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Lemon Truffles Recipe

Lemon Truffles are made with just a couple of ingredients and are super easy to put together. If you love lemon, these little no-bake dessert treats will become your favorite quick!

Lemon truffles in a decorative gray box with a big white bow.

What’s so special about these Lemon Truffles?

Just the fact that Lemon Truffles are made of chocolate (cacao butter to be exact) should already have you drooling ( I know they had me), but in case it does not, let me tell you what else makes them special and unique.

The coating on these Lemon Truffles is made of two tones of yellow sanding sugar, which gives them the sparkliness of little gems. But, that’s not all, it also has some citric acid in the coating, which gives the tiny hint of sour, just like you would have in a lemon.

Lemon truffles in a small glass cup.
What gets you out of bed at midnight 😀 ?

It was past midnight and I was doing my homework on the computer. Wanting a little break, I wandered to Pinterest and found wonderful Lemon Truffles, that made me almost choke on my own drool. I was running for my block of white chocolate, that I just bought a couple of weeks ago just in case,  in a matter of minutes.

Lemon truffles in a brown liner on a brown table with scattered lemon truffles in the background.

How to make Lemon Truffles

So I quickly chopped up my 260 grams of chocolate, slowly microwaved it until melted, added the lemon emulsion, butter, stirred and in about 5 minutes after I got up off the couch, I was spooning the chocolate rounds onto the parchment paper.

If one wanted the Lemon Truffles to be more soft and creamy, you would probably have to add more cream or butter and allow the chocolate to set at room temperature for a couple of hours before being able to spoon the rounds, but I wanted quick results and went for the faster option.

Lemon truffles in a brown liner next to a bowl of truffles/

How to shape Lemon Truffles

Next, I let the Lemon Truffle mounds air dry overnight, this way extra moisture has time to evaporate allowing me to roll the Lemon Truffles into perfectly round balls. When I woke up next morning I couldn’t wait to finish making my chocolate candy. So, I stirred two tones of yellow sanding sugar (this one & this one), some vanilla sugar & citric acid, before rolling each lemon truffle in the mixture. At this point the truffle making process is completely done!

Lemon truffle cut in half on top of four lemon truffles in a glass cup.


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Lemon Truffle Recipe

5 from 3 votes

Lemon Truffles are made with just a couple of ingredients and are super easy to put together. If you love lemon, these little no bake dessert treats will become your favorite quick!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon, lemon truffle, truffle
Calories: 110 kcal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20 pcs


Lemon Truffle Ingredients



  1. Melt 250 grams white chocolate by placing in the microwave and heating it in 7-15 second intervals, stirring between each time, until melted. Do not heat above 105°F (if touched with finger, it will feel about the same temperature as your body), or the chocolate will separate and be unusable.

  2. Add 3 tbsp warm cream and 3 tbsp room temperature butter and stir with white chocolate until smooth runny ganache is formed.

  3. Add 1 tsp lemon emulsion and stir to incorporate.

  4. Allow the chocolate to cool enough to be able to spoon/pipe dollops of chocolate onto parchment paper.
  5. Spoon about 20 rounds of white chocolate onto parchment lined baking sheet or tray.

  6. Leave on the counter until you’re able to roll each round into a ball (best left overnight). If it is still difficult to shape them, place the bowl with chocolate in the fridge.

  7. Prepare the coating by mixing 1/2 cup yellow sanding sugar with 1/8 tsp vanilla sugar & 1/8-1/4 tsp citric acid.

  8. Once you have perfect round balls, roll each lemon truffle in the sanding sugar and transfer to the serving tray/platter.
  9. Keep in a closed box at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Truffle Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 27mg1%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 27mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • MJ

    Can you use lemon extract instead of emulsion?

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  • Mariam

    Have you ever made these in a different flavor. I’m thinking of making these for Christmas but peppermint instead. I’m planning to roll them in crushed peppermint candy. What do you think?

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  • heather

    What’s in the lemon emulsion?

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  • line pc

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  • Kathee bryan

    Where do I find the Lemon emulation?

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    • Hi Kathee,
      I added links into the ingredient list, when you click on the name of the ingredient it will take you to Amazon and show you were you can get them. Let me know if you have any more questions.


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  • Nancy Smith

    where the heck do you find citric acid. I have looked everywhere.

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  • These truffles look amazing! I love white chocolate more than regular chocolate and can eat it all day, every day haha! I need to make some truffles soon, I’ve never attempted them but then I have melted chocolate before so it shouldn’t be too difficult. Similar to making cake pops

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  • Carla

    I’m dying to make these for Christmas! Having a hard time finding vanilla sugar. Where can I find it?

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  • Kathleen

    They look wonderful. My son is coming home for Xmas, he is a lemon fanatic. How long will these keep? Can you freeze them?

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    • Hi Kathleen,
      Since it’s mostly chocolate they will keep for quite a while. You can either freeze or refrigerate it if you plan to store it for longer than a week, otherwise you can keep it at room temperature.

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  • irela

    the heavy whipping cream do you beat it before adding it or just pour it right from the container?

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    • Just add the liquid cream 🙂

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  • Erin

    Ohmyheck! I am definitely making these for Easter! Thank you for sharing.

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    • Thanks Erin! They are great for holidays!

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  • Pamela Nelson

    What kind of cream do you use? Heavy Whipping Cream?

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    • Hello Pamela,
      yes, heavy cream 🙂

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  • MaryB

    Just found your blog! Love it. Hoping that by clicking the box below I will then be subscribed to your email updates.

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    • Hi Mary, glad you found your way to my blog 🙂
      Yes, you will be subscribed to future posts 🙂 thanks so much for stopping by!

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  • ela@GrayApron

    I love white chocolate, I love lemons…I’d be head over heels about these 🙂 ela

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  • Julia |

    Marina, such gorgeous lemon truffles! They look so creamy. Love your creativity!

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  • Julie Dodds

    What is sanding sugar? I have never heard of it here in UK? X

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    • If you google for ‘sanding sugar’ you will see what it is, but basically it’s just different colored larger granule sugar that is used to sprinkle on cupcakes and sugar. Let me know if you need more help.

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    • I added the picture of the sanding sugar that I used to make the coating, below the post. Check it out 🙂

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  • Julia @Vikalinka

    Lovely!! I just picked up some white chocolate for truffles. 🙂

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    • Nice! I wanna see yours!

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  • Dee

    What is lemon emulsion?

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    • It’s basically like lemon extract, it gives desserts the lemon zest taste and smell. If you go to amazon and type “lemon emulsion” you will see what I am talking about.

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  • christina weaver

    Whats lemon emulsion snd can it be subsituted?

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    • You can just grate some lemon zest, it will give the same taste.

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    • I added the picture below the post to the Lemon Emulsion that I used for the truffles, you’re welcome to check it out.

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