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I make lots of goodies during the holidays, and love sharing the goodies I make with my friends and family. This year, I decided to invite some friends to join me for a get together at my house, and instead of a traditional cookie decorating party, we had a Girls Night In where we decorated my newest sweet obsession, OREO Cookie Balls.
Because OREO Cookie Balls are so simple to prepare, I was able to do lots of the prep on my own before my guests arrived, so once they got here, we could just concentrate on spending time together and working on a little friendly competition when it came to decorating our OREO Cookie Balls.
Because I didn't want my guests to spend a bunch of time sitting around waiting for cookie balls to firm up in the freezer, I made the un-coated balls myself the morning of the party.
I had stocked up on packs of OREOs and the needed cream cheese earlier in the week, at Walmart. I also picked up some new seasonal decorations to go with my existing sprinkles collections (It's a sickness) and everything was ready to go when I was ready to start setting up for the party.
Have you bought OREOs lately? The number of flavor options is almost overwhelming! Peanut butter, mint, golden, birthday cake… I can just imagine the amazing combinations of flavors you could make for your cookie balls!
For my party, though, I stuck to the classic OREO Cookie Ball recipe; our focus would be on decorating to make our mark on the finished product.
Serves: 48 balls
- 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
- 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
- 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
- MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
- SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls.
- Freeze 10 min.
- Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
- CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills.
- REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
- Share and enjoy!
For our party, in addition to regular melted chocolate, I also picked up a selection of candy melts, so I had more than just brown coating for the balls; I chose to have red, green, and white for our holiday-themed party, but you could use any color you choose for your own!
I wanted to have more than just a selection of sprinkles for decoration, so I also had the options to make snowmen, Thanksgiving turkeys, and Christmas tree ornaments. To simplify these instructions and demonstrate them to my guests, I created a printout for them to use, and that they could take home. Click here to download the sheet for yourself: OREO Cookie Ball printable
I wanted to make our house look welcoming for our guests, so I made this cookie party wreath (click for tutorial) to hang on our front door:
In setting out everything, I was concerned about people having access to melted chocolate at the same time, so I set a couple of burners out on the main work table, and set all of the decoration options along a separate table, to leave space for people to move around as they worked.
I had calculated that I'd be able to send each guest home with about 15 cookie balls; rather than just send them home with a plastic wrap covered paper plate, I stopped at a couple of thrift stores and was able to pick up some great cookie tins for less than $1 apiece; I know that I always appreciate having a tin like that available to transport goodies at this time of year, so it was the perfect solution as a party favor for my guests to get their goodies home.
We had a fantastic time, and even as they were leaving, my guests were brainstorming other flavor combinations they want to try (Golden OREOs and strawberry cream cheese, anyone?) and I know for sure that OREO Cookie Balls will be a new holiday staple in our house.