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Last week was quite a week. There was a seemingly endless flood of heartbreaking events around the globe. The weather in the Midwest felt stifling and oppressive. I found myself facing some big decisions in my personal life. Obviously, the local weather and my own dilemmas pale in comparison with what’s going on in the world at large, but all of this together in the same week left me feeling rather drained. At times like these, I often find it calming to busy myself in the kitchen for a little while and whip up something special to share with my friends and family.
These peanut butter Butterfinger truffles began with a trip to Meijer, where I picked up several Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes. Don’t let the words “cookie” or “brownie” on the boxes fool you—as these truffles will make clear, you can use these mixes for far more than cookies or brownies. You just have to think outside the box (literally)! While I opted to use the Cookies & More Cookie Baking Mix with Butterfinger Baking Bits, this recipe will work with any of the different varieties of Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes—it’s up to you!
These peanut butter Butterfinger truffles do take a bit of time (as is the case with any chocolate-covered confection), but they are super straightforward and only require five ingredients: a Nestle Toll House Baking Mix, butter, an egg, peanut butter, and chocolate chips!
The cookies provide the base of the truffle filling: after you crumble up the cookies, you just stir in some peanut butter and Butterfinger Baking Bits (included in the box mix) and there you have it! The truffle filling is now ready to be rolled into balls and dipped in chocolate.
These truffles are bursting with chocolate peanut butter flavor, and they also have a satisfying crispy/flaky crunch from the Butterfinger Baking Bits. When you’re feeling the mid-afternoon energy slump and could use a boost, these truffles can help. When you’ve got friends stopping by for a few minutes and you want to offer them something, these truffles can help. When you have an occasion that calls for giving a small gift, when you’re going to a potluck, or when you just want to bring some cheer to someone’s day, these truffles can help!
What are your go-to recipes when you want to bring a smile to someone’s face?
- 1 box NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Cookies & More Cookie Baking Mix with Butterfinger® Baking Bits
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
- 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Bake the cookies: prepare and bake the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Cookies & More Cookie Baking Mix with Butterfinger® Baking Bits according to the directions on the box, but omit the added water and set aside the Butterfinger® Baking Bits.
- Prepare the truffle filling: crumble the cookies into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the peanut butter and Butterfinger® Baking Bits and mix until combined. With slightly wet hands, squeeze and roll the dough into balls (about 1 inch in diameter). It may help to refrigerate the mixture for 15 minutes first. Transfer the rolled balls into the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Coat with chocolate: melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl set on top of a pot with an inch of water in the bottom. Place each ball on a fork and spoon chocolate over it until completely covered. Gently shake off the excess chocolate by tapping on the wrist of the hand with which you are holding the fork. Transfer each truffle to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat and let cool.
- I decorated these truffles with either chopped peanuts or a mixture of melted chocolate and peanut butter (2 tablespoons peanut butter + 2 tablespoons chocolate chips), but feel free to get creative!
- From start to finish, including time for the truffles to cool, this recipe takes about 3 hours. Don’t worry—not all of this is active time!
- Store in a cool place.
Cake Lover says
Who knew something so “fancy” could be made with only five ingredients? I like how you were able to think outside the box!
Thanks! People always seem very impressed when I offer them homemade truffles, but in reality, they’re not complicated at all 🙂
Oh my, can you save one for me?
I’ll try, but I make no promises! It’s the strangest thing, how these truffles just keep disappearing…
Agatha Chocolats says
Little balls of YUM!!! 🍫🍫🍫
Indeed! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂
Stephanie | Worth Whisking says
These look delicious, Mara! In my experience, chocolate ALWAYS helps when life gets a little topsy-turvy! Peanut butter and Butterfinger don’t hurt, either! 🙂
Thanks, Stephanie! No joke – I like to make sure that I have at least some chocolate on hand if I know the next week is going to be a particularly stressful one. One of my coworkers also stocks what she calls “desk chocolate” for work emergencies!
Debbie Spivey says
Oh my! These look amazing!
Thanks, Debbie! I’m glad they caught your eye 🙂
Love truffles!! I need to try your recipe soon. I am glad you enjoyed the new NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® baking mixes. Thanks #client
Thanks! I’m looking forward to trying the other mixes as well!
These look so good, Mara! I love butterfinger candy bars so I know I would love the truffles. How do you make your truffles look so good? I have tried dipping them with a fork before, and it wasn’t pretty! Your pictures are beautiful, too. I hope next week is better for you, as well as our country!
Thanks so much, Shari! I use the method outlined by Dorothy of Crazy for Crust in this video. And yes, I hope we all have a better week moving forward!
I Say Nomato (@ISayNomato) says
Yep, last week totally needed more chocolate. Sending you a big hug, because dang it, we all need one after that doozy. I like to decorate cakes when I’m down – I like to say some people meditate, I decorate! Thanks for sharing with the Wednesday Showcase!
Thanks, Cristina 🙂 I can see how cake decorating could be therapeutic. Especially since it usually leads to cake eating!
Jen | Baked by an Introvert says
Oh YUM! These truffles look amazing! I love that you used the new NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® baking mixes to make them. I have a couple boxes of those and know just what to do with them now!
Thanks, Jen! I’ve got your fudge on my list of things to try with these mixes as well. So many options!
Erika Powell says
Those look delicious! And actually like something I can do!
Oh definitely! If I can do it, so can you. And believe me, my first attempts at truffles were pitiful, but once I saw this video by Dorothy of Crazy for Crust, I was able to hit the ground running. Let me know what you think if you give these a try!
Haley D. Williams says
So these are insane! Love this idea. Pinned!
Thanks, Haley! I’ve already made a second batch…
Jenna Owens (@aSavoryFeast) says
Oh golly, these are just plain dangerous! Peanut Butter AND Butterfingers? AND chocolate? This is a dream come true for me!
I can confirm that these are in fact a little dangerous to have around 😉 Thanks for stopping by, Jenna!
Holy cow, Mara…these look incredible! I’m going to close my eyes and pretend that a big plate of these truffles is sitting on my desk. Then I’m going to pretend that I’m eating them all. Seriously…what a creative way to use that cookie mix! Hang in there, and to quote Plato, “When the mind is thinking, it is talking to itself.” (I talk to myself a lot, but somehow I think that’s different than what Plato meant…)
Thanks so much, David! I hadn’t read that quote before…I’ll have to go check it out!
Megan - The Emotional Baker says
The kitchen is definitely my safe haven. Undoubtedly, no matter what the problem, I’d feel better after I made some gorgeous truffles like these. They are simply stunning, Mara 🙂
Thanks, Megan! If only all the world’s problems could be solved in the kitchen…
These looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Thanks, Anita! I’m glad these caught your eye.
Angie | Fiesta Friday says
Thank goodness I’m already eating chocolate right now, or else I’d go CRAZY!! 😀 Your truffles look perfect, Mara!
Thanks, Angie! And that’s a good idea…maybe I should try reading blogs while eating instead of with a growling stomach!
Happy Fiesta Friday & can I please have these for breakfast?
I would support the decision to eat these for breakfast 😉
I love truffles. I bet these are so good! 😀 Happy FF, Mara! x
Thanks! I hope you had a great weekend.
Julie is Hostess At Heart says
These truffles look adorably delicious!
And they taste even better than they look (in my biased opinion, at any rate)! Thanks, Julie!
MB @ Bourbon and Brown Sugar says
I’m the same way… when life is rough, I head to the kitchen 🙂 So sorry you’re having a rocky week – and Happy Fiesta Friday!
Cooking and baking really can be quite therapeutic! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Oh my gosh these look yummy! I love butterfinger flavor but I won’t eat a candy bar because I can’t handle the way it sticks to my teeth! Lol. These will be perfect! Thanks!
I love Butterfingers, but there’s definitely such thing as too much of a good thing! I hope you get a chance to try these!
They look absolutely stunning and delicious!
Thanks so much, Sarah!
Amazing what you can make with a mix – I use to make truffles from scratch and this looks much easier.
Definitely! I’m learning just how many things you can make with mixes…it’s incredible!
These truffles look so delicious! Chocolate and working in the kitchen are both soothing things for me too. I know what you mean about the world events. It seems like every time I write a blog post, there is something major going on in the news, and I feel trite and trivial writing about my food life–yet it is important to keep doing what we do, and in creating our own positive impact, hopefully we can do our small part. At least that’s how I think of it sometimes. 🙂 Anyway, these truffles look amazing and at the same time comforting! 🙂
I feel the exact same way when I write about recipes in the wake of such tragedies. But I agree with you – there’s always a place for positive contributions, no matter how big or small. Part of why I enjoy reading food blogs is because I’m constantly impressed by people’s creations, and it’s always nice to be surprised by people in a positive way. Thanks so much for stopping by, Jenny!
Jess @ Sweetest Menu says
What?! This is outrageously clever! I am so impressed. I love anything with peanut butter but truffles with a cookie mix? It’s genius! Pinned.
Thanks so much, Jess! You really can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter, right? 🙂
They look so wonderful !
Thanks, Swapna! I’m so glad these caught your eye.