Cookie Dough Football Truffles
Well, it's that time of year again....it's the Puppy Bowl!
I kid, I kid--it's Super Bowl time! And if you are not like me, you're psyched to watch football, stress yourself out making sure that you fulfill odd superstitious behaviors, and trash talk your best friends. If you are like me, however, you're pumped to observe said odd superstitious behaviors/trash talk, watch the commercials that American companies pay gazillions of dollars to run during that coveted game, and EAT FOOD.
Hey, don't look at me like that. I have nothing against football. In fact, I've learned more about it and come to enjoy it more this season than ever before in my life. But the Steelers are out and the Bears never really had a shot, so it's anyone's game as far as I'm concerned. :)
And can we get back to the truly crucial word here? FOOD. Football and food are meant to be together, and the Super Bowl is another one of those fantastic American holidays where it's socially acceptable (and even encouraged!) to pig out a little. Or a lot, depending on where you're watching the game and how put together your hosts/fellow watchers are. You may all be there for the sports game, but everyone still has an eye on the snack game, and I've got a couple recipes heading your way that'll guarantee you the Vince Lombardi trophy of Super Bowl food (see what I did there?! I know, cheesy. <--- and that word's a hint towards another upcoming Super Bowl recipe!).
So if you want to win Super Bowl snacking, I have only one question for you: Are you ready for some football....truffles?
If your species is human and your mental status is sane, then the answer to that question should be yes. And thank goodness for that, because I've just spent hours testing, preparing, and photographing a solid recipe for (eggless) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Football Truffles.
These are seriously good, and at the rate me and Heather (my bestie, pictured above attempting to eat the truffles before they were even finished) are going through them, we'll be lucky if they last until the Super Bowl. Whoops. Plus, they're easily made lactose-free, which makes me so happy I could cry because almost all football food is some variation of cheese/cheesy dip/cream, which are all good, but also, you know, rather detrimental to me.
Football truffles take 2 hours to make, but 1 of those hours is them just chillin' in the freezer, so really they aren't all that time consuming. There are basically five steps: 1) Make cookie dough and form. 2) Chill. 3) Make chocolate coating and dip. 4) Chill while you make buttercream. 5) Pipe lacing on.
They end up looking super cute and like you spent all day slaving away at them, but really you can knock them out with plenty of time to spare before the game. And if you want to make them even easier, leave the buttercream lacing off and just make football-shaped truffles. Everyone's gonna be slamming down Bud Light anyway, they'll never notice!
So which team are you rooting for in the Super Bowl LI, the Falcons or the Patriots? Serve your football truffles on a plate that's colored appropriately, because these bad boys are so tasty that they have to be good luck. How's that for odd superstitious behavior?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Football Truffles
Makes: About 3 dozen truffles (36)
Takes: About 2 hours
For the cookie dough:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 6 Tbsp. (1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp.) sugar
- 6 Tbsp. (1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp.) firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1 splash milk (around 1-2 Tbsp.)
- 1/2 of 12 oz. package of milk chocolate chips
For the chocolate coating:
- 1 12 oz. package of milk chocolate chips (the higher the cocoa butter content, the better)
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil (optional, but HIGHLY recommended)
For the buttercream lacing:
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 Tbsp. milk (or lactose-free 2% milk)
- 1 ziplock bag
- Cream butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and vegetable oil together in a stand mixer, with a hand mixer, or in a bowl.
- Add salt and flour, mixing until combined.
- Check dough consistency. If it's moist, add a smaller splash of milk. If it's dry, add a bigger splash of milk.
- Using a spatula, fold in chocolate chips.
- Line a baking sheet in parchment paper.
- Begin forming football shapes out of the dough (basically shoot for rotund ovals), and line them up on the baking sheet. Squish them down on the baking sheet just a little so that they have a flat base to stand on. Depending on the size of your footballs and how much dough you sneakily eat as you go, the recipe will make about 3 dozen footballs.
- Set baking sheet in the freezer and chill for about an hour.
- To make the chocolate coating, empty a package of chocolate chips into a microwaveable bowl. Add coconut oil. Note: While the coconut oil is optional, I very highly recommend it. 1) It smells amazing. 2) More importantly, it helps the chocolate melt without burning, and makes it smoother and easier to work with when dipping the truffles.
- Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, 15 seconds at a time, stopping each time to stir vigorously with a spoon.
- Remove footballs from the freezer.
- Set a football on a fork, and dip the base into the melted chocolate. Use a spoon to drizzle chocolate over the top until it is covered. Let football drip over the chocolate bowl for a few moments, and then let it slide off the fork and back onto the baking sheet. Note: You can nudge it off the fork with a knife/toothpick/etc. if it's being sticky.
- Repeat Chapter 11 until all the footballs are covered. If necessary, melt more chocolate chips/coconut oil in order to cover all of the truffles.
- Place the baking sheet back into the freezer.
- To make the buttercream, cream butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer. Let run on medium/medium-high for about 5 minutes, or until buttercream is ready. Note: I used Fairlife 2% lactose-free milk, and it worked very nicely in the frosting.
- Cut off the very tip of a ziplock bag corner (barely a centimeter, just enough to make small lace lines on the footballs). Place bag in a glass with the cut corner facing downwards, and fold the sides of the bag over the edge of the glass.
- Using a spatula, scrape buttercream from bowl and fill the ziplock bag. When finished, unfold the sides of the bag from the glass and zip it closed, twisting the frosting down to the cut corner--you now have an easy piping bag!
- Remove the footballs from the freezer again. Snap off any excess chocolate leftover on the base of the truffles that disrupts your football shape, or use a pair of kitchen scissors if you're a perfectionist like me.
- Using the bag, pipe a horizontal line onto the football, and then pipe three vertical lines on top of that to make the laces. Continue until all the footballs are laced.
- Get ready to cheer on your favorite team (or at least watch the commercials and eat lots of food)!! Store football truffles in freezer. Remove about 5 minutes before serving, in order to let them thaw.