These tuxedo-clad cuties are ready to steal the show at your Christmas gathering, zoo-themed birthday party, or holiday bake sale. It's so easy to make these adorable OREO Penguins, so let's dive in!
How much do you love penguins? They are so darn cute. I had an amazing time hanging out with some penguins at our local aquarium recently. I've seen them in the wild but getting up close and personal with them was so much fun.
I have been inspired to create penguin-themed treats many times before. If you are a fan of penguins, be sure to check out my Penguin Rice Krispie Treats, Nutter Butter Penguins, Snack Cake Penguins, Chocolate Penguin Truffles, Penguin Pretzels, and Chocolate Penguin Box filled with White Chocolate Snowflakes.
These treats are quick and easy to create using Fudge Covered OREO Cookies, Tootsie Rolls, M&Ms, white candy melt wafers, and candy eyes. I'll show you how below.
I can't wait to serve these along with other cute Christmas OREOs to our party guests on Christmas Eve. I am certain that my friends and family will fall in love with these sweet little penguins.
I hope you love them too. Have fun making a whole colony of these chocolate OREO penguins.
- Chocolate Fudge Covered OREO Cookies - If you can't find these cookies, follow my Backside Black Cat Cookies post instructions to dip the cookies into candy melts (or chocolate).
- White Candy Melts - Use small white wafers to make the penguins' bellies. If your wafers are too big, cut them using a smaller round cookie cutter. Or, you can cut marshmallows to create the bellies. See my Nutter Butter Penguin post for details.
- light cocoa candy melts - Attach all of your candies to the OREOs using candy melts if you want them firmly attached. Otherwise, you can use Nutella, nut butter, or even corn syrup.
- Candy Eyes: I used ⅜-inch royal icing eyes.
- Tootsie Rolls - You'll flatten out the Tootsie Rolls and cut out teardrop-shaped wings.
- Mini Orange M&M's or orange candy coated-sunflower seeds
- Optional, orange leaf sprinkles - You can use these to create feet for your penguin OREOs.
- sharp knife: You'll use this to shave excess chocolate off around your OREO Cookies.
- kitchen scissors or a small teardrop-shaped cutter
- food-use-only paintbrush or toothpick
Let's get crafting!
Make your chocolate-dipped OREOs round.
Most of the Fudge Covered OREO Cookies have excess chocolate around the bottom edge. You can use a sharp knife to shave it off of the cookies.
If your OREOS have spots or smudges on top, gently run the palm of your hand over the surface to smooth it out.
If you prefer, you can dip classic OREO Cookies into melted light cocoa candy melts, melting wafers, or almond bark instead of using Fudge Covered OREOS. See my Backside Black Cat Cookies (dipped in black candy melts) for dipping instructions.
Decorate your penguins.
I recommend you use melted light cocoa candy melts, melting wafers, or almond bark to attach the candies to your OREOs. They will harden and keep the candies attached firmly. If you aren't concerned about the candies being firmly attached, you can use Nutella or any other chocolate spread or nut butter instead.
Dip a paintbrush or toothpick into the melted candy melts and dab it on the back of a small white candy melt wafer (or a small circle of marshmallow) and attach it along one edge of the cookie.
Then, attach two candy eyes on the opposite edge using dabs of candy melts.
Cut a mini orange M&M in half and attach it cut side down just below the candy eyes using more candy melts. Alternatively, you can attach an orange-colored candy-coated sunflower seed as a beak.
Make Tootsie Roll wings.
Flatten a Tootsie Roll out to about ⅛-inch thickness.
Cut out small teardrop-shaped wings using a small metal cutter or using kitchen scissors or a knife.
Dab a small drop of melted candy melts on one side of the Tootsie Roll wing and attach it to one side of the OREO penguin. Repeat, placing a wing on the opposite side of the penguin.
Add penguin feet if desired.
I think the penguins look super cute just as they are but if you have some orange leaf-shaped sprinkles, you can add some feet. I used melted white candy melts to attach the feet.
These cute penguin cookies are perfect for a Christmas Cookie Exchange. No one will be disappointed that you didn't actually bake them.
They'll look so festive on cookie trays that everyone will love them.
If you have fun making these cute OREO Cookie penguins, you might also like to make these other Christmas OREOs.
Decorate chocolate fudge OREOs to look like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
These white fudge-covered OREO Snowmen are super easy to make.
Super cute gingerbread men are easy to craft on milk chocolate OREO Cookies.
Decorate Fudge Covered OREO Cookies to look like adorably cute penguins.
- 12 Fudge Covered OREO Cookies
- 1 ounce light cocoa candy melts or white candy melts, melted
- 12 small round white candy melt wafers (or cut circles from marshmallows)
- 24 candy eyes
- 6 mini orange M&M's, cut in half (or orange candy-coated sunflower seeds)
- 4 Tootsie Rolls (or 12 Tootsie Roll Midgees)
Shave off any excess chocolate around the edges of your Fudge Covered OREO Cookies using a sharp knife.
Dip a paintbrush, toothpick, or skewer into the melted candy melts.
Dab some of the melted candy melts onto the flat side of a white candy melt wafer or marshmallow circle and press it onto the chocolate OREO.
Use melted candy melts to attach two candy eyes on the opposite side of the cookie.
Then, attach one half of an orange mini M&M, cut side down in between and below the set of candy eyes. Or, attach an orange candy-coated sunflower seed with the rounded edge in between the two candy eyes.
Flatten a Tootsie Roll to about ⅛-inch thickness. If needed, you can soften your Tootsie Roll in the microwave for 3-5 seconds if is too hard.
Cut two small teardrop-shaped wings for each OREO Penguin using a teardrop cutter, kitchen scissors, or a knife.
Attach two wings to each penguin cookie on opposite sides of the white belly.
If desired, you can attach two small orange leaf sprinkles to the penguins to look like feet.
Let the candy melts dry for 15 minutes before packaging your penguin OREOs.
Store your cookies at room temperature for at least a month. They'll actually keep up to the best-buy date that is stamped on the Fudge Covered OREO Box if stored in an airtight container.