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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Cookie Dough Truffles - recipe!

When J.B. took his first bite of these, his face was completely blank. No reaction. Nothin'. I waited patiently for him to either spit them out or shrug with indifference. {it was obviously they weren't great, right?} Wrong. He walked across the room and planted a huge kiss on me. Told me he's never been so glad to be married to me... I'm not sure how else to take that. But I'm considering it a rave review for the recipe! : ) 

These are pretty simple. There's more "waiting time" involved in it that actual prep time. If you're short on time, there's a shortcut at the bottom of the recipe.

4 tbsp. butter
 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup all-purpose flour
  7 oz. sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  12 oz semisweet bakers chocolate
Mini chocolate chips (for garnish)

Makes about 20 truffles.

Combine the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and blend on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes

Beat in the flour, condensed milk and vanilla extract until smooth.

 Stir in the chocolate chips. 

 Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the mixture has firmed up enough to form balls. Mine took about a half hour.

Shape the chilled cookie dough mixture into 1-1½ inch balls.  Place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Then chill in the freezer for about 2 hours.

 Intermission... how do you guys cook? Do you have a TV nearby? Do you crank up the radio? Do you relish the silence?
I always have the dogs underfoot {they know what goes on in the kitchen and always volunteer to be taste testers}. But I like to crank up some music and enjoy cooking. Today I've got Pandora up on my iPad ... along with a glass of that fantastic sangria!

 When you're ready to dip the truffles, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Dip each chilled truffle one at a time {I like to use a toothpick}. Make sure to shake them gently for a few seconds to get rid of the excess chocolate. If at any point, the cookie dough balls become too soft and mushy, put them back in the the freezer for 30 minutes.

Place the dipped truffles on a new sheet of wax paper. If you're using mini chocolate chips for garnish, sprinkle on top quickly after dipping each truffle before the chocolate sets. Once all the truffles have been dipped, store them in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve them.

Bad news  -  From the time you dip these, it's going to take about a hour before they set well enough to eat them. Otherwise you'll be chomping on a mushy pile of chocolate and cookie dough goo
... unless you're into that?

Yes, they are a good as they look. Actually, they might be better than they look. My photography skills {or lack there of} don't do them justice.

A shortcut:  If want to skip making your own cookie dough, you can always buy the prepackaged cookie dough that breaks off into the individual pieces. Dip those into the melted chocolate for the same effect. 

Hope ya'll love these as much as I do! J.B. and I are headed out now to spend the rest of the day on our boat on the river. I love love love summer weekends!

{Denver loves to go too!}

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