You knew I’d have to sneak in last S’mores post before the end of the year. I couldn’t help it! It was this time last year that I was eyeball deep in s’mores creating for the upcoming cookbook – and here we are, one year later – and I’ve been on a s’mores journey like none other! Luckily I had Bree to gorgeously photograph the cookbook for me, Duff to write the fantastic foreword, a publisher that took an already fun book and make it beautiful, and then a book launch party in July that led to an amazing cookbook tour. I can’t believe what a year it has been!
So yeah, here I am again, this time with Dark Chocolate S’mores Truffles. No, this recipe isn’t in the book, but it should have been! It’s super easy, delicious, and a true crowd pleaser. If you have a holiday party to attend this week, THIS is the recipe you should make. The guests will love you for it!
Dark Chocolate S’mores Truffles
- 8 ounces Dark Chocolate
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 1/4 cup cream cheese
- 24-28 marshmallows
- graham cracker crumbs
- In a small sauce pan, combine chocolate, half and half, and cream cheese, over low heat. Whisk constantly, careful not to overheat, until smooth. When chocolate is melted and smooth, remove from heat and set aside until mixture reaches room temperature.
- Using a teaspoon or small spring loaded scoop, portion out chocolate, a bit larger than a cherry. Place a marshmallow in the center of each as you roll into a ball. Coat in graham crumbs by rolling truffle in crumbs. Repeat with remaining chocolate until all truffles have been made. Keep stored in sir tight container.
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