The Holiday Baking Extravaganza continues. Each weekend I make two things to include in Matt’s treat bags — and most recently it was Cookie Dough Truffles and Brownie Bites. Both are really easy and come together quickly, moving me ever closer to being able to fill 50+ bags for Matt’s employees.
One note on the directions — both include Crisco in the list of ingredients. I don’t always use it; it completely depends on the consistency of the chocolate. Sometimes after you dip one, you can tell that the chocolate is too thick. If that is the case, just melt 1-2 tablespoons of Crisco and carefully stir it in the melted chocolate. But it is completely a feel thing. Sorry I can’t be more specific than that.
Cookie Dough Truffles
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
1 1/2 pounds chocolate bark (I used green candy melts to make them look more festive)
In a large bowl cream butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla. Gradually beat in flour and add milk. Add chocolate chips, mixing well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on waxed paper; chill 2 hours. Melt the chocolate bark in the microwave on 50% power in 1 minute increments, stirring after each, until melted. Dip the truffles and place them on wax paper to set.
After they set, I drizzled them with white chocolate and topped them with sprinkles. It’s Christmas, so sprinkles must be used on a few things. I’m sure it’s a written rule — somewhere.
2 boxes of your favorite brownie mix plus the ingredients to make them
1 tub of your favorite chocolate frosting
Candy melts or chocolate chips for dipping
Prepare the brownies according to the directions on the box and let cool. Remove cooled brownies from the pan and trim off the edges. Crumble the remainder of the baked brownies into a large bowl. Mix in approximately 1/2 can of the frosting. Use a 1 1/2-inch cookie scoop to scoop brownies in to balls. Use your hands to smooth out the balls and place on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Freeze at least 2 hours.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave 50% power in 1 minute increments, stirring after each, until melted. Dip the brownie bites and place them on wax paper to set.
After they set, I drizzled melted chocolate over the top to give them a more finished look.
A word of caution on the Brownie Bites — don’t eat the first one. If you do, then you’re done for.