Thursday, November 3, 2011

Vegan chocolate chip cookie dough truffles

Breakfast: Pumpkin porridge with chai tea

Lunch: Lentil and bean salad

Dinner: Soba noodle stir fry followed by vegan chocolate chip cookie dough truffles

I'm not afraid to say that I almost wet myself with excitement when I discovered the existence of cookie dough truffles. Everyone knows that cookie dough is better than actual cookies, and when I was a chunky teenager I used to top off my weekends at the shopping centre with Sarah (during which we would eat baked potatoes and balk at those going to McDonalds) by having one of those horribly unhealthy, sickeningly sweet Baskin Robbins milkshakes made with cookie dough ice cream. Getting those leftover little bits of dough at the end was heaven.

Now, I know I couldn't drink a tenth of that milkshake without being sick; I could, however, still eat the dough, especially if it was vegan and covered in vegan chocolate. Ta da!

You'll need:
(Makes 25-30 truffles)
1 cup plain flour
2/3 cup Earth Balance / vegan margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
3-4 tbsp almond milk
1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips / vegan chocolate chopped into small chunks
2-3 cups dark vegan chocolate
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, if using

Cream together the Earth Balance / vegan margarine and the sugars
Sift in the flour and mix well
Stir in the vanilla essence and almond milk to create a sticky dough
Stir in the vegan chocolate chips evenly
Line a baking tray with tin foil or baking paper
Roll the mixture into 1 inch balls and place them on the tray
Put them in the fridge for at least 1 hour to set
Chop the dark chocolate into chunks and place in a double boiler
Melt over a medium heat and remove from heat as soon as it has all melted
Using a fork or 2 toothpicks, dip the balls into the chocolate and make sure they're totally covered
If using the coconut, roll some truffles straight into the coconut after the chocolate
Place back on the baking tray and leave to cool for at least 1 more hour
Serve and enjoy!

You can also pipe lines and patterns of white chocolate on to the top of these, or roll them in hundreds and thousands, ground almonds or even dark chocolate shards after the first chocolate layer. Let's face it, the possibilites are endless - and when treats are as decadent as this you might as well go the whole hog!

I am obsessed with these, but I think that goes without saying. Who isn't?

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