Dreading the annual Christmas cookie swap because you’re not the most gifted baker in the bunch? Take heart! Our no-bake reindeer Oreo pops, inspired by eASYbAKED, will put those traditional and expected Christmas cookies to shame.
Adorably loaded with personality, reindeer Oreo pops are a ridiculously simple holiday treat almost too cute to eat. Almost! These fun and festive cookie pops initially garner oohs, aahs, and smiles — then they disappear right off the cookie plate.
Christmas cookies that don’t require turning on the oven? Yes, please! When baking isn’t your strong suit, rely on the tried-and-true packaged cookies that everybody loves and transform them into a memorable Christmas treat. For our reindeer pop recipe, we use Double Stuff Oreos. These crispy, cream-filled chocolate cookies aren’t just addictive, they are a convenient treat that can be dressed up for any winter holiday occasion. To turn them into charming little reindeer, you simply dip each Oreo in melted chocolate and use candy and pretzel pieces to create a unique eat-me-right-now reindeer face. Christmas cookie-making couldn’t get any easier!
Reindeer Oreo pops aren’t just for holiday cookie swaps, they make great Christmas gifts. Wrap each pop individually with cellophane and ribbon, then stick them in stockings, use them as surprising treasures next to bows on wrapped presents, or give your loved ones a dozen reindeer oreo pops tucked into a large ribbon-decorated mason jar. You can even send reindeer pops to school with your kids for holiday parties and heartwarming teacher gifts.
Fun reindeer fact: Reindeer are part of the deer family, called Cervidae, which includes deer, elk, moose, and wapiti. These long-legged, hoofed, and antlered holiday-centric creatures are called reindeer in Europe, and referred to as caribou in North America. They also don’t fly. But some reindeer, like Rudolph, have red noses. This is due to an excessive quantity of blood vessels in the nose that supply blood and regulate body temperature in extreme temperatures.
Twist apart the Oreo cookies
Twist the Oreo cookies to separate one of the cookies from the cream filling. Set the cookie part aside.
Make Oreo pops
For each pop, pick up the side of the cookie with the filling and place a lollipop stick on the filling. Set the cookie part of the Oreo back in place, pressing to cement the lollipop stick in the cookie. Set aside.
Melt the chocolate and Dip the Oreo pops
Place the candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Holding the lollipop stick of each Oreo, dip the cookie into the melted chocolate to completely cover it. Let excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Set the dipped cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets.
Turn the Oreo pops into reindeer
Decorate each of the dipped Oreo pops with two candy eyes, a red hot for the nose, and two pretzel pieces for ears. Refrigerate the reindeer Oreo pops until the chocolate is set. This will help ensure the decorations stick. Serve.
Gently twist apart 1 side of the Oreo cookies, setting cookie portion aside.
Place a lollipop stick on the filling and set the top of the cookie back on, cementing the cookie back together around the stick. Set the Oreos on the baking sheets and place in the freezer for 5 minutes.
Place candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl.
Melt candy melts in 30-second intervals in the microwave, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Holding the lollipop stick, dip each cookie into the melted chocolate. Gently tap the stick on the bowl’s edge to allow excess chocolate to drip off.
Set the dipped cookies on the parchment-lined baking sheets.
Decorate each Oreo pop with two candy eyes, a red hot for the nose, and two pretzel pieces for ears.
Once completed, place the sheets of cookies in the refrigerator to cool and allow time for the chocolate to harden.