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Lemon Truffles

Lemon Truffles Recipe

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Welcome to our indulgent and delightful truffles section! Today, we’re sharing a refreshing recipe for Lemon Truffles. These bite-sized treats are creamy, tangy, and perfect for any occasion. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 4 oz cream cheese or coconut butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp butter or additional coconut butter, softened
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar or powdered erythritol
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 drop natural yellow food coloring or a pinch of turmeric (optional)
  • 3 oz white chocolate chips or coconut butter, melted (optional for coating)

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Lemon Truffle Mixture

  1. Mix Cream Cheese and Butter: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese (or coconut butter) and softened butter (or additional coconut butter). Beat until smooth and well combined.
  2. Add Sweetener and Zest: Add the powdered sugar (or powdered erythritol) and lemon zest to the mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add Coloring (Optional): If desired, add a drop of natural yellow food coloring or a pinch of turmeric to give the truffles a yellow hue. Mix well to incorporate.

Step 2: Chill the Mixture

  1. Chill: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the mixture for about 30 minutes, or until it is firm enough to handle.

Step 3: Shape the Truffles

  1. Form Balls: Using a small spoon or a cookie scoop, scoop out small portions of the mixture and roll them into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 4: Coat the Truffles (Optional)

  1. Melt Chocolate or Coconut Butter: If you choose to coat the truffles, melt the white chocolate chips or coconut butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until smooth.
  2. Coat Truffles: Dip each truffle ball into the melted white chocolate or coconut butter, using a fork to lift them out and let any excess coating drip off. Place the coated truffles back on the parchment-lined baking sheet.

Step 5: Chill Again

  1. Chill: Refrigerate the truffles for another 30 minutes to allow the coating to set and the truffles to firm up.

Step 6: Serve

  1. Serve and Enjoy: Once the truffles are set, transfer them to a serving plate and enjoy these delightful lemony treats!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Cream Cheese: Ensure the cream cheese is fully softened for a smooth mixture. You can use full-fat or light cream cheese based on your preference.
  • Sweetener: Powdered sugar gives a smooth texture, but powdered erythritol is a great low-carb alternative.
  • Zest: Use fresh lemon zest for the best flavor. Avoid the white pith, as it can be bitter.
  • Coating: Coating the truffles with white chocolate or coconut butter is optional but adds a delicious, smooth finish.

Variations

Lemon Coconut Truffles

Roll the formed truffle balls in shredded coconut instead of coating them with white chocolate or coconut butter.

Lemon Poppy Seed Truffles

Add 1 teaspoon of poppy seeds to the truffle mixture for a lemon poppy seed variation.

Lemon Almond Truffles

Mix 1/4 cup of finely chopped almonds into the truffle mixture for added texture and flavor.

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Lemon Berry Truffles

Add a teaspoon of freeze-dried berry powder (such as raspberry or strawberry) to the truffle mixture for a fruity twist.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make these truffles ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these truffles a day in advance. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can I freeze these truffles?

Yes, you can freeze the truffles. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze, then transfer to a freezer-safe container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

What can I serve with these truffles?

These truffles are delicious on their own but pair well with a cup of tea, coffee, or a glass of sparkling wine.

Can I use a different type of chocolate for coating?

Yes, you can use dark or milk chocolate for coating if you prefer. Adjust the sweetness of the truffle mixture accordingly if using a less sweet coating.

Lemon Truffles are a refreshing and indulgent treat that’s perfect for any occasion. With their creamy texture and tangy lemon flavor, they’re sure to be a hit. Enjoy making and sharing these delightful truffles with your family and friends!