Santa OREO Cookie Balls recipe

Traditional OREO cookie balls shaped for the holiday season! Easy, impressive and delicious too!

Santa Hat OREO cookie balls: spread some holiday cheer with this easy recipe! #cookieballs

Please tell me you believe in Santa.

Okay, kidding. Please tell me you have had an OREO cookie ball. That’s the question I’m really wondering.

You know, one package of OREO cookies crushed up and mixed with ONE package of cream cheese. Roll it up into a ball and dip it in candy coating. Easy peasy.

Santa Hat OREO cookie balls: spread some holiday cheer with this easy recipe!

Of course I didn’t want to stop there. I wanted to take it a step further and help you create a little more impressive cookie ball. Like a Santa Hat.

What impresses people more than shaped desserts? Haha, I’m kidding. Seriously. Are you impressed?

My kids love OREO cookies. And every time I buy them the question is, “are these to eat or for the blog?” And if they’re for the blog, “are they for cookie balls?”

You can go a step further too and use the Holiday Oreos (with the red filling). You can use mint OREOS for a minty flavor, or you can add some chopped peppermint candy canes to your mixture for a peppermint twist! So many possibilities!

Yeah, we’re pretty much in love with this easy treat. So spread some festive cheer and keep holiday spirits high during this hectic season!

Santa Hat OREO cookie balls: spread some holiday cheer with this easy recipe! #cookieballs


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Santa OREO Cookie Balls recipe

Prep Time: 2 hours

Yield: 24 cookie balls

Adorable Santa hat shaped OREO cookie balls for your next holiday party!


  • 36 OREO cookies
  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 16oz red candy melts
  • 4oz white candy melts
  • 24 mini marshmallows
  • white sprinkles


  1. Begin by processing OREO cookies in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer to a large bowl and mix with the softened cream cheese until fully combined.
  2. Line a large freezer safe baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Scoop cookie balls with a 1 Tbsp cookie scoop, or a heaping tablespoon of dough. Using your hands, roll into a ball (will be about 1 inch). Pinch the top of the ball and shape until you have a cone, that resembles a Santa hat. Repeat until all dough is used.
  4. Freeze cookie balls for at least one hour.
  5. Melt red candy melts in a bowl according to package directions. Using a toothpick in the top of the frozen santa hat cookie ball, dip into the red candy coating. Tap on side of bowl so the excess drips off. Set back on parchment paper and repeat until all hats are completely covered in red. Once all hats are covered in red, dip the bottom of a mini marshmallow in red candy coating and attach it to the top of the hat. Allow red coating to harden completely, about 15-30 minutes.
  6. Melt white candy coating in bowl according to package directions. Pour sprinkles in a shallow dish/bowl.
  7. Dip marshmallow end of hat completely into the white candy coating, then dip into sprinkles. Repeat with all hats and allow to harden (15 minutes). Once tops are hardened, repeat with the brim of the hat. Dip it in white chocolate, then in sprinkles, then allow to harden. These are now ready to eat and enjoy! I store mine in the refrigerator until ready to serve, they keep well in a covered container for up to a week.


**I freeze my cookie balls before coating them in candy coating, this helps them stay in proper shape. It also helps the candy coating harden very quickly. **I do half a batch at a time, keeping half frozen while working with a dozen. Once the first dozen is coated, I then pull out the other dozen from the freezer. This again helps them from falling apart when you dip them. **I use toothpicks to dip my cookie balls, some people prefer using a fork. Try both and see what works best for you!

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Santa Hat OREO cookie balls: spread some holiday cheer with this easy recipe! #cookieballs

36 Responses to “Santa OREO Cookie Balls recipe”

  1. posted Nov 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    These are super cute! and so festive!!

  2. posted Nov 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Cuteness times 10! Love the sprinkle tops and rims!!!!

  3. posted Nov 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    These are super cute :)

  4. posted Nov 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    My family asks the same thing; for the blog or for us? :) I’d rather have Oreos in this form than plain any day! Absolutely adorable and delicious to boot. Sounds like the holiday dessert to me!

    • posted Nov 26, 2013 at 7:38 am

      It’s definitely a #foodbloggerproblems issue! Ha!

  5. posted Nov 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    INSANELY cute Aimee! Seriously! You just have to smile looking at these :) Pinned!

  6. posted Nov 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I love these! Oreo truffles are awesome!

    • posted Nov 26, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Thanks girl! Oreo truffles ARE awesome, you’re right :)

  7. posted Nov 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    SO stinkin cute!!! These are addicting!!

  8. posted Nov 23, 2013 at 6:18 am

    These are so cute!!! I would feel bad for Santa eating them all.

  9. posted Nov 23, 2013 at 8:44 am

    These are adorable!! My kids will LOVE making these!! (I’m glad THEY still believe in Santa!! ). Pinned!!

  10. posted Nov 23, 2013 at 10:25 am

    So cute, Aimee! I HATE making cute desserts like this. I’m just not patient enough, mostly because I know that 10 seconds after I’m done people will inhale them. 😉

    • posted Nov 23, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Yeah, these pretty much get rationed out so I don’t feel disgusted when they get inhaled without a proper adornment period!

  11. posted Nov 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Oh my gosh, these are sooooooooooo cute! I just love them and they are so creative!

  12. posted Nov 23, 2013 at 7:25 pm


  13. Kaitlin Marks
    posted Nov 24, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Hi! Do you think you could use icing or something else instead of cream cheese? Thanks!

    • posted Nov 26, 2013 at 7:40 am

      You can use canned frosting, but then they would be more like a cake ball, and VERY sweet.

  14. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 9:36 am

    These are SO cute! I want to throw a party just so I can serve these!! Santa Hat party :)

    • posted Nov 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Santa Hat party could go nicely with an ugly sweater party :)

  15. Kim
    posted Nov 25, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Do you just sit them on top of oreo’s when they are done? I didn’t see that step??? Love the looks of these!

    • posted Nov 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Hi Kim, I put mine on top of an OREO just for the photo. No need to do that though!

  16. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Oh My goodness these are straight from Santa’s work shop! Beyond cute!

  17. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Ahhh, these are so cute! What a clever and party-friendly idea for Christmas. :) Pinning!

  18. posted Nov 26, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Aimee these are fabulous! I have always loved oreo cookie balls, but shaping them like Santa hats is INCREDIBLY impressive! And now I want to eat them alllll. 😉

  19. posted Nov 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

    What are candy melts? Sorry I don’t eat much candy. Thanks for your help.

    • posted Dec 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Candy melts are little colored discs of chocolate. I buy the Wilton’s brand (found at Michaels).

  20. posted Dec 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    These are so cute – love them!! My kids love Oreo’s too so I’m sure they would love these!

  21. posted Nov 16, 2014 at 6:38 am

    These are just too pretty to eat but I know they are so yummy too. We would love for you to share these and more of your cookie recipes with us at the Ultimate Virtual Cookies and Goodies Party going on now. Here is the link.

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