This cookie truffles recipe makes the perfect finger food or bite-size dessert for parties. Choose from peanut butter, sugar cookie and chocolate chip varieties-or make all three and have your friends and family vote for their favorite.
Line 2 trays or cookie sheets with wax paper. Break cookies and process in food processor or place in heavy-duty (freezer) food storage bag and crush to make fine crumbs using a rolling pin.
Mix cookie crumbs and cream cheese in medium bowl until well combined. Divide mixture (mixture will be soft) into 36 equal balls (about 1 inch each); place on one prepared tray. Refrigerate about 1 hour or freeze 20 minutes.
Place milk chocolate chips and shortening in deep microwave-safe bowl (such as a glass measuring cup). Microwave at medium (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at medium an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred.
One at a time, place cookie balls on fork and dip into melted chocolate mixture; gently tap off excess coating. (If coating mixture cools and coating becomes difficult, microwave at medium 10 to 15 seconds; stir.) Place on second prepared tray. Before coating sets, sprinkle tops of cookie balls with desired toppings.
Refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm. Serve chilled. Cover and refrigerate leftover truffles.
Garnish with colored sprinkles, if desired.
Peanut Butter Cookie Truffles: Substitute 3 cups crushed peanut butter cream filled peanut butter sandwich cookies (about 24 cookies or about 16 oz pkg.) for the chocolate vanilla cream filled sandwich cookies.
Sugar Cookie Truffles: Substitute 3 cups crushed soft sugar cookies (about 9 (3-inch) cookies) for chocolate vanilla cream filled sandwich cookies and reduce cream cheese to 6 oz(3/4 cup).
*The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutritional advice.