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Ring in the New Year with these glittery Times Square OREO Cookie Balls. They are easy to make and taste delicious with milk!
This last weekend I hosted my first cookie exchange. We had Oatmeal Butterscotch cookies, Cranberry and White Chocolate Soft Batch (you may be seeing the recipe for those popping up here soon) Pumpkin Whoopie pies, Wafer Cookie Truffles and OREO Cookie balls.
I figured I would use the opportunity to practice what I’m going to make for New Year’s Eve: Times Square OREO Cookie Balls. I’ve never actually been to Times Square, and certainly not for New Year’s Eve, but the image of the sparkly ball dropping at midnight is just synonymous with ringing in the new year!
These Times Square OREO Cookie Balls are so easy to make (they only have three ingredients) and it’s fun to play around with different way to “dress” them. 🙂
- cream cheese, softened
- OREO cookies
- semi-sweet baking chocolate chips, melted (I used white chocolate for the Times Square OREO cookie balls)
A few tips for making Time Square OREO Cookie Balls:
1. CRUSH the cookies. I mean it. Pulverize them. Smash them into little bitty bits of delicious powder. I’ve found that a rolling pin and a plastic zip bag work best for me. If you don’t get the cookies crushed enough, they don’t stick together as well, and there’s nothing worse that large pieces of your cookie ball falling off into melted chocolate and making a mess! Ask me how I know.
2. Use a fork to mix the cream cheese with the crumbs. Working the cream cheese into the cookies is a lot like cutting butter into a pile of flour. Using a fork gets the mixture nice and even.
3. Don’t skip the freezer! You need these babies COLD to dip them in the melted chocolate. If they are too warm, they will start to fall apart and you’ll have a mess on your hands.
4. Work quickly. Keeping the balls cold as you work and then getting them back into the refrigerator to set up is very important. You don’t want a melty, gooey mess all over your hands. I usually have to put the tray back into the freezer for a few minutes and then finish.
5. Sprinkles, glitter and edible decorations cover a multitude of sins. 🙂 Some of my cookie balls come out stunning. The chocolate folds over them perfectly, they are beautifully round and they look like little works of art. SOME of them. MOST of them are less than perfect. But, adding sprinkles, rolling them in edible glitter or making funny faces on them covers up any “mistakes.” Plus, it’s just fun!
I had originally envisioned a photo with festive party supplies and my “Times Square” ball dropping into a glass of milk. I began my setup and took this quick shot to set my camera meter and play with lighting.
Cute, right? I had some adjusting to do, but I liked where it was going…and then THIS happened.
Yes. That is my dog running off with the OREO cookie ball in her mouth. And if I had taken a selfie, you would have seen someone literally crying over spilled milk.
So you’re going to have to use your imagination a bit and pretend you see a row of glittery OREO cookie balls all “dropping” into pretty glasses of milk. Better yet, make your own! It really isn’t too hard, and they will look great on your party table this New Year’s Eve. 🙂
Now, I have to go clean up a mess…
Times Square OREO Cookie Balls
- 1 8 oz block cream cheese softened
- 36 OREO cookies finely crushed (about 3 cups)
- 16 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate chips melted (I used white chocolate for the Times Square OREO cookie balls)
- assorted sprinkles for decoration
- 1 8 oz block cream cheese, 36 OREO cookiesMIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
- 16 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate chipsSHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan
- assorted sprinkles for decorationCUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills. (I used silver glitter crystals to make my "sparkly" balls)
- REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
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So fun for New Year’s Eve!
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says
Love the glittery look and we have several dog thieves here (as well as a couple cat ones) so I know what that’s like!
Nicole Burkholder says
Between my kids and the dog I’m surprised I ever have anything left! 🙂
Lori Who Needs A Cape? says
Love the glittery look of these, uber festive! And we’ve all been there with the mishap…ugh!
Nicole Burkholder says
The wind gets me every time!
What a great idea and they look so pretty and festive too!
Shauna - The Best Blog Recipes says
Love this idea for time square OREO Cookie Balls. And I had to laugh at the dog picture. That just makes me happy that I have small furr babies, lol.
These sound awesome and I love love love the sparkle!!!
Summer Davis says
This cracks me up so hard. I feel bad laughing, but it’s really funny, you have to admit. Even your meter shot is SO great and I think it is a wonderful representation of the ball dropping, right into a creamy glass of milk. #client
Aimee @ Like mother like daughter says
I love how sparkly these are! So cute!
Stephanie Daigneault says
Those are awesome! We could bring a little bit of snow to Arizona! haha
Cindy @ Hun What's for Dinner? says
Love that photo! Too bad the dog made out with the cookie ball. Pretty smart dog 😉
reesa lewandowski says
I need these in my life ASAP!
I can well imagine how frustrating this was, but it is good to know I’m not the only one this sort of thing happens to..you should have seen my Black Forest Cake I did for a sponsored post..beyond saving! Cute idea on the Oreo Balls.
Michele @ Flavor Mosaic says
LOL! I feel for you but it is kind of funny. I’m sure your dog gave it great reviews….happy tail wags.
Joanne/WineLady Cooks says
Oh, my I can only imagine how you felt. The Oreo Cookie Balls do sound delicious and fun to make. If we have time I will make them with my grandsons, they love to help with this type of recipe.
Linda (Meal Planning Maven) says
Oh no! But they turned out adorable…and no doubt yummy!
Renee's Kitchen Adventures says
and as you can see from the comment love, we have great minds! haha
Renee's Kitchen Adventures says
oh no! lol…they still look wonderful and I bet they tasted great!
Dianna L. says
I’ve made this recipe before – SO yummy! I just made it for Halloween and made little monsters. I love the sparkles! It’s just like the new year’s eve ball.
Theresa @DearCreatives says
We love Oreo cookies. I’ll have to try this!