How to Make Chocolate Truffles

Oreo Truffles
There are all different ways to prepare truffles but they usually consist of some type of filling and are coated in chocolate. If you need to prepare a delicious sweet snack for the holiday season there are few better options than these truffles. In this post I have recipes for 4 different types of truffles: Oreo, peanut butter brownie, hot chocolate, and chocolate peppermint. All of them were so delicious it was rather difficult to choose the best one but I think the chocolate brownie had a slight edge for me. Truffles are prepared by mixing together filling ingredients, often with creamcheese, rolling the filling into balls and then dipping them in melted chocolate. You will then need to refrigerate the truffles until they are solid.

The version with oreos combines cream cheese and crushed Oreo cookies for the filling and they are dipped in white chocolate. The peanut butter brownie version consists of box brownie mix that is baked and then combined with cream cheese and coated with chocolate and peanut butter. If you are a big peanut butter fan like I am, you are sure to enjoy these. If you are looking for something a little more festive for Christmas, the chocolate peppermint or hot chocolate truffles might be exactly what you are looking for. The hot chocolate version gets a lot of flavor in the filling from hot chocolate mix and cream cheese and are even topped with marshmallows. The chocolate peppermint truffles are topped off with crushed candy canes and the filling is mint sandwich cookies and cream cheese. Enjoy.

No Bake Oreo Truffles
No Bake Oreo Truffles
No Bake Oreo Truffles
Ingredients:
15.25 oz package of Oreos
8 oz cream cheese, softened
12 oz baker’s white chocolate
Festive sprinkles of your choice (optional)

Directions:
Place whole Oreos into food processor and run until the chunks are gone and ground up very fine. Pour ground Oreos into a mixing bowl and add softened cream cheese. Knead the cream cheese into the ground Oreos so it is mixed well.
Take 1-1 ½ tablespoons of mixture and roll into balls. Place onto a baking sheet covered with wax paper or tin foil. Place rolled balls into the freezer for 30 minutes.
After the Oreo balls have been in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, melt baker’s white chocolate (as per directions on packaging). Dip frozen Oreo balls into the chocolate using a fork, coating them and lightly tapping excess chocolate off on the side of the bowl you are using.
Place coated Oreo truffles onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper or tin foil. If planning on decorating with sprinkles, do so immediately before the chocolate dries. Place baking sheet with truffles in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, until chocolate is set.
Keep chilled in the refrigerator and they will last up to 5 days.

Peanut Butter Brownie Truffles
Peanut Butter Brownie Truffles
Peanut Butter Brownie Truffles
Ingredients:
1 box brownie mix (prepared per package directions)
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup peanut butter (for drizzle)

Directions:
Make brownies per packaging directions. Let cool and then mash them so there are no big chunks.
Roll 1-1 ½ tablespoon balls from the mashed brownies. Place on a baking sheet lines with wax paper or tin foil. Freeze for at least 1 hour.
After brownie balls are ready to come out of the freezer, melt the chocolate chips and ½ cup of peanut butter, stirring well.
Drop brownie balls into the peanut butter and chocolate mixture, coating them thoroughly. Use a fork and tap the excess chocolate from them using the side of the bowl.
Place coated brownie truffles on a baking sheet covered with wax paper or tin foil. Melt additional ¼ cup of peanut butter and using a fork, dip it in and drizzle it lightly over the truffles.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set. Keep refrigerated.

Hot Chocolate Truffles
Hot Chocolate Truffles
Ingredients:
2 individual packets of powdered hot chocolate mix
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp butter, softened
½ tsp vanilla
½ cup powdered sugar
12 oz dark chocolate chips
¼ cup mini marshmallows
Decorative sugar crystals (optional)

Directions:
Beat together the softened cream cheese, vanilla, softened butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, and hot chocolate mix in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Place mixture in the freezer for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, remove mixture from the freezer and roll into balls (approximately 1 tbsp of cream cheese mixture) and place onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper or tin foil. Place back into the freezer for 1-2 hours. You can re-roll the balls, so they are smoother after taking them out of the freezer.
Melt the dark chocolate chips and dip the frozen cream cheese balls using a fork, letting the excess chocolate drip off. Place onto a lined baking sheet. Place mini marshmallows on top of truffles before the chocolate melts. Add decorative sugar at this time if desired, as well.
Keep refrigerated—should last up to 1 week.

Chocolate Peppermint Truffles
Chocolate Peppermint Truffles
Chocolate Peppermint Truffles
Ingredients:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
15 oz package of mint flavored chocolate sandwich cookies (such as mint Oreos)
12 oz baker’s white chocolate
½ tsp of peppermint extract
5 crushed peppermint candy canes
Decorative sugar (optional)

Directions:
Place package of cookies into a food processor and run until the chunks are gone and it is a fine powder. Pour powder into a mixing bowl and knead in the softened cream cheese until mixed well.
Roll cookie and cream cheese mixture into 1-1 ½ tbsp balls and place onto a lined cookie sheet. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, crush the candy canes by placing them into a ziplock bag and hitting them gently with a mallet. Pour into a small bowl.
Once the balls have been frozen for at least 30 minutes, take out and melt the baker’s white chocolate according to package directions. Add peppermint extract to the chocolate and mix well.
Dip the balls into the chocolate using a fork and coat. Remove excess chocolate by lightly tapping the fork on the side of the bowl. Place coated truffles onto a lined cookie sheet. Add crushed candy canes and decorative sugar immediately before chocolate dries.
Keep refrigerated and will last up to 5 days.

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