Monday, March 21, 2011

Lemon Shortbread Truffles



I saw these intriguing Lemon Truffles on Sue's blog
Munchkin Munchies.  They looked so fantastic
that I had to try making them.  Sue is always making up
gorgeous treats.  Check out her blog.


After chocolate, lemon has to be one of my next favorites.

These truffles are easy and elegant.  When you bite through
the crisp white chocolate coating you find a smooth, creamy
and tangy center - just perfect for spring.


Lemon Shortbread Truffles

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. white chocolate, melted
1/2 C. lemon curd
zest of 1 large or 2 small lemons
1 T. fresh lemon juice
(Sue didn't add this but I wanted more
lemon flavor in mine.)
3/4 C. crushed shortbread cookies
(I used Pepperidge Farm's Chessman Cookies
as they are the only ones I found using real butter.)
1 lb. white chocolate coating
yellow food coloring gel

In a mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese until
fluffy on medium, then beat in the white chocolate
on low until mixed in.  Add the lemon curd, zest, juice
and crushed shortbread cookies.  Cover and place in
the fridge until firm (at least one hour).

Place parchment paper on cookie sheet.  Remove
the lemon truffle filling from fridge.  Dust hands with
flour to keep the filling from sticking to your hands
and roll the filling into small balls, placing on the
cookie sheet.  When finished rolling, place the cookie
sheet in the freezer to harden the balls for 20-30 minutes.
You want them hard enough to hold their shape when
you dip.

Meanwhile melt the white chocolate coating in the
microwave in 30 second intervals, being sure to stir
in between even if it doesn't look like it needs to be
stirred.  This will prevent the chocolate from scorching
on the bottom.  Let the white chocolate cool for a
few minutes so it isn't too hot when you dip.  I colored
the chocolate just a bit to make it more yellow.

To dip, place a firm ball into the chocolate and scoop
out with your first two fingers, shaking and scraping off
the excess.  Turn the dipped center over and let it fall
off of your fingers onto a parchment lined pan.  Top with
crushed shortbread cookies, or I used crushed Lemonheads,
while the chocolate is still wet.  When you have the pan
dipped, place it back into the fridge for about 10 minutes
to set the chocolate.

The cool centers will help the chocolate coating set up
quickly, but it may cool down your bowl of dipping
chocolate.  If that happens, place the chocolate back
into the microwave for 10 seconds and stir.  Add
additional time if needed but don't overheat.






Hope you give these lucious springtime morsels a try.

They received rave reviews from our tasters here
at
Purple Chocolat Home.

I will be posting these with
Jacqueline
Jacqueline

Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.

39 comments:

  1. Oh my goodess! Is my mouth ever watering over those lemon truffles. I am not a real sweets eater, so the lemon tartness for me is just the right accent. Yumm! Thanks for sharing this. Great post.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  2. Lemon has always been my favorite. Chocolate has become an acquired taste for me. I could eat a lemon dipped in sugar when I was younger. That was a really special treat to me. I am definitely going to try these! Thanks for posting!

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  3. What a fabulous idea! I am noting this recipe down. Lemon and white chocolate is a favourite combination of mine. The inside of these look too tempting Jacqueline!

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  4. Love lemon seets...these look and sound delish!!

    Come and enter my luscious Giveaway for Bath & Body!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  5. These look like little pieces if lemon heaven!!

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  6. These sound delicious! I love the idea of a truffle option that isn't chocolate, perfect for spring!

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  7. That recipe was definitely bookmarked. Sometimes you just want something different.

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  8. What delightful little bonbons:) Perfect for Easter too~

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  9. Oh my.....what a lovely treat!! A friend of mine is having surgery the first week in April and she loves lemon. I will make up a batch of these for her to nibble on as she recovers. Thanks for sharing.

    Barb

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  10. Those look so delicious! Pretty too, and elegant.
    Blessings, Beth

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  11. Love lemon! These look amazing Jacqueline! They'd be beautiful for Easter:@)

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  12. So many wonderful ideas spring forth from your blog. These are beautiful and oh the fresh taste of lemon is wondrous.

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  13. Oh send some my way -- they just look so fresh and yummy for spring. Joni

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  14. Oh my... my mouth is watering as I am writing this!

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  15. Oh yummy!!! Thanks for sharing these. My mom LOVES lemon...I can already picture how a nice pretty box of these will delight her for her birthday in April!

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  16. Could anything look more light and delicious than those truffles? Yum! I'm tasting and smelling lemon. I'm catching up on your blog this morning. Wow! It's a treat every time I visit!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Tammy

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  17. Those look so yummy! You have such a wonderful blog! Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hi and leave your sweet thoughts, Christie

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  18. They look great, Jacqueline! I'm glad everyone liked them:) Thanks for the shout out!
    FYI...I did use the lemon zest. The only thing I left out was the yellow food coloring:)

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  19. These sound just divine. How perfect for warmer weather, soon..
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Sherry

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  20. We have the same preferences in desserts - chocolate first followed closely by lemon :) These are adorable little treats and sound wonderful!

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  21. Oh, Jacqueline, I'm the same way re: chocolate and lemon. I LOVE the flavor of lemon as well as the color. Will definitely be making these ~ thanks for sharing!

    xo
    Pat

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  22. Wow, these look incredible!

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  23. Thanks for your visit to my blog and the sweet comment about the 'monster' cookies and my spring table!
    I was just looking at your GORGEOUS sunset beach tablescape below---wow! I love the striking black with the soft sandy and creamy colors...just beautiful.
    How cool that you are from Madison,WI! I live just outside Milwaukee now. I was born in a small town in Jefferson County about 40 miles from Milwaukee.

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  24. YUM! Shortbread and truffle in the same sentence oh wow!! You got me hooked already. These look devine!

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  25. Incredible! I bought a bag of lemons the other day with no idea what I'd do with them. You have solved that problem for me!

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  26. Jacqueline,

    First of, this is the 1st time I see your picture... what a gorgeous woman you are! Oh, la, la madame!!!! :-)

    Now.. these truffles... Mama mia!!!! :-) LOL I need to eat it! :-)

    Thank you so much for your comment. That was a gift seeing you there!



    I hope you're having a great day!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  27. Wow, these sound super lemony. I know I'd enjoy them. I bet they were irresistible.

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  28. Yum! These look so pretty. Perfect little spring treat. ~ Sarah

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  29. These look lovely, totally scrumptious. x

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  30. Truffles for Easter! Love them.

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  31. They look so delicious and creamy! I have to try them. Thanks for the recipe!

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  32. I love a good truffle! I bet the lemon and white chocolate combo is wonderful.

    I'd like to invite you to share this recipe on my linky, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/03/24/chocolate-donuts/

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  33. I LOVE white chocolate.....
    Thanks a million for coming back and linking up a CHOCOLATE recipe! We have so many SWEET treats; I hope you had a chance to look around. And next week we are doing “SECRET INGREDIENTS”; so we hope you come back by and link up something “sneaky” that you add to a recipe.

    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/search/label/THIS%20WEEKS%20CRAVINGS

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  34. Jacqueline, These look like little bites of heaven!
    What a freshened up, springtime verison of the often-chocolate-truffle! Using crushed shortbread cookies puts this over the top!

    These look beautiful too! Can you imagine these as little gifts or for a decedent treat with coffee?
    YUMMY! The Easter bunny must be green with jealousy right about now!
    I'll have to try these... soon!
    Yvonne

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  35. These look incredible! My husband is a lemon freak and would love these!

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  36. WOW!!! Jacqueline, these looks so good. I can not wait to try these out. The past week I tried the oreo cookies and the peanut butter cookie truffles but yours look so much more enticing!!
    Thanks so much for sharing :)
    hugs
    Manni

    P.S.- Love your photo, nice to put a name to a face!! :)

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  37. You are always cooking something wonderful, and yet, I just saw your photo on your sidebar, and you don't look like you eat what you cook! We must have similar taste buds, because chocolate rates really high on my list of favs, but lemon is right behind it. These look delish. Wonder how they would taste while soaking in a hot chocolate bubble bath ~ oh what luxury! Thanks for linking up. laurie

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  38. I "LOVE" Lemon!!! It's right up there with chocolate! and in the summer it's PERFECT! These look SO DELICIOUS! I'm adding them to my recipe book! Thank you SO MUCH.
    Hugs to you,
    Donna

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  39. thank you for the share. I made these truffles for Easter Sunday lunch along with a lemon blueberry pound cake. They turned out great! I need to make them a couple more times to fine tune the "process". I recommend this receipe to any/everyone!

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