Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tim Tam Truffles

Have you ever seen that movie The Boyfriend School with Steve Guttenberg? He pretends to be Lobo from New Zealand to get this girl to like him. Anykiwi...

The Gutte, and this movie in particular, are on my mind because these truffles were inspired by Australian/New Zealand cookies: Tim Tams.  From Wikipedia, my ultimate source of the truth: A Tim Tam is composed of two layers of chocolate malted biscuit, separated by a light chocolate cream filling, and coated in a thin layer of textured chocolate.

Although the Pepperidge Farm version of Australia's favorite cookie may not be as fabulous as the real deal, they will do in a pinch. (Going to my local Target to pick up a bag is a lot less time consuming than flying Down Under.) FYI, Target is THE only place that will give you the hook up and good luck even finding them there.



Tim Tam Truffles
Ingredients
  • 2 packages Tim Tams (I used chocolate creme, but caramel is also an option)
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • white baking bark
Directions
  1. Throw those cookies in the food processor and pulverize them into a fine crumb.
  2. Either by hand or continuing with the food processor, combine the cream cheese with the cookie crumbs.
  3. Scoop into balls using your handy-dandy 2t cookie scoop and stick them in the fridge to chill.
  4. Melt your baking bark, coat the truffles and stick them back in the fridge to harden.
Two packages of Tim Tams pretty much equaled 3 cups of crumbs (the amount called for in the original Oreo truffle recipe). So that worked out quite nicely.

While I thought the cream cheese was a little overpowering, everyone else REALLY enjoyed these truffles. According to my trusted taste-testers, they are right up there with the Irish Car Bomb Cake Balls. However, I think next time (when I try this out with the caramel-filled Tim Tams) I will work out a higher ratio of crumb to cream cheese.

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