Thursday, February 5, 2009

Easy Decadent Truffles

I'm going to a girls' night out with some friends, and each of us is supposed to bring something to eat. I've been seriously craving something sweet and chocolaty and decadent! So I made chocolate truffles. You know, even though I'm trying to lose weight and eat healthy and save money on food - I just have to splurge sometimes! Besides, we already had all the ingredients handy so I don't consider this to be much of a monetary splurge. Weight-wise, however...

Using this recipe, I made three flavors of truffles: plain chocolate, lemon, and mint. Each one was delicious!


Easy Decadent Truffles
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened (I did use low-fat, so it wasn't quite as bad as it could have been...)
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla (or other flavorings)

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until well blended. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla until no streaks remain. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. Shape into 1 inch balls. Roll truffles in ground walnuts (or any ground nuts), cocoa, coconut, confectioners' sugar, candy sprinkles, etc. You could also choose to dip them in melted chocolate.


I separated the truffle into three batches after stirring in the chocolate. I put 1/2 tsp. vanilla in one batch, 1/2 tsp. lemon extract in the second, and 1/2 tsp. mint extract in the third. Then I chilled them separately. After shaping into balls, I rolled the vanilla-flavored chocolate in cocoa, I rolled the lemon-flavored chocolate in powdered sugar, and I rolled the mint-flavored chocolate in green sugar. I wanted to try almond extract rolled in ground walnuts. But I would have had to grind the walnuts myself and didn't feel like doing all that work. Of course, if I wanted to avoid work, perhaps I could have chosen a recipe that didn't include rolling out balls of chocolate by hand and rolling them in cocoa and sugar... Well, you pick your battles, I guess. :-)

Just so you know, this was rather messy work...


...but a lot of fun!

10 comments:

Rebekah said...

i've never done truffles with cream cheese before. These look great!!!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Umm those look good stephanie. I have never done truffles, well oreo truffles and cake balls thats it. I could dive right in.

Meg said...

Sometimes messy work is so fun,especially when the result is this yummy!

Bridget said...

I've never heard of using cream cheese to make truffles, either. They sound great...I'll definitely have to try this!

Frogmama said...

ummm... how did you take a picture of your hands?

Stephanie said...

I used my third hand.


Just kidding, I set the camera on a timer. It was hard, because I had to try to push the little buttons without getting cocoa all over them...

HoneyB said...

They look great Stephanie!

Talita said...

Wow Stephanie! These truffles looks gorgeous! Can you believe I never tried truffle! Can I have one?

Sharon said...

Haha, messy, but tasty!

Juliet said...

I love truffles and I also love easy recipes. This is def. a keeper!