Cookie Dough Truffles

Finally, the post so many have been waiting for!  I first made these truffles over a year ago for the truffle tray at my holiday party.  I think most flavors of truffles are bound to be a hit, but these were the clear favorite.  Now I’m not completely in love with real cookie dough as so many people seem to be.  Sure, it tastes good, but I much prefer the finished product any day.  I’m sure part of that has to do with the presence of raw eggs in cookie dough.  These are the perfect solution for me because they taste exactly like raw cookie dough, but contain no raw eggs so they are completely safe to eat.  The recipe makes a lot of truffles, but it’s okay because I have found that friends are more than happy to take a bag or box of them home.  I think these would be a wonderful treat for any time of the year, but they are also very suitable as a sweet treat for your Valentine 🙂

Cookie Dough Truffles
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8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
2¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1½ lb. semisweet (or bittersweet) chocolate, coarsely chopped
Mini chocolate chips (for garnish)

Combine the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Beat in the flour, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until incorporated and smooth.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the mixture has firmed up enough to form balls.

Shape the chilled cookie dough mixture into 1-1½ inch balls.  Place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.  Cover loosely, transfer the pan to the freezer and chill for 1-2 hours.

When ready to dip the truffles, melt the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water.  Dip each chilled truffle, one at a time, coating in chocolate and shaking gently to remove the excess.  (If at any point during dipping, the cookie dough balls become too soft, return to the freezer to chill for 30 minutes.)  Transfer to a wax-paper lined surface.  If using mini chocolate chips for garnish, sprinkle on top quickly after dipping each truffle before the chocolate sets.  Once all the truffles have been dipped, store them in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Source: adapted from My Kitchen Cafe, originally from Taste of Home

94 Responses

  1. Oh gosh they look soooo good i’m this close form licking the screen!

  2. These look wicked good. But I’m most impressed with your dipping prowess. I made chocolate chip cookie truffles (will post this week) and had a hard time getting them to look as smooth as yours. Any tricks?

    • Hi Romaine,
      I really don’t have any special tricks. I just hold the cookie dough ball on a fork, dip in the chocolate, and shake gently to remove the excess. That’s it!

  3. Yumyumyum! Will definitely be trying these! Thanks! They look awesome!

  4. made these last week after seeing them on your site… found them at taste of home… my family loves them!

  5. Wow, an amazing idea. These are so fun!

  6. These seem really easy to make too! I might try these this week. Approximately how long do you keep them in the refrigerator?

    • Hi Lindsey,
      I’m not sure I understand your question about refrigeration time. Do you mean how long will they keep?

  7. Two of my favorite things in one bite! However, you made people wait a year?! Meanie!

  8. I love the garnish of mini chocolate chips on cute. They are adorable. I’m glad this recipe has been so successful – I get the same rave reviews everywhere I take them, too!

  9. I’m still so jealous of how nice you get them to look. I did end up making some (same recipe apparently) for Super Bowl but they looked like butt!

  10. Just a question, how do you go about dipping these so that they come out so perfectly? Do you use a spoon or tongs or a skewer? Just wondering!

    They look fantastic!

  11. Mmmm I always want to make these whenever I see them! I like how you’ve topped them with mini chocolate chips – so cute! I LOVE raw cookie dough, even more than the baked cookies for some reason. I wish the threat of raw eggs was enough to deter me… 🙂 These truffles are great for parties, especially if there are kids!

  12. Ohh I can’t wait to try these. I’m going to make them for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for posting!

  13. oooh those look awesome!! I’ll have to try these out for sure!!

  14. oooh these look great. When I first saw them I was sure they would have raw eggs, which I’m never crazy about eating but especially now since I’m pregnant…I’m so excited that I can actually try these! they look amazing.

  15. I was so hoping you would post the recipe to these! Can’t wait to try them! YUMMM!!!

  16. These looks amazing! I think you may have inspired me to have a truffle tray at my next party! Quick question, though: do you have a rough count of how many truffles this makes?

  17. These look amazing! I always have trouble dipping things like this (think Buckeye cookies) in melted chocolate without making them look completely deformed or messing up the chocolate coating. Any suggestions for dipping succcessfully and making them pretty?


    • Hi CM,
      I really don’t have any special tricks. I just hold the cookie dough ball on a fork, dip in the chocolate, and shake gently to remove the excess. That’s it!

  18. these look GREAT!
    How many truffles did you get out of this recipe, roughly?

  19. I make cookie dough brownies — you “frost” them with an eggless cookie dough and then top with chocolate — and everyone always loves them because of the cookie dough. Isn’t that funny that people go nuts over such a simple thing — I’m like you, I like the cookies better!

    I think I’ll plan to make these for my gang this weekend — I’ll have lots of Valentines!

  20. I am so excited to try these. The student nurses, at the college I work at, are having a fundraiser, dessert auction. I think I will make these for them!!

  21. Ohhh these look good! I make Oreo truffle balls that have been a hit and was just thinking I needed to try some new ones.

  22. You’re right…..I thought it was just real raw cookie dough in there!! Glad to know I was safe from salmonella the whole time!

  23. YESSSS!!! I was waiting for this one to be posted 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Annie! These look wonderful – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

  24. Oh wow I’m drooling! They look awesome….yum!

  25. Oh! These look wonderful! AND I have all the ingredients – I think it’s a sign 🙂

  26. Hi – I did a post on truffles today, so one of my readers sent me YOUR link. Of course I had to come and drool. These sound and look wonderful.

    Ahhh, so many truffles, such enormous thighs…

    Your blog is delightful! Now I know where to come for my favorite appetizer/meal/dessert, FOOD!

  27. I made truffles a couple of years ago for Christmas presents and was surprised by how easy they were to make. I’m definitely going to have to try these out!!

  28. These are darling! Absolutely perfect Valentine fare 🙂

  29. WOW keep em coming! Great ideas you have.

  30. OMG, these look amazing! I love cookie dough, raw eggs and all. 🙂 I’ll have to give these a try, but I need to find homes for some of them first — too many sweets this week LOL.


  31. yum! Needed a Valentine’s Day present for the hubby- this will be perfect! He LOVES chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream so I know he will love these- now I just need him out of the house for a few hours so I can suprise him!

  32. These were (they’re gone already) so good! Great activity for snow-bound folks. Easy and tasty!

  33. Hi Annie, Sorry I wasn’t more specific with my question. In the recipe, it states to refrigerate the mixture until it has firmed up enough to form balls. About how long does this take?

    • Hi Lindsey,
      Okay, that makes more sense. It really varies depending on the temp of your house, fridge, size bowl you use, etc. but I would estimate 1-2 hours.

  34. These look wonderful. I am going to make them this weekend!!

  35. YUM!! Those look so good!

  36. yessssssss!! ive been waiting for this post!! we have a snow day here so i can hardly wait to make them! 🙂 thanks!

  37. Oh my mouth is watering! Thanks for posting this one!!

  38. I’m drooling. These looks amazing and sinful!

  39. I’ve made these twice already and love them! They are just so wonderful!

  40. How in the world did you take a bite of that one and then put it back down?? I would have put the rest in my mouth right away!! 🙂 Beautiful photos and wonderful recipe. Perhaps we’ll try this one this year!

  41. Hi Annie, yum! Do you think these would freeze well? Thanks!

  42. I am most definitely making these for Valentine’s! Could you give me an estimate yield of this recipe??

  43. These sound SO good! A perfectly legit reason to eat cookie dough 🙂

  44. What a beautiful idea. Can’t wait to try this out!

  45. These look amazing, I can’t wait to make them! Who cares about the raw eggs or not, I could eat a whole batch!!

  46. I made these yesterday to take as a hostess gift. They turned out great! Yum!

  47. Saw these on your post in your old site before. Its so great that you decided to post them again! Especially now that valentine’s just around the corner! Great. 🙂 Haven’t gotten around to making these little babies, but I definitely will soon!

  48. I can never eat just one truffle–they are amazing with so many different flavor combos–I think I will try yours next though!

  49. Now that’s a nice Valentine’s Day gift!

  50. OMG these are adorable. I would love a tutorial on homemade pasta. One of my co-workers actually just game me a pasta maker so I’m on the right track 🙂

  51. Thanks Annie! I made these last night and they turned out amazing. I sprinkled the tops with teeny tiny heart sprinkles. A perfect Valentine’s chocolate.

  52. Do you think these would ship well or do they need to be refrigerated after made to keep well?

  53. These look and sound soooo fabulous! I’ll let you know how mine turn out! 🙂

  54. Annie,
    First of all, I love love love love your blog…. I found it accidentally, and boy am I glad I did 🙂 We are going to go broke if I keep visiting!! I have a question for you: All I have on hand are semisweet chocolate CHIPS; could I use those for the chocolate I am supposed to be chopping up? I don’t see why not, but you’ll know better than I…

    • Hi Carissa,
      You can use chocolate chips, but it won’t work quite as well as regular chocolate. Chocolate chips have a lower cocoa butter content than regular chocolate to help them keep their shape in baking. This affects their ability to melt and be used for something like dipping truffles. So yes, you can, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Everytime I use chocolate chips for such a purpose, I wish I hadn’t.

  55. Hi!
    I just made these last night, I tasted the batter! Its so yummy!
    I was wondering how long they can be stored in the refrigerator for.
    As in, not dipped in chocolate yet. I was going to bring them to work for an early Valentine’s presents for my co-workers, but my work is closed down until Tuesday.

    • Hi Leslie,
      Sorry for the delayed response. The dough balls can be stored in the refrigerator for quite some time with no problems. Hope you enjoy them!

  56. Wow, these sound amazing. I have a friend who is obsesses with the cake truffles but these sound so much better. Will definitely try these though, thanks!

  57. Hi,

    Your direction says “Combine the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed …etc,” but I don’t see cream in the ingredients list. Which kind of cream and how much is needed? Thanks.

    • Amy,
      This means creaming the butter and sugar – as in, a verb. Combining them together on a high speed for a few minutes “creams” them.

  58. Hey Annie,
    I currently in the process of making these! Except that I have run out of time and will have to do the dipping in chocolate stage tomorrow…will it be catastrophic to leave the dough balls in the freezer overnight? And when done, how long can these truffles be kept outside at room temperature before they start melting or such?

    • Catherine,
      That is totally fine. In fact, that’s what I did. Just cover them with foil or plastic wrap. Once they are done, I tried to keep them in the refrigerator to stay chilled, but left them out for hours during the party which was fine too. They won’t melt either way – it is still chocolate, after all. Your house would have to be very hot for that to happen.

  59. I made these and they were FABULOUS!!! I was wondering if you had any suggestions on what to use instead of the sweetened condensed milk. I thought the dough tasted more like cookie dough before I added the condensed milk (I kind of got out of order and put it in last). It seemed to make them a little sweeter than I wanted, but they were still delicious. I’m not sure if cutting the condensed milk in half would then cause them to fall apart on me. The obvious answer might just be using unsweetened condensed milk, but wanted to see what you thought?.

    • Angie,
      I think the sweetened condensed milk is pretty key in this recipe. If you halved it, I don’t think the dough would stay together correctly. You could try Googling for substitutions.

  60. Hi Annie! First-time visitor here; I followed the link to this recipe (and to your incredible blog) from another site and immediately bookmarked you. I just made these today and they turned out fantastic! I’ll be sending you some pictures–thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!

  61. i made these yesterday and they taste great! not quite as pretty as yours (i had a problem with the chocolate cracking) but practice makes perfect! thanks for the recipes!

  62. These look so good. Next time I have a get together I will have to make them!

  63. Thanks for this recipe, I made it and it was a BIG hit, can’t get enough! It turned out just like your picture, which is always thrilling!!!

  64. Made these for my hubby for Valentine’s Day. The whole family has been enjoying them. I added a bit of salt to the recipe – to give it some depth of flavor…and to cut the sweetness (you don’t actually taste it, but adding a 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. was quite nice).

  65. I made these wonderful chunks of goodness last week. They lasted all of one evening. I didn’t have any sweetened condensed milk on hand, but I DID have a can of Dulce de Leche which I had purchased to make your awesome cheesecake bites, but never got around to. Because the can of Dulce de Leche is smaller than the can of condensed milk, the filling was a bit thick. I think next time I will add a smidgen of whole milk or something similar to thin it somewhat. Anyway, they came out as a caramel-y chocolate chip cookie dough, and were delicious. Thanks for your inspirations!

  66. Thank you thank you thank you! I made these truffles today for a dinner party and hubby is my official taste tester. He LOVED these and said they were the best truffle I’ve made yet! (And I’ve made quite a few!). Next time he asked me to put some peanut butter in them. A peanut butter cookie dough truffle, perhaps?? I could also see us making a batch of dough to eat plain or freezing some chunks to incorporate into homemade cookie dough ice cream. Yum!

  67. I have made these twice in one week! They are SO delicious! When I made the first batch, I only had Fat Free Sweetened Condensed Milk on hand, so I used it and they turned out great! I did add a pinch of salt to the mix, that I think was a great addition! They came out beautifully, and looked SO fancy, I gave them to my family as Valentine’s Day gifts, and they absolutly loved them! I am a cookie dough addict, so I’ll probably lay off making them for a while because I can eat the entire batch myself! But THANK YOU these are wonderful!

  68. Hi Annie – I love your blog and enjoy your recipes. Thanks! What brand of chocolate do you use to dip your truffles? They look great.

  69. Oh I eat cookie dough even with the raw eggs! So yup,this would be absolutely amazing for me!

  70. These are so cute. I will make them not only for Valentine’s!

  71. I am a cookie dough eater through and through.. so I will definitely have to try these out. I think they would be really cute for a baby shower! or wedding shower, or even deserts for a wedding. I’m really impressed!

  72. Hi Annie,
    I am ALWAYS on your site and use your recipes religiously, but have never posted a comment. I have had this recipe in my book to try for awhile now, but being a teacher (and working on my master’s degree) I have not had time to make them yet. However, my 4th grade students wanted to bake something for their moms for Mother’s Day. Leafing through my recipe book I found this recipe and decided to try it with them. They were AMAZING and so easy to do with kids. Of course the kids absolutely loved them too. Thank you SO MUCH for posting all of your wonderful recipes. I am never disappointed with anything I make from your blog!

  73. We made these tonight and my husband is a pretty tough chocolate critic but he was impressed which is saying alot! I loved the sweetened condensed milk taste in the batter. You have our attention!

  74. How do you make them look so nice when you dip them in chocolate? I know you said you used a fork so do you cover up the holes with the mini chocolate chips?

  75. I just made these for a party we’re having tonight and they are sooo good! I just dipped them using a toothpick and then covered the toothpick hole with the mini chocolate chips and you couldn’t even see the hole. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!! 🙂

  76. Hi Annie,
    I just made these, they turned out perfect per your instructions and it is amazing how fast an office can eat them up! I’d love to see more truffle posts, they are such a fun alternative to cookies.

  77. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this recipe! Of the 4 goodies I made last night for our game night these were the overall favorite. I will be dreaming of cookie dough truffles for days!

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