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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

This recipe was the selection for December’s baking challenge! We do a challenge every month, click here to see the current challenge. Check out the truffle entries that were submitted below!

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. #
    Mariana Diaz Orlich — December 28, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Deliciouuuuus! And such a simple recipe! Definitely doing this recipe again!

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    Monica Prudencio — December 28, 2019 at 9:02 am

    I brought these to a holiday potluck and they were a big success! They are definitely delicious but I found them a bit of a pain to make which is why I am giving the recipe only 3 stars. First, the recommendation to use peppermint Oreos is definitely a good one – I used peppermint Oreos and the extract in my filling and still felt it was not minty enough – I ended up adding about three quarters of a teaspoon of extract to my coating (which worked great!). Second, the coating was very thick but the filling was very heavy and so I had difficulty coating them evenly without the filling ball breaking or falling off the toothpick. I was looking for a thin, smooth coat and this was challenging to achieve. Finally, I definitely recommend that other bakers harden them up in the freezer – my freezer was too full so I used the refrigerator and they were pretty firm but I think had they actually gone in the freezer it would have made a noticeable difference. Overall I would make them again because of the yummy taste but would not make them often because they were somewhat of a pain.

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    Gabriella Stein — December 27, 2019 at 9:16 am

    These were such a hit! (Brought them to Christmas potluck)

    I’m not a huge peppermint fan, so I saved a few with no peppermint extract or candy canes and they were AMAZING!! Also they are so easy to make, so they are a great go to, plus they look super fancy. Thanks!!

  4. #
    Josee Forsythe — December 26, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Super yummy!! These were a huge hit

  5. #
    Lea Pepe — December 26, 2019 at 10:15 am

    These were amazing! Minty, fudgy, chocaltey, can’t really beat it!

  6. #
    Sarah Buehler — December 26, 2019 at 8:50 am

    These taste great, and were easy to make.

  7. #
    Tiernan Nelson — December 26, 2019 at 6:27 am

    These turned out so well! So incredibly easy to make and everyone absolutely loved them. Will definitely make them again!

  8. #
    Danni — December 25, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I had to tel my husband to stop eating these so we could bring them to Christmas dinner! It’s an easy recipe to whip up and they are delicious. I would make these again and again but maybe a bigger batch next time

  9. #
    Danni — December 25, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    I had to tell my husband to stop eating these so we could bring them to Christmas dinner! It’s a flawless recipe, and easy to mix up together!

  10. #
    Fithria — December 25, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Yummy

  11. #
    Tashina Akinrinade — December 25, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Absolutely delicious! Perfect addition to a holiday party or Christmas gift.

  12. #
    Tashina Akinrinade — December 25, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Absolutely delicious! Perfect Christmas gift or addition to a holiday party.

  13. #
    Julia — December 24, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    The truffles are great, even without the crushed candy canes on top because I don’t get to buy them here. I definitely will make them again. Merry Christmas!

  14. #
    Jennifer — December 24, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    These were so easy to make and I love that it’s only a couple simple ingredients. I only needed 12 ounces of chocolate to coat mine.

  15. #
    Jennifer — December 24, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    These were so east to make! I love that it’s a handful of simple ingredients. It only took 12 ounces of chocolate to coat all of mine. Everyone loved them!

  16. #
    Hillary — December 24, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    These are pretty amazing. I’ve made Oreo truffles before but get a frustrated with the chocolate coating. The tip to make sure to have cold truffles and warm chocolate was a game changer! Definitely gave me confidence when my truffles came out looking nice. I also tried some with white chocolate… didn’t work as well. I think the fat might be different? Tessa, can you explain why that would be?

    • #
      Tessa — December 29, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Yes, white chocolate is harder to work with because of the lack of cocoa butter. Use bars of very high quality white chocolate chopped up for better results 🙂

      • #
        Hillary — December 29, 2019 at 1:53 pm

        Do you have a suggestion for brands? I could only find Baker’s brand.

  17. #
    Sue — December 24, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Love them and made one peppermint and one mint.

  18. #
    Cindy Kuschinsky — December 24, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    These Peppermint Oreo Truffles were easy to make with a food processor. The coating part was a little messy, but not hard. I took them to a party, and several people asked for the recipe. I will increase the peppermint extract a little next time I make them.

  19. #
    Jamie — December 24, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Soooo yummy! Slightly rich. I did use the mint oreos too. Definitely the prettiest ones I’ve ever made. And they were super easy! Mine were pretty wet and the freezing process sure makes all the difference. Don’t skip that.

  20. #
    Donna Tamburi — December 23, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    These are easy & yummy.

  21. #
    Cassie — December 22, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Love this quick and easy recipe!

  22. #
    Carlee — December 22, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    These are wonderful! I love to bake and I love fudgey, silky desserts with good chocolate flavor. SO good!

  23. #
    Jessica — December 22, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Can I just melt the coconut oil? I think I saw you said we can just melt it with the chocolate? It seems very difficult to work with.

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      Tessa — December 22, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      Whatever you find easier!

      • #
        Jessica — December 22, 2019 at 6:18 pm

        Okay. I meant you melt it, not leave it in solid form, right? I made something once with it and the recipe didn’t say to melt the oil so I ended up with white chunks.

  24. #
    Megan — December 22, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Delicious and a holiday hit!

  25. #
    Mae — December 21, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    This was so easy to make! I made these treats and put them in cookie tins to be passed out as Xmas gifts. Perfect treat gifts!

  26. #
    Bethanie Price — December 21, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Love these Oreo Peppermint Truffles! They were super easy to make and so delicious!!

  27. #
    Katharina Kretschmer — December 21, 2019 at 10:23 am

    So yummie! I’ve never made Peppermint Oreo Truffles before but definitely will make them a lot from now on. They have an awesome consistency and the taste is a dream come true. Because in Germany it is really hard to find peppermint extract and not so easy as well to find candy canes I skipped the extract and candy canes and went for sprinkles instead. Everyone loved the truffles and asked for more!

  28. #
    Jennifer Sommers — December 21, 2019 at 6:43 am

    My 12-year-old and I made these and absolutely loved them. I’ve been complemented on my Christmas goodie plate before, but this treat will be the highlight-so rich and yummy!

  29. #
    Erica Holm — December 20, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    So easy to make, yet so good! I’m pretty sure no one would ever guess you used Oreos. I even had two people who aren’t really fans of sweets say they could eat the whole batch! I’d say these are a huge hit! I will definitely be making these again.

  30. #
    Nancy — December 20, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    What a Yummy Recipe and perfect for the holidays!!

  31. #
    Marceda S Ryan — December 20, 2019 at 9:43 am

    These truffles will be a big hit with my granddaughter who loves peppermint in anything. I need a little more practice on dipping chocolate. They tasted great and will make again.

  32. #
    Andrea Schmidt — December 20, 2019 at 9:13 am

    This was easy to follow and I love making Tessa’s recipes. They are not only beautiful to make but so delicious. I would make this again.

  33. #
    Gloria Delgadillo — December 19, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    These were the easiest sweet treat I made all season! And delicious – chocolate and mint – my favorite combination! Thanks Tessa!

  34. #
    Danielle Neumann — December 19, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Delicious! And so easy to make.

  35. #
    Danielle Neumann — December 19, 2019 at 10:42 am

    My favorite recipe for oreo balls! So creamy and delicious!

  36. #
    Multifaceted — December 19, 2019 at 6:14 am

    This recipe turned out super yummy! My family loved them and kept asking if there was more, so I’ll have to make this again. 🙂

  37. #
    KEYONTAY BANKS — December 18, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Love them, I could do the peppermint, but they was a hit.

  38. #
    Donna W. — December 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    I am not an Oreo fan but still thought these truffles were great. When I first started coating them with the chocolate, it didn’t seem like I was going to have enough. Trusting that Tessa’s ingredients are always accurate, I figured I would be OK, and I was! After the holidays, I would like to try making these again with orange flavoring & some chopped nuts, since that combination is one of my favorites.

  39. #
    Cori Jo Duncan — December 18, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    This recipe is super quick and easy, and not at all as messy as I had feared it would be. On top of ALL that, they are delicious too! I didn’t have any to take home after my party at work.

  40. #
    Liv — December 18, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Tasted great, but was a little bit too rich for me! Everyone who tried the truffles loved them though!:)

  41. #
    Caroline — December 18, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Amazing!

  42. #
    Adam Breitbach — December 17, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    These were so easy to make and they taste delicious! I would recommend going easy on the peppermint extract, as a little bit can go a long way towards adding flavor.

  43. #
    Mandy Bashura — December 17, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I have never made anything like this before, glad I did! This recipe is easy to follow and the results are perfect.

  44. #
    Hiroko Warner — December 17, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Those are easy and yummy.
    Just right amount of peppermint flavor.
    I made 40 truffles and about 15 g each ball.
    This recipe is keeper and will make next year for Christmas again for sure.

  45. #
    Amanda — December 17, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    These truffles were so easy to make yet so hard to not eat all of them! Perfect treat to add to cookie trays!

  46. #
    Jocelyne — December 17, 2019 at 3:47 am

    I made a lot of Christmas cookies this year and this recipe was by far the simplest. Better yet, the pay off is huge because the truffles are delicious. I will definitely be making these again next year.

  47. #
    Erin — December 16, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    The peppermint tastes wonderful and they look so pretty.

  48. #
    Donna — December 16, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Tessa,
    In reading through your recipe link for peppermint-oreo-truffles you have a Q&A section where you say how to store in the refrigerator. It says “How to store 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. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge! (This is directly above a question ”Do Oreo Truffles Freeze Well”)

    However, directly above the Recipe Notes on the December 2019 challenge section you state: Refrigerate until set before serving. Store the truffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
    Would you please confirm if these can be refrigerated for the 2 weeks or only for the 5 days?
    Thank you.

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      Tessa — December 18, 2019 at 11:04 am

      Oops, missed the one for 15 days. Corrected! Thanks for pointing that out 🙂

  49. #
    Christine Price — December 16, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    These are dangerously addictive and way too easy to be good for me, but I just can’t help making them again and again!

  50. #
    Caroline Shinner — December 16, 2019 at 10:14 am

    So easy and taste amazing !

  51. #
    Christina — December 16, 2019 at 7:40 am

    I finally mastered dipping things in chocolate! Thank you for explaining how baking chocolate is better to use than chips. Easy peasy and so yummy!

  52. #
    Nona Siska Noviyanti — December 16, 2019 at 7:16 am

    I loved making this with my daughter. We’re going to pack them and given them out as Christmas gifts to friends

  53. #
    Elizabeth Bogges — December 16, 2019 at 6:07 am

    One of the easiest recipes ever! They were so delish everyone asked for the recipe!! Highly recommend having these every year!!!

  54. #
    Sharla — December 16, 2019 at 4:30 am

    So yummy and easy to make!!

  55. #
    Morgan — December 15, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    These are so good! Extremely easy to make, delicious and yet fancy enough to impress! It’s a great idea to add coconut oil to keep the chocolate solid at room temperature. I made these for my husband’s work holiday party and everyone raved about them!

  56. #
    Ana Smith — December 15, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    I had a lot of fun making these!

  57. #
    Ana Smith — December 15, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    This was PERFECT for gifts!

  58. #
    Ana Smith — December 15, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    These are AMAZING!!!

  59. #
    Rebecca Hawkins — December 15, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    These were amazing! I like, but do not love, peppermint, so I only used 1/2 tsp peppermint and chopped up some peppermint kisses instead of candy canes to decorate the tops. I was very pleased with the result! I’ll be making them again before the month is up!

  60. #
    Barbara — December 15, 2019 at 10:25 am

    This recipe was super easy and a blast to make! I did not have a food processor, so I switched between a regularly mixer and a blender to get the job done. They came out perfectly and tasted like little bites of Christmas!

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