White Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Balls

Are you participating in any cookie exchanges this year? If so, I think these White Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Balls would be perfect for gifting.

What do you think? Don’t they look so fun and festive and perfect for the season?

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Balls - Fun and festive treats for the holiday season.

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Balls

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Balls
White Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Balls | A fun, festive dessert perfect for sharing or gifting for the holidays. Cookie Exchange, anyone?
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 18 cookie balls
  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreo’s)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup M&M’s White Chocolate Peppermint candies
  • 8 ounces almond bark
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup red candy melts
  • extra M&M’s White Chocolate Peppermint candies for decoration
  1. Using a food processor, finely grind the chocolate cookies until they’re very small crumbs.
  2. Use a knife to roughly chop the M&M’s candies or pulse them in the food processor, whichever you find easiest.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the cookies, cream cheese and candies together until combined.
  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough and hand roll it into a ball. Place the balls on a wax paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl (I prefer a glass mason jar), melt the almond bark and vegetable shortening for 30 seconds; stir and repeat until fully melted.
  6. Drop each cookie ball into the melted almond bark and scoop out with a fork. Place them on a wire drying rack with a tray underneath the catch excess candy that drips off. Repeat for the remaining cookie balls.
  7. Microwave the red candy melts for 60 seconds, until fully melted. Drizzle the cookie balls with the candy using a fork (or piping bag). Place an M&M candy on top before it dries and hardens. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Each year I enjoy using festive ingredients to make special treats for the dessert table. This year, M&M’s happen to be the star of the show in these adorable White Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Balls.

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Balls - Fun and festive treats for the holiday season.

Don’t let the steps in the recipe fool you. These are pretty simple to make if you have a food processor to help you out. The kids could even get in on the action, if you want them to help out in the kitchen. Such a perfect activity for a cold, snowy day.

What’s your favorite cookie for cookie exchanges?

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41 thoughts on “White Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Balls”

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    Peppermint is the perfect flavor for Christmas. These sound so good and they are perfect to bring to my Christmas eve get together at my BIL’s house.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Those look absolutely delicious! Cookie balls are my favorite, so I can’t wait to try out this variety.

  3. Jeanette says:

    These look awesome. I love mint so these are going to go on the menu for the holidays!

  4. Ashley - Embracing Homemaking says:

    Those are stinking cute!!!! My daughter would love to make these…and eat them. What a great gift idea too!

  5. Victoria Sconion says:

    I love these and its easy to make with the kids. Im not that great with cookies like my husband is. I’ll stick to the cakes and breads. Lol

  6. Stacie says:

    It’s hard to pick a favourite. There are so many to choose from. These cookie balls are almost too cute to eat. These would be the perfect addition to a gift basket.

  7. Catherine S says:

    These look so yummy. I am going to make them for our cookie swap at work.

  8. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    I am SO making these for Christmas this year. They sound amazing, and my entire family loves cookie balls.

  9. Liz Mays says:

    Mine does too. I don’t know why I don’t make them that often because they’re easy and so yummy.

  10. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama says:

    These are PERFECT for my cookie swap next week! I love the festive holiday color, too!

  11. Liz Mays says:

    Oh my gosh these are awesome. I’m so into peppermint right now and I could use a fun new dessert to try out.

  12. Aimee Smith says:

    Oh these look so yummy! I love holiday treats, peppermint is one of my favorites.

  13. Danielle says:

    I’ve been wanting something pepperminty lately and this is perfect. I’ll have to make some, and I might share with others, haha.

  14. Theresa says:

    They look delicious and pretty! They would make a fabulous addition to any party table this holiday season!

  15. Marcie W. says:

    Where have these been all my life? I try and add a new cookie to our baking schedule every season and I think these may be this year’s winner!

  16. Tonya says:

    Those look yummy. Chocolate and peppermint. Yum.

  17. Jeanine says:

    Oh these are mouth watering. These look so good and I do love a good cookie ball. Mint is my favorite too, especially peppermint!

  18. Brett Martin says:

    These would be so popular with our cookie exchange. They are so cute and look delicious!

  19. Mitch says:

    Those are gorgeous! And your recipe breaks it down so well, even I could attempt this!

  20. Anita Fonte says:

    Peppermint screams Christmas to me in so many yummy ways. Everything taste better with a little peppermint and this recipe adds that touch for me. The fun colors and pictures add that holiday touch.

  21. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    These look so delicious and easy to make. I will have to try this recipe on the weekend. I like to make melt in your mouth shortbread cookies.

  22. Elizabeth Lampman says:

    I love peppermint treats. These cookie balls look so delicious. I love making classic peanut butter cookies for dessert.

  23. Tammi Roy says:

    We are planning a baking day this weekend. I love to give tins of baked goods for gifts. I will have to try this recipe.

  24. Jennifer says:

    Oh my, I am loving these. Super freaking cute! And How can I not like something that is easy to make? Love recipes like this. I think it’ll be a hit at my hubby’s office party on Saturday night!

  25. Maureen says:

    These are so cute and sound delicious. I haven’t been part of a cookie exchange in so long!

  26. Janis @MommyblogExpert says:

    What a festive cookie that is. It looks so good and is easy to make, making it a perfect treat to bake for the holidays.

  27. Toni | Boulder Locavore says:

    These look so delicious. I love peppermint with chocolate. I bet this is a great party food.

  28. Jody @ Mommy Moment says:

    Those are simply too cute. I love how festive they are, I bet they are delicious too.

  29. Vera Sweeney says:

    These look so good!! I love peppermint these are the perfect cookie exchange cookies to make up.

  30. Nicole Escat says:

    This cookie balls looks cute and at the same time delicious dessert. I love the idea of combining chocolate and peppermint.

  31. Clo says:

    Oh, this looks really good. I love making these kind of cookie balls. It’s super easy and fun to make, and did I mention yummy!

  32. Ourfamilyworld says:

    We love peppermint! These cookie balls will be a huge hit, for sure.

  33. Alicia says:

    Oh my goodness these look delicious! I haven’t really tried much baking yet with peppermint, but might try.

  34. Amber C says:

    I don’t really care for white chocolate by my dad and husband would love these!! I will have to make them for them’!

  35. Amy Desrosiers says:

    These balls look really incredible! I am loving the flavors and color profiles.

  36. Christie says:

    Send these my way, please! I love the adorable festive look and they’re definitely ready for a holiday party

  37. Krystal says:

    I go nuts over peppermint this time of year. I would love to re-create this one for our holiday cookie party.

  38. Tracey says:

    These look so good! I love peppermint recipes for the holidays so I’ll pin this one to make later!

  39. christina aliperti says:

    Italian Rainbow cookies are my favorite to make. They take a while but when you are done it’s soooo worth it. They are delicious.

  40. Sara P. (@SensiblySara) says:

    Those look delicious! I like to make hot cocoa cookies!

  41. Chasing Joy says:

    These sound yummy! I’d love to taste them.

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