Sunday, February 9, 2014

Nilla Wafer Truffles

Anyone remember the Nilla Wafer?

Yup, these guys.

If you don't know them you should get to know them. Nillas are normally a supporting character in dessert... Sometimes as an ingredient for pie crust, or crumbled as a layer in banana pudding. But truth be told they're sooooooo delicious on their own. Buttery, crispy, and perfect for dunking, I think it's Nilla's time to shine again.

These little chocolate nuggets of Nilla are delectable and an absolutely adorable treat to give to your Valentine this month! Feel free to decorate them however you choose... they're yummy anytime of year!

First we crush up a pack of Nilla Wafers in the food processor...

Then we add them into a bowl with some cream cheese, confectioners sugar, and melted butter. You mush them together with your hands (unfortunately they just don't come together in a mixer... hands are a must).

Then they get rolled into little balls and 'chill' (pun intended) in the freezer for a little while.

While the Nillas are chillin', we melt some chocolate for some dippin'...Then we dip...

Tada! B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L Valentine's Day treats for your honey!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Nilla Wafer Truffles

  • 1 pack (11 oz) of Nilla Wafers
  • 7 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles for decorating (optional) 

  1. Empty your package of Nilla Wafers into a food processor, turn it on, and let it run until the Nilla Wafers turn into fine crumbs. 
  2. Empty the Nilla crumbs into a large mixing bowl. Add your cream cheese, confectioners sugar, and melted butter. Mix WELL WITH YOUR HANDS (an electric mixer just doesn't work) until the combination turns into a dough-like consistency (see picture above). 
  3. Roll the Nilla 'dough' into 1-inch balls. Store the balls in a Ziploc bag and put them in the freezer to chill (about one hour). 
  4. About 5 minutes before you're ready to take your Nilla truffles out of the freezer, put your chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and microwave the chocolate until it melts, about 3-5 minutes (varies depending on your microwave, so keep an eye on it). 
  5. Take your Nilla truffles out of the freezer. Submerge each ball in the melted chocolate, one-at-a-time, then scoop out with a fork and place on a sheet of parchment paper. (click here for a great video that has a fun technique for perfectly dipping truffles) 
  6. Immediately, while the chocolate is still soft, top with your sprinkles. 
  7. Let the chocolate coating harden, about one-hour. 

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