My Inspiration . . .

I've always had a love for baking, but it wasn't until I was in college that I had a desire to learn how to cook. In 2009, I decided to start my own cooking blog so I could access my recipes from anywhere, and was born.

I love trying new recipes and finding ways to make them healthier & happier on the hips! I love everything about food: the taste, the smells, the presentation, the experimenting, etc. I love to entertain, so I figured this was a great way to bring people together. Hope you enjoy trying out some of the recipes. Happy cooking!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles

{ Prep Time: 15 mins / Cool Time: 1-2 hrs / Difficulty: Easy / Yields: 5 1/2 dozen }

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 1/2 lbs dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped (I actually used 60% cocoa morsels and they worked out just fine!)

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
3. Gradually add the flour, alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts (optional). Scoop dough (with a small ice cream scoop or teaspoon), then roll into 1" balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Loosely cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours, or until firm.
4. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating, about 1 min on high; stir until smooth. Just be careful not to burn chocolate. Dip balls into chocolate coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 mins.
5. If desired, remelt remaining candy coating and drizzle over the candies for decoration. Store in a container in the fridge.

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