Irresistible Chocolate Truffle Cookies

I was going to begin today’s post by saying “I’ve never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day”, but I’d be lying.

Although I say that I don’t celebrate, or care, year after year I find myself running to a craft store on February 13th getting supplies for a homemade present for Kevin. I just can’t help myself. What’s not to love about Valentine’s Day?

I know, it’s a Hallmark holiday, but it gives us the opportunity to make something more of February 14th. Instead of going out to the store, buying chocolates, making dinner reservations, or buying flowers, I suggest that this year you take a different approach and make the day about love. Just love.

Love for your friends, family, and most importantly, you!

What better way to show love for yourself than to bake up a batch of cookies?

The love I have for myself increased by at least 20% after my first bite into these truffle cookies.

Best part? I still have 3 other Valentine’s recipes to trial and share. Ohh there’s going to be a lot of love around here!

Irresistible Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free

Danger: you can’t eat just one! These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are to die for. Best enjoyed with a tall glass of milk and the person you love most.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin, non refined coconut oil
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips – I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  • 2 flax eggs [2 tablespoon freshly ground flax + 5 tablespoon water]
  • 8 medjool dates
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Boil 2 cups of water in a medium sized saucepan. Place coconut oil and chocolate chips in a small pot and place in the boiling water bath. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and allow chocolate to melt [make shift double boiler. If you have one, use it instead]. Once melted, set aside.
  2. Combine flax eggs, dates, and vanilla in a blender and process until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips.
  4. Pour melted chocolate and blended wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon until incorporated.
  5. Cover and place dough in the fridge for 1 hour – note: it may be difficult to handle the dough afterward. You could try rolling the dough into individual balls before chilling.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F
  7. Roll chilled dough into 1 inch balls. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, keeping 1/2 inch between each cookie.
  8. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. [I baked them for exactly 10 minutes and they were perfect!]
  9. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 30 cookies [plus 2 testers]

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  1. My favorite part about Valentine’s Day is making a valentine box, setting it on my desk, passing out valentines to the other decorated boxes, and returning to find my box overflowing with Valentine love! Since I’m an elementary school teacher, I haven’t missed a year of this since I was 4!

  2. I’d love you to if you gave me a batch of these cookies:) I have to try them I know I’ll love myself more because of it, hehe sorry for the lame jokes. I think your advice is great, often times people get too caught up in the commercialization of things and we forget to stop and really enjoy what’s it’s all about.

  3. I love your blog! You and I definitely have the same concept and views…I love finding other foodies that share the same love for healthy food. I’ll definitely be following your blog. Hope to see you around Keaton’s Kitchen!

    Happy Baking!

    Keatonthefoodie.blogspot.com

  4. Ooo… these look amazing! Thanks for sharing. Hope you’re having a wonderfuld day.
    Cheers, Kristy

  5. That sounds just like me, I always say I’m not going to do anything then I try to pull it together last minute. This year my boyfriend and I decided we are going to stay in and make dinner together instead of making it a big deal and going out. Your truffle cookies look amazing as well!!

  6. Thank you for sharing this recipe – I need to make these because they sound delicious! I think I would turn on the TV and not stop popping them in my mouth, one by one ..or three by three :)

  7. These truffles are wonderful way to share the Love! My husband and I always cook a special dinner for Valentine’s Day, or around there, have a little wine, and spend a romantic evening together. Dining at home is so much better, than a restaurant on Valentine’s Day

  8. These look incredible! I am SO glad you posted this, as I’m looking into dairy-free recipe ideas for my Sister-In-Law’s baby shower (she can’t eat dairy) and this would be a wonderful treat to serve! Thank you!

  9. What a fun idea Leanne! I love Valentine’s Day and usually go all out with gifts for friends and family. This is such a great idea!

  10. Beautiful presentation … wondering when to make them .. hubby’s birthday or valentine’s day or our first anniversary .. all in the same month :P ;)

  11. Love the last photo! I always say I hate Valentine’s day but the truth is, I get sucked in by all the pretty colour and glitter. Cookies sound very yummy.

  12. Hi Leanne
    i wanna make this recipe but i have one question
    i hope i don’t sound too weird :)
    what is the size of madjool dates? like how many centimeters long?
    we have all sorts of dates (but not madjool) and they come in all shapes and sizes. i don’t want to miss up the recipe (it looks SUPER delicious btw).
    thanks for sharing.
    Lama

    • No question is a weird question! The dates I use are about 1inch long by 1/2 inch thick. Good luck!

        • i have one word for you. AMAZING!
          i burned my tongue because i couldn’t wait for them to cool!
          thanks a million.
          can i have your permission to post this recipe on my blog in Arabic? i’ll link to your recipe for the beautiful pictures because i don’t have a professional camera. after your permission of course.
          spread the love <3
          Lama

      • i have one word for you. AMAZING!
        i burned my tongue because i couldn’t wait for them to cool!
        thanks a million.
        can i have your permission to post this recipe on my blog in Arabic? i’ll link to your recipe for the beautiful pictures because i don’t have a professional camera. after your permission of course.
        spread the love <3
        Lama

        • Of course, if you link back to my recipe, you can definitely post it! Thanks for asking :)

  13. I made these yesterday and they are SO GOOD.

    One minor problem- the recipe didn’t say to roll the dough into small balls before chilling them for 1 hour, so I chilled the whole ball of dough and couldn’t do anything with it after I chilled it! Ooops. Should have thought that through on my own but was too excited.

    I heated it up in the double boiler, and saved the cookies. Thank goodness too because WOW these are AWESOME! Great recipe Leanne. :)

    • I’m glad you liked them, Megan! I’ll change up the recipe to mention that it may be difficult to handle and that rolling them into individual balls before chilling might be better. Thanks for sharing!

  14. very easy! very yummy!
    i ate those in every way possible: uncooked, cooked and i broke one to pieces on my icecream. soooo good!!
    Thanks again Leanne

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