Friday, March 12, 2010

My Truffles

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As I mentioned in my last post, I was up until 4am last night making some darling Oreo and Nutter Butter Truffles for the hubby to take for a Pi Day celebration in his History of Mathematics class. Now you're probably thinking I'm crazy for staying up so late for some truffles, but after spending the past four days working on taxes, I needed a break. My way of relaxing and letting my hair down, so to speak, is to enjoy some alone time in the kitchen making something cute. These truffles were therapy. Delicious, adorable therapy.

And, yes, I do feel better now. Thank you for asking. :)

The innards of a Nutter Butter Truffle are simple and modest and absolutely delish. Ground Nutter Butter cookies are mixed with cream cheese and rolled into perfect little balls (or really any shape you desire). I dipped mine in chocolate bark, because you cannot go wrong when peanut butter and chocolate meet.

I decorated them with pale orange flowers which I handmade from gum paste. The coated truffles also got a little decoration with melted and piped orange candy melts and almond bark. I really like the soft springy orange contrasted against the warm brown. It's pale and feminine and lovely for spring.

I was tired by the time I got around to piping the details and didn't take my time so they were a bit messy. I didn't get too creative with these; I mostly just repeated a few different designs. Some truffles were given a simple striped decoration, others were given cute little spirals. I love the little guy in the front--kind of reminds me of plaid.

My Wilton gum paste gave me some trouble with the flowers. I find the premade gum paste to be quite dry and difficult to work with. I am never able to really manipulate my flowers any after they are cut. And darling roses are out of the question. Since I don't have much experience with gum paste I don't know if I got a particularly old/dry bag of gum paste or what. I'm planning to try making my own gum paste from scratch soon for comparison. I'd love to just sit down at the table on a lazy Saturday and listen to music and make gum paste flowers all day long!

Now friends, this deep, dark ball of gorgeousness is an Oreo Truffle. So good you would think you'd died and gone to heaven. So so so good!

The Oreo Truffles got coated in almond bark and decorated with pink candy melts and pale purple gum paste flowers which I gave a bit of shimmer to by painting them with edible luster dust. If you click on the photo, you may notice a little shimmer on the front truffle there. I left a couple of the truffles plain and added a bit of sparkle to their white exteriors. A little subtle fanciness, you might say.

While I loved the soft, girly colors of the Oreo Truffles, I was definitely more fond of the color and contrast of the Nutter Butter Truffles. These feel a bit one-dimensional next to the other truffles.

Still cute though. And oh so yummy! Mmmm... so yummy! It's a good thing I only saved one of each as a sacrifice (i.e. to be cut in half for photographic purposes). One of the hubby's classmates claimed, "These have changed my life forever!" They may be simple and a breeze to make, but these truffles are seriously good eats.


  1. I'm thinking that looking at your blog is not good for my health, as all the baked goods make me want to stuff my face with sweets, increasing my risk of diabetes. :) j/k But those truffles are so cute! I think I'd cry if people ate them.

  2. these truffles - as well as your blog- are/is completely adorable!

  3. Great job Amy! What a wonderful wife you are.... They look so delicious, and almost too pretty to eat....But I think I could force myself to make some disappear... ;)

  4. Thanks for all the sweet, sweet comments everyone! Surprisingly I never get saddened by the idea of anyone eating any of my pretty baked creations. As much joy as I get from compliments on the appearance of my treats, I really love to hear people squeal with delight when they eat them. As long as I get photos of the treats to remember them by, I am happy to see them disappear!

  5. Cool, a lovely treats that i like very much, would you mind to give me a recipe? thank you

  6. K, both the Oreo Truffle and the Nutter Butter Truffle recipes are very simple. You will need:

    1 package Oreo or Nutter Butter cookies
    8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
    chocolate bark, almond bark, or candy melts
    other decorations, if desired

    For each, take a package of cookies and process them in a food processor until VERY finely ground. Then mix the ground cookies with an 8 oz package of cream cheese which has been softened at room temperature. You can mix this with a spoon, but I prefer to use my stand mixer. Mix until everything is fully combined and the mixture forms a ball. Roll your truffles into 1" balls and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. At this point you may want to refrigerate your truffles briefly. Next, melt chocolate bark, almond bark, or candy melts (whatever you prefer to use for the exterior) and then dip each truffle, one at a time, letting any excess chocolate drip off before placing them back on the parchment paper to dry. Once all the truffles have been coated, allow them to harden at room temperature, then store them in the fridge until ready to serve.

    If you want to add sprinkles or similar decoration to your truffles, make sure you do this immediately after dipping the truffles so the decorations will stick to the coating.

    The recipes make about 30 truffles each, but can be easily halved. I halved each recipe and made my truffles a bit smaller and ended up with ~25 of each kind.

  7. I'm so impressed, not only do these look too good to eat, your photography skills are excellent! :-)

  8. I'm so impressed by your baking skills- these look soooo yummy!

  9. I made the oreo truffles today and omg! sooo good. but, how did you get the chocolate to coat so smootly? mine looked a mess. they still tasted great but leave a lot of room in the 'pretty' catagory.

  10. Vicki,

    Getting the coating smooth just takes patience and a bit of practice. For me, the key to a smooth coating is keeping my chocolate bark very hot. Once it starts to cool it's difficult to get the coating smooth. I melt mine in a mug and pop it back into the microwave as needed while I'm dipping the truffles. I also used a fork for the dipping to help the excess drain away. They make special candy tools specifically to help with coating things in chocolate, but I haven't had a chance to try them myself. I hope that helps!

  11. What beautiful Truffles you have, thank you for sharing


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