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Get "Covered in Chocolate" this Valentine's Day

A couple of ways to enjoy your Valentine's Day with your family is by reading together and cooking together.  There is a new book that allows you to do both!  Lizzie Lou is an Indiana resident and author of the book, "Covered in Chocolate".  This book is a hands on learning tool for young bakers.  As a former elementary school teacher, Lizzie Lou teaches children the basics of making chocolate creations with child friendly recipes.  You can purchase this book via the website LizzieLouBooks or at any major bookstore.  Be sure to check out the library for copies of this book to borrow!   

Thanks to Indy Moms, here is an excerpt from the book "Covered in Chocolate" by Lizzie Lou:

Red Carpet Truffles

Truffles are often served in fancy restaurants and are prized for the way they are displayed.  We spend a lot of time picking out our clothes, trying to look our best each morning.  Have you taken the time to develop a beautiful person on your 'inside'?  Are you loyal, trustworthy, kind and generous to others?  Just like truffles, it's what's on the inside that matters most!

Ingredients:

1 (18 oz.) package of chocolate sandwich cookies

1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels

1 cup white chocolate chips

4 tablespoons shortening, divided

Directions:

  1. You will surely are a statement on the runway with these beautiful truffles!  Ask a parent to crush the sandwich cookies in a food processor.  You can dump the cookie crumbs into a large mixing bowl.  Add the softened cream cheese to the same bowl.  Use an electric mixer on medium to combine the ingredients.  Your mixture will be super stiff once it's thoroughly mixed.
  2. Pull out a large cookie sheet and cut a piece of waxed paper to fit it's length.  Use a mini scoop to make uniform balls.  Roll the balls of dough in your hands to make them smooth.  Place all the truffles on the lined cookie sheet.  Find a level spot in your freezer for the truffles.  After you've given the balls a chance to harden (about 45 min in the freezer), take them out and set them on your countertop.
  3. Pour the semi-sweet chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of the shortening into a tall glass measuring cup.  Place them in the microwave for 1 minute.  Stir it up, cutie!  If the mixture is still lumpy, return to the microwave for additional 30 second intervals.  Stir the chocolate until it is completely smooth.  Dunk the truffles in the chocolate, allowing them to be completely drenched.  Place a fork under the truffle and gently remove it from the chocolate and place it back on the wax paper.
  4. Combine the white chocolate chips and remaining shortening in a small Ziploc bag.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Squish bag lightly.  If you need to, microwave for additional 15 seconds until completely melted and smooth.  Knead bag after each 15 second interval.  Cut off a tiny corner of the bag. Drizzle chocolate over truffles using a criss-cross pattern.  Fancy, huh?

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