Throughout the year, during my birthday or during various holidays, I find myself with a new stash of candles that I don’t know when I’ll use, enough bath and beauty products to last me a good number of years and books I wish I had time to read.
While any gift is greatly appreciated for the thought behind it, every gift giver, myself included, hopes her gift will not only be appreciated, but actually well-used. Now you’re probably thinking a gift card is the way to go. But what better way to ensure a thoughtful and personalized gift that will be enjoyed than to give the gift of homemade food?
So here’s a recipe for my favorite edible gift, and one good for any occasion. While there are many chocolate truffle recipes out there, I love this one because it’s not only simple, but the truffles also keep well when stored in a fridge! This recipe makes about 50 truffles.
- 1 8-oz. package of cream cheese
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 3 cups chocolate chips
- 1.5 tsp. vanilla
- Let the cream cheese sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes, or until softened.
- Beat cream cheese until smooth and then add in the confectioners’ sugar and mix well.
- Set the heat of your stove to “low” and melt the chocolate chips in a pan, stirring constantly, until chocolate is smooth and creamy.
- Mix chocolate into the cream cheese mixture and stir in the vanilla.
- Roll the chocolate mixture into 1inch spheres, then roll the chocolate balls in a plate of sprinkles, shredded coconut, or ground nuts.
- Set the truffles on plates and leave in refrigerator until firm.
A couple of notes: Before serving, leave the truffles at room temperature for about 15 minutes to soften. I’ve also made the truffles with white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips, and all flavors were equally delicious. Enjoy!!