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Too-Easy Truffles

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Prep time: 15 minutes Chill time: 1 hour

Variation: To flavor truffles with liqueurs, omit vanilla. Divide truffle mixture into thirds. Add 1 tablespoon liqueur (almond, coffee or orange) to each third mixture; mix well.

Do not double recipe. Make 2 single batches.

Ingredients

1-1/2 packages (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla.
Ground nuts or flake coconut, toasted

Instructions

Melt chocolate by placing in microwave dish. Microwave on high 3 to 4 minutes or until almost melted, stirring after each minute. Remove from microwave. Stir until completely melted. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add sugar, beating until well blended. Add melted chocolate and vanilla; mix well. Refrigerate about 1 hour. Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in nuts or coconut. Store in refrigerator. Makes about 5 dozen.

Diane Sharp
Rock Island



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