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Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

I had my first book signing this past weekend, at Parnassus Books here in Nashville.

I was very excited, to say the least.

I thought that I’d whip up something extra special for the folks who braved Green Hills traffic on a Saturday afternoon. Something with a little heat to go with the humidity.

A twist on my classic chocolate chip cookie dough truffle.

Mexican Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles

In addition to a batch of classic truffles and some mini whoopie pies (which were, by the way, declared “The Food of the Gods” by a Parnassus employee), I brought a tray of these Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles. Based on a variation of the basic cookie dough recipe in my book, this one is rich chocolate with a kick of cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

That’s the great thing about the cookie dough truffle recipe: it’s highly adaptable. Just a few minor adjustments and you have an entirely new treat.

Parnassus Nashville Book Signing

Rather than subjecting the audience to a dramatic reading of my cookie dough recipe, I whipped out my piping bag for a quick whoopie pie demonstration. I don’t think I got marshmallow on any books, but my apologies if I did.

Parnassus Nashville Book Signing

We laughed. We cried. We ate cookie dough.

Well, minus the crying part.

Parnassus Nashville Book Signing

My people! My fellow cookie-dough-loving people! Thanks so much for coming out. If you’re in Nashville and couldn’t make it to the signing, I signed a whole bunch of books before I left. Stop by Parnassus and pick one up.

Parnassus Nashville Book Signing

For those in Colorado, I’ve got a second signing planned in Aspen at Explore Booksellers this coming Wednesday, June 20th at 5:30pm. While I don’t think I’ll have any samples (we’re flying in late the night before), I’d love to meet you if you can make it!

Mexican Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles

Luckily for those of you not near any of my book signing locations, these truffles are über easy to whip up, and it’ll be like you’re practically there yourself.

Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

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1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne (more or less to taste)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
8 ounces dark-chocolate candy coating


In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in milk and vanilla. Stir in flour, cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt and mix on low speed (or by hand) until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and chill dough for 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle.

Form dough into 1-inch balls and arrange them on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Place sheets in the freezer for at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt chocolate candy coating in a double boiler or microwave according to package directions, being careful not to overheat it. Using a fork or dipping tool, dip truffles one at a time in candy coating to cover. Tap fork on the edge of the bowl to shake off excess coating, and return truffles to baking sheets to set.

If you have any leftover coating, transfer it to a piping bag or squeeze bottle fitted with a small round tip and pipe decorative lines over top of truffles. For a contrasting drizzle, melt approximately 1 ounce of light chocolate candy coating and drizzle it over top of the truffles.

Adapted from The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook.

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  1. Wow! These are delicious. My oven is broken and I am in ultra baking withdrawal. These truffles are the perfect fix. I only have unsweetened chocolate so i haven’t dipped them but they are delish anyway! Thank you!

  2. I am sorry I missed you in Aspen. Sure would have liked to meet, but I ma going to make the mexican chocolate truffles. Thank you.

  3. A delicious treat for those who attended your book signing.
    Thanks for sharing, just linked to them in my 100 chocolate recipes round-up

  4. Congrats on your first signing! These truffles sound tasty. Lucky people!

  5. I’ve made your regular cookie dough truffles, and I can’t wait to make these. However, I have always been a horrible mess at dipping things in chocolate…would you ever do a post with tips and tricks? Your truffles always seem to look so pretty!

  6. oh. my. word.

    I neeeeeeeed these!

  7. Book signing! How fun! I love that you brought little treats for your fans too :) And what a wonderful treat–I need to look into this Mexican Chocolate thing :)

  8. oh wow, these look amazing! And look how professional you look – I love it! I so wish I could come to a book signing! I’ll just have to get you to sign my copy at the next blog conference we are both at. :)

  9. Now that’s my kind of book signing! Those cookie dough truffles look absolutely incredible, Lindsay.

  10. I am French and I live in France so it took a long time to arrive but finally I received your book last night. I can’t wait to try one of your recipes! « Merci ».

  11. These are so freaking awesome sounding! Love it!

  12. What a sweet treat for everyone stopping by!

  13. We need a book signing in Chicago! When can you come? Desparate to meet you! Please come soon……

  14. Congrats on your book and these look stunning! It’s really sweet of you to take these along :)

  15. You are so adorable! Congrats on the book, and the book signing! ps the truffles look amazing ;)

  16. DOOOD! I am obsessed with Mexican chocolate, I grew up on that stuff (from Mexico) and this is an awesome idea, genius in fact! Cookie dough and Mexican chocolate, cant wait to tell my family back in Mexico. Thanks for sharing:)

  17. Those look wonderful! I love the flavor of Mexican Chocolate! I’m so sorry I missed the book signing. I got caught up in a errand that day and couldn’t get away in time. :) Looks like it was a great time!!

  18. Congratulations on your book! Those truffles look wonderful!

  19. How fun, congrats again on your book!! The truffles looks amazing!!

  20. You. Rule. It.

  21. They look lush. Congratulations on your first signing, it must have been exciting.

  22. Aaah, I wish I could be there…I need to get this book somehow!

  23. The book is fabulous Lindsay, I wish I could have been there to sample your goodies! :)

  24. Ooh, those sound tasty! I made the cookie dough cinnamon buns this weekend, and they were far too delicious, haha. I think I may have to pick up a bunch of candy coating colours and make a selection of truffles for my birthday bash this year :)

  25. I wish I lived close enough to have you sign my copy! Congratulations on this beautiful book and the inventive uses for cookie dough–I love it!

  26. Congratulations on your new book release. If you come to California get in touch. Would LOVE to meet you! =)

  27. I love these! They look so beautiful, and I’ve seen your cookbook, so I know they must be delish!

  28. These truffles look and sounds sublime! Congrats on your book signing. Ordered mine through Amazon and should be here this week. Super excited to see your work of art. :-)

  29. Your truffles look like perfection–so impressive! And so impressed by you! So glad the signing was a hit. : )

  30. Congrats! Sounds exciting. And those truffles look delish!

  31. girl you are just fabulous
    book signing and treats for everyone.

    (email coming your way this week–so excited to do this!)

  32. I read your book all the time (kind of like if it’s a novel)…haha! I am always reading and taking inspiration.

    Congrats on your book must have been so exciting! I admit I’d be nervous but you look super chill. Must be the hot truffles keeping you cool :)

  33. Gosh these look absolutely stunning! I want so much for them to materialize in front of me!

  34. Hi Lindsay! I have to tell ya… I bought your cookbook and I AM IN HEAVEN!!! I saw it all over the blogworld prior to June 5th and I knew I needed to have it right away, so I preordered it. I made the cookie dough fudge today and I literally said out loud when I tasted it… “holy crap this is so good.” Best fudge I’ve EVER had. Can’t wait to post it this week! You are a cookie dough goddess. :)

  35. Oh yum! I love chocolate with a kick to it! So going to try these. Congrats on your book signings.

    Cough Dough Days are upon us! :D

  36. Congrats on your book signing-looks like it was a very lucrative turnout! Those truffles look and sound delicious, I love the idea of incorporating a spicy kick to chocolate ;-)

  37. These look absolutly delicious!! Congratulations on your first signing! I would love to attend a signing if you make your way out to Northern California on your book tour!

  38. What a treat for those that were able to make it to your signing! Congrats on your book. Great photo of you signing books by the way!

  39. These look amazing, Lindsay!! I wish I was there for your first and now your second book signing! I’m so excited to try your cookie dough ice cream – the egg-cream mixture is in the fridge – just need to make the cookie dough and churn the cream!

  40. Please do a signing in Hawaii! I’ve been waiting for this book(: So glad my birthday is coming up!

  41. So fun!!! And you look so happy! :) Glad it was a great first book signing. And these truffles look fantastic!

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