Sneak Preview: What can you do with leftover cookies? Make truffles–rolled balls of cookie crumbs and cream cheese dipped in chocolate. Keep reading to see 5 more ideas for crumbly cookies.
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Do you feel guilty about throwing away food? Maybe it reminds you of wasted money, poor kitchen management, or you feel bad because somebody special made it or gave it to you.
When my grandkids visit, they love to make chocolate chip cookies. I try to send them home with them, but sometimes a few too many stay behind. Truffles are a great way to recycle leftover chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, oatmeal cookies, shortbread, Oreos, etc.
Are you a candy maker?
Seems to me that some people are….and some people are not.
I am not a candy maker, although my mom was. In her heyday, she could make perfect fudge, peanut brittle, toffee, caramel, divinity–all of it.
Obviously, I did not get her candy gene. Hand me a pan and a thermometer and I want to make yogurt, not candy.
If you’re like me, we can make these. They are so easy, even your kids can make them.
No thermometer or cooking is required.
What to do with leftover or stale cookies:
Leave these delectable little balls plain OR:
- Coat them with dipping chocolate
- Roll balls in powdered sugar
- Roll balls in cocoa powder
Unfortunately, I will not be giving any of these away since my husband and I have managed to eat every last one of them. I know. Shameful!
MORE RECIPES FOR CANDY-LOVERS
If you have questions or suggestions, email me privately to Paula at saladinajar.com. Hope to see you again soon! Paula
Leftover Cookie Truffles Recipe
- 6 ounces baked chocolate chip cookies
- 3 ounces cream cheese - light cream cheese works great
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
- Crush cookies. You can put them in a zippered plastic bag and flatten with a rolling pin. It’s easier to use a food processor and process until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add cream cheese and process or mix until mixture holds together. Expect the mixture to be dark in color.
- If you have them, put on plastic gloves and form cookie mixture into 1-inch balls. I like to use a small ice cream dipper to get uniformity. Place on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper or a silicone baking sheet. Refrigerate.
- Place chips and shortening into microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute, stirring to melt. Add time in very small increments to finish melting if necessary.
- Dip balls into melted chocolate with fork until completely covered. Return balls to wax paper or silicone baking sheet and chill until chocolate is hard.