Sunday, December 18, 2011
Don't be intimidated by the word "truffle" in this recipe....these creamy balls of chocolate chip cookie dough dipped into chocolate were a cinch to make and pretty doggone amazing to eat! No need to worry about food safety issues with these either, since there are no eggs at all in this cookie dough! They were simply sweet, creamy, pretty, chocolatey, and oh so good!
Posted by Lara.
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2-1/4 cups flour
1 can (14-ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
2 packages (12-ounces each) semi sweet chocolate chips
2-3 tsp. shortening (optional, but no substitutions) * see note #2 below
Directions: In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla; mix well. Stir in mini chocolate chips and nuts, if using.
Roll into 1 inch balls; place on parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheets. Loosely cover and freeze for 1-2 hours or until firm (the dough softens quickly and works best if frozen).
NOTE #1--It's very important that there not be any moisture in the bowl or spoon when melting the chocolate. Even a tiny bit will cause the chocolate to harden and clump together.
NOTE #2--The reason for the added shortening (Crisco) is that it makes the melted chocolate have a better consistency for dipping. Technically it is optional, but I find the melted chocolate easier to work with when its added. Do not try to substitute butter or margarine, as they contain too much moisture and the chocolate will not melt properly (see above).
NOTE #3--I recommend working with about half of the truffles at a time, leaving the other half in the freezer, as these soften quite quickly.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt one package of chocolate chips with 1-1/2 tsp. shortening; stopping the microwave and stirring every thirty seconds until smooth and melted.
Dip the frozen dough balls in chocolate (I found it hard not to get my hands somewhat messy in the dipping process).
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