Four ingredient Grinch Oreo Truffles are easily made with golden Oreos, cream cheese, and sprinkles. Dipped in green candy melts and topped with a tiny red heart-shaped sprinkle, this no-bake treat is the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray!
Grinch Sugar Cookie Truffles
Grinch Oreo balls are a fun and festive way to make classic Oreo balls for all your Christmas parties.
They’re a no bake dessert which makes them quick and easy for holiday parties.
They’re Grinch-themed thanks to the light green coating and little red heart sprinkles, so they’d fit in nicely with the Grinch cream cheese mints I recommend adding to your dessert tray this holiday season!
Using candy melts means you don’t need to use a double boiler or worry about tempering chocolate.
This easy 4 ingredient recipe uses just the microwave so even the kids can help out!
These bite-sized treats taste just like a frosted sugar cookie with the added colorful crunch of nonpareils and a chocolate coating that just melts in your mouth.
Why you’ll love making Grinch Oreo Balls
No-bake means no fuss – I love baking as much as the next person, but there are some days I’d just rather not! A no bake, easy recipe to the rescue!
Simple ingredients – You need just four ingredients to make this holiday treat.
They freeze well – Grinch Oreo truffles make me think of Christmas time, but there’s no law to say you can’t freeze some and eat them whenever the craving hits!
No limits to the amount – Easily double or triple this recipe as needed. As long as you have the needed amount of ingredients, you can make as many Oreo balls as you need.
Adorable – They’re just so cute! The bright green exterior and the golden chewy interior make for the perfect sweet treat!
Equipment you’ll need
- Food Processor – I’ve had a mini food processor for years and it comes in handy.
- Cookie Scoops – I have many sizes but I used a medium scoop (#50) for these balls.
- Lipped Baking Sheet – I recommend a lipped cookie sheet so no balls roll off & hit the floor. Speaking from experience.
- Candy Dipper – A toothpick or a fork will also work, but this little tool makes it easier to dip the balls.
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
- Cream Cheese – Bring to room temperature ahead of time so that it’s easy to cream. You also want to make sure to use a block of cream cheese rather than a tub of the spreadable kind. Too much water in that kind.
- Golden Oreos – These are the vanilla version of the classic Oreo cookie. Keep them intact because you want to use the creamy center as well.
- Christmas Nonpareils – These are colorful, tiny little ball sprinkles, often found on or in sugar cookies. I also use them on my dark chocolate stars.
- Light Green Candy Melts – Find these at your local bakery supply store or possibly your local grocery store (Meijer carries them, for the Midwesterners). If you can’t find light green you can always use white candy melts or white chocolate bark and add a drop of green food coloring. I have found that different brands vary in shades of green – I ordered Wilton Vibrant Green – and even different batches of the same brand seem to vary a bit.
- Heart Sprinkles – For that signature Grinch-y look! I ordered mine on Amazon.
Tips for success ⭐️
Fully combine the cookie crumbs and cream cheese before adding in the nonpareils. If you overmix them, the colors will bleed and you’ll end up with brown cookie balls. Not cute.
If your candy melts are too thick (I find the green to be thicker than other colors), use a bit of coconut oil or vegetable oil to thin it.
How to make Grinch Oreo Truffles
- Step One: Crush the Oreo cookies into a fine crumb by dropping them into the food processor whole, cream and all. Pulse until a fine crumb is formed.
- Step Two: To a large mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese and crushed cookies. Use an electric mixer on low to fully combine. Once combined, pour in the sprinkles and use a spatula to evenly distribute them.
- Step Three: Scoop out the dough using a cookie scoop to portion out the balls. Roll each one between the palms of your hands to form a smooth ball and place them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
- Step Four: Cover with plastic wrap and place the tray of truffles into the freezer to chill and solidify for at least 30 minutes. Once chilled, microwave the candy melts in 30-second increments, stirring between each zap until melted and smooth. If necessary, add a bit of coconut oil to thin the candy melts.
- Step Five: Take each ball and dip it into the green melted candy, rolling to coat the entire ball in candy coating, and then allowing the excess chocolate coating to drip off. Set it back down onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle additional chocolate over the top and place one heart sprinkle on top before the chocolate firms up. Let set & then enjoy!
What to serve with Grinch Oreo Truffles
When hosting a Christmas party, along with desserts, I’m also thinking about appetizers.
To pair it with a cocktail, I like to class up the joint a bit with these beautiful cranberry prosecco spritzers!
If you want another Grinchy option, pair them with these Grinch heart rice krispies treats.
Helpful Tips & Additions ❤️
- Using a cookie scoop to portion out the dough balls is super helpful when you want them all the same size. You’re going for an approximate 1-inch to 1.5-inch ball.
- You can also use a smaller scoop to get more Grinch Oreo balls out of the batch.
- Work quickly! It’s nice not to have to stop and melt the candy melts all over again because it’s starting to harden.
- Swap the golden Oreos for a different flavor. Stick with the classic chocolate with vanilla cream in the middle or go for something a little different like mint Oreos.
- Add a splash of vanilla to the Oreo cookie dough mixture for added flavor.
- Go all out and get creative with your decorating! Keep some simple with a single heart sprinkle, or jazz up your Grinch Oreo truffles with some candy eyes, and black gel food coloring to make the signature grumpy eyebrows, and add a red Santa hat on top!
How to store Grinch Oreo Truffles
How to store leftovers
Keep any leftovers (good luck with that) in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How long will Grinch Oreo Balls last in the fridge?
These will last for about 2 weeks in the fridge.
Can I freeze Grinch Sugar Cookie Truffles?
Definitely! Most homemade truffles freeze well, which is part of why I love them.
Place your Grinch truffles in a large freezer bag. Remove all the air and seal it closed. Keep them frozen for up to 2 months.
How do you dip Oreo balls in chocolate?
I recently ordered this dipper and it makes things easier, but you can also simply use a fork to dip the oreo cookie balls into the green coating.
When I’m making buckeyes, I insert a toothpick into the top of the ball and use that as a handle to dip them into chocolate. That works here as well.
You can smooth over the toothpick hole to keep the outside coating nice and smooth.
How do you crush Oreos without a food processor?
Place the Oreos in a gallon size bag, press out the air, seal it, and use a rolling pin to crush them, making sure there are no large cookie lumps left behind.
Can I fix the candy melts if I’ve overheated them?
Some people have had luck with adding a bit of coconut oil or vegetable oil to the mixture if it’s seized up. If I have enough and can spare the extra melts, I usually discard the mix and start over. Just makes life a little easier.
Need more festive treats? Try these:
Melted Reindeer Bark (to look like Max!)
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