When it comes to Christmas time I am all about making desserts that are themed around the holiday not only for the day itself, but also for holiday parties or for festive snacking at home. These Grinch truffles are one of my favorites to make.
These truffles are a seasonal take on classic Oreo balls. You still combine Oreos and cream cheese for the filling but then you coat them with chocolate that’s a bright green color and then decorate with a heart, channeling all of the Grinchiness.
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This time of year these no-bake Oreo truffles are a huge hit at parties — they’re a perfect sweet treat to celebrate the season!
The next time you’re looking for an easy recipe for a cute dessert during the holidays, give these Grinch truffles a try.
Common Questions about Grinch Truffles
Do I need to refrigerate these truffles?
Since they contain a dairy product, these truffles do need to be refrigerated. Avoid leaving them at room temperature for longer than 2 hours to prevent spoilage.
Why are my Oreo balls sticky?
If these truffles are still sticky they have not been refrigerated long enough. Place them back in the refrigerator until the coating has completely cooled and hardened.
What other truffle recipes do you suggest?
- Rainbow Truffles Recipe
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles
- Pumpkin Spice Truffles
- Sugar Cookie Truffles
- Dark Chocolate Pistachio Truffles
- 4th of July Truffles
- Easy Chocolate Truffles
- Valentine Oreo Truffles
- Rainbow Mint Oreo Truffles
- Halloween Oreo Balls
- Chocolate Truffles with Holiday Sprinkles
- Holiday Nutella Bites
- Peppermint Oreo Balls
- Oreo Balls
- Christmas Truffles
Why are my Oreo balls oily?
If they aren’t refrigerated long enough, or if you use too much cream cheese, the balls can be a different consistency. To avoid this, make sure to use just the right amount of cream cheese and to chill them thoroughly.
Making Grinch Truffles Ahead of Time
You can make the cream cheese filling ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours before dipping.
These are easy to store in either the refrigerator or freezer.
Refrigerator: To prevent them from getting dry and stale, keep these truffles in an airtight container. They can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Freezing: Freeze truffles in a freezer bag or in a freezer-safe container.
Tips For The Best Grinch Truffles
- To keep Grinch truffles from sticking together when they’re frozen, try first placing them on a baking sheet to lightly freeze them before placing them in a ziploc bag or storage container and returning them to the freezer. You can also wrap them in plastic wrap or separate them with wax paper or parchment paper.
- You can also use a skewer to dip the balls in the melted candy.
- Instead of microwaving the candy melts, you can use a double boiler method.
- If you have room in your freezer you can freeze them instead of refrigerating before you dip them in the melted candy. This can save time and can also prevent them from potentially coming apart in the melted candy.
- To keep the mixture from sticking to your hands, spray the palm of your hands with cooking spray (or grease them with coconut oil or vegetable oil) before rolling them.
- To make cookies easier to crush, place them in the freezer for 30 minutes prior to crushing.
With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip these truffles up quickly. If your local grocery store doesn’t stock the candy melts or sprinkles you can find them online — you can also use green food coloring to dye melted white chocolate.
- Oreo cookies
- Cream cheese (softened)
- Neon green candy melts
- Red heart Sprinkles
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
You’ll only need a few simple supplies to make this easy recipe.
- Baking sheet
- Large bowl
- Parchment paper or Silpat Liner
- Food processor or stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or resealable bag and rolling pin)
- Small cookie scoop
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Small spoon
- Fork or chocolate dipping tool
- Squeeze bottle
How to Make Grinch Truffles
While the list of steps looks a little long, these festive treats actually couldn’t be easier to make!
- Place the cookies into a food processor and crush them — once crushed the cookies should be a very fine crumb. Alternatively, you can use a rolling pin to crush them in a resealable bag.
- Next, add cream cheese to the cookies in the food processor. If you used a rolling pin to crush them, you can also combine the Oreo crumbs and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
- On high speed, mix the two ingredients together.
- Once completely combined, use the small cookie dough scoop to portion out the mixture on a baking sheet prepared with parchment paper.
- Then, roll each ball between your palms to form smooth balls. Place them back on the cookie sheet.
- Once all of the balls have been formed, place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator.
- While the balls are chilling, melt the green chocolate candies in the microwave in intervals, stirring regularly, until fully melted.
- Remove the balls from the refrigerator.
- Use the fork to pick up the chilled Oreo cookie balls and dip them into the melted chocolate. Tap the fork on the bowl’s edge to remove any excess chocolate coating.
- Return the ball to the baking sheet.
- Continue until all balls have been coated.
- Then, decorate the truffles by adding a red heart sprinkle to the top of each truffle.
- Return the finished truffles to the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.
What to Serve With Grinch Truffles
Nearly anything you’d serve with dessert will go with these holiday-themed truffles but here are a few ideas.
- Eggnog – Whether spiked or not, rich eggnog is a perfect accompaniment to these truffles.
- Ice cream – Serve these as a garnish for vanilla ice cream or your favorite seasonal flavor.
- Coffee – Coffee and chocolate are always a perfect pairing.
- Milk – Nothing is quite as delicious as Oreos with milk! Make it regular white milk, chocolate milk, or your favorite milk substitute.
- Hot chocolate – A steamy cup of hot chocolate with these truffles is the perfect after-dinner holiday treat.
Why You Should Make This Recipe
These truffles are absolutely adorable but here are a few other reasons to make this recipe.
- Easy – These truffles have only 4 ingredients and come together so quickly.
- Affordable – With so few ingredients, making a cute treat doesn’t have to be expensive.
- Customizable – There are a number of ways to make this recipe your own.
- Seasonal – These Grinch truffles are a perfect dessert for celebrating the holiday season.
Variations and Add-ins
While these are delicious and adorable as they are, you can change a few things up or make additions to create your own signature Grinch truffles.
- Cookies – You can use other Oreo flavors or any other creme-filled cookie.
- Mint – Crush up candy canes or peppermint candies and add them to the cream cheese mixture.
- Extract – Add peppermint, or your favorite extract, to the Oreo mixture to add more seasonal flavor.
- Cream cheese – Use a flavored cream cheese (like honey or fruit-infused varieties).
- Chocolate chips – Mix miniature dark, milk, or white chocolate chips into the cream cheese mixture.
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- 38 Oreo cookies
- 8 ounces cream cheese – softened
- 1 pound neon green candy melts
- Red Heart Sprinkles
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Using a food processor or large resealable bag and a rolling pin, crush the cookies into fine crumbs.
- Add the cream cheese to the food processor with the crumbs and pulse several times until well combined.
- Using a small cookie dough scoop, separate out into 48 portions and then form each into a ball.
- Roll the ball between your hands until it’s smooth.
- Place them on the prepared baking sheet.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, longer is fine. You can also pop them in the freezer if you have space.
- Place the candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Start heating it in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute on 50% power, stir the chocolate.
- Continue to heat in 30 second intervals – still at 50% power, stirring after each time. Stop when there are a few bits of chocolate left, then stir until completely melted.
- Using a fork, dip a chilled Oreo ball into the melted chocolate and tap off the excess.
- Place the chocolate coated truffle on the prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat with another layer of melted chocolate if necessary or desired before decorating with the hearts.
- You can also take the remaining melted chocolate and drizzle it on top of the truffles for added decoration.
- Place a single red heart on each truffle before the chocolate cools and hardens.
- Let the truffles harden for about 10-15 minutes.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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