Reindeer Cookie Balls

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Reindeer Cookie Balls are made with a few simple ingredients and are the cutest little treat for the holidays! Delicious, easy Christmas cookies guaranteed to fly right off your cookie tray!

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Reindeer Cookie Balls - an easy, perfect dessert for Christmas!Reindeer Cookie Balls - an easy, perfect dessert for Christmas!

So, I have to tell you that these little cookie balls could not be more fun. I actually took them to our neighborhood holiday party a couple weekends ago, along with some other cookies, and I have never seen a dessert fly off a tray faster! There’s just something so darn fun at Christmas about all the reindeer, snowmen and Santas. You can’t resist them in the form of a tasty treat!

And to make these even better – they’re made with both chocolate sandwich cookies and chocolate covered pretzels. They use pieces of the same chocolate covered pretzels that are used for the antlers within the cookie balls. It gives the cookie balls a little texture and crunch. Such a great sweet and salty combo too!

The pretzels I used for these Reindeer cookie balls are the Rold Gold Classic Chocolate-Dipped Tiny Twists and you guys these pretzels are delicious! I might have snacked on quite a few while making these little guys. Even though you only need one bag for making the Reindeer cookie balls, you’re probably going to want to get a second bag for your snacking needs. In fact, the hubs tried them and claimed them to be the best chocolate dipped pretzels he’s ever had – no joke! And quite a statement. We’ve been fighting over the remaining pretzels ever since. ๐Ÿ™‚

HOW TO MAKE REINDEER COOKIE BALLS FOR CHRISTMAS

So as far as putting these Reindeer cookie balls together, it really is quite simple. The cookie balls themselves come together super quickly. You’ll pop your chocolate sandwich cookies into a food processor and grind them down into crumbs. I used a full package of cookies, which was about 36.

Next, you’ll add the chopped up Rold Gold Classic Dipped Pretzels. You could put them in a bag and break them up that way, or just break them into pieces with your fingers, which is what I did. You want the pieces small enough so that they aren’t going to interfere with the cookie crumbs staying together, so try to keep them about the size of a pea, roughly.

Reindeer Cookie Balls - an easy, perfect dessert for Christmas!Reindeer Cookie Balls - an easy, perfect dessert for Christmas!

Stir the crumbs and pretzels together, then add the softened cream cheese. Mix it all together until it’s well combined and easily forms balls. Shape them into balls that are about 1 inch in size, which for me was about 1 tablespoon of the cookie mixture. Set the balls in the fridge for about an hour to firm up.

When the balls have firmed up in the fridge a bit, it’s time to dip them into the melted chocolate. Before you start dipping though, I’d suggest having your eyes, noses and antlers ready. When dipping, I just use a toothpick to dip them into the chocolate and then lightly shake off the extra. Before the chocolate has a chance to dry, place the antlers on top and hold them there for 30 seconds or so, while the chocolate begins to firm up and hold them in place. Add the eyes and nose, using a little extra chocolate to help them stick, if needed. The decorating can take a little more time, but it’d be so fun to do with kids!

MAKE THESE REINDEER COOKIE BALLS AHEAD!

You can definitely make these cookie balls ahead of time. You could either make the balls without decorating them yet or make them fully ahead. If you are going to make the balls without decorating them, just store them in the fridge. Just keep in mind that if the balls have been stored in the fridge for more than an hour or so, you might want to let them warm up just a bit before dipping. You want them to be cool enough that they are easy enough to dip, but if they are too cold, the chocolate will harden very quickly and it’ll be hard to get the pretzel antlers onto the chocolate before it starts to firm up.

The finished cookie balls should be refrigerated and will be good for at least a week, but should last for longer. As long as your cream cheese is fresh, they should be good for a while – if they last that long!

These Reindeer Cookie Balls are not only delicious, they are so festive! Kids and adults alike will love them! And you never know, if you leave some out for Santa and his reindeer, they might love them so much that they’ll fill your stocking extra full! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Reindeer Cookie Balls - an easy, perfect dessert for Christmas!Reindeer Cookie Balls - an easy, perfect dessert for Christmas!

Reindeer Cookie Balls

Reindeer Cookie Balls are made with a few simple ingredients and are the cutest little treat for the holidays! Delicious, easy Christmas cookies guaranteed to fly right off your cookie tray!

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 1 hr 30 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hr chill time
  • Total Time: 2 hrs 30 min
  • Yield: makes 28-30 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 14.3 oz package chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed into crumbs (36 cookies)
  • 1 cup (107g) chopped Rold Gold Classic Chocolate-Dipped Tiny Twists
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 oz chocolate candy coating, melted
  • Additional Rold Gold Classic Chocolate-Dipped Tiny Twists, for antlers
  • 56 eyeball candies
  • 28 red nose sprinkles

Instructions

1. Add chocolate sandwich cookies to a food processor or blender and crush into crumbs.
2. Add the chopped pretzels to the crumbs and stir to combine.
3. Mix together the cream cheese, cookie crumbs and pretzels until well combined. You should easily be able to form balls.
4. Form balls from the cookie mixture about 1 inch in size. I used about 1 tablespoon of the mixture per ball.
5. Put the balls in the fridge for about 1 hour to firm up a bit.
6. While the balls chill, break the pretzels into halves for the antlers. You’ll want 28 pairs of antlers.
7. Dip the chilled balls into the melted chocolate and set on parchment paper.
8. Quickly add the pretzel antlers to the top of ball and hold them there for a few seconds until they stay in place.
9. Add the eyes and nose, using a little extra chocolate to attach them, if needed.
10. Store cookie balls in the fridge. Cookie balls should be good for at least 1 week.

Notes

NOTE: If you chill the cookie balls for longer than an hour prior to dipping in chocolate, you might want to let them warm up a bit. If the balls are too cold, the chocolate will harden too quickly and it’ll be harder to attach the pretzel antlers. You do want the balls to be chilled enough that they are easy to dip into the chocolate though.

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Enjoy!

Reindeer Cookie Balls - an easy, perfect dessert for Christmas!