Cookie Dough Truffles

Cookie Dough TrufflesDecember is a chocolate lover’s dream come true! The kids and I start making candy and treats just as soon as the Thanksgiving left-overs are put away.

Every year I try at least one new recipe -and believe me, the search for that recipe is a lot of fun!

This year’s recipe is a truffle with a yummy cookie dough inside covered with a rich chocolate coating. Honestly now – who doesn’t love cookie dough?!

Although they didn’t turn out as pretty and nice as I would have liked – they taste heavenly! I’ll just have to keep making them until I get them just right. 🙂

Cookie Dough Truffles

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips (I used semi sweet)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 pounds semi sweet chocolate candy coating, chopped

Cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour, milk and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts.

Shape into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. (This was a very hard step! The dough is very soft and hard to form. I ended up using the smallest cookie scoop I had, but they still seemed too big. Maybe I should have refrigerated the dough before making into balls and again after?)

Melt the candy coating in the microwave and dip the balls in the coating. Place on waxed paper lined sheets and refrigerate until firm.

Store in the refrigerator – although I kept mine in the freezer (they’re harder for the children to find!)

Absolutely delicious!


Chocolate Caramel Bars

Chocolate Caramel CandyA foray into my recipe books for something new and different this Christmas yielded me this wonderful treat.
It just might be my new Christmas favorite! But with a layer of caramel and peanuts sandwiched between layers of chocolate…what’s not to love!

The only downside was the fact that I needed to use the double boiler for all three layers, so it needed to be washed each time.

But they are so yummy- it was well worth the trouble!

Chocolate Caramel Bars

Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips with a 1 tablespoon shortening in a double boiler over hot water.

Spread in a foil-lined 8-inch square dish. Chill until firm.

Melt 30 caramels with 3 tablespoons of butter in double boiler over boiling water. When melted, stir in 1 cup of chopped peanuts.

Spread over the chocolate layer and refrigerator 15 minutes or until partially set.

Melt another 1 cup of chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of shortening in double boiler over boiling water. Spread over caramel layer.

Chill until firm. Cut into small squares to serve.

Store well covered in the refrigerator.