Meyer Lemon Ginger Cookie Truffles have light, lemon flavor, rich ginger flavor, and a sweet white chocolate coating on the outside. These are not overly sweet and taste perfectly packed with flavor.
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I have resisted the cookie truffle trend. I’m not sure why. I think it has something to do with trying to find the Kentucky bourbon ball recipe. And it had nothing to with adding cookies to the recipe. But then I tried to make some Black Forest rum balls. And those are so delicious that I decided to try making some cookie truffles. I’m really glad I did!
What are cookie truffles?
For those that don’t know I’m sure you’re saying the same thing I did at first. What are cookie truffles? Like, what’s in there besides cookies? Chocolate? Cream? Maybe. The basic cookies truffle recipe calls for cookies. Duh. I know. But there needs to be a binder of some kind. Typically, you make cookie truffles with cream cheese, but you can also make cookie truffles with sweetened condensed milk or frosting. If you make cookie truffles with frosting, you have a range of frosting flavors at your disposal. I might have to try that next time I want to make them.
The cookies and binder are processed to form a truffle like texture. This mixture is rolled into balls and chilled. I like to freeze mine to make sure they stay round when I am dipping them. The last ingredient with cookie truffles is come kind of coating. This is usually chocolate of some description; white, dark, semi-sweet, milk, etc.
This is always where I struggle. Me and dipping chocolate just do not get along at all. I desperately want to be able to dip chocolate like Nana and Mom, but I just can’t. And maybe it’s because the nature of chocolate has changed over the years. And maybe it’s because I haven’t added the paraffin that Nana used to add to her bourbon balls. The original recipe calls for it. And I should just give a try the next time I make them.
How do you make Meyer Lemon Ginger Cookie Truffles?
The hardest part of any cookie truffle recipe for me is the dipping in chocolate part. The rest of the recipe is made in the food processor. First, you process the cookies into crumbs. For me, it was heartbreaking to see these delicious ginger cookies be turned into crumbs. I am totally IN LOVE with the stem ginger biscuits from Nairn’s. I am a bit selfish and want to keep ALL the ginger cookies for myself. But I couldn’t help but combine the ginger with the Meyer lemons for the best cookie truffles.
Once the cookies and cream cheese combine and turn into a cookie truffles style texture, then it’s time to get rolling! I grabbed a teaspoon scoop I have for cookies and made little balls out of the cookie mixture. I grab the bowl, I grab a sheet pan, and I sit on the couch and roll these suckers out while I watch TV.
Once I’ve rolled all the truffles out, then they go into the freezer for about 30 minutes to an hour. They need to harden to dip into chocolate. Sticking them in the freezer accomplishes this. Quickly. And Anolon sent me the perfect sized pan for my freezer. It fits perfectly on the shelf (on top of all the other crap in the freezer). And for the record, I have a side-by-side fridge/freezer. So, if their pan can fit into my freezer I know it can fit into yours.
Once the truffles are hard enough, it’s time to melt the chocolate for dipping. This is where I struggle. I’ve tried the melting wafers. I’ve tried regular chocolate. Basically, I’ve tried every kind of chocolate to dip things into and I usually have a total fail most of the time. For some reason, this time the white chocolate behaved. And I didn’t have a hard time dipping the truffles in the chocolate.
Can you freeze Meyer Lemon Ginger Cookie Truffles?
I always freeze them so I can dip them in the coating. So, the filling is definitely freezable. Of course, you might chip a tooth trying to eat them frozen, but that’s another issue entirely. But I don’t know anyone who would want to eat these right out of the freezer.
Yes. I’ve frozen cookie truffles before. The only thing about that is the chocolate coating might crack. That happened to me on the last batch. I thought keeping them in the freezer would be a good idea. I pulled a few out to take to work and noticed after they thawed that the chocolate cracked a little. They’re still totally edible, but the chocolate sort of fell off when I bit into it.
What do Meyer Lemon Ginger Cookie Truffles taste like?
These no bake cookie truffles are so delicious! Of course, you must be a lemon and ginger lover. And I don’t mean gingerbread lover. I mean ginger lover. Because these cookies have stem ginger in them. This means their ginger flavor is not the same as gingerbread.
They’re not spicy like some ginger candies or sucking on a ginger root. But they have a different ginger flavor than gingerbread. Of course, that could be the lack of molasses in these cookies. And they’re not as sweet as other cookies, which I love, too.
The sweetness of the white chocolate adds a little extra sweetness that some might want in these cookies. I like them just the way they are because I’m not a super sweet treats fan. Meaning, the sweeter the better is not something you’ll hear me say. I tend to cut back on the sugar in recipes because I don’t like things super sweet. My teeth hurt when things are too sweet. And that tolerance is lower than more.
And the lemon flavor? For me, it’s perfect. The other in the house not so much. But he doesn’t like citrus desserts. He doesn’t like citrus much at all. Which is weird because his favorite dish to make is chicken piccata. Go figure. I am not sharing these with him. They are in my desk drawer, and I am nibbling on one every afternoon. I’m not even sharing them with my new coworkers!
I should have gotten different sprinkles. Something that matches the flavors of the Meyer lemon ginger cookie truffles butter. But I really like the pink sugar with the silver flakes. I can’t wait to use them with some macaron or cupcakes. Not that I make many cupcakes, but I plan to! Because I have new coworkers. And an open office area. So, I can leave them out in several places for many to eat! But if they’re that good, I might just keep them for myself. And not even feel guilty about it.
I drizzled decorative chocolate over top to hide the holds from the toothpick. I need one of those forks that people use to dip things into chocolate. But I don’t do it enough to really invest in that thing. Whatever it’s all. I’ll continue to use my toothpick method and drizzle chocolate over top to hide the holes. So, you see? If I can dip things in chocolate, like these Meyer lemon ginger cookie truffles, then you can, too!
Meyer Lemon Ginger Cookie Truffles
Meyer Lemon Ginger Cookie Truffles are vibrant and full of ginger flavor with a hint of lemon. The stem ginger cookies are the perfect pairing with bright, Meyer lemons making these absolutely perfect for spring.
- 5.5 ounces ginger cookies (about 1 1/4 cups)
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon Meyer lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
- 14 ounces white chocolate coating wafers
- Place the cookies in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely ground.
- Coarsely chop the cream cheese and add 3 ounces to the food processor along with the lemon zest and lemon juice.
- Pulse until the mixture comes together. Check the consistency by using a spoon to scoop some out and form it into a ball. If it crumbles, add another 1/2 ounce of cream cheese and repeat.
- Once the fixture forms a fall in your hand, form 1 1/2 inch balls and place in a baking sheet. Freeze the balls for 1 to 2 hours or until firm.
- Melt the white chocolate coating wafers according to package directions.
- Dip the truffles into the melted white chocolate wafers and place on parchment to cool.
- Decorate with spring jimmies, color sugars, or other spring inspired decorations.
- Place the truffles in the fridge for an hour to harden before storing or serving.
Amount Per Serving Calories 173Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 10mgSodium 88mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 0gSugar 15gProtein 2g
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Yummy cookie truffles that my family would love to have!
Thanks so much!
What a delightful bite-sized treat! Perfect for all the upcoming spring brunches!
Yum! Easy treat and fun recipe
Lisa Kerhin says
Can’t go wrong with a good cookie truffle!
Right? So simple and so many flavor combos.
These look fantastic, love lemon and ginger together! Headed to check out the Black Forest ones now too!
Thanks! They were so good I didn’t even share them.
The lemon and ginger combination is perfect for spring!
Right? That’s what I thought, too.
Karen's Kitchen Stories says
Trend or not, they are delicious aren’t they? Love the combo of flavors.
Thanks! These were so good I didn’t even share them.
Karen's Kitchen Stories says
I love the combo of ginger and lemon! I’m imagining a cocktail!
That would be good, too!!
Dorothy Reinhold says
I am excited about the lemon and ginger combo! What a fun treat for Spring!
Thanks! They were addictive. I did not share them. At all.
A perefct treat for an Easter basket!
Agreed! They were so bright and full of flavor.