Easy homemade candy recipe! These buttercream candies are simple to make with powdered sugar, butter and cream cheese.
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla*
4 cups powdered sugar
1 (12-ounce) package (2 cups) real semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
Combine butter and cream cheese in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until smooth. Add vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low. Beat, gradually adding powdered sugar, until well mixed. (If mixture is too soft, cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to form balls.)
Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of mixture into 1-inch balls. Place onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Cover loosely; refrigerate until firm (2 hours or overnight).
Melt chocolate chips and shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth (3 to 4 minutes). Dip buttercreams into chocolate mixture using toothpicks; let excess chocolate drip off. Place onto waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes to set.
*Substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons almond, orange or rum extract.
- For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free vanilla and gluten-free chocolate chips.
- To date, the FDA and USDA have not defined the term "gluten-free." Therefore, to the best of our knowledge, the ingredients in our Process Cheese (example: American Process Cheese) and our natural dairy products (examples: natural cheese and butter) do not contain gluten. Learn about gluten-free baking.
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