Mocha Truffles – rolled but not yet dipped

It’s five days before Christmas. I’m standing in the kitchen making Mocha Truffles and listening to the Casting Crowns Christmas CD. I wonder why Mocha Truffles is a “Christmas only” recipe. Then I remember: They are so yummy and decadent I have to limit myself to making them just once a year. Mocha Truffles combine three of my favorite food items – chocolate, coffee, and cream cheese. (If you want to find out how wonderful they are the recipe is below!)

As I melt the chocolate, add the coffee, and mix in the cream cheese, Casting Crowns is singing “While You Were Sleeping.” The first verse brings tears to my eyes and by the time they get to the third, I’ve temporarily abandoned my task to raise my hands and praise God as they sing:

United States of America – Looks like another silent night – as we’re sung to sleep by philosophies – That save the trees and kill the children – And while we’re lying in the dark – There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky – For the Bridegroom has returned – And has carried His bride away in the night

Here’s a video of one of my favorite Christmas songs, “While You Were Sleeping” by Casting Crowns. Watch, listen to the words and praise God that the King left His throne in heaven. Make room for your King this Christmas.

Here’s the recipe I promised! Would love to know if you try it and what you think!

Mocha Truffles*

  • 24 oz (3 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 pound dark chocolate confectionary coating
  • White confectionary coating, optional

In a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler, melt chocolate chips. Add cream cheese, coffee and water; mix well. Chill until firm enough to shape. Shape into 1-inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Chill for 1-2 hours or until firm. Melt chocolate coating in microwave safe bowl or double boiler. Dip balls and place on waxed paper to harden. If desired, melt white coating and drizzle over truffles. Makes about 5 ½ dozen.

*Recipe originally found in “Taste of Home” Magazine, but adopted by me!

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