Makes several dozen truffles.
8 ounce package of cream cheese.
3 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips, melted (We like Ghirardelli's :-) )
3 cups of confectioner's sugar, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Truffle toppings of your choice (optional) - confectioner's sugar, ground nuts, sprinkles, etc.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners sugar until well blended. Don't add too fast or you will have a white powdered dust storm in your kitchen! Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla until there are no streaks remaining. Refrigerate the chocolate mixture for approximately 1 hour.
After 1 hour, use a small melon baller to scoop and shape the truffles into 1 inch balls. Or just use a teaspoon to scoop up a little then use your (clean) hands to roll the mixture into 1 inch balls.
After shaping the truffles, you can enjoy them now or roll them in ground nuts, cocoa, coconut, confectioners sugar, candy, sprinkles, etc.
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