Chocolate Truffles

I feel a bit dishonest calling the act of making these truffles baking. I'm not even sure that the directions below constitute a recipe. That being said, they are gluttonously delicious and once you get the hang of creating a professional appearing chocolate shell, you will receive gratuitous credit for your abilities...particularly if you present them in fancy little foil wrappers. Don't feel guilty. They may be shamefully easy, but they really taste (and look!) that good.

 

Ingredients:

36 Oreos (not Double Stuffed)

1 8oz package cream cheese (room temperature)

12 oz chocolate chips

Coconut Oil or Vegetable Oil optional

 

 

Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside. 

Place Oreos in a food processor and pulse to fine crumbs. Add the cream cheese and pulse until combined and smooth. Remove bowl from processor.

Scoop out about 1 Tbsp of the mixture at a time and roll into 1 inch balls. Place each on the prepared baking sheet. Once all of the mixture has been rolled into balls, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator while preparing the chocolate topping. 

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler making sure not to allow the water to touch the top pot. Mixing continuously will help keep the chocolate from overheating and becoming clumpy or burning.  Note: I like to add a spoonful of coconut oil to keep the chocolate smooth for dipping. This will give the truffles a hint of coconut flavor, which - if you like coconut - is delicious. Alternatively, I add a dash (1 tsp) of vegetable oil to keep the chocolate smooth. 

Remove the truffles from the fridge and, using a small spoon, dip them one at a time into the melted chocolate and then return each to the prepared baking sheet. (I sometimes use a second spoon to pour the melted chocolate over the truffle. The dipping takes a bit of practice for that professional look, but you'll get the hang of it.)

Once all of the truffles have been dipped, return the baking sheet to the refrigerator so they may set.

I like to place the finished truffles in mini foil wrappers for added effect.

Impress and Enjoy!