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Easy Chocolate Covered Oreos

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These easy (gluten-free!) chocolate covered Oreos are a fun no-bake holiday treat everyone LOVES! Don’t miss all our cute decorating ideas to try!

Gluten-free Holiday Chocolate Covered Oreos with red and green decorations

After a whole week of holiday cookie recipes, I wanted to make sure I also had the chance to share a few easy treats for the holidays, too. Not everyone has time to bake, so a few little no-bake holiday treat recipes can be a total lifesaver!

These gluten-free chocolate covered Oreos are a perfect example. Don’t they look beautiful? You could easily plate these up for a holiday cookie exchange, holiday party, or homemade gift for friends and neighbors, and they’re made in about the time it would take you to preheat the oven for regular cookies.

Best of all, you only need 2 main ingredients to get started…

ingredients for gluten-free Chocolate covered Oreos

Simple Ingredients For Chocolate Covered Oreos

  • (Gluten-Free!) Oreo Cookies. We’re gluten-free, so we’re making our chocolate covered Oreos with gluten-free Oreos. Keep in mind that regular Oreos are NOT gluten-free, so you need to use gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies to keep these safe for Celiac!
  • Chocolate Candy Melts. I usually use Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Candy Melts (just like I do with our Oreo truffles recipe!. They taste like semisweet chocolate and have a beautiful glossy chocolate finish that looks gorgeous!
  • White Chocolate Candy Melts. If you like, you can also pick up some of the white chocolate or vanilla candy melts (or almond bark) for decoration or to dip the Oreos in white chocolate instead. I use Ghirardelli White Chocolate Candy Melts. (Pick up an extra bag or two to make Christmas Chex later!)
  • Sprinkles & Decorations. Then, you’ll just need any fun finishes you’d like to add. (We’ve got LOTS of fun ideas below!)

Gluten-Free? Double Check Your cookies!

If you’re gluten-free, have Celiac disease, or you’re baking for someone who does, it’s CRUCIAL that you use ONLY the Gluten-Free Oreos (white package). Original Oreos (blue package) are NOT gluten-free. If you can’t find Oreo brand gluten-free Oreo cookies, you can also use one of these 8 brands of Gluten-Free Oreo-type cookies, such as Glutino or Goodie Girl!

dipping gluten-free Oreos in chocolate candy melts

How To Make Chocolate Covered Oreos, Step By Step

  1. Prep Your Station. To start, line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Set out all toppings you plan to add to the Oreos and have them ready to add as soon as the chocolate is melted. Make sure all your bowls and tools are clean and totally dry before starting. 
  2. Melt Chocolate. In a small microwave-safe bowl, gently melt chocolate candy melts in 15-2o second intervals, stirring the chocolate in between each interval until the chocolate is smooth, glossy, and fully melted. (16 oz. of candy melts will be enough to coat a package of Oreos. You can decide if you’d like to do all dark chocolate or make half dark chocolate and half white chocolate. Use separate bowls for dark and white chocolate.) 
  3. Dip Oreos. Add an Oreo cookie to the melted chocolate and use a fork or chocolate dipping tool to gently turn the Oreo until it’s coated completely in chocolate. Lift the dipped Oreo out of the chocolate and tap the fork gently against the side of the bowl to allow any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. (You may also need to wipe the bottom of the fork against the edge of the bowl to remove extra chocolate.) Place the chocolate-dipped Oreo on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  4. Decorate Quickly. Add any desired toppings (such as sprinkles or candy cane). If you’re planning to drizzle them with additional chocolate later, let the cookies set completely before drizzling with the next layer of chocolate. 
  5. Repeat this process until all the Oreos are dipped in chocolate. If the chocolate starts to set up or thicken, pause to re-heat the chocolate for 10-15 seconds at a time until it becomes melted and easy to work with again. You can also use a separate bowl to melt white candy melts to dip some of the cookies or drizzle on later. 
  6. Let Cookies Set. Let the Oreos set up completely before storing or serving. (The chocolate will go from shiny to matte.) 
  7. Drizzle, If Desired. If you’d like to add a chocolate drizzle to the Oreos, use extra melted chocolate to drizzle onto the set Oreos. If desired, add sprinkles or toppings on top of the chocolate drizzle. Let cookies set before storing. 
  8. Serve & Store. Enjoy right away or store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. 

16 oz. of chocolate candy melts will cover 1 package of Oreos. You can decide if you’d like to do half vanilla and half dark chocolate or do all dark chocolate!

Want To Temper Chocolate Instead?

For a more advanced option, you can absolutely use tempered chocolate instead. We use this technique to get a glossy, polished finished on our Chocolate Almond Clusters. It’s a bit more fussy, but does give you beautiful results.

You can get an in-depth look at how to temper chocolate here, but the main idea is that you want to use high-quality chocolate or baking chocolate (NOT chocolate melts or candy bars). Gently melt 2/3 of your chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler, then stir in the last 1/3 of the chocolate. (This technique is called “seeding” and it helps maintain the correct temperature for the chocolate so it sets with an even, glossy finish that has a signature snap when you break or bite into it.

gluten-free Christmas chocolate covered oreos with holiday decorations

Toppings & Decorating Ideas To Try:

  • Colorful Sprinkles! Festive sprinkles add such a fun touch. Jimmies, nonpareils, quins & sprinkle mixes all work well here, but check out our Sprinkles 101 post for more cute options! (Also:
  • Dark or White Chocolate Drizzle. My go-to decoration! I love drizzling a little of my extra chocolate over the chocolate dipped Oreos at the end. You can double up and drizzle the same kind of chocolate (i.e. chocolate drizzle on chocolate dipped Oreos) or switch it up an use contrasting chocolate for a more striking look. (i.e. melted white chocolate drizzle on chocolate dipped Oreos)
  • Crushed Candy Cane. Adding some crushed candy cane or crushed peppermint candy is adorable and perfect for the holidays! (Plus, that peppermint bark vibe!)
  • Flaky Sea Salt. That salty-sweet combo isn’t for everyone, but I LOVE how elegant and elevated a little bit of flaky sea salt looks on chocolate dipped Oreos!
  • Colored Candy Melts. Or, experiment with colored candy melts (like red or green candy melts!). I find these work best for the decoration rather than the actual dipping since you usually need 2 coats to actually cover the cookies.
  • Frosting Trees. For a cute look, use green candy melts or royal icing to pipe little Christmas trees onto the chocolate covered Oreos. Add sprinkles to the trees while they’re still wet for an extra cute look!
  • Toffee Bits. This is my daughter’s favorite topping for chocolate covered Oreo cookies! That toffee crunch is delicious.
  • Crushed Oreos. Play up the flavors inside by adding some Oreo cookie crumbs on top like sprinkles.

Have Fun With Other Holidays!

Just like Oreo Truffles, Rolo Pretzels, and Christmas Chex Mix, it’s easy to dress these Chocolate Covered Oreos up for different holidays or different occasions! Swap out the red and green sprinkles for Valentine’s Day sprinkles, Halloween sprinkles, 4th of July sprinkles, school colors, baby showers…you name it! They make an adorable party favor or easy dessert for any occasion!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Covered Oreos decorated with different toppings
Gluten-Free Chocolate Covered Oreos stacked on a white background

FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The BEst Chocolate Covered Oreos

Try Them With Mint Oreos! You can have so much fun making chocolate covered Oreos with mint Oreos! Oreo brand makes gluten-free mint oreos with green filling, or you can pick up Trader Joe’s gluten-free peppermint Joe-Joe’s around the holidays! (If you’re not gluten-free, you have even more flavors of Oreos to experiment with!)

Keep Your Station Dry. Any time you’re working with chocolate, a clean, dry work space (and tools!) are the name of the game. Water can cause chocolate to seize, which will throw off that smooth, crisp look we’re going for.

An Easy Trick For Drizzling. You might be tempted to put the candy melts in a piping bag, but I find the chocolate usually starts to set up too quickly to make this effective. Instead, do your drizzling with a fork, or even a chocolate drizzle tool. (The one exception is if you plan to pipe something very precise like Christmas trees onto them.)

How To Store Chocolate Covered Oreos. It’s easy! These gluten-free chocolate dipped Oreos will store best in an airtight container at room temperature. If you like, you can separate layers of Oreos with wax paper or parchment paper to avoid scuffing, but I find this isn’t a big issue if you use candy melts. Chocolate covered Oreos will keep at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Covered Oreos decorated for Christmas

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gluten-free Christmas chocolate covered oreos with holiday decorations

Easy Chocolate Covered Oreos


  • Author: Emily Dixon, Sweets & Thank You
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 30 Cookies 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Hooray for a no-bake holiday recipe! These chocolate covered Oreos look amazing on a holiday cookie plate, and make a fun treat for parties, cookie exchanges, and more. Dress them up for any holiday or special occasion by playing with the sprinkles & toppings!


Ingredients

Scale

For The Chocolate Covered Oreos:

  • 1 package Gluten-Free Oreos* (about 30 Oreos)
  • 16 oz. dark chocolate candy melts, like Ghirardelli*
  • Optional: 4-8 oz. white chocolate candy melts 

Optional Toppings:

  • Crushed candy cane
  • Oreo cookie crumbs
  • Holiday sprinkles
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Toffee Bits
  • Chopped Nuts

Instructions

  1. Prep Your Station. To start, line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Set out all toppings you plan to add to the Oreos and have them ready to add as soon as the chocolate is melted. Make sure all your bowls and tools are clean and totally dry before starting. 
  2. Melt Chocolate. In a small microwave-safe bowl, gently melt chocolate candy melts in 15-2o second intervals, stirring the chocolate in between each interval until the chocolate is smooth, glossy, and fully melted. (16 oz. of candy melts will be enough to coat a package of Oreos. You can decide if you’d like to do all dark chocolate or make half dark chocolate and half white chocolate. Use separate bowls for dark and white chocolate.) 
  3. Dip Oreos. Add an Oreo cookie to the melted chocolate and use a fork or chocolate dipping tool to gently turn the Oreo until it’s coated completely in chocolate. Lift the dipped Oreo out of the chocolate and tap the fork gently against the side of the bowl to allow any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. (You may also need to wipe the bottom of the fork against the edge of the bowl to remove extra chocolate.) Place the chocolate-dipped Oreo on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  4. Decorate Quickly. Add any desired toppings (such as sprinkles or candy cane) while the chocolate is still wet and glossy. If you’re planning to drizzle them with additional chocolate later, let the cookies set completely before drizzling with the next layer of chocolate. 
  5. Repeat this process until all the Oreos are dipped in chocolate. If the chocolate starts to set up or thicken, pause to re-heat the chocolate for 10-15 seconds at a time until it becomes melted and easy to work with again. You can also use a separate bowl to melt white candy melts to dip some of the cookies or drizzle on later. 
  6. Let Cookies Set. Let the Oreos set up completely before storing or serving. (The chocolate will go from shiny to matte.) 
  7. Drizzle, If Desired. If you’d like to add a chocolate drizzle to the Oreos, use extra melted chocolate to drizzle onto the set Oreos. If desired, add sprinkles or toppings on top of the chocolate drizzle. Let cookies set before storing. 
  8. Serve & Store. Enjoy right away or store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. 

Notes

  • Oreos. If you are gluten-free you MUST use certified gluten-free Oreos (white package) as regular Oreos are NOT gluten-free. Or, you can choose another brand of gluten-free chocolate cookies, like Goodie Girl, or Glutino. 
  • Candy Melts. We highly recommend Ghirardelli dark chocolate candy melts and Vanilla candy melts since they’re so easy to work with, easy to find, and give such consistent results. You can use milk chocolate candy melts, if you prefer, just keep in mind the color will be lighter. I do not recommend using regular chocolate or chocolate chips for this recipe unless you temper the chocolate first. 
  • Decorate Quickly. Make sure you have your toppings ready to go for sprinkling when the chocolate is wet. Candy melts dry fairly quickly, so you’ll want to be ready to sprinkle toppings on as you go. The one exception is drizzling extra chocolate on at the end, which you’ll want to do after the initial layer of chocolate has set completely. Then you can sprinkle any toppings on top of the wet drizzle of chocolate. 
  • Double Dip. Different brands of candy melts have different thickness, so you may find you need to double dip any Oreos you dip into white chocolate. (I used a single layer with the Ghirardelli melts.)
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chocolate covered oreos, chocolate dipped oreos, gluten-free chocolate covered oreos

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