Grab a package of your favorite chocolate sandwich cookie, plus 3 more ingredients, and you’ll have your own beautiful batch of sparkling chocolate cookie truffles in no time! These no-bake treats are delicious and easy to make.
Darlings, let’s keep things simple. For all the extra moments at home this year, you’d like I’d be posting something more complicated! But I’m not. In fact, this post is going up just after Christmas, even though the sparkling chocolate cookie truffles are on a Christmas plate.
It’s still December though, so it counts! And really, these cookie truffles are too cute not to share!
What are chocolate cookie truffles?
Also called Oreo cookie truffles, because they use chocolate sandwich cookies like Oreos, these are easy treats to make year-round! Most people associate them with Christmas, as that’s when everyone is baking. But I make them anytime I need a quick and easy crowd-pleasing dessert.
To make the truffles, you need 3 ingredients: chocolate sandwich cookies, cream cheese, and candy coating.
If you really wanted to, you could also temper chocolate. But since we are about keeping life simple in this season, your favorite candy melts or almond bark candy coating is perfect. You may use either white, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate.
From there, the options for shaping and decorating are endless! Whatever you imagine, you can make!
The inspiration behind the sparkling chocolate cookie truffles
My oldest has really gotten excited at the thought of snow now that we live a bit further north. It doesn’t snow much here in Virginia, but every little bit counts for her!
We were lucky to have an early snow this year. She was so happy playing outside and having mini snowball fights with us. These truffles, with their sparkling white sugar topping, were inspired by those snowballs.
My original plan had been to make them in a cone shape and add sprinkles to make them look like Christmas trees. But her joy brought me joy, and since it lined up with the day I made this, it felt right.
I also like that it makes this recipe a bit more “general winter” than specific to one holiday.
With just a quick change in chocolate color and sprinkles, you can make these any time of year!
Can I ship cookie truffles?
Because of the cream cheese in the recipe, this is not suitable for shipping. In fact, the truffles should be stored in the refrigerator even after dipping. They are best within a week or two.
A few recipe notes…
In case you’ve never made these before, I’d like to share a few tips for success.
First, using original or classic Oreos gives you the best filling to cookie ratio. Any other brand of sandwich cookie will do as long as the filling ratio is similar. The truffle filling is on the softer side, but if you use the double or triple filling cookies, it will be too soft to roll! Stick to classic for this recipe.
Second, if you plan to color the chocolate, either buy candy coating in your preferred color or look for candy coloring. Candy coloring is different than your standard food coloring because it is oil based.
Water causes chocolate to seize, or clump up in grainy particles. To keep this from happening, you need to use a fat-soluble color. You can find these easily online or at a craft store. The packaging will say “safe for chocolate” or “candy coloring”.
Third, if you’d like to make these truffles VEGAN, use vegan cream cheese. It totally works! In case you didn’t know, Oreos are vegan. If you use another brand, just check the ingredients.
The tricky part is in the candy coating. You can find some options online, or maybe local to you depending on where you are. But there aren’t many available brands of dairy-free candy coating!
It might be easier to find vegan white chocolate bars local to you. You can temper white chocolate following the directions in this Epicurious article. If you don’t temper, you won’t give the same “snap” as tempered chocolate or candy coating.
Another alternative is to consider rolling the truffles in (vegan) sprinkles.
As far as the sugar used here, it’s a fine sparkling sugar. You can find it with the sprinkles in the cake decorating section of most grocery stores or at the craft store. If they don’t have the fine sugar, you can use cake sparkles too.
I recommend smaller sprinkles over chunky ones if you plan to use a lot. But ultimately, the color and style is up to you. This is a great way to DIY custom candy for a party or holiday.
Fourth, it’s easiest to blend all the ingredients and make the truffles if your cream cheese isn’t cold. Cold cream cheese doesn’t blend very well. If you remember, let your cream cheese sit at room temperature for 20 minutes or so before making your truffle filling.
Otherwise, remove the cream cheese from the refrigerator. Unwrap the cream cheese brick completely and place it on a microwave-safe plate. Place in the microwave on high power for 15 seconds to soften.
Finally, use a food processor to make the process extra simple! You can use the food processor to chop the cookies and blend in the cream cheese. If you do it by hand it takes a little more time. Placing the cookies in a freezer-weight plastic bag and using a rolling pin really helps crush the cookies.
I hope you enjoy this easy Oreo truffle recipe. Enjoy, darlings!
- 1 14-ounce package of chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos - see notes)
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened (see notes)
- 1 pound candy coating wafers or tempered chocolate
- Fine sanding sugar in white for coating - or sprinkles of your choice!
- Using a food processor, crush the cookies to crumbs. If you don't have a food processor, you can also place the cookies in a freezer-weight plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them. Rotate and flip the bag a few times as you work.
- Cut the softened cream cheese into cubes and place into the food processor. Pulse until the cookies and cream cheese form a dough, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. If you are doing this without a food processor, a large bowl and mixing spoon (or gloved hands) or stand mixer with the paddle attachment works perfectly.
- Cover and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes until it's firm and easy to work with.
- Use a small cookie scoop (tablespoon size) to scoop out about 40 truffles. The exact amount depends on how generous you are with the scoops. Place them on wax-paper lined baking sheets. If it is very warm in your kitchen, keep the truffles in the refrigerator as you prepare the chocolate.
- Melt your candy coating according to the package instructions. You may use a microwave or double boiler. You may also temper chocolate.
- Dip the truffles in the chocolate, returning to the wax paper to set. Sprinkle with the sanding sugar to create the sparkle effect.
- Once the candy coating has completely set, store the truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. Enjoy!
- You will need 36 cookies for this recipe. Give or take a cookie or two isn't usually a big deal. But the standard 14-ish ounce package of sandwich cookies yields between 33-37 cookies based on brand. I counted a few boxes... work stuff, haha.
- You may use non-dairy cream cheese as well.
- Truffles must be refrigerated after the chocolate has set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
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