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Kool-Aid Truffles

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These chocolate-dipped truffles have creamy sweet centers made with the unique flavors of Kool-Aid drink mixes!  Your kids will love them!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese (softened to room temperature!)
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 cups of white chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 (0.16oz) packet of Kool-Aid drink mix (any flavor- see my choices below)
  • 2 bags of Wiltons Candy Melts in White chocolate or Dark chocolate
  • Sprinkles, cookie crumbles or colored candy melts (I used Blue and Red)

Blue Raspberry Truffle

Lemon-Lime and Graham Cracker Truffle

Chocolate-covered Black Cherry Truffle

White chocolate Mango-Peach Truffle

DIRECTIONS:

    • Cream together cream cheese, powdered sugar and Kool-Aid in a large mixing bowl.
    • Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments (stirring in between) until smooth and creamy.
    • Add melted chips and vanilla to cream cheese mixture and combine until completely smooth.
    • Refrigerate for at least one hour.
    • Remove mixture from refrigerator and use a small cookie scoop to make small balls of filling (I placed these on a plate and put them back in the fridge to chill while I prepared my chocolate to dip)
    • Melt the Wilton’s Candy Melts in the microwave in 30 second increments until smooth and creamy.
    • Dip chilled balls of filling in the melted chocolate, draining away excess and placing on parchment paper to harden (if you want pictures of how I dip things click here for a previous recipe)
    • Decorate with sprinkles, cookie crumbles or drizzles of fun colored chocolate. 

My thoughts:  These are so much fun to make!!  I just love them.  I actually divided the recipe in half (and used just 1/2 of a packet of Kool-Aid) so that I could try lots of flavors and not make 4 full batches.  One batch makes quite a few truffles- about 40 if you use a small cookie scoop to measure them out.  

My warning????  These are SO sweet. (SOOOOOOOO sweet!)  They almost make your teeth hurt they are so sweet.  They are great with a cup of coffee though, and they will cure you of your sugar cravings fast!  

Dipping them in chocolate is always the hard part if you haven’t done much candy making.  Keeping the fillings chilled helps and (of course) practice helps.  They are MUCH easier to dip than cake pops though.  If you don’t want to dip them, I’d suggest chopping chocolate up fine (or cookie bits, or candy bits) and just rolling the finished truffle filling in toppings instead.  Be amazing and create your own flavor combinations– I’d LOVE to hear about what you and your family create!!!  Enjoy!  -r

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Easy Lemon Cut-out Cookies

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These brightly colored Easter cookies have a hint of lemon and a creamy sweet filling.  This cut-out recipe is REALLY easy to roll out and I used Linzer cookie cutters to make them into fun sandwich cookies.

Cookies:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 c. margarine
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 t. lemon juice
  • 2 T. whipping cream
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream together margarine and sugar.
  • Add egg, vanilla and whipping cream and mix.
  • Add lemon juice and mix until completely combined.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  • To color the dough:  I divided the dough into 3 smaller bowls and colored it using Wilton Icing Colors.  I love this food coloring…it says its for icing but I use it in everything– it makes things SO bright and doesn’t change the consistency of what you add it to.
  • Use a little additional flour to make your dough a good rolling consistency.  Using a flour-coated rolling pin, roll the dough out on a flour-coated surface.
  • Cut your cookies using any cookie cutters you like.  I used Springtime Shapes Linzer Cookie Cutters and I just LOVE the way they turned out.  Just cut solid cookies for the backs and for the tops use the tiny shapes to cut bunnies and chicks and flowers from the center of each cookie.  It IS a little fussy, but worth it in the end!
  • However you choose to cut them, place the cookies on parchment paper- covered cookies sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes (check for a slightly browned edge).
  • Cool and frost.

Frosting:

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  • Cream together the powdered sugar and Crisco.
  • Add the milk and blend until a smooth spreadable consistency.  Divide frosting and color in as many colors as you want.
  • Frost and enjoy!

My thoughts:  I love these Linzer cookie cutters.  I got them last fall when I made cookies for both Halloween and Christmas and I’ve been waiting for spring to arrive so I could try this set out– they are just so much fun.

I really think you will like this dough– it rolls out beautifully even with no refrigeration ahead.  If you want an easier cookie, just use traditional cookie cutters and have fun with all the bright colors!   Enjoy!  r-

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