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cookie season is upon you

Recipe: cookie butter truffles

My refrigerator is packed to the hilt with cookie doughs, candy fillings, and other ingredients for assorted baked goodies. We are coming down to the wire in the next couple of days and it’s always a miracle when I can send the packages of homemade treats out the door. I’ve cruised through five pounds of butter and it looks like I’m going to have to get some more to finish this year’s deliveries and shipments. Part of the reason for my cookie frenzy is because we got a nice dump of snow (finally!) Saturday, so Jeremy and I got out early to catch some first tracks on the mountain. The other part of the reason for the perceived time pressure is because I had to wait until this non-cold finally passed before I could start making cookies to give to other people… and dogs.

the beautiful view from corona chair at eldora

neva inspects the pumpkin peanut butter treats before they go in the oven

Are you the type to walk into the grocery store and browse before you decide what to buy or do you go in with a grocery list? After a couple of decades of data, I know for a fact that I need to walk in with a grocery list. It saves me both time and money. This is particularly true if I go shopping when I’m hungry. But sometimes, even with a list in hand, not having eaten anything by 3 pm means the likelihood of unauthorized items appearing in my basket will increase. So it happened last week as I wheeled through Trader Joe’s looking for a handful of things jotted on my notepad. And then I saw the cookie butter. Plunk – into the basket it went. Then the speculoos cookies. Plunk. I wasn’t sure what would become of them, but I figured I would hash that out later. And I did come up with something eventually – cookie butter truffles. I just wanted to see if they would be good.

speculoos cookies and speculoos cookie butter

let’s make truffles: cookie butter, salt, chocolate, butter, cookies, confectioner’s sugar

I’m perfectly happy nibbling on a little spoonful of cookie butter from time to time, but I actually prefer the cookies to the cookie butter. Either way, it’s not like I can hand someone a blob of cookie butter for their holiday cookie rations. But if you put them in a truffle form, then yes, you can give these out without being that weird person. I decided I wanted some cookie crunch texture in the truffles after I had already gotten home. If I had determined this while I was in the store, I would have purchased the crunchy cookie butter. Not a problem really. These cookies crush easily with a ziploc bag and judicious application of force. While the photos show a cup of confectioner’s sugar, I discovered that two cups were necessary to firm up the filling (it’s two cups in the recipe below).

crush the cookies

mix the butter, cookie butter, cookie crumbs, and salt

stir in the confectioner’s sugar

the filling should be creamy and a little sticky

It helps tremendously to refrigerate the filling until it is firm before rolling it into little balls. If you find the filling starts to stick to your hands, wash them clean and resume rolling. At room temperature, the balls lose their shape when handled, so you need to pop them back into the refrigerator or even the freezer to firm them up. When they are ready to coat, you can temper dark chocolate or melt some chocolate with vegetable shortening. Tempering can be finicky whereas the chocolate coating is much more forgiving. An issue I experienced, which I chalk up to my high altitude, was that the filling expanded quite a bit when it warmed up and cracked some of my tempered chocolate shells. So you might want to test a few first to make sure they’re stable. I think in the future, I’ll just stick to the chocolate coating.

roll the filling into 1-inch balls

tempering dark chocolate

enrobing the truffles

setting up on the silpat

So how were they? For me, I think they were on the sweet side. That had a lot to do with the additional confectioner’s sugar. For Jeremy and an undisclosed list of recipients? They loved them. I do enjoy the creamy-crunchy speculoos texture and flavor and might try adding more cookie crumbs and less sugar the next time, but tweaking your filling to your liking before you roll out the truffles is easy enough to do. Even though these are truffles, and not cookies, they kinda ARE cookies, right?

tis the season

crunchy, creamy, cookie-y, chocolatey

Cookie Butter Truffles
[print recipe]

1 cup creamy cookie butter (or 1 1/2 cups crunchy cookie butter and omit the crushed cookies below)
1/2 cup speculoos cookies, crushed
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
pinch of salt
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 cups (12 oz.) dark chocolate, chopped
2 tbsps vegetable shortening

Place the cookie butter, crushed cookies, butter, and salt in a bowl and mix together until combined. Mix in the confectioner’s sugar until the filling is smooth and sticky. Refrigerate the filling for an hour. Pinch off pieces of filling to roll 1-inch balls. If the filling gets too sticky and soft, return it to the refrigerator. When all the balls are done, place them in the freezer to set. Heat the chocolate and vegetable shortening in a double boiler (or over a water bath) until the chocolate is mostly melted. Remove from heat and stir until the chocolate is completely smooth. Take the cookie butter balls out of the freezer and dip each ball in the chocolate, letting the excess drip off, and setting it on a silpat sheet, parchment paper, or wax paper. Repeat until done. Let the chocolate harden before removing the balls. Serve at room temperature. Makes about 30.

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9 nibbles at “cookie season is upon you”

  1. Kristin says:

    They’re so beautiful that they make me think I want to make buckeyes for the holidays instead of peanut butter cup bars, but luckily I will come to my senses & remember that I don’t have the patience to dip as beautifully as you do!

  2. Valarie says:

    Hi, have you had any luck making cream puffs at high altitude? We have tried several times at 8600 feet, and always end up with cream poofs. Especially when we try our vegan version. Thanks and happy holidays!

  3. Jill Hyde says:

    Glad you are feeling better! I’ve never heard of Speculoos! Must be because I am a TJ’s beginner.

    I was in a small dog shop in Salida and was commenting on their bins of dog cookies. Just had to show them the pic of Neva on FB (the one above). They were not only amazed with her good behavior, but the uniformity of the cookies! Good girl. xo, j

  4. Pey-Lih says:

    Those doggie cookies looked so good! I worried at first without having read the blog that you were going to add the chocolate to the (dog) cookies…but that is not the case. Off to my last final exam….I can smell the cookies right now.

  5. Lucy says:

    Beautiful, beautiful! Ah, this is called cookie butter in the States! I made cookie butter filled macarons where I piped it into the center of a ring of pain d’épice spice flavored ganache. This looks pretty awesome. On my list! Thank you!

  6. Kimberly says:

    Every Christmas I consider sending out homemade treats and get bogged down in the details. Like keeping them fresh, the packaging, mailing materials…but this post inspired me because my college roommate loves this stuff. Thanks!

  7. farmerpam says:

    I discovered cookie butter last Christmas cookie season, yum. I think I’ll put these truffles on my list. Glad you’re feeling better and yaay for your snow! East coast has none. :(

  8. Irmi says:

    Mmmmmh! They look beautiful!

  9. jenyu says:

    Kristin – ha ha! Buckeyes are a great holiday option! :) And if you don’t insist on tempering, the dipping becomes a lot more forgiving!

    Valarie – yes! I haven’t had any issues making cream puffs. The main thing is to make sure they bake to a golden brown and sound hollow when you tap them. Usually, people will underbake cream puffs, which makes them deflate.

    Jill – Speculoos are lovely little cookies, I think you’d like them. Ah, the uniformity is 100% because of the cookie cutter :)

    Pey-Lih – :)

    Lucy – oooh, that sounds so nice!

    Kimberly – it really is a big production and I, too, question whether it’s worth the effort :)

    farmerpam – boo! I hope you guys start seeing some snow soon! xo

    Irmi – thank you!

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