I wish I could say that food blogging isn’t fun, but I’d be telling a complete lie. Both my family and I love when I do blogs about food. It is an excuse to make some very special and decadent treats! And my kids are especially happy when they get to help! Today’s very “fancy” treat is one that always receives “ooohs” and “ahhhs”, but is incredibly simple. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “They all say it’s simple. And 23 ingredients and an hour later…” But this is not the case. I promise! I’m a busy single mom of very active little ones – I understand that time is of the essence. So you’ll be thrilled to know that, while this dessert looks fancy and seems like it involves a long and tedious process, it doesn’t. In fact, my Ladybug actually helped me do these! Here’s how to make truffles that will earn you rave reviews in just a few simple steps.
What you’ll need:
1 cup chocolate chips
1 square of Baker’s semisweet chocolate
1 package cream cheese (softened)*
1 cup powdered sugar
Start by melting the chocolate in the microwave. I go in 30 second increments and stir. Repeat this process until the chocolate is smooth and shiny.
Once the chocolate is melted, add in the cream cheese and mix together well.
It will resemble thick chocolate pudding.
Put it in an airtight container and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight. Once it is chilled and firm, cut a sheet of wax paper and place on the counter. Scoop out approximately 1 TB of mixture (plus or minus, depending on how big you want the truffles) and roll into balls with the palms of your hands.
Warning: This part gets pretty icky. I keep a bowl of water next to me to dip my hands in when they get too messy. Work quickly to keep the chocolate mixture from melting in your hands (and it WILL!). After you have rolled out all your truffles, take each one and roll it in the powdered sugar.
I am not exaggerating when I say that my toddler did this entire process herself!!! And when I can get my kids involved, it makes it fun for all of us. And happy kids = happy mommy! Once the truffles are sufficiently coated (as determined by a certain Ladybug – read “Til she’s done playing in the powdered sugar”), place on a clean sheet of wax paper (OR place in decorative mini-muffin cups!) and refrigerate until you’re ready to eat (OR gift them!). PS – These are the perfect little treats to take to teachers as gifts for Christmas or Easter (my children and I even take treats to the local fire departments and police stations on Sept. 11)
Like I said, food blogging is a hard, hard job, but it must be done : )