Ladybug Oreos are a quick and easy no-bake Valentine’s Day treat! They are so easy to make using an Oreo as the base and decorating it with candy melts, candy eyes and sprinkles to make it look like a ladybug. Make this easy Valentine’s Day recipe the kids will love.
Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. So it’s time to start making all the adorable red and pink treats like Valentine’s Day sugar cookies and ladybug oreos. These super cute love bug oreo cookies are so easy to make, even your kids could help out! We love to get in the kitchen and make special treats for friends and family around every holiday, and these are a go-to for Valentine’s Day and make a cute party dessert.
Oreo treats are always a hit. It’s a favorite cookie of many for a reason! And dipping them in melted candy to decorate them perfectly is just the thing to put a smile on anyone’s face. So grab the supplies you need and let’s get to making each of these happy lady bug cookies.
Why You’ll Love Ladybug Oreos
- This is a no-bake recipe, so you don’t have to worry about turning on that oven. No bake and no fuss – just simple and adorable.
- You can prep and assemble these cookies in just about a half hour. Then let them set until hardened and serve!
- Ladybug cookies are the perfect gift. Place them into individual cellophane bags or onto a cute platter. Then gift to friends and family, or even classmates!
Ingredients for Love Bug Oreos
- Black cookie icing – You’ll need black cookie icing to create a wing effect on the back of each of the ladybug oreos.
- Oreos – Use your favorite kind of Oreos! They can be any flavor and you can even use double stuf if you prefer.
- Red candy melts – This is the easiest way to create the base color for your lady bug cookies. If you cannot find red candy melts, you can use white and add a few drops of red food coloring and mix it in.
- Valentine’s sprinkles – I prefer to use super tiny sprinkles so that they more easily stick to the surface area of the Oreo cookies. However, you can use heart shaped sprinkles or something larger than the little sprinkles if you want.
- Edible eyeballs – You can typically find these on the baking aisle of your local grocery store. If you have any trouble locating them, you can order some online.
- Coconut oil – Use a bit of coconut oil to thin out the red candy melts and make it easier to dip the Oreos.
How to Make Ladybug Oreos
Begin by lining a baking sheet, or a clean flat surface, with parchment paper.
Open the package of red candy melts and pour them into a microwave safe bowl. Follow the instructions on the back of the package to melt the candy. Add the coconut oil to the microwave-safe bowl with melted candy and stir well.
Once it is fully melted and smooth, you can move on to dipping the Oreos.
Using your thumb and forefinger, dip an Oreo cookie into the red candy. Ensure that it is coated, but leave space at the top of the ladybug Oreos head.
Lift the Oreo out and let the excess melted red candy coating drip back into the bowl. Then carefully place the Oreos onto the parchment paper on the counter or lined cookie sheet.
Sprinkle the Valentine’s Day sprinkles over the back of the dipped cookies.
Then use the black cookie icing to make a stripe down the back of the cookies to create a wing effect.
Use that same cookie icing as a glue to secure the edible candy eyes onto the top of each oreo.
Allow the ladybug Oreos to set at room temp, or place them in the fridge to set more quickly. Once the candy has hardened well, carefully pop the cookies off of the parchment paper.
Serve or store for later!
How to Store Ladybug Oreos
Place these decorated oreos into an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to a week. I do not recommend storing in the fridge as any change in temp could create condensation and make the cookies soggy.
However, you can freeze these cookies! Keep them on the parchment paper on a baking sheet. Place into the freezer for about 2 hours until the cookies are frozen well. Then transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the freezer for 2-3 months.
What can I use in place of candy eye balls?
If you are unable to find candy eyes, there are a few things you can do. A dollop of white cookie icing with a dot of black cookie icing in the center will work great. You can also use a white M&M, flipped to the plain side, and create a black dot in the center with black cookie icing or a black food coloring pen.
Why aren’t the sprinkles sticking to the melted candy?
It is very important to work quickly when adding sprinkles to these lady bug cookies. If you wait too long, the candy will begin to set and then the sprinkles won’t stick. When sprinkles are just rolling off the cookies, you likely waited too long to put them on.
Pro Tips for the Love Bug Oreos
- Make sure you don’t dip the entire cookie into the red candy melts. Leave enough space for the head of the ladybug that will hold the candy eye balls.
- To keep from having a weird excess of set candy on your cookies, make sure that you allow the melted candy to drip before placing the cookies onto the parchment paper.
- If you have some people willing to help you, have someone on sprinkle duty while you are on dipping duty. Then you can ensure all cookies get sprinkles before the candy has set.
These cute lady bug cookies are just the most fun to make! Happy Valentine’s Day!
More Fun Oreo Treats!
- An Oreo Milkshake that is just as good as a local dive diner – yes please!
- Oreo Poke Cake is super simple to make and is absolutely divine. Such a tsy dessert!
- Looking for more adorably themed desserts? Check out Reindeer Oreo Pops for Christmas!
- Oreo Fluff is the dessert you didn’t know you needed. Trust me, it’ll change your life!
- 15 Oreo cookies
- 12 ounces red candy melts (1 bag)
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- Valentine's sprinkles
- black cookie icing
- 30 edible eyeballs
- Line a baking sheet or a flat surface with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
- Follow the instructions on the package to melt the red candy melts in a bowl.
- Using your thumb and forefinger, grab an Oreo and dip each Oreo cookie into the red candy melts, ensuring it’s coated but leaving space at the top of the ladybug’s head.
- Lift the Oreo out and let any excess candy-coating drip back into the bowl.
- Place the dipped Oreos on the prepared parchment paper.
- Sprinkle the Valentine's Day sprinkles backs of the ladybugs (part dipped in red candy melts).
- Using the store-bought black cooking icing, make a stripe down the ladybugs' back to create the wing effect.
- Now, use the cookie icing as “glue” to add the edible candy eyes near the top center of each Oreo. These will be the ladybug’s eyes.
- Allow the Ladybug Oreos to fully set and harden at room temperature or place them in the refrigerator for faster setting. Once the Ladybug Oreos are set, carefully remove them from the parchment paper.