Truffles. I think of fancy things when I hear the word truffles. Snooty french restaurants with lights so low you can barely see where you're stepping, candle-lit tables, extremely over-priced food in tiny portions, the looks that people give when you walk in this place and are not dressed in formal wear. Ugh. That does not sound like a good time. Truffles are also a type of fungus, specifically mushrooms. They are apparently pretty rare and expensive. How you make a fungus seem fancy, I have no clue. Although the only tasting that I have had of the mushroom has been french fries made with truffle oil, from Burger Up, which are extremely delicious. So maybe there is something to fuss about them for. This is what they look like:
Weird little things that could very easily be mistaken for a rock. Who picked this thing up and decided to eat it? Eww. So anyway, the other kind of truffles. Little balls of chocolate, usually with some kind of filling inside. They are also called truffles because of their resemblance to the coal-like original. I've never really been a fan of truffles, mostly because I am not a huge chocolate person. I don't even really like it at all. I do however, love to eat raw cookie dough. I can't make a batch of chocolate chip cookies without stuffing my mouth with a few spoonfuls of the dough before I bake it all. I know that it is completely unsanitary and that I could catch salmonella from the raw eggs, but I don't really care. During college, when I did not have any access to an oven, mixing bowls or a mixer, I would sometimes buy a package of pre-made cookie dough and eat some as a snack. It was wonderful. And gross.
So I saw a recipe for cookie dough truffles and thought I'd give them a try...and they are made without raw eggs! Brilliant. Solved my bacteria-laden habit. I covered them in chocolate and gave those ones away, but I made naked ones that I ate for myself. : )
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter, room temp
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup milk
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
14 oz dark chocolate (you can use candy coating, or chocolate chips, or fancy chocolate. I used Godiva milk chocolate)
Beat butter and sugars on medium until light and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Mix on low or by hand until all incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
When dough is firm enough to handle, form into 1" balls and put on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Put sheets in freezer and freeze for 30 mins.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Using a fork or a stick, dip the dough balls into the melted chocolate. Return to the wax paper cookie sheets. Chill until set. Store them in an air tight container in the fridge.