That is right everyone, on Saturday night I won my friend Tara’s annual cookie swap with my Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls. This was the third annual Tacky Christmas Cookie Swap and as the Facebook invite said, “It is back and better than ever! You know the drill – sport the latest (or earliest?) holiday fashion and bring your favorite treats to share. Prizes will be awarded for Tackiest Sweater, Tastiest Cookie, Best in Show, and Best Store-Bought Cookie.Party starts at 8, medals ceremony at 9:30 (you may win a reindeer loofah).”
I did not go to this party the first year and last year it was the same night as my holiday party where I made eggnog from scratch. I felt guilty last year leaving with a box of delicious cookies when I did not make any so this year I was dead set on making a great batch of cookies. And as you can see I decided not to wear a tacky Christmas sweater – but I did have on red tights!
Originally I was going to make these green Coconut Christmas Wreaths that I found on Pinterest but after reading all of the reviews, many people did not have success I cautiously proceeded but also planned to make these Oreo balls as my back up. The wreaths took an incredible time to make and if you saw my Instagram photo from Saturday afternoon the green cookies were an epic fail. Therefore, my plan B turned into plan A.
Let me tell you, with only FIVE ingredients even those who burn toast can make these Peppermint Oreo Balls:
- 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1 pkg (15.25 oz) OREO Cookies, finely crushed
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 pkg (4.25 oz) Semi-sweet baking morsels
- 1/2 bag starlight mints or a few candy canes, finely crushed
- Mix cream cheese, crushed Oreos, and peppermint extract until very well blended. You are supposed to use a food processor to crush the Oreos but since I don’t have one I used plastic bags and my hands.
- Use a cookie scooper to scoop out balls and round them with your hands. I don’t have a cookie scoop either so I used my hands.
- Place in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Place cookie sheet in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, which allows them to firm up and make the coating process much easier.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted.
- Working quickly, coat cookie balls with chocolate. Use two forks to help ensure that they get coated well.
- Place coated balls back on the parchment paper and sprinkle with crushed starlight mints/candy canes.
- Return Oreo cookie balls to the refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to completely firm up. I threw them back in the freezer until it was time to go.
I do not have any photos of the chocolate coating process because, as the instructions advise, you really do need to move quickly! They were absolutely, delicious, obviously well received at the party – I suggest everyone makes them. My recipe is adapted from the one I found here.