As many of you know, most Oreo cookies are dairy-free by ingredients. In fact, they are considered “accidentally vegan.” But those enticing white fudge covered Oreos that pop up every year are coated in dairy. Fortunately, it’s easy to make your own dairy-free white fudge Oreos with delicious variations. They make fantastic desserts for parties, gift giving, or sweets cravings. And are the perfect way to celebrate National White Chocolate day!
Homemade Dairy-Free White Fudge Oreos with Various Tips and Options
It’s almost too simple to call a recipe, but I have a tutorial, ingredient ratios, and variations in the recipe box below. But first, I have answers to common FAQs for making your own dairy-free white fudge covered Oreos.
Where Can I Get Dairy-Free White Chocolate?
There are a few brands of dairy-free white chocolate chips on the market now, but by far my favorite is Enjoy Life. They melt well and provide that fudgy vanilla flavor with no funny aftertaste. Dairy-free white chocolate isn’t mainstream yet, so look for it at regional and natural food grocers like Sprouts, Hy-Vee, Fresh Thyme, etc. Or you can order it online from retailers like Vitacost and Amazon.
Can I Just Melt the Dairy-Free White Chocolate in the Microwave?
Technically, yes, but there are two things to consider. First, white chocolate doesn’t melt at the same rate as regular chocolate, and the time can vary by brand. Enjoy Life white baking chips take just 20 to 30 seconds in my microwave vs 1 minute or more for regular chocolate chips. So you will need to be more careful with the time if using the microwave. Second, the microwave method is frustrating when dipping in chocolate. You often have to remelt it as you work, because the white chocolate will gradually thicken as it cools. This can also cause uneven coating. With my easy countertop method, the dairy-free white chocolate melts without scorching issues and stays uniformly melted for an hour or more.
Should I Use Regular of Double Stuf Oreos? What About Oreo Thins?
Use regular. As much as we all love that sugary filling, the white chocolate coating provides another full layer of sweetness. It’s perfectly balanced with the regular filling, but Double, Mega, or the Most Stuf makes them too sweet, in my opinion. I have the same issue with Oreo Thins – the cookie ratio is just too low for the coating and filling.
Are there Soy-Free Oreo Cookies or Other Sandwich Cookies?
All Oreo brand cookies do contain soy. In fact, most dairy-free sandwich cookies contain a small amount of soy lecithin, which is extracted from soy oil. It’s difficult to find completely soy-free varieties, but I have found a few! In the list below, I’ve noted the top allergens in the brands. Look for those that do not have soy listed.
Are there Gluten-Free Oreo Cookies or Other Sandwich Cookies?
Yes, there are Gluten-Free Oreos! In fact, they even have a gluten-free Mint flavor. They are certified gluten-free and the only top allergen listed in the ingredients is soy.
Can I Add Extracts or Food Color to the White Chocolate?
I’ve had good luck with both! But I don’t usually add extracts when making dairy-free white fudge covered Oreos. Instead, I vary the flavor with the sandwich cookies. For example, the Mint Oreos infuse the whole treat with minty flavor.
What Other Brands of Sandwich Cookies are Dairy Free?
There are many dairy-free sandwich cookies out there! Odds are, you’ll even find some generic dairy-free sandwich cookies at your local stores. That said, many brands do contain dairy in the form of whey, lactose, or even milk protein. Below is a list of non-generic brands made without milk at my time of review. They all make chocolate sandwich cookies, but some offer vanilla sandwich cookies and other flavors, too!
- Biscoff Vanilla Sandwich Cookies (contains soy, wheat)
- Catalina Crunch Keto Sandwich Cookies (gluten-free by ingredients)
- Dare Sandwich Creme Cookies (contains soy, wheat)
- Goodie Girl Sandwich Cookies (gluten-free certified; contains soy)
- HighKey Sugar-Free Sandwich Cookies (gluten-free by ingredients; contains egg)
- Hydrox Sandwich Cookies (contains soy, wheat)
- Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cremes Protein Sandwich Cookies (contains wheat)
- Newman O’s (contains soy, wheat)
- Simply Mills Nut Butter Stuffed Sandwich Cookies (gluten-free certified; contains peanut, tree nuts)
- Tru-Blu Sandwich Cremes (contains soy, wheat)
Keep in mind that ingredients are subject to change and the potential of cross-contamination in production is always a risk. Always read the label and speak with the company about their allergen protocols. Only you can decide what is safe for your needs.
Some Oreos Have OU-D on them. Doesn’t that Mean Dairy?
It’s a kosher certification and doesn’t represent the ingredients in the product. Please read our full Oreo Cookie post and our Kosher Symbol Guide to better understand what this means. The Oreo cookies listed are made without dairy, and have been safely consumed by many people with milk allergies for decades, but only you can decide what is safe for your needs.
Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free White Fudge Oreos
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, peanut-free, nut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. The white chocolate I use is top allergen-free, and I’ve noted gluten-free and soy-free cookie options in the FAQs above.
- 1 (9-ounce) bag dairy-free white chocolate (I use Enjoy Life)
- 12 Oreo cookies (can use any dairy-free sandwich cookies; see post above for gluten-free and soy-free options)
- Place a sheet of parchment on a small baking sheet that's big enough for the cookies.
- Melt the chocolate using my easy countertop method. This is far better for dipping than the microwave method.
- Tap a cookie very lightly on a plate to release any loose powder / crumbs. Drop it in the melted white chocolate and coat it. Lift it out with a fork, tap the fork on the side of the bowl to level the white chocolate and allow excess to fall. Then wipe the bottom of the fork on the side as you transfer the cookie to your prepared baking sheet. Gently push the cookie onto the parchment paper. Repeat this step with the remaining cookies and white chocolate.
- Place the cookies in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set up.
- If it isn't too warm or too humid, the cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week, but I prefer to store them in the freezer for freshness.
Party Cookies: Use Birthday Cake Oreos or Golden / Vanilla Sandwich Cookies. After dipping in the white chocolate, top with dairy-free confetti sprinkles or sprinkles that fit your party theme.
Halloween Option (pictured in post above): Make just 11 cookies. Immediately after dipping, put dairy-free candy eyes on each cookie. If you don't have candy eyes, there is an option after the cookies chill. Refrigerate the dairy-free white fudge Oreos for 15 minutes. Scrape the leftover white chocolate into a small plastic bag. Once the dairy-free white fudge Oreos have set up, snip a bottom corner of the baggie to make a small hole. If you don't have candy eyes, pipe two dots of white chocolate for the whites of the eyes and put an upside down dairy-free mini chocolate chip in the center of each eye. Pipe the white chocolate across the cookies like bandages. You can use regular sandwich cookies or Halloween Oreos for an orange surprise in the middle of your mummy cookies.
Red Velvet Option: This is a limited edition flavor that's great for Christmas, Valentine's Day, or a gift for a loved one. The flavor pairs so well with white chocolate. After dipping in the white chocolate, top with holiday sprinkles or heart sprinkles.