Graham Cracker Truffles

by Dinner Hero on June 12, 2013

graham cracker truffles

I’m in love with these sweet treats!

Truffles, cake balls, cake pops, cookie dough balls – whatever you want to call them, they are awesome!  Basically, they are pretty balls of YUM!

Recently, I made a variety of truffles to take to my niece’s high school graduation party.  It was a great excuse for me to get to play in the kitchen and experiment with some new recipes.

First up – the peanut butter version {so, so EASY!}

grahams & pb

Just mix together 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs with 1 cup peanut butter.  At first, it seems impossible to mix, but keep stirring and eventually it will form one big dough ball.

grahams mixed

Once you get there, simply roll out golf ball sized balls and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.

graham balls

Then pop them in the freezer for an hour or so.  At this point, they are ready to be dipped.

Note:  Once my balls were frozen, I put them in a gallon size Ziplock bag (undipped) and put them back in the freezer.  I made these a week in advance!

Next – the chocolate variety!

grahams & jif chocolate

I also made a chocolate version using Jif Chocolate Hazelnut Spread.  Since I had this in my pantry, I thought it would be a great use for it (my Nutella loving kids said it wasn’t “ALL THAT”!).  Turns out, it WAS good as a Graham Cracker Truffle!

jif chocolate balls

Now – the fun part!

graham balls decorated

After the balls have been in the freezer at least one hour, it’s safe to dip them.  Simply melt half a package of chocolate almond bark (found in the baking section next to the chocolate chips) in a microwave safe bowl.  Once dipped, I sprinkled these with mini chocolate chips and Heath bits.

OK, now I must warn you that dipping the balls in chocolate is the most challenging part of making these guys!  Luckily, I have a friend who is a “professional dipper”!  April @ Bakefully Blessed, is an expert.  She’s even fashioned her own “dipping tool” which I’m trying to get her to patent!  If you want to have your own truffles but you can’t fathom the idea of making them yourself, contact April {in the San Antonio area}.

Dipping Tips

  • use a bowl that is deeper than it is wide, this way the chocolate doesn’t spread out too much.
  • dip one ball at a time.
  • remove the ball with a fork underneath the ball, this way the excess chocolate will drip off.
  • place the dipped balls on wax paper to dry.
  • decorate with sprinkles, candies, etc. immediately before the balls dry (this will also help cover any imperfections in your dipping abilities…just saying)
  • once dry, store balls in the fridge.

graham cracker truffle 2

Pour yourself a big glass of milk and enjoy!  And, try not to eat them all at once.

Graham Cracker Truffles
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1½ cups graham crackers crumbs
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips or Heath bits (yummy!)
  • ½ package Chocolate Almond Bark – melted, for dipping

Instructions
  1. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs and the peanut butter. You want the mixture to be dry enough to be able to form balls. Add a little bit more peanut butter or cracker crumbs to achieve this consistency if needed.
  2. Form 24 even sized balls with your hands and place on a wax paper covered cookie sheet or large plate. Freeze for 1 hour.
  3. Melt the chocolate in the microwave just until melted (do not overcook!). Dip one ball at a time in the melted chocolate.
  4. Place dipped balls on wax paper and sprinkle with desired topping immediately. Try mini chocolate chips, Heath bits, nuts, crushed Oreo, sprinkles…etc.

 

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