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Peppermint Oreo Truffles

By Tessa Arias
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November 26th, 2019
4.88 from 104 votes
4.88 from 104 votes

Fun and festive easy Peppermint Oreo Truffles require no baking and just 6 ingredients. Anyone can make these and they are an all-time family favorite!

Yield: 36 truffles

Prep Time: 25 minutes

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Taste: Super chocolatey, slightly tangy, with that refreshing hint of peppermint. So festive!
Texture: The chocolate on the outside is smooth and snappy while the filling is thick, rich, slightly chewy. Absolute perfection, seriously.
Ease: Only 6 ingredients and no baking. The truffles require chilling so you’ll need a little patience.
Appearance: I mean, it’s almost impossible to not pop one of these babies into your mouth.
Pros: Easy, festive, and wonderful holiday treat. Perfect for parties, gifts, or just for indulging in.
Cons: While I typically prefer treats that are more homemade, Oreos are my weakness!! These are too good not to make and share.
Would I make this again? Again and again, I’ve been making these for years.

Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner?

Easy Christmas Oreo truffles chilling on a tray

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This is definitely my favorite time of the year and while we don’t get snow in Phoenix the mild weather is absolutely glorious. Still, any chance I have to make a sweet treat and avoid cranking the oven is welcomed and luckily these super simple Peppermint Oreo Truffles require no baking. Seriously anyone can make these, just get ready for a bit of a chocolate mess which happens to be the best kind of mess!

I originally posted this recipe in 2011 and decided to update the recipe and add new photos. I wanted to update because I make this recipe every Christmas season, it’s a tradition in my house because these little balls of heaven are SO good and perfectly festive. It wouldn’t be December without no bake Peppermint Oreo Truffles!

Crushed Oreos being formed into truffles

Now I mentioned this before, but Oreo cookies in baking recipes are my weakness. I prefer to make and share mostly homemade recipes with some exceptions, like using packaged cookies and crackers for pie crusts and the like.

However, I try to stay away from recipes that rely solely on a packaged product so these Peppermint Oreo Truffles are a bit of a change for me. AND there are about a million Oreo truffle recipes floating around the internet. So why share this recipe with you?

Well because it is just that good, it’s worth making some sort of exception for and because if there are any of you who haven’t tried this recipe yet, or who forgot about this recipe, I hope you’ll give it a go! You might love it as much as we do.

Melted chocolate in a bowl with a spatula

How to Make Christmas Oreo Truffles

Ingredients for Oreo truffles:

  • Oreo cookies
  • Cream cheese
  • Peppermint extract-don’t use mint extract as it will make your filling taste like toothpaste!
  • Baking chocolate
  • Coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • Crushed candy canes (for sprinkling on top)

What kind of Oreos are best to use for these balls?

Be sure to use regular Oreos and leave the cream filling. Do not use double stuf, mega stuf, or Oreo thins, otherwise there will be too much/too little filling.

What kind of cream cheese should you use for Oreo truffles?

Be sure to use bricks of full fat cream cheese. Not the kind you use to spread on a bagel. It should be fully softened to room temperature. Avoid using generic brands which sometimes have a high water content which can prevent the Oreo ball filling from setting up and maintaining its shape.

Don’t have cream cheese?

Check out my Ultimate Truffle Guide with tons of recipe alternatives.

Why you should use coconut oil when making these Peppermint Oreo Truffles:

Since coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it helps to create a solid chocolate coating for the truffles. Especially when you store them in the fridge. You can use refined coconut oil if you prefer not to have any coconut taste.

If you want to make truffles where the chocolate coating won’t melt at all at room temperature, you’ll need to temper the chocolate. Check out my tutorial on how to temper chocolate here. You can then store the truffles at a cool, dry room temperature for up to 8 hours before you’ll need to move them to the fridge as the filling contains cream cheese.

You could also use candy coating chocolate, but I don’t like the taste of that stuff (it’s not real chocolate).

Using a Spring-Loaded Cookie Scoop for Making Truffles

My cookie scoop is one of my most frequently used kitchen gadgets – and not just for cookies! Using a stainless steel spring-loaded cookie scoop saves you *so much time* in forming perfectly round, evenly-sized truffles.

How do you dip truffles in chocolate neatly?

Dipping Oreo balls into melted chocolate

Firstly, use baking chocolate that you chop up before melting. Most chocolate chips have stabilizers added in to help them maintain that chip shape so they don’t melt down as smoothly. This makes for messy looking truffles.

Secondly, keep the chocolate warm. You may need to reheat it if it becomes less pourable halfway through dipping your truffles. Oppositely, keep your Oreo balls cold. Make sure they’re fully chilled before dipping and if you’re making a big batch, keep them in the fridge until just before dipping in chocolate. This will help the chocolate set up more quickly.

If you want to get really fancy, you can use chocolate dipping tools to make super neat, clean, and professional looking truffles.

Do you have to refrigerate Oreo Truffles?

Because the filling is made from cream cheese and because the chocolate isn’t tempered, these will need to be kept refrigerated until just before serving.

How to store + freeze Oreo truffles:

Oreo truffles are good for up to 2 weeks in the fridge when stored in an airtight container! Or, store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Can I make this recipe without the peppermint?

Of course! Just leave out the peppermint extract and the crushed candy canes. You could also use a different extract or a tablespoon of flavored liqueur instead. You could even experiment with Golden Oreos and a white chocolate coating as well.

If you want even MORE peppermint flavor and color, feel free to use Peppermint Oreos.

Oreo truffles dipped in chocolate setting on a tray

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4.88 from 104 votes

How to make
Peppermint Oreo Truffles

Yield: 36 truffles
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Fun and festive easy Peppermint Oreo Truffles require no baking and just 6 ingredients. Anyone can make these and they are an all-time family favorite!

Ingredients

  • 39 (441 grams) regular Oreo cookies, don't remove cream filling
  • 8 ounces (227 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 16 ounces (454 grams) semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 regular-size candy canes, finely crushed

Directions

  1. Place the Oreo cookies in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add the cream cheese and peppermint extract and pulse until the mixture is well combined and smooth.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a spring-loaded 1-Tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the mixture into balls.

  3. Place the cookie balls in the freezer until well chilled, at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
  4. When cookie balls are chilled, combine the chopped chocolate and oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring between bursts, until just melted and smooth. Do not overheat.
  5. Drop each cookie ball into melted chocolate, coating evenly. Remove with a fork, gently tapping off excess chocolate. Place back on cookie sheet and immediately sprinkle with the crushed candy canes. Repeat with the remaining cookie balls. Reheat the chocolate as needed so it remains pourable.

  6. Refrigerate until set before serving. Store the truffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 15 days.

Recipe Notes

While I prefer a smoother texture, you can add some crushed candy canes into the Oreo cookie mixture for more peppermint taste and crunch.
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American
Keyword : christmas, oreo truffles

Post originally published in 2011 and updated with recipe improvements and new photos. Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

December 2019 Baking Challenge

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Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Susan Terry — December 15, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Super easy and delicious. I didn’t have the candy canes, so I used sprinkles instead.

  2. #
    Suzi F — December 14, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Wow! So rich and festive! Simple ingredients for a delish dessert!

  3. #
    Emma — December 14, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Pretty addictive

  4. #
    Wendy — December 14, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    I used the peppermint bark Oreos so it eliminated the need for extract.

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    Kathleen Prudencio — December 14, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    I used a digital scale to measure my ingredients and still found the Oreo mixture to be too wet. Therefore, they didn’t do well getting dipped in chocolate – they were very messy. I will stick to my old Oreo ball recipe.

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    Sarah — December 14, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Delicious! I had some issues costing the truffles after the chocolate began to cook, it just wouldn’t melt properly after the first go. Absolutely delicious, easy to make, and festive as can be.

  7. #
    Sherry — December 13, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    It was so easy and fun to make and is super delicious. My husband can’t get enough of it. Highly recommended!

  8. #
    Meaghan — December 13, 2019 at 7:14 am

    These truffles were so easy to make, and absolutely delicious! Even my non-peppermint loving husband couldn’t help himself from scarfing these down!

  9. #
    Lauren Yelles — December 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    super easy amazing truffles!

  10. #
    Lauren — December 12, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Amazing truffles!

  11. #
    Mary Perez — December 12, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    The perfect peppermint twist!

  12. #
    Nikki Christensen — December 12, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Delicious! I love how easy it was to make this dessert:) My whole family loves them!

  13. #
    PJ Bibby — December 12, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Besides tasting delicious and being super quick and easy to make, my favourite part about these is the contrasting textures of soft truffle and crunchy bits of candy cane.

  14. #
    Jill Puhlmann-Becker — December 12, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    We loved how easy it was to make. My son is not the biggest peppermint fan so we used sprinkles on the top rather than minty crushed candy canes! Love them.

  15. #
    Lisa — December 11, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Chocolate minty deliciousness!

  16. #
    Amelia Marshall — December 11, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Loved making these so much that I actually snacked on a couple both before and after dipping in chocolate

  17. #
    Karyn Lycas — December 10, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Taste better chilled, great quick holiday treat!

  18. #
    Kenny — December 9, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    They taste as good as the name sounds. I substituted candy cane for sugar sprinkles and uses mint Oreos as we don’t like candy canes in my house and they were delicious.

  19. #
    Sally_and_the_tribe — December 9, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    These were amazing! Whole family love them and they were easy and quick to make. Will keep this recipe for every Xmas.

  20. #
    Pamela Bundy — December 9, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    This was one of the desserts I made for my annual client appreciation party and they were voted best dessert. Absolutely delicious. The mixture was runny when I made it but it firmed up nicely in the freezer

  21. #
    Marguerite — December 9, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Easy to make, no baking required. A tasty morsel with a holiday flair. We are not peppermint fans, so I topped mine with sprinkles and done with crushed nuts.

  22. #
    Marni — December 9, 2019 at 9:42 am

    I have received glowing reviews.
    Included these in my holiday packages to coworkers.
    Who knew making chocolates was so easy, my 4 and 6 year olds helped too!

  23. #
    Debbi Sherer — December 8, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. These are super easy to make and very decadent.

  24. #
    Lauren — December 7, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Super easy & delicious holiday treats!!

  25. #
    Erica Albert — December 7, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Cream cheese gives it a yummy cheese cake flavor!

  26. #
    Erica — December 7, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    The cream cheese and Oreo gives it a cheese cake yummy taste!!

  27. #
    Rania — December 7, 2019 at 4:58 am

    My son has allergies to coconut. What can I use as a substitute For the coconut oil? TIA

  28. #
    Lisa — December 7, 2019 at 12:35 am

    So easy to make first of all and secondly and most importantly absolutely delicious. I’ve also been able to modify it for my vegan friends, quite easily.

  29. #
    Velia — December 6, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Such a sinfully rich, delicious dessert!

  30. #
    Jennifer Lancette — December 6, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Delicious and very easy to make!

  31. #
    Jennifer Gillingham — December 6, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    These are very easy to make and are very delicious! They will be a great addition to my Christmas tray of goodies!

  32. #
    Kelsey Loureiro — December 6, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Super easy and perfect for the holidays!!

  33. #
    Julie — December 5, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    A little time consuming (I tempered the chocolate) but worth it. Also, I didn’t temper enough chocolate so had to go back and donut again and rushed through it. It didn’t temper properly. So if you take a few extra minutes to do it properly, it’s worth it!!!

  34. #
    Kathryn — December 5, 2019 at 7:31 am

    These a so easy and delicious! I crushed up candy canes in the food processer into a powder instead of peppermint extract. Oreo truffles are always a hit.

  35. #
    Melissa — December 4, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Love these truffles! Will make them again.

  36. #
    Cynthia — December 4, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Hi! I would like to make these as a change, but I need to transport them, like overnight car traveling (but it’ll be cold 🙂 ) – If I were to temper the chocolate, would that help keep them ok – ie: not so melty? (obviously, they’ll be in a cooler with ice packs, but that only works so well)

    thanks for everything! ps: your cinnamon rolls will be back this Xmas morning!

  37. #
    Betsy In The Kitchen — December 3, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Such a super easy recipe! These Peppermint Oreo truffles are the perfect holiday treat! They also taste AMAZING!

  38. #
    Sarah Carver — December 3, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    These are SO good and so easy to make! A nice addition to my cookie boxes for my friends and neighbors! ❤️

  39. #
    Elizabeth — December 2, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Do you use the entire Oreo (cookie & filling)
    or just the cookie part? Thanks!!

    • #
      Tessa — December 3, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      Entire Oreo!!

  40. #
    Amber cockrum — December 1, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Easy and delicious. Next time I’m going to use orange extract

  41. #
    Rose Stockmann — December 1, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    I made these for an Advent church service to serve at my table. Everyone loved them and they were super easy to make!

  42. #
    Tessa — November 26, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Hi!
    Delicious recipe and every wants it in my family.
    I have a question that: When using the coconut oil with the chocolate, should I heat it up before mixing it in with the chocolate to liquefy it?
    Thanks, for sharing this fantastic recipe with us.

    • #
      Jessica — December 22, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Same question.

  43. #
    Jenna — December 22, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    WOW! You look like Dove Camron’s twin sister. BTW the truffles were fantastic!!! 😀

  44. #
    Cheri — December 4, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    My Oreo mixture seems too gooey. Did I do something wrong???? Help

  45. #
    Melissa — December 1, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Do these freeze well?

  46. #
    Beverly — November 19, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Do these freeze well?

  47. #
    Lexi — December 23, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I do not like peppermint. Do you think this combo would work if I subsitute vanilla extract and decorate the outside with shredded coconut instead of candy canes?

  48. #
    Mary — November 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Do you use the inside cream of the Oreo cookie as well or just the wafer?

  49. #
    Corrie — December 17, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Do these freeze well?

  50. #
    Tina — December 17, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    OMG! I found your recipe the other day. I made these this afternoon & I already have to hide them from the hubby….lol
    This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  51. #
    Princess — December 8, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Can’t to try these for Christmas appetizers!!

  52. #
    tracey — December 7, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I dont have a food processor – can i use something else?

  53. #
    Chelsea — December 18, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    When using the coconut oil with the chocolate, should I heat it up before mixing it in with the chocolate to liquefy it? Or just put the solid form with the chocolate?

    • #
      Tessa — December 19, 2015 at 11:01 am

      You can just melt it with the chocolate!

  54. #
    Meg — December 15, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Amazing! I linked the recipe to my blog, I love them so much! Thanks for giving me the recipe to my new favorite holiday dessert!

  55. #
    ShinyZubat — February 4, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Update: Never mind, I totally figured it out. Also these taste amazing.

  56. #
    Lisa — December 20, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I made these for my husband to take to work with him and they went over so well that people were asking for the recipe and I sent them straight to your blog! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe! These were so easy and fun to make! And sooo delicious, a real treat for the holidays 🙂

  57. #
    ShinyZubat — December 9, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I really want to try this, but at the moment obtaining baking chocolate/chocolate chips is sort of a pipe dream for me. Would I be insane to try it with dark chocolate candy bars? I’m sure it wouldn’t be as good but… would it technically work?

  58. #
    Jeanette — December 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Made a half batch today to see how they would taste. My daughter loved them. I used 1/2 60% dark chocolate mixed with semi sweet and coconut oil. I plan on trying the vanilla oreo cookies with white chocolate and peppermint. I can’t have caffeine.

  59. #
    Gaby — December 1, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    These look so rich and delicious!

  60. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — December 1, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I love oreo truffles! This peppermint version looks amazing and is so festive!

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