Holiday Truffles

Holiday Truffles
If you have ever tasted a chocolate truffle then you know that truffles have a very smooth inside and are usually covered with a slightly harder chocolate shell.   What you may not know is how easy it is to actually make your own truffles.  The filling for the truffle is a combination of chocolate with cream and/or butter.  Once you have the filling made and it has chilled, you simply roll the mix into round drops and then dip into melted chocolate or cocoa powder.  Some recipes suggest refrigerating the filling and then using a spoon or melon ball spoon to shape the truffles. You can also add liquer to the mix for additional flavor such as Kahlua, Bailey’s or Chambord.   When you refrigerate the mix, the liquor may end up floating on top so before shaping your truffles, be sure to stir the mixture. For the holidays, consider coating your truffles with chocolate and then adding some crushed candy cane topping.  You can also roll the truffles in holiday sprinkles or drizzle melted chocolate on top. The joy of baking website has an excellent truffle recipe which can be found at  http://www.joyofbaking.com/ChocolateTruffles.html.    If you love Oreos, then consider making Oreo truffles.  Kraft foods has a very easy recipe for Oreo Truffles on their website:  http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/easy-oreo-truffles-95085.aspx.  The trick with this recipe is in crushing the Oreos.  We have found that running the cookies in a food processor works best.  Also, rather than mixing all the crushed Oreos and the cream cheese at the same time, folding in small amounts of the crushed Oreos works better.