Love homemade holiday sweets, but hate the work that goes into them? Here’s one of the easiest recipes ever that I guarantee will have everyone thinking you spend hours in the kitchen because they are so delicious. It combines the rich, chocolate goodness of Oreo cookies, the flavor of cheesecake and a touch of holiday peppermint for the perfect pop-in-your-mouth snack.
I get so many requests for this annual treat that my family almost forgets about the Christmas cookies. Say hello to the Oreo Peppermint Truffle!
There are countless versions of this recipe, but all of them have the same core ingredients:
- One 15.5-ounce package of Oreos
- One 8-ounce package of cream cheese
- Peppermint extract
- One package of candy canes
- One bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Coconut oil (optional)
Other things you’ll need to make the Oreo Peppermint Truffles are cookie trays; wax paper or parchment paper; a couple of bowls (including a microwave-safe one to melt the chocolate); a mixer (or large mixing spoon if doing by hand); and a regular teaspoon to make the truffles.
Clear out some space in your freezer for these before you start. I made this mistake the first time I prepared this recipe, and it was a mad scramble to find the room when I needed to get the truffles in to cool immediately.
Magazines and websites like Delish have published their own versions of this recipe that provide detailed quantities and directions on how to make these balls of yumminess. I also like the recipe from Tessa Arias’ blog Handle the Heat. But the process is so simple that even a child could do it (with a little adult supervision, of course).
The kids can put the cookies into a Ziploc bag and crush them. I like to use a rolling pin for the job, but little hands can just hit the bag. Leave the mixing and melting to the grownups, though.
I put the truffles in the freezer for about 10 minutes before dipping them into the chocolate. It’s less messy, and the chocolate sticks to the truffle better.
For decoration, I sprinkle mine with red crystal sugar, but you can use leftover candy canes or any other topping you’d like.
The best part about this dessert is the quick preparation. These truffles can be whipped up in about a half an hour or so. After they’re made, they just need to freeze for about an hour and you can serve them.
Oh, and there’s one more thing I should mention. Nabisco just announced they’re making Peppermint Bark Oreos this year for the holidays, and we can’t say what kind of a peppermint boost you’d get from using a bag of those in your Oreo truffle recipes this winter. But it seems reasonable to try it!