"Delicious orange truffles that will remind you of all the creamsicle treats you had as a kid. Easy to make and a great snack for parties!"
This little food blog has been helping me learn to cook for the past two years, but even before then, I was all about cursing Pinterest for new recipes. I’d get lost in my feed for hours, just scrolling and scrolling, saving every photo that looked somewhat edible for that one day where I could schedule in “All The Time In The World” to make “The Very Best Recipes From Pinterest.”
But alas, that never happened. Because like most Pinterest users, I only made a fraction of the recipes I saved. And of those recipes, I had more than my fair share of epic fails.
Thank goodness The Husband is a good sport and will eat just about anything.
However, there were a few recipes that stood out during these “dark times” of my culinary experience. Some of those recipes I still make to this day.
Like these adorably delicious orange creamsicle truffles, for example.
I still remember the first time I made these truffles, way back before we bought our first house. I was making them for a party, and had already
bragged told everyone I would be doing it… so, of course, when it was time to get to cooking, I wanted nothing more than to back out of it. I was buckling under the pressure.
I mean, I was doing everything right. Like a good little cook, I had all the ingredients spread out before me, and all of my tools were within reach… and yet, there I stood in the middle of my kitchen, eyeing the oranges and my brand new zester.
I was completely at a loss. I had never zested a fruit before.
Actually, this whole scenario makes for a great analogy for how I seem to stumble through life. Don’t know how to do something? That’s okay, let’s make a bunch of promises I don’t know if I can keep and wing it on the fly.
Sure, this could end badly. But it could also end up outstandingly awesome.
I’m happy to say that this story ends with the latter of the two, because after a few YouTube videos I was zesting my way to glory.
And despite all my trepidation, these truffles were easy. Zesting the fruit is probably the hardest part, I’m sure many of you already know how easy that actually is.
When I first made these truffles, I made two batches: the first one I included the orange zest in the truffles (because I didn’t read the directions properly) and the second batch I made sure to not include them.
Everyone at the party seemed to like both types of truffles, but I’d still recommend not including the zest. The texture and taste is more consistent with what you’d expect a creamsicle. The recipe instructions are also written this way.
So there you have it! A super easy creamsicle treat that still has the appeal of a fancy confectionery.
Orange Creamsicle Truffles
- 1 cup white chocolate either chips or a finely chopped
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp orange zest about 1/2 of a large orange
- 3 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 tsp orange extract
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar divided
- orange food coloring optional
To prepare, put white chocolate chips in a small, wide container you can seal (like Tupperware) and set nearby. Also have a sieve (or mesh strainer) and a spatula within reach.
Add unsalted butter and orange zest to a small saucepan and warm over medium heat. Once mixture begins to bubble, let cook for about 1 minute, stirring frequently.
Add heavy whipping cream to the saucepan and quickly stir. Continue stirring for another 1-2 minutes or until bubbles begin to form along the edges of the saucepan. Remove saucepan from heat.
Pour orange butter mixture through the sieve over the white chocolate chips. Use the spatula to press the orange zest into the mesh, getting out all the oils and flavor you can. Discard the orange zest.
Let mixture sit for one minute, then add orange extract and food coloring (optional). Whisk until "most" of the orange chocolate has melted. It's okay if a few pieces remain. If the white chocolate still won't melt, try using this method. Important: white chocolate doesn't always melt well in the microwave, so be careful if you nuke it!
Cover orange truffle mixture and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours or until mixture is firm enough to handle.
When ready, add 1/4 cup powdered sugar to a new container (whatever you will be storing the orange truffles in) and another 1/4 cup to a small bowl that's set nearby. Using a spoon, scoop about a heaping tablespoon of orange truffle mixture and use your hands to roll it into a ball. Drop the truffle into the bowl with the powdered sugar, toss to coat, then put it in the prepared container. Repeat until all of the truffles have been formed. TIP: I like to work in batches of five - scoop out 5 tablespoons, roll 5 truffles, roll in sugar, place in the container, wash my hands, then repeat.
When truffles are formed, seal your container and give it a good shake, covering the truffles with the remaining powdered sugar. Set truffles in the freezer and let set for 20 minutes.
Serve truffles immediately. For best results, store orange creamsicle truffles in the refrigerator. They can also be stored on the counter, but truffles may absorb powdered sugar coating.