that addicting. And seriously, they were accurately named. The best part, they are NO BAKE wonders, require only a few ingredients, and basically fail-proof. I promise. The hardest part is getting these little guys dipped. I have a few handy tools though to make your life easier. Tools that I wasn’t convinced I needed until the baking soire I took part in. But now, I feel I need to tell everyone about.
All you need to make these is one package of oreos, an 8 ounce block of cream cheese, and chocolate (you can use Candiquick, candy melts, or simple chocolate chips) to dip them in. For these truffles I took a festive route and used mint oreos and topped them with crushed candy canes. And with those changes, candy cane oreo truffles were born.
If you have been staying up to date with BGB lately, you know I’m on a candy cane kick. Been baking up candy cane cupcakes, candy cane kiss cookies, and candy cane marshmallow bark. And I’m not done yet. I have one more recipe later in the week as well! Obsessed much? Yeah, I think so. I just can’t help myself.
Tips For Making These Peppermint Oreo Truffles:
- Oreos: Kind of key right? The oreo company has so many varieties lately that the array of oreo truffle flavors you could make is endless. I of course used mint oreos. But if you can’t find those, you could always try regular oreos with a little bit of peppermint extract stirred in. Peppermint extract is strong so I would start with a 1/4 teaspoon.
- Cream cheese: I have only ever used the full fat kind. I think light would work just fine, but personally I would steer clear of the fat free kind. That’s just me though. I think a little fat is ok, and I think the fat free cream cheese has a funky taste. Softened cream cheese is key. If your cream cheese is too cold, it will take forever to mix and you might end up with chunks of cream cheese that don’t get mixed in properly.
- Mixing– I use my food processor. It makes quick work. You simply throw an entire package of oreos and a block of softened cream cheese in and let your food processor do the work. After my baking extravaganza, however, I learned that you can also use your stand mixer. This method also worked well. So use what you have. Unless you are hankering for a new shiny Christmas gift, then complain madly how you can’t make oreo truffles without __________. I won’t ever tell.
- Before you Dip: Refrigerate these until they are hard. Or if you are impatient (like me), freeze. You want to dip cold truffles otherwise these truffles run the risk of falling apart in the hot chocolate. When you go to dip, take them out in small batches at a time so they will all be cold by the time you dip them.
- Dipping ’em: Like I said you can use chocolate chips, candiquick, or candy melts. What is essential to your sanity though is what you use to dip your truffles. Before my baking get together, I was convinced I could get away using my microwave and a toothpick to dip my truffles. And I have, but that way wastes so much chocolate and takes forever. Now, I have seen the light. Keep your sanity, and purchase a Wilton Chocolate candy melting pot and Wilton Candy Melt Dipping Tools . These things are MAGICAL. I know can you tell, I am in love?
- You can also freeze these overnight, and dip in chocolate the next day. Just be sure to keep them in an airtight container, layered with parchment paper, so they remove easily when you go to dip them.
Every time I make oreo truffles, and you know actually share them as opposed to eating them all myself people can’t get enough. Their eyes roll back in their head a little bit. It’s great.
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To Make These Peppermint Oreo Truffles You Will Need:
Candy Cane Oreo Truffles
- 16 ounce package of Mint Oreos *see note
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 24 ounces chocolate chips (or candy melts)
- crushed candy canes for sprinkling on top
- Prep pan. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.
- Make Oreo mixture. Place Mint oreo cookies in the food processor (or you can do this in a blender, or stand mixer, or in a ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin) and pulse into fine crumbs. (If you can't find mint oreos, use regular oreos and add 1 teaspoon peppermint extract now). Add cream cheese and pulse until smooth. If doing this by hand, I transfer the crumbs to a mixing bowl and then use a hand mixer to mix in the cream cheese.
- Scoop into balls. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, scoop cookie mixture and roll into balls using your hands. Place onto the baking sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes.
- Make chocolate coating. In a small bowl, microwave chocolate for 30 seconds.. Stir and microwave again for another 30 seconds. Repeat in 15-second intervals, stirring after each addition, until fully melted. You could also melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
- Dip Oreo balls. Remove Oreo cookie balls from the freezer. Using a fork, lower dip a truffle, into the chocolate coating. Shake excess from the truffle and place onto the baking sheet. Sprinkle on crushed candy canes immediately before the chocolate sets. Repeat with remaining truffles. Refrigerate until firm.
- Storage: Oreo balls will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, in an airtight container. Or at room temperature, covered, as long as it’s not too warm, for up to 3 days.
- Freezing: Yes you can freeze Oreo balls for up to 3 months. I then let them thaw at room temperature before enjoying.
- Oreos – If you can’t find Mint Oreos, replace with regular Oreos, and you can add in 1 teaspoon peppermint extract.
- Cream Cheese – I recommend full-fat cream cheese for the best texture.
- Chocolate -For the best and easiest results I recommend using Ghiradelli melting wafers or candy melts which are easier for dipping and create a shiny finish. You can use chocolate chips but I recommend stirring 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening to help keep the chocolate smooth and shiny.
- Troubleshooting: If they are sticky while you are shaping them, try coating your hands with a little powdered sugar. Or popping the mixture into your fridge for 15 minutes before shaping.