Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles

There are certain foods that, although perfectly delicious in their own right, become a whole other force to be reckoned with when combined. Peanut butter and jelly. Ketchup and fries. Cookies and cream cheese.

Wait… what?

Here’s the part where I kindly ask you to lower your slightly raised eyebrow and stop looking at me like I’m crazy. I realize that cream cheese isn’t exactly the first thing that pops into most people’s minds when they think cookies (I’m pretty sure milk holds that right), but I can guarantee that a few cozy moments spent with these truffles will have even the biggest skeptic changing their tune.

When I think December, I think cookies. Well, okay… I think Christmas first, but thoughts of Christmas eventually lead to thoughts of cookies. This might have something to do with the fact that I always have food on the brain, or it might simply be because cookies seem to be everywhere around this time of the year. In gift boxes. At Christmas parties. Pouring out of my kitchen by the dozen. Mmm hmm. 

I tend to go a little cookie crazy at this time of the year (and end up in a cookie coma by January), but it’s not my fault that cookies make the perfect gift and that my allergies basically force me to volunteer to bring dessert to Christmas parties. I’m happy to pick away at the vegetable platter if there’s nothing else that I can eat, but this girl is not willing to go without her dessert.

Over the years, I’ve managed to put together a pretty impressive collection of Christmas cookie recipes, but this year called for a little more experimentation. I mean, you can only give Santa (or anyone, for that matter) the same kind of cookies so many years in a row before your name makes its way from the Nice list to the Naughty list — and no one wants to wake up on Christmas morning to find coal in their stocking. Unless you’re into that sort of thing, in which case… I don’t even know where I was trying to go with that thought. Back to the cookies!

So because I wanted to maintain my comfortable position on the Nice list, rather than turning to my usual sugar, snickerdoodle, white chocolate cranberry, or gingerbread cookie arsenal this year, I decided to play around with something new… which is where the cream cheese came in.

I know, I know — here she goes with the cream cheese again — but hear me out because this simple formula will change your Christmas cookie life. The secret? Cookie crumbs + cream cheese = oh.holy.WOW. And the best part is that you can totally cut corners and use store-bought cookies to save time, while still ending up with a pretty darn impressive finished product. I suppose you could go ahead and use your own favourite gingerbread cookie recipe as the base, but I think I speak for us all when I say that any chance to save time around the holidays is a gift in and of itself. Almost as good of a gift as these Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles…

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