makes about 30 truffles
for the truffles
1 1/2 cups white flour
1 cup white cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
½ cup unsalted butter, softened (do not melt)
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
3-4 Tablespoons whole milk
8 drops blue food coloring to start, more or less to desired blue-ness2 Tablespoons blue sugar crystal sprinkles, chocolate chips, nuts, or anything else you want to add to the dough (I did not use these)
for the coating
16 ounces (8 squares) vanilla almond bark (if you want to use food coloring to dye coating, use white chocolate instead. Almond bark does not accept dye!)
4 Tablespoons white cake mix
A handful of blue sprinkles or sanding sugar* (or any other topping you want!)
Roll dough into one inch balls and place on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet (aluminum foil works, too). Chill dough balls in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or until firm.
While dough balls are chilling, place almond bark or white in a microwave safe bowl and cook in microwave at 30 second intervals until fully melted. Stir between microwave intervals. Once melted, quickly stir in cake mix until it is fully incorporated. Do not over-stir.
Use a fork to dip chilled truffles into the almond bark. Shake off excess coating by tapping the bottom of the fork on the side of your bowl. This process is a little tricky at first, but as you get going, you'll get into a groove and your truffles will start looking more uniform. I ended up having to smooth the white chocolate with a mixing spoon after tossing the dough around in the coating. Adjust your process to whatever works best and most easily for you.
Place truffle back on cookie sheet, shake sprinkles/sugar over them immediately or roll in sprinkles/sugar before the coating hardens. Place back in the refrigerator for another 15 minutes. Once truffles have hardened, place them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator until serving.
*My grocery store was fresh out of any type of blue sprinkles or decorative sugar, so I had to make my own using just food coloring and white sanding sugar. It was super easy! Just pour the sugar in a plastic bag and add 1-3 drops of food coloring to start. I used the gel kind, and two little globs got me the desired light blue of the "meth" on Breaking Bad (which is just rock candy). Close the bag and massage the sugar around and you'll see the color starting to spread. Keep massaging! You'll know when it's done because the color will be uniform. Once you're there, you'll know whether you have to add more or not. Also, if your sugar gets sticky due to the type of coloring you're using, a little corn starch can fix that!