Saturday, May 7, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles

So I can't believe it's May already and that tomorrow is Mother's Day! 2011 has been flying by.

Maybe that's because I was out of work (translation: stress-free) for a month and a half... ha!

But whatever it is, I'm pretty psyched that Spring is in full swing, Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that in general things are looking up this year.

Last Mother's Day I was admittedly pretty bummed out.

Ok, that's putting it lightly.  Truthfully, I was on the verge of totally losing it.

If you're new to my blog, my mother lost her 6-year battle with cancer in November 2009, the day Mr. Vittles and I returned from our honeymoon.  Thankfully we made it home to say goodbye but the next few months that ensued were pretty much a blur.

I made it through her birthday, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then my birthday.  I was on auto-pilot, but I was handling it no worse than could be expected.

Then Mother's Day hit me like a Mack truck.

I was a complete disaster during the weeks leading up to it.  As if I didn't think about it enough, now I was being bombarded with ads and commercials reminding me how 'Mom was always there for you!' about how I need to 'Make her feel special!' and 'Show her I care!' etc etc.

A year later, I am in a much better place.  With things like that, your mind can be your own worst enemy so I learned to make peace with my thoughts.  Now, when I think about her, my mind is on a leash - I only let it go certain places, and if it starts to stray into the negative I have to yank it back to the positive.

The positive being, I have 26 years worth of beautiful (and hilarious, and awful) memories with her that some people aren't lucky enough to have with their moms.  And I'm blessed to have a wonderful stepmother and mother-in-law who are always there for me, and with whom I can still celebrate the day.

So I know I said this last year, but I'll say it again because it's important - please tell your mom, your stepmom, your mother-in-law, your grandma, your aunt, your like-a-mom (whatever!) that you love her and she's great.

Not necessarily in those words, or in words at all in fact.  Just make her feel loved and special.  And I don't mean tomorrow, I mean as often as you can.

And... you can start with these truffles.

Hello, deliciousness!

Actions speak louder than words, my friends. What mom wouldn't love chocolate peanut butter fudge swirled with chocolate chip cookie dough??

None that I know.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there - you ladies are awesome!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles
  • 1/4 C. butter, softened
  • 1/4 C. + 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 C. flour
  • 1/4 C. mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C. sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 oz. dark chocolate, chopped (or 1/3 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 1/4 C. peanut butter

In medium bowl, cream butter with brown sugar. Add salt, vanilla, flour, and mini chocolate chips.  Beat to combine.  Add 1/2 t. water to the mixture and mix well (you can add another 1/2 t. of water if needed).  Grabbing finger-fuls of dough, sprinkle onto bottom of greased 9” pie plate.  Set aside.

In a separate microwave-safe bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk with dark chocolate and peanut butter.  Microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring after each, until mixture is melted and smooth.  Pour chocolate peanut butter fudge over cookie dough bits in pie plate, and use a spatula to spread the mixture evenly.  (It doesn’t have to be perfect, you’re going to roll everything into balls – this is just to try and get a relatively equal ratio of layers per truffle).

Cover pie plate & refrigerate 45 minutes, or until firm enough to shape into balls.  Grabbing even fingerfuls, roll the mixture into 1” balls, then placed on waxed paper-covered baking sheets or plates.  Refrigerate an additional 30-45 minutes until truffles are firm enough to handle and hold their shape.

Finish the truffles by either rolling each in unsweetened cocoa powder or dipping in a mixture of 8 oz. chocolate or vanilla bark melted with 1 T. vegetable shortening.  If dipping, decorate with sprinkles as desired. Truffles can be kept at room temperature or refrigerated.  Makes about 2 dozen.

Recipe adapted from Willow Bird Baking’s “Safe-to-Eat Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough”


  1. I am drooling over these chocalatey truffles! Absolutely inviting, eye candy :)

  2. The truffles look so decadent! And thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts about your mom with us.

  3. I am sorry about your is never easy, but I am glad that you are in better place now!
    Those truffles look amazing and very tasty..I am looking at that truffle with a bite and just want to grab one :))) Great recipe and photos, thanks for sharing story too!

  4. Thank you! Mother's (and Father's) Day is everyday!

    And since I'm a disaster when it comes to making sweets, can you FedEx some of these treats!

  5. Thanks for sharing... I am so glad you are in a better place now... You are so right about letting the people in our lives know what they mean to us!

    Chocolate, peanut butter AND cookie dough! Arrgh... Now you've gone and done it! I need something sweet right now... preferably one of these! I think they look awesome and probably taste every bit as good!

  6. I'm so sorry for your loss.
    My Mom lost her Mom (my Gran) to cancer a few years back, and I know she always gets depro around Mother's Day.
    Tomorrow, I'll give her extra hugs.

    Those truffles look wonderful. I wish I had a plateful of them right now!

  7. Near and far mothers are always with us! These look delicious!

  8. So sorry about your mother. Those truffles look decadent. I even have all the stuff to make them. I just need to find someone to give them to so I don't eat them all myself. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  9. Imagine the Mother's Day your mother is having in heaven!

    These look decadent. I think one would be my limit -- one an hour. Ha!

    New follower from Mom's Kinda Crafty.


  10. Looks delicious! If I would have known about these sooner I would have made them!

  11. It sounds like your wonderful mother is firmly in your heart. Your wise words and these gorgeous truffles are a wonderful Mothers Day tribute.

  12. Oh, yeah! As a mom, I heartily approve of these delicious looking gems! Mmmmmm.

    Such a sweet tribute to your mom...she is proud of you and watching over you from heaven~

  13. Those look so yummy! I would love to get some of those for Mother's Day!

  14. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. My friend that I work with here just lost him mother a couple weeks ago to a heart-attack. Today is a rough day for many. But, I love what you said about making her feel special as often as you can, not just on mother's day. Living outside of the States so far from home has made me see how much I love my family. I used to think I could go far far away and not care... I know that's not true anymore. And... those truffles look AMAZING! I bet you could use the recipe for the chocolate chip cookie dough I have on my page to do the same thing. ;)

  15. I'm so sorry to heat about your mom, but I'm glad you're doing better this year.
    These truffles look amazing...there must be something in the air...I just made chocolate PB truffles too!

  16. What a beautiful tribute! I am so sorry about losing your mom :((

  17. These truffles look heavenly!

  18. So sorry about your mom... These truffles look amazing, I am sure she would have loved them!

  19. Thank you for all the lovely comments, I appreciate it guys! :)

  20. Hmm convenient that I have some leftover sweetened condensed milk right now. I know what it's going to be used for tonight!

  21. Your blog is wonderful and the photo of you and your Mom is BEAUTIFUL!! Mother's Day is bitter sweet, my Mom lost her 4 year battle with cancer 25 years ago...I was 10. Now, being a Mom myself, it is better-but I still miss her each year...

  22. I'm always so impressed with people who can make truffles work but you've combined some great flavors here as well.

  23. These truffles look amazing. Wow!

    So sorry about the loss of your mother...I'm so glad that you are doing better this year.

  24. What a beautiful tribute to your mom :)

    These little treats look silly delicious! Bookmarked to try soon!

    New to your blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  25. You know I'm always there for u Mag, but where are my truffles? ps I already consumed ur gift to me, it was awesome. So happy to see that ur reaching out for & accepting condolences which are a huge & essential part of the healing process. Never does "I'm so sorry for your loss" mean so much. Although only those who have already lost their mothers can really understand ur pain, those who have not yet lost their mothers can imagine the pain you are feeling & they dread the pain that they know they will one day have to deal with, and so they can relate. pps Don't let HALLMARK ever tell u what u should be doing or feeling about anything.

  26. Thank you for opening your heart to us and for this terrific recipe.

  27. My heart hurts for you and I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story and this seriously seriously drool-worthy recipe. Seriously.

  28. Scrumptous indeed! Can't wait to taste them (will have to make them first). Thanks for posting.


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