Mmmmmm… biting into one of these decadent treats is one of the best parts of the pre-Christmas baking! Make sure to cool the dough long enough that it doesn’t melt in your hands when you roll it, but not too long that it gets hard on top! If that happens, just let it sit for a few minutes before mixing it again with your hands, and roll it nice and firmly. The wrinkles will even out under the warmth of your hands with just a little patience! (and Christmas cheer!) 😉 Enjoy!
DECADENTLY SIMPLE CHRISTMAS TRUFFLES
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted (melt in microwave in 30 second increments)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar until blended. Stir in the melted chocolate and vanilla (make sure to work quickly, as the melted chocolate will begin to harden as soon as you add it!). Refrigerate for about an hour. Remove from refrigerator and shape into 1 inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar, cocoa powder, sprinkles, chopped nuts, crushed peppermint, etc. as desired.
*To add a liqueur flavoring, omit vanilla and add three tablespoons liqueur (almond, coffee, orange, etc.) to mixture before rolling.