I love homemade gifts. Especially when it comes to a hostess gift. Sure you can bring a bouquet of flowers, maybe a bottle of wine, but nothing beats a present with a homemade touch.
And if you have a talent for cooking or baking, this is the perfect opportunity to show off your talents (and let someone know you really appreciate them).
I recently attended a wine tasting party at a beloved former co-worker’s house, and I couldn’t think of a more perfect hostess gift than homemade truffles. Who doesn’t love chocolate!?
These Cookie Dough Truffles from Paula Deen taste exactly like cookie dough….without the eggs. (no one wants a hostess sick with Salmonella).
I bought cute treat boxes at JoAnn’s. But the truffles I made were so big that I could only fit 4 in a box (the recipe claims that you can get 5 dozen truffles from the ingredients-I got 42, which is less than 4 dozen). I did use a small cookie scoop though, which made them a lot bigger.
Cookie Dough Truffles
Adapted from Paula Deen
Makes 42 large truffles
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 lb chocolate bark candy coating, melted
In a large bowl cream butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla. Gradually beat in flour and add milk. Add chocolate morsels and pecans, mixing well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on waxed paper; chill 2 hours.
*Cook’s Note: Since the dough is sticky, roll your fingers into flour. This will make it easier to roll.
Melt chocolate bark candy coating in a double boiler. Using 2 forks, dip cookie balls into candy coating to cover. Place on waxed paper and chill to set. Store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Question: What are your favorite DIY food/hostess gifts. And for you truffle lovers out there, any tips to make them look pretty? (I’m dying to make them look as good as they do in the magazines).