Here’s an easy way to get your toddler involved in Thanksgiving baking by decorating OREO Cookie Balls!
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I wanted to involve Little J as much as possible, so when we got home, I let him help me crush the OREOS in my food processor. It’s a small one, so he was able to help put the cookies in and press the button to crush them. He doesn’t get to sit on the counter very often, so he thought it was pretty cool that he was up there helping me.
After I mixed the OREOs with the cream cheese, rolled them into balls, and froze them for 10 minutes, I started getting the decorations ready in little paper cups. He was really interested in what I was doing, and I was glad that he knew something fun was happening. I placed my freshly-chocolate-covered Cookie Balls and the decorations on a cookie sheet, and let him go to work!
Little J was a natural! He did end up eating a lot of the candy corn, but every time I had to take the tray to dip more Cookie Balls, he got upset. He did pretty well, and it was a great way for him to work on hand-eye coordination as well as the fine-motor skills it took to grab some of the decorations. Putting the decorations in the little baking cups was perfect for his little hands!
This was such a great way to get Little J involved in Thanksgiving baking, since a lot of the other things he won’t be able to help me with. And it kept his attention the whole time, so I know he had a lot of fun.
Making OREO Cookie Balls is a great way to get your toddler involved in Thanksgiving baking, too. And with only three ingredients, they are super simple to make. Here's an easy way to get your toddler involved in Thanksgiving baking by decorating OREO Cookie Balls!
Official OREO Cookie Balls
Here's an easy way to get your toddler involved in Thanksgiving baking by decorating OREO Cookie Balls!
- Dip the Cookie Balls in small numbers and let your toddler decorate them as they go.
- Don’t worry about stray sprinkles, candies, or other decorations. It’s going to get messy and that’s okay!
- Use a wide variety of different toppings so your toddler has several things to choose from.
- Put your decorations in mini cupcake wrappers. The shallow cups make it easy for your toddler to grab the decorations, and they are small enough that even if your toddler picks them up and dumps them, it’s not a big loss.
- Have extra candies on hand. Your toddler will eat them.
- Decorate the OREO Cookie Balls right after you dip them. The chocolate dries faster than you would think!
- Have fun! Your toddler certainly will!
Little J and I both had a good time making and decorating these delicious Thanksgiving treats. It was such an easy way to get him involved in Thanksgiving baking, and I can’t wait for his sister to be able to help next year!
What tips do you have to get your toddler involved in Thanksgiving?
If she loves OREOS she will definitely love these!!
Exactly! And they have so much fun making them!
They were! And even more fun to eat!
Oh, I'm sure he will! He will want to help all the time!
What a fun project! They look tasty, too!
How fun, we are going to have to try this!
Katie Clark says
I came across your site recently, and I realized we used to be in the same stake in CO! Love your blog – I read a bunch of your articles last night. I'll definitely have to involve my toddler in making some of these yummy looking truffles! He'd love them! Your little guy is darling!
They are! I love them!
Do it! You will not be sorry!
Do it! And yeah, I think we actually went to Audrey's baby shower before Aiden was born!
Oh my gosh, I didn't know Little J was 20 months old! For some reason I kept thinking he was over 2, even though I know your kiddos are less than 2 years apart. I'm losing my mind. He's the same age as Dacky! This is so cute and I always have Oreos in the house for myself, hahaha. They've actually replaced my Nutella currently. We have got to try these!
Yeah! He actually turned 20 months today, but who is counting! I bet they would have a lot of fun playing together 🙂 And thanks! I always put OREOS in the back of the pantry and then when the Mister finally finds them, they are always almost gone. They are definitely my secret treat!
Oh how fun, I love Oreo Cookie Balls and it looks like your little boy had a great time decorating them!
Yeah he did! And it was fun for me to watch him be creative and try something new!