Cookie Dough Truffles

On Tuesday I went to the “Taste of Home Cooking School” at Thanksgiving Point in the Barn with my friend Diane.  They make a bunch of recipes and give you cooking tips and they have lots of prize giveaways from their sponsors and at the end of the night they give away all the food they’ve made.  I’ve been going for probably 5 years now and have never won a thing, I think I’m due!  Anyway, this was one of the recipes that they demonstrated that night and I knew I had treats to make today for my friend Terra’s wedding shower so I decided to give these a try.  They really are easy to make and they are so good!  The filling really does taste like cookie dough.  I highly recommend them!

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed brown sugar (one of the tips she gave at the cooking show was that if your brown sugar was a little hard, you could put it in the microwave for a few seconds and it would soften right up and so mine was a little hard and I put it in for about 20 seconds and it worked!)

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (since I was taking them to a shower, I left the nuts out since you never know who’s allergic)

1 1/2 pounds dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped (I used a 1 1/4 pound package of chocolate flavored almond bark and had some left over after dipping the truffles)

1  In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in vanilla.  Gradually add flour, alternating with milk, beating well after each addition.  Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts.  Shape into 1″ balls and place on wax paper lined baking sheets.  Loosely cover and refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours or until firm.

2  In a microwave safe bowl, melt the candy coating, stirring until smooth.  Dip the balls in the coating, allowing excess to drip off then place on wax paper lined baking sheets.  Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.  Store in refrigerator.

(I got about 48 truffles from this recipe.)

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