Turtle Truffles – Guest Post by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic

by Renee on November 23, 2012

Cravings of a Lunatic Turtle Truffles

Today’s post is by my friend Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic. I found her blog because of one of her Burning Down The Kitchen features. I saw “burning down the kitchen with…” in a tweet and clicked to investigate. I am so glad I did. She makes me smile all the time. Reading her posts brighten my day. Kim is one of those honest individuals who writes from the heart. Hilarious too. Just check out her About Me page. Seriously, read it. I know it will make you smile! What else will make you smile? Her recipes. I want every single one of her frozen treats. Plus there is a certain chocolate, caramel, and pecan combination she does so well and in so many different and fantastic ways…

Hi folks.

I’d like to take a minute to introduce myself. I am Kim, aka Lunie, and you can find me any day of the week blogging over at Cravings of a Lunatic. I have a weakness of indulgent recipes. I really love to take simple ideas and just turn them on their heads a little bit. It’s sort of what I do. And let’s just say I love what I do.

I also love Renee. When she said she needed some guests posts I jumped up and down. Literally. It’s also what I do. I tend to get really excited about things. Then reality sets in and I get really overwhelmed. Guest posts always make me nervous. It’s a bit like high school. You wonder if anyone is going to like you. Is anyone going to talk to you? Is your hair okay? You know, important things like that. I knew I would be in good hands today though because Renee is such a sweetheart.

Renee told me the post was going to be planned during the American Thanksgiving weekend. Again I may have jumped for joy. Literally. You see I’m a Canuck and due to me recovering from an illness and a stint in the hospital I wasn’t able to put on my big Canuck Thanksgiving. So this is like a do-over. Don’t you just love those? You get a second chance to do something you so wanted to do up right. So a huge Canuck thanks to Renee for the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving American style.

I actually made something “apple pie-ish” originally. Then I had a comment from Renee about my Turtle Apples. You see I have a serious weakness of all things Turtle. You can see for yourself on my blog. I really need a turtle intervention at this point. Anyhow, Renee commented about southern gals loving the pecan, chocolate, and caramel combination. Then it hit me that I had seen these really cool truffles from Kraft and had bookmarked them to turn into Turtle Truffles. So I just knew Renee would appreciate these so much. They are super easy to make but a little messy. But let’s be honest here folks any good dessert should have you licking your fingers when you’re done right. These will have you licking your fingers, your arm, the plate they were served on and possible your guest’s plates as well. Don’t blame me when your guests are all staring at you dumbfounded as you lick your tenth straight plate clean. It’s not my fault. The turtles made me do it.

Cravings of a Lunatic Turtle Truffles

Thank you so much to Renee and all of you reading for having me at Magnolia Days today. It’s an honour (yes we Canucks spell it with an “u”) and privilege to be here to celebrate Thanksgiving with everyone. Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

Turtle Truffles

Turtle Truffles

  • 8 oz semi sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup whipping (heavy) cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup crushed, or finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine whipping cream and chocolate. Stir until melted and smooth. Allow to cool slightly.

In a stand mixer combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar, mix until well combined. Gradually add slightly cooled chocolate slowly and continue to mix until well combined. Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

Remove from fridge and let stand while you cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Place your chopped pecans in a bowl. Set nearby.

Scoop out the chocolate mixture with a spoon or ice cream scoop. Form the mixture into balls. You can do golf ball size of mini's. This is a personal choice. Roll the ball around in your hand till semi round and sticky. Now while it's sticky from the heat of your hand-roll it in the crushed pecans. Set on parchment lined cookie sheet. Repeat until you use all the chocolate.

You can either make your own caramel or buy store-bought. Drizzle over, or use a piping bag and pipe over top of the truffles.

Pop them back in the fridge for an hour to set up.

Serve with a big old "I'm a Turtle Fanatic and I don't care who knows it" smile!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) November 23, 2012 at 9:30 am

Yum yum yum yayyy!

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Kim Bee November 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Awe you are too sweet for words Renee. I was so thrilled to do this and so glad I ditched the apples in lieu of our fave combo. So glad you like them. And I’m humbled by your intro. Thanks so much. You made my day. xx

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Renee November 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Thank you so much for the guest post Kim! And I know I will have to make these turtle truffles. I am so glad to have your post and recipe here.

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Katherine G November 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm

These look so delicious!!!

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Kim Bee November 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Thanks so much Katherine.

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The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time November 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

Nothing beats caramel. I can even handle chocolate if it’s a vehicle for the golden, goopy stuff. It’s good to meet you, Renee. I’m glad that one of my favorite bloggers guest-posted for you so I could say hi!

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Kim Bee November 24, 2012 at 7:17 pm

So true Christianne. I know normally you’re not a chocolate girl. But chocolate meets goopy is hard to resist. So happy to introduce you to Renee.

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Renee November 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

Thank you so much for coming here and saying Hi! I hope you will be back soon.

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Carla November 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I fully support your turtle addiction, Kim! Seriously, chocolate, caramel, and pecans? One of the holy food trinities ;)

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Kim Bee November 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Lol, thanks Carla. It’s a total obsession, I just can’t resist them. It’s amazing how many ways you can combine those things and come up with recipes that make your stretchy pants pop open.

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Renee November 25, 2012 at 9:15 am

I completely agree. Love, love, love turtles!

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john@kitchenriffs November 24, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Chocolate? Pecans? Caramel? Another great turtle recipe from Kim? Swoon! Such good stuff – thanks so much.

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Renee November 25, 2012 at 9:15 am

Thanks for coming by and checking out the recipe. Kim did a fabulous job with it and the post.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen November 25, 2012 at 5:40 am

So fitting Kim that you made a turtle recipe, and such an easy one! This is a great guest post, funny and so tempting!

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Suzanne Perazzini November 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I’ve just popped over from Kim’s blog to say hi Renee. This recipe looks as decadent as I thought it would be.

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Renee November 27, 2012 at 8:29 am

Hi Suzanne! Thanks for popping in and I hope to see you back here again soon.

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Aurica February 14, 2014 at 9:05 am

mmmmm, yummy, yummy..let me have some of those precious delightful truffles :D

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