Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lemon Shortbread Truffles

If you are a lemon lover, I guarantee you will love these lemon shortbread truffles. With the addition of shortbread, they also fit the bill for St. Patrick's Day. Next time I will add a little more shortbread cookie crumbs to bind the filling a bit more and because I love shortbread. Regardless, with the sweet and tangy lemon curd/lemon zest combo, these are fabulous.
After biting into the candy coated shell, you are rewarded with a soft, creamy filling,and a hint of shortbread cookie crumbs. My homemade lemon curd (recipe soon) made the truffles extra special.
I decided not to add the yellow food coloring to the filling, as the recipe suggested, because I wanted to be able to see the lemon zest and cookie crumb, but I wish I had added a small amount to the shell, just for a color contrast.
My husband tried one and called it "killer!" I agree, and for that reason I'm sending the rest of the truffles with him to work:)

Lemon Shortbread Truffles ( *Adapted from about.com)

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened  (*I only had 3/4 cup, so to that added 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese)
  • 6 ounces white chocolate, about 1 cup of chips
  • 1/2 cup lemon curd (I made my own)
  • Zest of one large lemon
  • A few drops of yellow food coloring, optional (I didn't use)
  • 3/4 cup shortbread cookie crumbs
  • 1 lb white candy coating

Preparation:

1. Prepare a cookie sheet by covering it with aluminum foil and set aside for now.
2. Place the softened cream cheese in a mixer bowl and beat on medium-high until smooth and creamy. Add the melted white chocolate and mix on low until smooth.
3. Stir in 3/4 cup of the cookie crumbs, lemon curd, lemon zest, and food coloring, if using. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for an hour, until firm enough to scoop.
4. Shape the mixture into small balls and set the balls on a foil-lined baking sheet. Put the sheet in the freezer to harden the balls for about 20 minutes--you don't want them frozen, just firm enough to hold their shape when dipped.
5. While waiting for the truffles to firm up, prepare the candy coating by melting it in the microwave in 30-second intervals. Stir until melted and smooth.
6. Once the coating is melted and the truffles are firm, dip each one in the candy coating and place it on the foil-lined baking sheet. If you want, you can decorate the tops with extra shortbread crumbs or slivers of lemon rind while the coating is still wet. Repeat until all truffles are dipped.
7. Refrigerate the tray until the coating is set, about 10 minutes. Store Lemon Shortcake Truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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49 comments:

  1. yum, lemon and adorable! thanks for sharing :)
    -meg
    @ http://www.clutzycooking.blgspot.com

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  2. Yum! These look fantastic! I love shortbread, so I may have to try these! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  3. I love these! So different from the usual chocolate truffle I see. Hubby hates chocolate (gasp!) and loves things that are sweet and tart. I bet he would love these. Thanks for posting such unique treats!

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  4. Sounds like the perfect spring time treat! They would be cute addition to the Easter basket.

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  5. I agree with Lillianna, this are very different from the regular truffle. Lemon and shortbread sounds divine.

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  6. Sue this looks like yum, yummy yum! Joni

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  7. I really love the sound of these. Pretty colors!

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  8. Ooohh, I'm craving some of those.

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  9. Lemon and shortbread...two of my all time favorites. What a great vehicle for homemade lemon curd. I am going to try these. I bet they would look so pretty on a dessert tray.

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  10. Hi! These looks so good. I love anything with lemon. I've left you the Stylish Blogger Award on my blog. You can see the details at http://www.ryanbakes.com/2011/03/stylish-blogger-award.html

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  11. 2 of my favs lemon and shortbread!!! delish.

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  12. They look wonderful Sue! I love lemon in sweets and I think that if I show these to my shortbread loving mum then she might ask me to make these for her! :)

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  13. These look and sound fantastic!!

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  14. Sue, so delicate, beautiful and summery! I could almost feel the warm breeze when looking at your gorgeous photo of them. G-d, I must have like 30 bookmarks from your blog!

    On another note, the verrines really were superb, and there's so many fruits I want to make them with. If only I had natural light to really capture how beautiful they were via photos.

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  15. Oh..forgot to mention, my cookies were lace cookies :) I omitted most of the flour and used finely ground macadamia nuts instead of oatmeal, hence why they turned out so thin and lacy.

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  16. Oh yum! These sound so delicious. I love lemon so I may have to try these.

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  17. Oh my gosh, Sue! These sound delicious!!!

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  18. :O I want one! Probably a good thing I don't have any shortbread cookie crumbs right now...

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  19. I truly am a lemon lover and my mouth can't even contain itself....YUM

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  20. Where have these been all my life??? I have a little jar of lemon curd and I know exactly what to do with it! And shortbread cookies... cream cheese... swooning now...

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  21. Your combination of lemon and cream cheese created such a beauty. A very elegant dessert. Wow!

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  22. I love the bright yellow color of these, vibrant like the lemon flavor I'm sure. Love your sweet treats!

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  23. These are really gorgeous. I am going to try them. They look light and different and quite refreshing. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  24. Earlier today, I was gazing at your lemon lime sugar cookies, daydreaming about baking them. Now I'm confronted with your lemon shortbread truffles! How could any rational person make a decision between those two desserts?

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  25. Just stopping by from Tidy Mom... these look delish!

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  26. Such a delicious looking truffle! Perfect for Spring...if it ever gets here!

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  27. Wow Sue these are a real winner!! I adore lemon desserts and these have my mouth watering :)

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  28. Wow, how original, must try them

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  29. Mmmm. Those look SO yummy! I will have to try them out.

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  30. My husband would adore these (so would I). What a great and new idea for truffles. I haven't seen anything with shortbread before and I think it must give it a nice added little crunch inside.

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  31. New follower here! I saw two of your delicious recipes over at Sweets for a Saturday and had to check out both of them! Loving your blog ;)

    Check out my blog and follow back if you like!

    http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com

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  32. I do love lemon cookies! I've never had a shortbread truffle before. You are the cookie Queen, Sue!!:)

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  33. Oh my gosh! Not only do these look beautiful, they sound amazing:)

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  34. Hello...I am your newest follower!! These look amazing and I can't wait to try them out!!!

    Please stop by and "follow" my blog. I would love to feature you on there sometime soon and maybe once I get more content on my page you would be willing to do the same!

    http://ashadeofwhimsy.blogspot.com/

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  35. I do love lemon, so I am definitely adding this to my lemon love file! Loving your blog!

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  36. Oh yum these look good and I have some shortbread left over at the moment.

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    1. Hi Sarabeth, It depends on how big you scoop the truffles, but about 20. Have fun!

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    1. The candy coating is vanilla almond bark (or Candiquik) or candy melts. You can find the first two at the grocery store and the second at Michael's or other craft stores. Hope this helps!

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  39. What kind of shortbread cookie? Brand name, please, as I have two in mind.

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    1. It was over two years ago and I really can't recall, but I'm sure any store-bought (or homemade) shortbread cookie would work.

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  40. I am in the process of making these now but I think my filling is to sticky so I am going to add some more melted Wht chips to what is left and see if that helps...but what I have tasted of the filling YUM! tastes like lemon pie Thank You for this recipe I am taking them to my father who is very unwell

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I think adding more cookie crumbs would make it less sticky. I hope you father enjoyed them and is feeling better.

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  41. I am definitely adding this to my lemon love file! Loving your blog!

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  42. I made these, the filling is soft and sticky, followed directions to a T. I used your lemon curd recipe, its divine. I also made the short bread fingers the are wonderful dipped in the lemon curd. The truffles, I do not like, and they to too long to make for the upsetting end result.

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  43. Hello! I went searching on your blog for your recipe of your homemade lemon curd, but didn't have much luck...have you posted the recipe somewhere? You had mentioned in this recipe that you would provide it later on. Thank you so much, look forward to making these delicious truffles!

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    1. Hi Michelle, I see what you mean...I couldn't find the "original" lemon curd recipe either...sheesh(I need to get more organized), but I did find a lemon curd recipe on my blog that I used later. :) It was delicious! Here's the link:

      http://www.munchkinmunchies.com/2012/04/bunny-cupcakes-and-bunny-mints.html

      Thanks for your interest and patience, Sue

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