I wanted to post something related to the holidays without actually talking about decorations, interior décor and colour schemes. That is why I have decided to try my hand at making dessert truffles in the festive flavours of the holidays. The first one I attempted was a gingerbread inspired truffle and the second was peppermint Oreo.
Gingerbread Truffle Recipe
I found this intriguing recipe at Bird & Fox. I liked it since it wasn't chocolate ( not saying as there is anything wrong with chocolate but most recipes seem to include this ingredient )
- Box of store bought gingersnap cookies. You could probably make your own but make sure they are crunchy. I would also guess that actual gingerbread would be wonderful in this recipe.
- Brick of cream cheese
- Teaspoon of ginger
- Teaspoon of cinnamon
- Vanilla melting white chocolate
The recipe recommends using a food processor but I am a little old fashioned when it comes to baking so I crushed the cookies using a rolling pin. It could also be the fact that I do not own a food processor. Put about 1/4 cup of crushed cookies aside to be sprinkled on top. Take the rest of the crumbs and mix with spices.
Soften cream cheese by letting it sit out for a bit or microwave it for 15 seconds and combine well with crumbs. Being old fashioned I decided mixing by hand was sufficient enough but when I realized that was a pain I washed my hands really well and jumped in hands first. Next, let your mixture cool in the fridge for an hour and then roll into teaspoon sized balls. Once all your balls are made pop it back into the fridge until you are ready to coat with chocolate.
Melt chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler but don't overheat. Dip balls into melted chocolate, tap off excess and place on parchment paper. Make sure to sprinkle some of the left over crumbs on top before the chocolate hardens. You will want to store these truffles in the fridge since they are made with cream cheese. I also find they taste really good straight from the fridge.
Peppermint Oreo Truffle Recipe
This recipe was found at Puma Life and they truly are divine. Instead of using chocolate to coat the truffles I used melting candy cane wafers.
- Box of Oreos
- Brick of cream cheese
- 6 candy canes
- Melting candy cane wafers
The technique is essentially the same as the first recipe. Crush candy cane and put a couple tablespoons aside. Crush cookies and mix with larger portion of crushed candy cane. Mix with softened cream cheese, chill and roll and chill.
Melt coating chocolate, dip truffles and place on parchment paper. Sprinkle with saved crushed candy cane.
I think that this technique could be used with any type of crunchy cookie for a large variety of flavours.
Word of the Day: Double Boiler
A bowl or pot placed on a smaller sauce pan with simmering water. A gentle way of melting chocolate.