Cookie Dough Truffles

Toward the end of October I start planning all of my holiday parties and menus and that means it’s time for some cookie dough truffles.  I normally make Oreo Truffles, but I reached way back into my recipe archives and resurrected these cookie dough truffles and I know everyone will love them!

The inside of the truffle is soft and gooey,  filled with mini chocolate chips and chopped walnuts and tastes just like cookie dough, but it’s not harmful because there’s no raw eggs!  (Of course, I’ve eaten the real deal many times!)  The outer chocolate shell is crisp and full of chocolate goodness.

Cookie Dough Truffles

When you get all the ingredients mixed together, the dough will be a little soft.  Don’t be alarmed.  It hardens in the fridge.  I pretty much just plopped down the dough in approx. 1″ balls onto a waxed paper lined  baking sheet.  Once they have been refrigerated for 1-2 hours, they come out firm.  That’s when I shape them into a ball, right before dipping them into the chocolate.

Cookie Dough Truffles

Helpful Hint:  I have tried various ways to dip the balls into the chocolate and what works best (for me) is to use a fork placed under the cookie dough ball, dip into chocolate to cover, scrape bottom of fork against the edge of the chocolate container to remove excess chocolate and gently place on the waxed paper.

Cookie Dough Truffles

Another Helpful Hint:  You can make these cookie dough truffles a few days in advance and store them in the fridge.  That’s my kind of party food!  Once the truffles hardened, I drizzled a little chocolate onto the tops to make them pretty.  I’ve also drizzled white chocolate before for a little contrast.  It’s all good!

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Cookie Dough Truffles
Serves: Approx. 5-1/2 dozen
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ lb. semisweet chocolate candy coating (I use Candiquik)
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the flour, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Shape into 1" balls and place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
  4. Loosely cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.
  5. Follow the directions on the Candiquik package to melt chocolate.
  6. Dip balls in melted Candiquik and place back onto the wax paper-lined baking sheets.
  7. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
  8. Store in a covered container in the fridge.


How to Set a Formal Dinner Table

As a southerner and a stickler for proper table manners and table settings, one of the first things I taught my kids was how to set a formal dinner table and I always added, “You never know when you’ll be invited to dine at the White House!”  I’m still holding my breath on that one, but I think all kids (and adults) should, at bare minimum, know where the napkin, forks, spoons and knives go and how to properly use them.

At my house, most of our meals are informal until it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  These 2 meals are so special to my family and me, so I like to get fancy, complete with candles.  I’ve tuned out the cries of “I can’t see my food” from all the guys.  They are such boys!  But deep down they love it, too!

One of my pet peeves is to see a formal table not set properly on a movie or a TV program.  I mean, what is their problem?  I know rules have changed, proper etiquette has been thrown under the bus and repeatedly ran over, but come on, at one point in your life you’ll probably be invited to a formal dinner.  Will you know what to do?  You will now!

How to Set a Formal Dinner Table


It’s not that difficult to set a proper table.  You just have to remember two rules:

1.  Utensils are placed in the order of use.

When you sit down to a formal dinner party and you see a gazillion utensils, don’t panic.  Always start from the outside and work your way in.

2.  The forks go to the left of the plate and the knives and spoons go to the right.

The knives are always placed with the cutting edge facing the plate.

Flatware should align with the bottom rim of the charger or dinner plate.  (I’m a fanatic about everything lining up!)

The napkin is usually placed to the left of the forks or on the plate.

Stemware is placed above and to the right of the dinner plate:  The water glass stands above the dinner knife with the wine glass (or iced tea!) to it’s right.

Formal Table Setting

Napkin Etiquette

When do you place your napkin in your lap?

Usually, you place your napkin in your lap as soon as you sit down.  At a formal dinner, place your napkin in your lap after your hostess places hers in her lap!  When dinner is over, place your napkin to the left of your plate.


Have you ever been to a buffet dinner party and the food was not arranged on the buffet correctly?  The main dish is always placed after the plates and serving forks.

How to Set up A Buffet

Do you ever host formal dinner parties?

Are You A Loser?

I’m all about winning in life. I firmly believe in living a positive life and I believe that what I focus on the longest becomes the strongest. I’m a glass all the way full and running over kind of girl . . .

Until it comes to giveaways, sweepstakes, etc.

Winner In Life

True Story:  I know a couple of guys that seem to have the Midas touch!  Everything they touch turns to gold. If they go to Vegas, they win BIG!  I don’t gamble. I don’t even know how.

If they buy a lottery ticket, they win BIG. I’ve never bought one. I don’t even know how.

They are not only big winners in Vegas.  They are winning at life.  They have hearts of gold and put their faith and family first place in their lives.

I have entered the HGTV Dream Home and the Urban Oasis giveaway every single year. Over and over. And over. Just about every single day that the contest is live.  Multiple times. I enter using my personal email, my blog email, my husband’s and all my children’s emails. I’ve stopped short of actually mailing in entries.

I’ve dreamed about what I would do with the house when I won.  If it wasn’t in my desired location, I would sell it and buy an ocean front condo on my dream beach.

May I keep the furniture, decor and artwork, or does it stay with? What about the dog house?  Max would love it.

The years that they’ve surprised the winner by showing up at their home unannounced, I made sure I was TV camera ready and that my door was freshly painted and the entryway was neat and tidy ( a very slight exaggeration).

Do you remember the year the urban oasis giveaway was a fab apartment in NYC?   I could just see myself telling all my friends, via Facebook, that I would be spending the weekend shopping in NYC and casually insert the fact that I would be spending said NYC weekend in my fab apartment. Is that shallow?  Why, yes it is.

When the giveaway apartment was in Chicago, I could see myself spending long weekends in the Windy City. Fact is, the closest I’ve been to a long Chicago weekend is a connecting flight at O’Hare.

Oh, wait!  I did win a TV once!  My son was playing AAU travel basketball in high school and the team raffled off a TV to help with travel expenses. My son “forgot” to sell his tickets. I ended up buying all 25. So, is that really winning if I almost paid for the thing?

But maybe things are looking up. Last Christmas I won a book from a blog giveaway that, frankly, I don’t even remember entering. Score!

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email notice that I had won a handmade sign from a favorite blogger friend that I follow. I had entered by leaving a FB comment. I was thrilled – 2 wins in one year!  Yes!

handmade sign from Creative Dominican
When the sign arrived from Creative Dominican, (thanks again, Beca) it was lovingly and beautifully wrapped with the sweetest card attached. I was so ecstatic!  You can find Beca’s Etsy shop here and follow her on Facebook here!

Winner in Life

Creative Dominican

I promptly hung my new sign on my front porch!

Maybe my luck is changing in the sweepstakes and giveaway department!! Maybe I do have the Midas touch. Maybe it is my year to win the HGTV dream house AND the urban oasis apartment!  And when I do, you’re all invited to a great big party in my new pads!  And I may just include you in that long weekend of shopping.

Have you ever won anything in a giveaway or sweepstakes or are you a loser like I used to be?  Do you have the Midas touch?  Please share!