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Chocolate Truffles

Impressive Chocolate Truffles

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 12 oz bittersweet chocolate chips

¼ cup milk chocolate chips

1/3 cup heavy cream

1 Tablespoon powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Combine chocolates and cream in a medium saucepan, and Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Add powdered sugar and stir. Add vanilla and stir.

Pour into a medium bowl or shallow pan and place in refrigerator. Monitor closely, checking for the mixture to soft-set. Do NOT allow it to become hard and unworkable. (It is helpful if you have made spritz cookies in the past, as the texture you are looking for is that of spritz cookie dough.) The dough should be firm enough to press, but not rigid. Spoon the mixture into the press barrel, eliminating air pockets as you go. Test for firmness and pressability. If need be, place back in refrigerator, checking frequently, until the desired firmness is achieved.

Press your chosen shapes onto a cookie sheet. Dust with unsweetened cocoa if desired. Place in freezer for at least 1 hour until set. Remove from freezer and let the pan sit for several minutes to warm up the pan and allow you to remove them without breaking. Using a warm wet spatula, gently remove the shapes. If they begin to warm up too much to remove, simply place back in freezer for a few minutes. Once they are off the pan they will set and retain their shape.

Store in refrigerator.

 *SPECIAL TIPS FOR DECORATOR ICING, ALMOND CREAM CHEESE, TRUFFLES, AND PUMPKIN MOUSSE!*

After pressing, place these shapes in the freezer until firm enough to remove with a wet spatula. We find it easiest to let the cold cookie sheet sit for 3 to 5 minutes, just long enough for the shapes to “let go” of the sheet more easily. If they become too warm and lose their shape as you lift them simply return them to the freezer for a bit then try again. Once you get the hang of this technique, it’s easy! Experiment with a couple of these techniques and see what works for you: wipe the end of the spatula between lifting each shape, try buttering the end of the spatula or dipping it in or running it under warm water. Sometimes keeping it slightly wet helps the shapes lift.

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