Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cookie Dough Truffles

Who even needs to bake cookies when you can just take chocolate chip cookie dough and dip it in chocolate?  And there are no eggs in the dough, so you can eat as much as you want without worry (I say this as if the presence of raw eggs has ever stopped me from stuffing my face with gobs of cookie dough). I made these for my friends' holiday cookie swap later today, so I think they'll be a nice variation from the peanut butter blossoms that I usually make.

These are easy to do, if a little time-consuming. I refrigerated my dough overnight, which made it much easier to work with the next day (it was too sticky right after making it). I used my fondue pot to melt the chocolate, which worked out nicely since I don't own the double-boiler that the recipe calls for. Trader Joe's was out of their mega-bars of milk chocolate, so I coated these in dark chocolate. I also toasted my pecans to give them a little bit of extra flavor.

Cookie Dough Truffles
Recipe adapted from 

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 1/2 lbs. chocolate, melted

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla. Gradually beat in flour and add milk. Add chocolate morsels and pecans, mixing well. Chill dough at least 2 hours.

Shape chilled dough into 1-inch balls, placing them on waxed paper or a silicone baking mat. If the dough is sticky, dip your fingers in a little bit of flour.

Melt chocolate in a double boiler (or fondue pot!). Using 2 forks, dip the cookie balls into the chocolate to cover. Place on waxed paper and chill to set, at least one hour.

This makes about 5 dozen truffles, so make sure you clear out some room in your fridge!


John said...

these were delicious! can we please make them again?!

Robyn said...

it is easy to assemble a makeshift double boiler, should your fondue pot (god forbid!) ever malfunction or croak.

this is what i do:
place a largish saucepan or high-sided fry pan on the burner you're going to use; to protect the pan, lay a paper towel or two across the bottom; center a glass or plexiglass bowl (ceramic would probably also work fine) in the pan on top of the paper towel(s); fill the pan with water, to about half the height of the bowl; turn the burner on low...eventually the water will reach a very low boil; melt your chocolate!

Kristin said...

This is a great choice for a cookie party. They are very unique! :) Thanks so much for coming! Hope you had fun.