These rich, melt-in-your-mouth Reindeer Oreo Balls are a cute no-bake truffle that will get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Perfect for holiday parties and weekend fun with the kids!
Adorable Reindeer Oreo Balls
Make room for this year’s cutest holiday treat that brings loads of delicious and exciting fun to all your Christmas parties! These Reindeer Oreo Balls aren’t only fun and sweet, but they’re also incredibly easy to make, which is a blessing in the midst of all the season’s hustle and bustle.
This Christmas truffle recipe calls for just 3-ingredients and then the pretzels and candy to bring the reindeer to life! Though the ingredients are simple, the recipe has been perfected to yield the most delicious, mouthwatering truffles your friends and family will look for all season long!
Decorate these Reindeer Truffles with your kids, serve them at all of your holiday parties, or make a batch to eat up with the family while watching your favorite Christmas movie!
Ingredients For Reindeer Oreo Balls
- Oreo cookies
- Cream cheese
- Pretzel twists
- Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers
- Black sugar pearls
- M&Ms or Red Hots
Since this recipe for reindeer Oreo balls begins with milk’s favorite cookies, you know it’s going to be totally yummy! I prefer making these dessert truffles with a classic package of Oreos. However, if you’re more adventurous in the kitchen, you can grab a package of your favorite flavored Oreos for a simple flavor variation!
Oreo flavors such as mint, toffee, hazelnut, and even chocolate creme-filled Oreos would all be fun to try! To keep the recipe balanced, you’ll need 45 cookies of whatever flavor Oreo you choose.
Keep in mind that if you use Double Stuf or Mega Stuf varieties, they do come with more cream filling. Leading the truffles to come out a bit more soft and wet. Therefore, if you choose to use Double Stuf or Mega Stuf Oreos, you may want to consider using a little less cream cheese in the truffle mixture.
Reindeer Oreo Balls Substitutions And Variations
- Melting Wafers – I like balancing the flavor of these truffles by using dark chocolate melting wafers, but you can use milk chocolate for a sweeter treat. You can also use melted almond bark instead of wafers.
- Candy Eyes – You can use actual candy eyes for the reindeer or black sugar pearls. Piping on the eyes with melted black chocolate would also work well.
- Nose Candy – Red Hots, red M&Ms, or any red cinnamon-flavored candy, such as Hot Tamales, make great reindeer noses.
- Dairy Free Truffles – Since Oreos are already dairy-free, you would need to grab a dairy-free cream cheese alternative and dairy-free chocolate.
- Truffle Flavor – To change the entire flavor of these truffles, consider dressing up my Easy Peppermint Oreo Balls or Oreo Peanut Butter Balls into reindeer!
How To Make Reindeer Oreo Balls
Step 1: Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: Pulse the Oreo cookies in a high-speed blender or food processor until fine crumbs form.
Step 3: Beat the softened cream cheese in a large bowl using a hand mixer on high speed until it becomes smooth.
Step 4: Add the Oreo crumbs to the smooth cream cheese and mix on medium speed until the two are thoroughly combined.
Step 5: Portion the Oreo mixture out using a small cookie scoop, and then roll each ball in the palms of your hands to smooth it out. Transfer the rolled Oreo cookie balls onto the prepared baking sheet.
Step 6: Transfer the Oreo balls into the fridge to chill.
Step 7: Melt the dark chocolate melting wafers by using a double boiler over low heat. This can also be done using the microwave by placing the wafers into a microwave-safe bowl and heating for 30-second intervals, stirring in between.
Step 8: One at a time, dip each Oreo ball into the melted chocolate. Then, gently tap the fork on the side of the bowl to help remove any excess chocolate. Place the chocolate-covered truffles onto the baking tray.
Step 9: Carefully insert the pretzel antlers into the sides of the Oreo balls.
Step 10: Add a Red Hot or red M&M for the nose and gently hold it in place to allow the chocolate to set a bit. Then, add two candy eyes right above the nose.
Step 11: Repeat the dipping and assembling process for all of the Oreo balls. If needed, you can reheat the dark chocolate melting wafers over low heat or in the microwave on low or using the defrost setting.
Step 12: Allow all of the Reindeer Oreo Balls to set before serving and enjoying.
Kitchen Tips To Make The Best Oreo Truffles
- Parchment Paper – Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper rewards you with a mess-free process and easy cleanup! Once the messy dipping is done and the Reindeer Truffles are finished, your only job is to roll up the parchment paper and toss it away. This saves you time from scrubbing melted chocolate off the baking pan!
- Softened Cream Cheese – Remove the cream cheese from the fridge about an hour before you plan to make this Reindeer Oreo Balls recipe. This will give it plenty of time to come to room temperature and soften, making it much easier to work with.
- Prep Ingredients – Once the Oreo balls have been dipped in melted chocolate, you need to work quickly assembling the reindeer before the chocolate hardens. Therefore, prep the edible reindeer decorations ahead of time by breaking the pretzels into antlers and picking out the red M&Ms for the nose if you’re choosing to use them. Then, place the candy eyes in a shallow bowl. This prep work will allow you to work quickly and assemble the reindeer before the chocolate hardens.
- Portion Sizing – We’re aiming for all of these Christmas Oreo balls to be close to the same size. Therefore, I recommend using a 1.5-inch cookie scoop to portion the truffle filling out.
- Perfectly Melted Chocolate – I prefer using a double boiler over low heat to melt the dark chocolate wafers. This method gives a nice, even melt that’s super smooth, giving the chocolate a good, thin consistency that’s perfect for coating these truffles. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate or heat it too quickly on high heat; otherwise, it will result in the chocolate seizing and becoming thick.
- Work in Batches – Assembling the reindeer can take a little extra time, so it’s best to work in batches. This prevents the truffles waiting to be dipped and assembled from becoming too soft. I find it’s best to remove 4 to 6 truffles from the fridge at a time and allow the rest to continue chilling as you work.
How To Enjoy These Reindeer Oreo Balls
- Fun With The Kids – This Christmas dessert recipe invites kids into the kitchen with you! You can portion the filling out and then let them roll it into balls. Place the candy eyes, candy noses, and pretzel antlers into shallow prep bowls and then allow them to create their own reindeer!
- Christmas Parties – These Reindeer Oreo Balls bring festive and delicious fun to any Christmas party! Make up a batch and bring a smile to adults and children. After all, you’re never too old to search the skies on Christmas Eve!
- Potlucks – Bring these Reindeer Truffles to all of this holiday season’s potlucks at the office, at church, as well as your kids’ school!
- Gifting – Sweeten the holiday season for neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family by gifting them these Reindeer Oreo Balls! Carefully place a few in a cellophane bag and tie it off with a festive ribbon, and you have edible, inexpensive gifts to hand out!
Storage Instructions For Reindeer Oreo Balls
Place these Reindeer Oreo Balls in an airtight container in a single layer. Then, store these truffles in the fridge to enjoy for up to 5 days.
Reindeer Oreo Balls FAQs
How Do You Keep Oreo Balls From Cracking?
If the temperature between the chilled Oreo balls and the melted chocolate is too high, it will cause the chocolate to crack. Therefore, chill the balls for two hours, just enough to firm them up.
How Do You Keep Oreo Balls From Sweating?
Oreo balls tend to sweat when they’re removed from the fridge to be served. I find it is best to remove them right before serving to prevent them from sweating too much.
Can I Use Reduced-Fat Or Fat-Free Cream Cheese?
I prefer using high-quality, full-fat cream cheese to make them rich and delicious! However, if you want, you can definitely make this recipe with reduced-fat or fat-free cream cheese; it just may alter the final flavor.
Can I Make This Reindeer Oreo Balls Recipe With Golden Oreos?
Yes, you can, but you may want to dip the truffles in white chocolate for a better-tasting combination.
Can I Use This Homemade Oreo Balls Recipe To Make Plain Truffles?
Of course, this recipe is great as reindeer or served up plain. You can even top them with festive holiday sprinkles, crushed Oreos, or even crushed candy canes!
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Reindeer Oreo Balls
- Food processor or high speed blender
- Mixing bowls
- Hand mixer
- Baking tray
- Candy melt melting pot, double boiler, or microwave
- Line a baking tray with parchment and set it aside.
- Place the 45 Oreo Cookies in a food processor or high speed blender and pulse into fine crumbs.
- In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer on high speed, beat the softened 8 ounce block cream cheese until smooth.
- Add the Oreo crumbs to the bowl and mix on medium speed until well combined.
- Using a 1½ tablespoon cookie scoop, portion out the Oreo mixture and then roll it in the palms of your hands to make it a smooth ball. Place the rolled balls on the prepared baking tray.
- Once you are done making balls, place the tray into the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours.
- In a double boiler over low heat (or in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one), melt the 15 ounces Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers, stirring every 30 seconds until fully melted and smooth.
- Use a fork to dip one ball at a time into the melted dark chocolate. Lift the fork and tap it on the side to help remove any excess coating. Place the ball back onto the baking tray.
- Carefully insert two broken pretzel pieces (from the 2 cups pretzel twists – these can be broken or cut in advance) for the antlers about ¼”-½” deep.
- Add one of the 24 M&M's or Red Hots for the nose and hold it in place for about 10 seconds or so to allow the chocolate to set a bit otherwise it will slide down.
- Then, add two of the 48 candy eyes right above it.
- Repeat with the rest of the Oreo balls. Reheat the dark chocolate melting wafers over low heat or on a low or defrost setting in the microwave if needed.
- Allow the reindeer oreo balls to set completely before serving, about 15 minutes.
- You can place them in the refrigerator to help them harden faster. Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.
- Any flavored Oreos will work in this recipe. Use the same amount, about 45 regular cookies.
- Store leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.