What To Do with Leftover Cookies: Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles

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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.

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 is required.

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truffles in a gift box next to strawberries

What to do with leftover or stale cookies:

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

Coating Variations:

variations of truffles

Leave these delectable little balls plain OR:

  1. Coat them with dipping chocolate
  2. Roll balls in powdered sugar
  3. 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!


If you have questions or suggestions, email me privately to Paula at saladinajar.com. Hope to see you again soon! Paula

leftover cookie truffles in small foil cups

Leftover Cookie Truffles Recipe

Truffles made from crumbled baked chocolate chip cookies then dipped in chocolate
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Candy
Servings 15 balls


  • 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.


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


Nutrition Facts
Leftover Cookie Truffles Recipe
Serving Size
1 ball
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Author: Paula Rhodes
Course: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Chocolate Chip CookiesKids cooking recipesTrufflesValentine’s Day Candy
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  1. Christina Lee says:

    Oh my! These look so good and easy! Our body cleanse ends on Sunday so I’m definitely going to try and make some of these for my hubby by Monday–especially since he loves Chocolate Chip Cookies!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love making candy. Not only are these beautiful, but quick and easy to make. I guess I wil have to hide some chocolate chip cookies from the other Mimi’s in order to make these.

  3. Great idea – these look really good. Surgical gloves? Are you talking about the real deal sterile gloves or just basic medical gloves?

  4. Gina, Leave it to a PA student to ask a question like that. 🙂 Basic medical gloves–or actually any plastic gloves. Anything to protect the dough from body heat and cooties. Protecting hands from the sticky dough is a good idea too.

  5. Yummmmm. Only one hitch – how do you manage to have leftover chocolate chip cookie crumbs??? LOL I guess I’ll have to stash some away from the next batch.

  6. Definitely a perfect treat for Valentines Day they look scrumptious.

  7. Thanks for the shout out. I am in Austin checking your blog on my phone. This is a great idea for a cooking activity in kindergarten. They would get so excited about making these for their moms.

  8. Boo! Hoo! You did not save one for your exercise friend?? Surgical gloves do help with sticky foods, I can attest to that!!

  9. I have a friend who makes these with crushed Oreo cookies. These look like a delicious variation. Yum!

  10. I’ve seen Oreo truffles, but I really like the idea of using homemade chocolate chip cookies. I think these would really impress people and they’d have no idea how easy they are to make!

  11. Ooh, yum! I was thinking they were going to be raw cookie dough, the crushed cookies is an awesome idea!

  12. Samantha Wells says:

    Thank you so much for this awesome idea- no waste and looks amazing!!

  13. “Leftover” chocolate chip cookies??? Would I find that on the store shelf next to the “leftover” wine? Such things don’t exist in my house! Tee hee!

    Seriously – I’ll have to try these. They look delish and easy.

  14. I had a ton of left over chocolate chip cookies. No idea how to measure 1 pound, so I just threw a bunch of cookies in the processor, added cream cheese and shortening, cinnamon, and vanilla. Dipped in chocolate. Oh my! I think these are better than the original cookies!!