Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
In time for Valentines Day these are a great homemade, but really easy to make confection for someone you are sweet on. But first, I want to mention the event I made these for and my favortie, absolute favorite organization: VDay.
When I was in college studying theatre and wondering “What the hell am I gonna do after I graduate?!?!” I auditioned for a play, and got the chance to be on stage in a neighboring college’s production of The Vagina Monologues. I was also studying Solo Performance Art and quickly learned about the controversial play’s author Eve Ensler. I ended up doing a presentation on Eve and her work. I was astounded how she choose to use her piece to help others. To this day I don’t think any other playwright has written the rights to their work in such a giving and original way.
Each year (to this day) Eve allows college and community organizers to perform The Vagina Monologues, free of royalties. Proceeds from the performances are donated to a local organization who help to end violence against women and girls. I soon decided that it was odd the the super progressive, funky, eclectic and very eccentric college I attended didn’t do their own annual production of TVM. So the following year I produced and directed the first of 2 VDay events during my college career. Currently there are 1500 schools across the country who participate, raising millions for non profits in their communities. 4,000 events will take place this year around the world, and VDay has evolved too. Organizers can present many plays and films including The Vagina Monologues, A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer, Any One of Us, and films: What I Want my Words to Do to You, and Until the Violence Stops. There are book clubs for young girls, and teach-ins for the issues that VDay spotlights each year: Haiti being this years spotlight Campaign. There are V groups for men too, because violence doesn’t just affect women. VDay involves many amazing women and men who are all committed to ending violence and they use art to spread this transformative message.
Ever been on a stage? I’m sure you can attest to a metamorphosis feeling of being an actor, storyteller, or having seen a great piece that really changed your life. One of my favorite plays I’ve ever seen, is aptly called Metamorphoses— a pool of water instead of stage? A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. And thats theatre– art really. My story with VDay doesn’t really end. I made a brief but powerful connection to one of the Campaign Directors at the West End Theatre the year I first produce The Vagina Monologues, the next year I was interning and amoungst all the volunteering I still do for VDay whenever I can, and especially when they need a theatre nerd backstage. And that Campaign Director, Shael well I was there when she went into labor for her daughter Aela, and every year I make her birthday cake. Its our thing. And its always been my excuse to show a little V-girl what cool lady’s can do for the people who are special to them.
I hope to make the world a great place one cake at time, and VDay, aside from being all over my professional resume has been at the heart of how I want the world to be: happy, safe, amazing, accepting of everyone, for everyone. When violence is no longer perpetrated against women and girls– we are all ladies and gents safe, happy, accepting, progressing. We’re better. Better People, Better Friends, better family, better lovers, better artists. GOOD. If you want to get involved: be in a play, become or wake up that activist in you, reach out, open up, raise funds for a good cause, get educated, educate, become apart of a heart beat, a backbone of people who want the world to be a better place, be an artist, inspire, lead, be an example to the next generation of people, make the world better for your own kids, then go to VDay.org. You’ll find a performance or film screening near you and organizers always need help, so reach out and jump in. Make a donation if you want.
On to a really easy recipe just in time for VDay. Save the cash on store bought chocolates and make these for your sweetie.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles:
Start with a package a Nestle’s mini morsels.
Omit the eggs and levening agents. Walnuts are optional, and you are good to go.
Combine 3/4 c sugar, 3/4c brown sugar, 1c butter and 1 tsp vanilla
Add 2 1/4c flour and 1 tsp salt.
Its like a fluffy cloud of buttery sugar!
Fold in chips.
and you are ready to start scooping.
Of course try to get these as uniform as possible, scooping and rolling the truffles in your hands. Chill in the refridgerator for about an hour or longer before you dip in chocolate.
In a double boiler or microwave gently heat 1 c (more if you need) semisweet chocolate chips. I recommend adding 2 tbsp butter or shortening to thin the chocolate for a really thin consistency. Use a plastic fork with the 2 middle tines removed. Dip chilled truffles and allow to set on wax paper.
I like to finish these off by placing them in mini cupcake cups or candy cups for display.
Of course you can doctor these but using vegan butter and chocolate. I haven’t seen mini vegan chocolate chips, but chopping up your chocolate always works.