Fresh Lemon Truffles




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These Fresh Lemon Truffles are creamy confections with a bold citrus flavor.  Rolled in sugar or dipped in dark chocolate ~ they make an unexpectedly light and bright homemade candy for chocolate and citrus lovers alike.

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Lemon truffles are a tough nut to crack ~ it’s hard to get the true flavor of fresh lemon into a classic creamy ganache that will firm up enough to scoop and roll.

Most recipes yield a wimpy, fake taste at best ~ some use zest, some use flavoring, some use cake mix (huh?)  But the bright flavor of real lemon married with the mouthfeel of a classic creamy truffle is so mind blowing, so irresistible, so utterly enchanting, that it’s worth the trial and error to get it right.

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So here’s my take on a really lemony lemon truffle.  This recipe is made with fresh lemon juice, heavy cream, white chocolate (or confectionery,) some powdered sugar for stability, and a touch of lemon extract.  I’ll show you how to roll them in sugar (granulated or powdered,) or dip them into dark chocolate for a decadent lemony treat.  Whatever way you roll, these truffles are epic.

Fresh Lemon Truffles coated in dark chocolate image

The dark chocolate enrobed version is inspired by classic candy shop truffles…I’m always the one picking through the box hunting for a tart lemon buttercream, but I’m most often disappointed.  If you ask me the combination of lemon and dark chocolate is one of the most sophisticated flavor combos out there.  I’ve featured it before in my MEYER LEMON FILLED CHOCOLATES, which are an easy molded chocolate with a more liquid lemon filling.

Fresh lemon truffles coated in dark chocolate imagery

But chocolate isn’t the only game in town with these tart lemon truffles.  For a super easy treat you can just roll them in sugar.  Both powdered and granulated works ~ they look like little snowballs!

Fresh Lemon Truffles coated in sugar image

TIP: It’s important to keep the truffles refrigerated because they’ll soften in warm room temperatures.  I think the flavor is better when they’re chilled, anyway!

Fresh Lemon Truffles coated in sugar photograph


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Fresh Lemon Truffles
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Category: DESSERT

Yield: MAKES APPROXIMATELY 3 DOZEN TRUFFLES

Fresh Lemon Truffles

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounces white chips, or white chocolate cut in very small pieces
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
    for sugar coated truffles
  • 1/2 cup granulated or confectioner's sugar
    for chocolate dipped truffles
  • 24 ounces semi sweet or dark chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate of your choice

Instructions

  1. Put the cream in a glass microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for a minute, or until it comes to a boil.
  2. Add the white chocolate, cover with plastic, and let sit for 10 minutes. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. If necessary, put the bowl back in the microwave for 15 seconds to fully melt the chocolate. Don't over do the heat or the chocolate will scorch.
  3. Stir in one cup of the sugar, then the lemon juice and extract and blend well. Stir in the rest of the sugar and mix until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until firm enough to scoop.
    FOR SUGAR COATED TRUFFLES
  1. Use a small 1 inch cookie scoop to portion out the truffle mixture, and roll gently and quickly with your hands to form a smooth round ball. Work quickly because the warmth of your hand will soften the truffle.
  2. Roll each ball in either granulated or confectioner's sugar. Put them in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat them, and serve chilled.
    FOR CHOCOLATE COATED TRUFFLES
  1. For chocolate dipped truffles you'll want the truffles to be extra cold, so I put the balls in the freezer for an hour before I dip them.
  2. If you want to coat all the truffles you'll need 24 ounces of chocolate. I think it's easier to split the chocolate in half and work in 2 batches. Microwave 12 ounces of chocolate in a microwave safe bowl on high for one minute. Remove and stir the chocolate. You will probably need to heat it for another 20 seconds, then stir again to melt all the chocolate. Let the chocolate cool for 15 minutes before dipping.
  3. Use a fork or candy dipping tool to dip the cold truffles into the chocolate and then on to a parchment lined surface. Let them harden at room temperature, then refrigerate until serving.

Make it your own ~

  • Try using lime instead of lemon.
  • Decorate the truffles with a little bit of zest if you like.

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    Beverly
    November 30, 2018 at 9:33 am

    There really are no better combinations than lemon and anything. Lemon and chocolate are sublime. I even add lemon to my fresh mushroom gravy. Trust me on this one. I always make lemon bon bins, this year I am borrowing your truffle recipe.

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      Sue
      November 30, 2018 at 9:38 am

      I’m with you on lemon, it might be my favorite flavor of all. And also agree that lemon and chocolate is the most sophisticated combo there is.

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    Sara
    December 30, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I’ve finished making the ganache and it’s almost time to roll them! I live in Australia and wasn’t able to find proper lemon extract, only lemon essence which i used instead. The mixture didn’t come out quite as lemony as i hoped (i am a citrus fiend). So i added about a tablespoon of very fine lemon zest as well. I might have to have a look on Amazon and see if i can get proper lemon extract for next time, as i think that’s the problem.

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      Sue
      December 31, 2017 at 4:21 am

      Lemon zest is a good addition, Sara, especially if it’s very finely grated. You should be able to find a good lemon extract on Amazon.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    December 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I love anything lemon, these truffles look divine!

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    Brenda potwin
    December 25, 2017 at 10:24 am

    My husband loves lemon so I made these yesterday. The recipe was easy to follow. I used fondue forks to dip the chocolate and it worked out great. Thanks
    Can’t wait for your recipes for the new year.

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      Sue
      December 25, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Thanks Brenda, I can’t wait to get cooking in 2018!!

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    Alexandra
    December 23, 2017 at 4:03 am

    And I thought your grand marnier truffles were the ultimum! Sue, you give us one more step to move on! Yes, I will taste them, thank you!

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      Alexandra
      April 4, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Sue, i will need your help here; the mixture does not firm enough to scoop it even after 8 hours in the fridge. I added a bit more sugar, a bit more chocolate, but still is unscoopable. Any suggestions? Thank you!

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        Sue
        April 4, 2018 at 10:25 am

        Maybe try putting it in the freezer for a while, then scoop quickly and coat with the sugar, that helps keep them together.

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          Alexandra
          April 4, 2018 at 11:00 am

          Thank you Sue!

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    Kathy
    December 22, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Sue
    My son loves lemon so I just made these. They are fabulous. Nice fresh lemon flavour and a good change from regular chocolate.

    Thanks.!

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      Sue
      December 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      I’m thrilled to have such fast feedback on these Kathy, thanks so much, I’m glad they were a hit for you. :)

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    December 22, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Love these! Lemon anything is a favourite, so I will have to try these over the holidays! Have a wonderful Christmas Sue :)

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    Kelly
    December 21, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Sue – curious what brand of lemon extract you’re using. I’ve tried a few and have yet to find one that tastes like real lemon. Thanks!

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      Sue
      December 21, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Hey Kelly ~ I’ve used a few different brands, but the one in my cupboard right now is Watkins Pure Lemon Extract, and I like it.

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    December 21, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Sue, I love all things lemon (except cake mix – “huh?”) and am Pinning this. I can’t quite decide whether to roll them in confectioner’s or granulated sugar. Hmm … maybe some of each!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    December 21, 2017 at 11:35 am

    These sound and look wonderful! Wish I could try one of yours now :-)

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    Chris Scheuer
    December 21, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Lemon truffles sound wonderful. I actually get a little tired of chocolate at this time of year!

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    Linda L.
    December 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

    These are perfect – I needed a hostess gift for a friend who’s a lemon fanatic. She’s very hard to buy for but these will fit the bill admirably. Once more, you come through in the nick of time! Thank you ;-)

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      Sue
      December 21, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Thanks Linda ~ remember to keep them chilled, so tell your friend to put them in the fridge when you give them.

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    MC
    December 21, 2017 at 9:07 am

    These look great. Is it possible to do them on the stovetop instead of in the microwave?

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      Sue
      December 21, 2017 at 9:28 am

      Absolutely, you can melt the chocolate over a double boiler.

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    December 21, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Wow – I need these in my life! The flavor must be fantastic and lemon is always the greatest!

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