Chocolate Covered Oreos are so easy to make at home to use in many different ways. It’s a dessert trick you’ll want to know to turn the ordinary extraordinary with a few simple tips!
We first realized the value in creating homemade dipped Oreos when making our Witch Hat Halloween Cookies that use fudge covered Oreos. To make a gluten-free version we needed a way to get the same thin layer of melted chocolate on a gluten-free Oreo.
The light bulb went off that the possibilities were endless once you know how to dip Oreos correctly with a smooth finish. They can be dipped in different colors, decorated with colorful sprinkles, add a lollipop stick for chocolate coated Oreo Pops.
Add unique sprinkles or colors for a perfect chocolate treat for Valentine’s day, birthday parties, a baby shower, with school colors or any special occasion.
We use chocolate candy melts which is the easiest way to get a smooth coating and you don’t need to temper chocolate when using this type of chocolate. It coats well, dries fast and our recommended brand tastes just like real chocolate.
This easy chocolate-covered Oreos recipe is a simple way to create sweet treats that are next level delicious.
Recipe Ingredients Notes
For the complete ingredient list and amounts, refer to the printable recipe card at the end of the post.
Candy melts. These have delicious chocolate flavor but are designed to melt smoothly, coat well and harden quickly. They are much easier to work with than regular chocolate chips.
Our preferred brand is Ghirardelli for great authentic chocolate flavor, excellent melting and hardening results. They create a thin chocolate coating easily.
Oreo cookies. We used chocolate Oreo sandwich cookies for this example but any flavor of Oreos (regular or gluten-free) or other brands of sandwich cookies can be used.
Note on quantities. This method is completely flexible to make as many or few chocolate covered Oreos as you’d like to. We share a general guideline for making a larger batch of Oreos but you can scale that up or down depending on your needs.
How to Make it
STEP 1. Preparation
Fit rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper (photo 1).
STEP 2. Melt the chocolate
Follow the instructions on the package of candy melts (we recommend Ghirardelli brand) to melt the chocolate wafers (photos 1-3). Use a DRY glass bowl that is a microwave safe bowl or heat proof if using a double boiler melting method.
STEP 3. Dip the cookies
Place a cookie on a dining fork (photo 4), dip it into the melted warm chocolate to fully coat it. You can roll the cookie in the chocolate and pick it up with the fork underneath too.
After dipping with the cookie on the fork, allow excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl (photo 5). Lightly tap the fork to release any remaining chocolate.
The step of allowing excess chocolate to drip off the dipped cookie is key to not have a chocolate ‘foot’ on the bottom of the cookies when they harden.
Place individual cookies on the prepared baking sheet (photo 6).
STEP 4. Allow to set
Allow to sit until the chocolate hardens (photo 7). Enjoy as is to as part of another recipe.
Read the package instructions. Each brand of candy melts (and chocolate chips) has slightly different instructions. Always follow the package direction for the brand you are using.
What to do if the chocolate is too thick. Especially as melted chocolate cools it can become too thick to dip and coat well. If the chocolate is too thick to dip the Oreos stir in 1/2 teaspoon of melted vegetable shortening to start. Stir in into the melted chocolate and it will thin up. You can add more if needed. Don’t use water. You’ll find this instruction on the candy melt bag too.
Dipping pot. If you plan to melt chocolate wafters often Wilton makes a dipping pot specifically for this purpose. If you’d prefer not to use other bowls or method this might be something you’d enjoy using. You can get add on’s like a divided pot insert to melt two types of chocolate at once.
Dipping Tools. Wilton also makes a dipping tool set which is handy if you will be dipping other things like marshmallows or pieces of cake. For this recipe we feel a dining fork works just fine.
This same method can be used for different candy melts. Chocolate is just the start. Ghirardelli for instance also makes Dark Chocolate melting wafters and White Vanilla Melting Wafers. As an example these White Chocolate Dipped Oreos use vanilla candy melts which have been colored. Colored candy melts work too.
Works for any sandwich cookie. You can do this with any flavor of Oreos or with other brands of sandwich cookies.
Dip half of the cookie. For a different look, insert only half of the cookie into the melted chocolate. Proceed with the instruction as directed.
Decorations. If you want to add sprinkles add them to each cookie after it is dipped so the sprinkles will adhere to the candy coating. A second color or flavor dipping chocolate can be drizzled onto the dipped cookies once they’ve set too.
Frequently Asked Questions
Though they are different products they can be used interchangeably. Almond bar is also designed for coating. The chocolate flavor does not have any cacao so doesn’t taste as good a the Ghirardelli melting wafers in our opinion. The white almond bark is a great substitute for white chocolate flavors for instance. Regular white chocolate is very temperamental and easy to seize up (dries out) rendering it useless.
Tempering chocolate is a process of heating and cooling chocolate before coating other things or making confections. The purpose is to give a shiny appearance and to prevent the chocolate from melting on your hands when handled. If using candy melts this is not necessary. Using them as directed coats smoothly and hardens quickly to a shiny end result.
How to Store
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week if in a cool environment. For longer storage or if in a hot or humid environment store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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Chocolate Covered Oreos
- 1 pound chocolate melting wafers we recommend Ghirardelli for best flavor and results
- 36 Oreos cookies any type will work, as well as gluten-free or regular. Other brands of sandwich cookies also work.
- Fit rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Follow the instructions on the package of candy melts (we recommend Ghirardelli brand). Use a glass bowl that is a microwave safe bowl or heat proof if using a double boiler melting method.1 pound chocolate melting wafers
- Place a cookie on a dining fork, dip it into the melted warm chocolate to fully coat it. You can roll the cookie in the chocolate and pick it up with the fork underneath too.36 Oreos cookies
- After dipping with the cookie on the fork, allow excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Lightly tap the fork to release any remaining chocolate.
- Place individual cookies on the prepared baking sheet.
- Allow to sit until the chocolate hardens. Enjoy as is to as part of another recipe.