Here’s an easy sweet treat you can make for any special occasion—these look more Valentiney, but just change up the sprinkle coatings to make them for St. Pat’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, or Christmas! Or use birthday sprinkles for birthdays, or chopped nuts for anytime!
These are yummy and easy to make, and so pretty, too. Package them up for food gifts—you’ll have plenty to share, because this recipe make 60 truffles! Or serve them on some pretty plates—the truffles in my photo are shown on some pretty pink Grace & Gratitude™ Accent Plates from maryandmartha.com.
CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES by NancyC
Makes 60 truffles
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Assorted sprinkles or decorating sugar for coating the truffles
Mini cupcake/candy paper liners
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth, then gradually beat in the confectioners sugar and blend well; set aside.
To melt chocolate chips, put them in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds on high power; remove and stir the chocolate, then microwave for another 30 seconds; remove and stir; then microwave a third time for 30 seconds; remove and stir melted chocolate until smooth (if chocolate is still lumpy after stirring well, microwave an additional 10 to 15 seconds—be careful not to overheat the chocolate).
Stir melted chocolate and vanilla extract into the cream cheese/sugar mixture and blend well. Refrigerate for 5 minutes to make the chocolate mixture a little more firmer and easier to work with. Don’t over chill, because the sprinkles won’t stick to the truffles if the mixture is too hardened).
Using a teaspoon, scoop out and form the chocolate mixture into 1-inch balls—use your hands to roll and shape the balls. After rolling each truffle, coat it with the sprinkles (put sprinkles in small bowls so you can easily roll the truffles to coat). Then place the coated truffle in a mini paper liner. Repeat until all the chocolate mixture is used up.
NOTE: Work quickly, because the chocolate mixture will gradually start to harden, and the sprinkles won’t stick as well. If chocolate mixture gets too hard or crumbly to work with, reheat in the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds to soften it up a little.
Recipe from NancyC | nancy-c.com
These truffles are fun to make because you can really get creative with the sprinkles or other coatings you use! What special sweet treats do you like to make for special occasions?