Sweet Treats: Cookie Butter Truffles

photo(11)I had the honor and privilege of manning my uber-talented friend’s boutique, Fox & Moon Clothing, on Sunday while she took some much needed time off to enjoy a music festival. I decided to promote a little treat as a “free gift with purchase” as an incentive to bring new peeps into the shop (Actually, it was just an excuse to get back in the kitchen and make something fun, since this summer has been so insane). I had limited time and funds available for the project, so when I came across this Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter Truffle recipe, it seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

I ended up tweaking the recipe a teensy bit, and I used milk chocolate instead ’cause I think it tasted better (you can absolutely use dark chocolate if you wish). I like to make them a little smaller so they end up as a perfect one-bite kind of treat. You should totally make some.


photo(7)Cookie Butter Truffles (a variation on Pint Sized Baker‘s recipe)

Three ingredients:

  • 2 cups Trader Joe’s Cat Cookies
  • 3/4 cup Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter
  • Milk Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Throw the cookies in your food processor or blender and grind ’em up until they’ve turned into crumbs. Set aside. Take another handful or two, grind coarsely and reserve for the truffle toppings.
  2. Mix cookie crumbs and cookie butter together in a medium sized bowl until they’re combined. (Use your hands and really get in there to mix it) Texture should be grainy, but able to form a ball and hold. If ball won’t hold, add a tad more cookie butter.
  3. Lay the balls out on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Put them in the fridge or freezer to let them set up.
  4. Once balls feel firm (but not rock hard), melt chocolate and dip the balls. Return dipped balls to lined cookie sheet and sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.
  5. Wait for chocolate to cool and harden. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Anybody can make these little guys. Anybody.

Heads up: If you’ve never tried cookie butter, don’t expect cookie dough. Big difference. Cookie butter tastes like gingerbread, and its made with European style biscuits, so it’s not like chocolate chip cookie dough at all. It’s important to make that clear.

Once you get over that, you will love cookie butter! Mixed with the cat cookies, you get a crunchier more textured filling inside than you would with a usual truffle. Throw those babies in some mini cupcake/candy liners, and you’ll complete the sweet, confectionery look!

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