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Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles: What To Do with Leftover Cookies

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Preview: Need an idea for what to do with leftover cookies? Make truffles–rolled balls of cookie crumbs and cream cheese dipped in chocolate.

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.

variations of chocolate chip truffles

If you’re like me, we can make these. They are so easy, even your kids can make them.

No thermometer or cooking required.

truffles in a gift box next to strawberries

Here is what to do with leftover cookies:

mixing cookie crumbs in a food processor
Use a food processor to mix cookies balls. A stand mixer will also work.
undecorated truffle balls
Form cookie dough mixture into round balls with your hands.


variations of truffles

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!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles


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Yield: 15 balls

Leftover Cookie Truffles Recipe

Leftover Cookie Truffles Recipe

Truffles made from crumbled baked chocolate chip cookies then dipped in chocolate

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


If you don't want to mess with the dipping, try rolling the balls in powdered sugar or cocoa.

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