Vanilla Creme Balls | Tastes Better From Scratch
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Vanilla Creme Balls

These 5-ingredient, no bake Vanilla Creme Balls are the perfect easy candy to make for family, friends and neighbors this holiday season! A creamy vanilla center, coated in chocolate and toasted almonds.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 90 balls
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Lauren Allen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1 pound high quality chocolate I use ghiredelli or hersheys bars
  • 1 pound sliced almonds toasted and finely chopped

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl combine the butter, condensed milk, vanilla, powder sugar and salt. 
  • Mix well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until firm enough to handle. (The filling wont get "hard"--it will be more like a thick frosting.)
  • Roll the dough into small, 1/2 tsp balls and place on a lined baking sheet. I find it helps to grease my hands with cooking spray as the filling can be a little sticky. I also like to work with the cream filling in batches, leaving most of it in the fridge as I roll balls so that it doesn't get too soft sitting on my counter as I work.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and freeze cream balls overnight, or at least for 8 hours. (Cream balls can be frozen in an airtight container for several weeks. It's a great time saver to make these ahead of time!)
  • While the balls are in the freezer you can toast the almonds (this can also be done in advance).
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced almonds and cook, tossing gently, until they begin to toast golden brown. This should only take a few minutes. Be careful not to let them burn. 
  • Allow them to cool and then use your hands to gently crush them into very pieces, into a bowl. Set aside until you're ready to use them.
  • Once the cream filling is frozen, melt your chocolate. I like to melt mine in the microwave, on low power, in 15 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth.
  • Dip frozen balls in chocolate, then in almonds. This is great to do with a companion, if you can, so it goes faster. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

Notes

*If you don't want to make this big of a batch, you can always cut this recipe in half!

Nutrition

Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 68mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1.5% | Vitamin C: 0.1% | Calcium: 2.9% | Iron: 1.9%