Santa OREO Cookie Balls

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
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Please tell me you have had an OREO cookie ball.

You know, those candy coated bite sized treats made from crushed Oreos rolled with cream cheese? So easy peasy and always delicious. I love making Oreo cookie balls for parties or little gifts.

Almost as much as I love eating them!

Christmas Dessert

Today’s cookie ball recipe was crafted with the upcoming holiday season in mind!

Of course, you can make regular Oreo balls for the holidays and everyone will enjoy them. But this year, I wanted to take things a step further and add a little more festivity to these treats!

Santa Oreo Cookie Balls are shaped like miniature Santa Claus hats. I know that jolly ol’ St. Nick himself would heartily approve of these treats with their cheery pop of color and rich flavor!

If you’re looking for an easy Christmas dessert to add to your party trays or family celebrations, you’re going to LOVE this recipe.

Ingredient Notes

Here’s what you need to make Santa Oreo Cookie Balls.

  • Oreos – Use original Oreos OR take it a step further and grab a package of the holiday Oreos (with the red filling). Mint Oreos would also be delicious here for a candy cane flavor!
  • Candy coating – You need both red candy coating and white candy coating to color and decorate the Santa hats.
  • Cream cheese – A full package of regular cream cheese, softened for a few minutes on the counter to make it easy to work with.
  • Mini-marshmallows – To make the bob on top of the hats
Santa Hat OREO cookie balls: spread some holiday cheer with this easy recipe!

Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1. Make Oreo crumbs

Pulse the cookies in a food processor to form fine crumbs. Mix with the cream cheese to combine.

STEP 2. Form cones

Scoop a tablespoon of the cookie mixture and form into a cone shape with your hands by rolling it into a ball, then pinching the top. Place the cookie cones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Freeze for at least 1 hour until fully hardened.

STEP 3. Dip in candy

Use a toothpick to dip the santa hats into melted red candy coating one at a time. Return the hats to the baking sheet.

Dip the bottoms of mini marshmallows in the red candy coating and attach them to the top of each hat. Let the hats harden until set. (This takes anywhere from 15 – 30 minutes.)

STEP 4. Add white trim

When the red hats are set, melt the white chocolate candy coating. Dip the marshmallow end of each hat into the white coating then into a plate of white sprinkles.

Let harden for about 15 minutes, then repeat with the bottom (“brim”) end of the hat.

Once set, the hats are ready to enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • A little of the white chocolate coating goes a long way. Try not to get too vigorous dipping the pointed ends of the hats into the melted candy–excess can drip down the hats creating a less than ideal look!
  • Don’t worry if not all the Santa hats are perfectly shaped. A little variety is fun, including some “floppy” hats!
Santa Hat OREO cookie balls: spread some holiday cheer with this easy recipe! #cookieballs

Recipe FAQs

How do you store Oreo Cookie Balls?

Keep these in the fridge until ready to serve, in an airtight container. They’ll stay good for about a week.

Can you use food dye to make red candy coating?

If you can’t find red melting candy coating, you can add red food gel to color white candy coating. However, the color won’t be as vibrant.

Can you freeze these?

If you need to make these ahead of time, I recommend freezing the cookie balls before dipping in the melted candy. Make sure to transfer them to a freezer safe container after they’re frozen solid and you can store them this way for several days before finishing the Santa hats!

Yield: 24 cookie balls

Santa OREO Cookie Balls

Prep Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours

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


  • 36 OREO cookies
  • 1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
  • 16 ounce red candy melts
  • 4 ounce 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 90mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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It’s not hard to understand we’re pretty much in love with this easy treat. So spread some festive cheer and keep holiday spirits high with some Santa Oreo Cookie Balls this year!

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Posted on November 22, 2013

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  1. 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. http://wp.me/p4fJXd-16T

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