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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.