Sunday, November 9, 2008
Cookie Dough Truffles
I have a disclaimer - I am obviously not nearly as good as dipping balls of dough into chocolate as Priscilla is - her cookie dough truffles are beautiful! And you should check out her top ten countdown that she has been doing, of her ten favorite holiday treats. These truffles are number two, so you know they're good! She just posted them today. I started making them as soon as I commented on her post that I had to make them right away.
I loved the idea of these truffles because I love eating cookie dough. These truffles feature a cookie dough filling - it tastes just like regular chocolate chip cookie dough, but without the eggs so it's safe to eat raw. Yum!
Cookie Dough Truffles
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used half vanilla and half almond extract for a fun flavor twist)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips (I used half chocolate chips and half butterscotch chips)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (omitted, but these would taste great)
1-1/2 pounds semisweet candy coating, chopped (I just used chocolate chips)
In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour, alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Shape into 1-in. balls; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Loosely cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating; stir until smooth. Dip balls in coating, allowing excess to drip off; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. If desired, remelt remaining candy coating and drizzle over candies. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 5-1/2 dozen.
My little dough balls kept getting bigger and bigger, so I got nowhere near 5 1/2 dozen, but that's okay. Also, you may notice from my pictures that I did not fully dip them in the chocolate. I actually did dip one fully, but it was hard and messy, so I decided to skip doing that with all of them.
Instead, I just dipped the bottoms in the chocolate, and then spread more chocolate on top with the back of a spoon. I think they turned out kinda fun looking. If I had done these around Halloween time, it would have been fun to top each one with an M&M, and call them eyeballs or something.