Polar Express OREO Cookie Balls

Polar Express OREO Cookie BallsWe have a lot of traditions in our family at Christmas. One of my most favorite is dusting off our copy of both the book and movie version of The Polar Express. I could watch it over and over {which, as a mom, I obviously have}. But it’s one of the few movies I don’t mind putting on repeat. It’s for certain my children’s favorite Christmas movie ever, so when OREO asked me to create a “holiday themed” cookie ball, Santa’s sliver bell is what came to my mind.

I’ve certainly made OREO cookie balls in the past. They are so easy and so delicious and they are always a crowd favorite at parties. If you are not familiar with a basic OREO cookie ball, it’s a simple mix of one package of OREO’s, one block of cream cheese, and some chocolate to dip them in. Such a treat…

Polar Express OREO Cookie BallsI must admit, when I venture into the decorative side of dessert making, I am a bit out of my comfort zone. Coating tasty OREO cookie balls and making them look uniform and pretty tests my patience a bit, and I am always left feeling that I’d prefer to gaze appreciatively at the picture perfect cookie balls over at OREO’s official website. These Santa bells were obviously more time-consuming to create than the basic OREO cookie ball, but it IS Christmas after all, and don’t we all just want to find that kid inside who still believes? I know I do…

Polar Express OREO Cookie BallsFor purposes of this Polar Express version of an OREO Cookie Ball, which is meant to look like Santa’s silver bell, I used the Berry Burst Ice Cream flavor of OREO for the filling, white chocolate to coat, and strawberry Fruit Roll Ups for the bows. The white chocolate, dark chocolate cookie and strawberry flavors were lovely together and when my kids got home from school, they were so excited to see and taste these treats. I’m know you’ll love them too!

Polar Express OREO Cookie Balls
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  1. 1 pkg. (15.25 oz.) Berry Burst Ice Cream OREO Cookies
  2. 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 pkg. (12 oz.) white chocolate chips (I prefer Ghirardelli brand)
  4. 2 strawberry Fruit Roll Ups
  5. Wilton Silver Pearl Dust
  1. Finely crush the OREO cookies in a food processor. Add the crushed cookies and softened cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix until well-combined. Allow mixture to chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  2. Remove mixture from refrigerator and form into 25 evenly shaped balls. Place balls on a silicone mat lined baking sheet and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in a glass bowl. Either in the microwave or place the bowl over a pot of gently simmering water and stir until melted. Add just a few drops of vegetable oil to the melted chocolate to make it smooth.
  4. To be sure the white chocolate didn't get discolored by the chocolate cookies, I used a tablespoon to pour the chocolate over each cookie ball. I slowly drizzled the chocolate on the top until it dripped down and coated all the sides.
  5. Place the coated balls back in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes.
  6. Using a clean, small paint brush, coat the balls with the Wilton Silver Pearl Dust.
  7. Cut small strips from the Fruit Rolls Ups and form into bows. Using a toothpick, place a small dot of melted chocolate on top of each ball to attach the bows. Place OREO cookie balls in small muffin liners to package and serve.
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