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Decadent Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles are a total indulgence. Rich, smooth and luscious. These truffles take some time, but are totally worth it. Especially since one batch makes dozens and dozens of truffles that you can customize however you like. My kids helped me with these. And by “helped”, I mean that they hovered around the bowl until the beaters were available and then begged for the truffles once they were done.

Best Part of Truffle Making

I made these in three flavors: grand marnier, peppermint and just plain chocolate. Rolled the peppermint truffles in Hershey’s Candy Cane kisses that I chopped fine, the grand marnier truffles got chocolate dipped and the plain got rolled in cocoa powder with a dollup of chocolate on top. Gorgeous! I’ve listed some other ideas for mix-ins and toppings – but I’d love to hear your thoughts too! The possibilities are endless!

Decadent Chocolate Truffles 

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 cups milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
2 T heavy cream
2 oz dark chocolate
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until well blended.
  2. Melt chocolate(s) over double boiler stirring often until smooth. Add to cream cheese mixture along with cream and vanilla. Stir until no streaks remain. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. Using a melon baller, shape into 1 inch balls.
Roll truffles in ground walnuts (or any ground nuts), cocoa, coconut, confectioners’ sugar, candy sprinkles, etc. Or dip in melted chocolate/candy coating. 

To flavor truffles with liqueurs or other flavorings, omit vanilla. Divide truffle mixture into thirds. Add 1 tablespoon liqueur to each mixture; mix well.

Ideas:

Rum Truffles rolled in toffee chips
Raspberry
Almond Extract rolled in chopped almonds
Coffee Liquor rolled in powdered mocha mix
Coconut Extract rolled in coconut shavings

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