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These adorable ladybug oreos will be a hit with your kids this Valentine’s Day. They’re so easy to make — no cookie-decorating experience required!
With Valentine’s Day coming up, lots of sweets and treats are making an appearance in my kitchen. Today I am excited to share this fun and easy Valentine’s Day recipe with as a part of the 7th annual Good Cookies Food Bloggers’ Valentine’s Event. Find more info on this important event below.
If you’re looking for something cute and easy to make for your kids, it doesn’t get much simpler than these Oreo love bugs. With 4 ingredients, you can make a batch of Valentine’s Day ladybugs in about half an hour.
Put one in your kids’ lunchboxes on February 14th as a fun surprise. They’re so cute as classroom treats on Valentine’s Day, and so are these Butterfly Snack Bags. If your child’s school requires packaged treats, however, these Love Bug Fruit Cups are an excellent option.
But these easy love bug Oreos aren’t limited to February. They’re absolutely perfect as a cute party dessert for a ladybug baby shower or ladybug themed birthday party. You’ll also love these healthier Strawberry Ladybugs with just a touch of chocolate.
Ready to get started on this sweet treat for your cute little ladybug? Grab your Oreos, and let’s go!
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Before we get to the recipe I want to take a minute to tell you about the Good Cookies Valentine’s Event and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
Cancer is the #1 cause of death of children by disease in the U.S.
That is why I am joining together with several other food bloggers to help raise awareness and some much-needed funds to help in the fight against pediatric cancer.
Please join us and make a difference by donating to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!
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Ingredients for Ladybug Oreo Cookies
This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- Oreo Cookies — I prefer Oreo cookies for these lovebugs, but any brand of chocolate sandwich cookie works. You can even use Double Stuf or Mega Stuf Oreos if you prefer!
- Red Candy Melts — I most often use Wilton candy melts. You can find them in the baking aisle or cake decorating aisle in most grocery stores.
- Black Edible Marker — Make sure it’s an edible marker — this is very important. You can find these food coloring pens in the cake decorating aisle or online. Alternatively, you can use black gel decorator icing, but it won’t harden, which can be a little messy if you’re transporting the cookies.
- Candy Eyes — You can also find these in the cake decorating aisle or baking aisle. You’ll need two eyes per cookie, so 30 total.
Equipment You’ll Need to Make Oreo Love Bugs
To make these cute ladybug cookies for your Valentine’s Day party, you’ll need the following tools and supplies:
- Parchment paper or wax paper
- Cookie sheet
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Red candy melts
- Black edible marker
- Candy eyes
How to Make Valentine Ladybugs From Dipped Oreo Cookies
This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below.
Step 1: Grab a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper or wax paper to prevent sticking.
Step 2: Add the red candy melts to a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave them for 45 seconds. Remove the bowl, stir the candy melts, and place back in the microwave. Continue heating in 15-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the candy is melted and smooth.
Step 3: Dip each Oreo cookie into the melted red candy a little more than halfway. Place the dipped cookies on the lined cookie sheet. The undipped portion serves as the head of the ladybug.
Step 4: Dip a toothpick into the candy melts, and place two dots of the melted candy on the top of the undipped portion of the cookie. Press two candy eyes onto the red dots.
Step 5: Let the cookies set for 15 minutes, or until the red candy coating has completely hardened.
Step 6: Once the coating has hardened, draw a line down the center of the dipped portion of the cookie using an edible black marker. Then, use the marker to draw a few hearts on each side of the line to create the ladybug’s spots.
Storage and Freezing Love Bug Oreo Cookies
Room temperature: Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for about a week or in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Freezing instructions: You can freeze these cookies in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb any moisture from thawing.
Oreo Valentine Cookies Tips and Tricks
- You can add a teaspoon of coconut oil or vegetable shortening to the melted red chocolate if it is too thick or isn’t completely smooth.
- Can’t find an edible marker? Melt some brown candy melts or chocolate chips and use a piping bag and small tip (or baggie with the tip snipped off) to draw on the lines and spots.
- If bubbles appear on your cookies after dipping them in the melted chocolate, use a toothpick to pop the bubbles and smooth out the surface.
- Speed up the hardening process if you’re in a hurry by placing the dipped cookies in the fridge. Remember to place the eyes before refrigerating!
- Use extra oreo cookies to make this easy oreo fluff recipe.
Additions and Variations
Make bee cookies. Turn these lady bug Oreos into bees instead by using yellow candy melts and drawing on black stripes.
Use heart sprinkles instead of drawing hearts. They’ll add extra color and sweetness to these cute cookies.
Add mini chocolate chips for the spots. Instead of drawing on little hearts, you can create the ladybug’s spots by placing mini chocolate chips before the red candy coating sets up.
Ladybug Oreos FAQ
Refrigeration isn’t necessary if you plan on consuming these cookies within a week or two. However, if you live in a warm or humid climate, refrigeration may be necessary to keep the candy coating from melting.
They’ll last for weeks at room temperature or in the fridge and can be frozen for up to 3 months or longer.
Sweet Valentine’s Day Recipes
Looking for more sweet treats for February 14th? Make one of these Valentine’s Day ideas for your kids or someone you love!
- Heart Eye Emoji Oreos
- Valentine Heart Cookies
- Stained Glass Heart Cookies
- Valentine’s Day Cake Mix Cookies
- Valentine’s Day Fudge
- Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper and set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the candy melts for 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir. Continue to microwave in 15-second increments, stirring in-between, until melted and smooth.
- Dip each Oreo into the melted red candy halfway and place on a lined cookie sheet.
- Use a toothpick to place two dots of the melted candy on the top of the undipped portion of the cookie. Press candy eyes onto the red dots.
- Allow to set for 15 minutes, or until the red candy coating has hardened.
- Use an edible black marker to draw a line down the center of the red area and add a few hearts on each side of the line.
More delicious ideas for Valentine’s Day
Check out the tasty treats the other food bloggers participating in the event cooked up:
- Heart-Shaped Homemade Pop Tarts from Julie of The Little Kitchen
- Valentine Cupid Crunch from Jenn of Ever After in the Woods
- Easy Dark Chocolate Cherry Truffles from Audrey of That Recipe
- How to Make an Edible Valentine Gingerbread House from Jennifer of The Rebel Chick
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Parfaits from Stefanie of Stef’s Eats and Sweets
- Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookies from Melissa of Persnickety Plates
- Round Up of Homemade Valentine’s Day Sweets and Treats from Lisa of Blogghetti
- Mini skillet cookie from Caroline of Caroline’s Cooking
- Easy Pink Cookie Recipe (Refined Sugar-free) from Shashi of Savory Spin
- Truffle Honey Goat Cheese Stuffed Rolls from Lisa of Taste Cook Sip
- Sweetheart Strawberry Brownies from Nicole of For the Love of Food
- Heart Shaped Pancakes from Sarah of TheGleasonCo
- Chubby Hubby Cookies from Rebecca of Sugar & Soul
- How to Make an Edible Valentine Gingerbread House from Jennifer of The Rebel Chick
- Heart-Shaped Reese’s Stuffed Cookie for Two from Erin of The Spiffy Cookie
- Heart-Melting Chocolate Espresso Cookies from Colleen of Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice