Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mint Chocolate Truffles

The house is complete. The shopping lists are shrinking. The candles are filling the house with smells of pine and sugar cookie.
Life is good. Tomorrow marks the last day of the semester, and Alex is here. Again, life is good.
For those of you who are not done with your Christmas endeavors, and you need a quick gift to give, you should try these truffles. They are a cinch to make and all you need is a decorative tin and BAM, perfect gift.
They're minty, but not overwhelming, which is key. I'd like to experiment with different toppings but considering I'm not nuts for nuts on my dessert, I loved these.
For now, it's Chinese for dinner and The Santa Claus with the fam and my main squeeze. Happy Sunday, lovlies!

What ya need:
1 3/4 cups (11.5-oz. pkg.) Milk Chocolate Chips
1 cup (6 oz.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon peppermint extract
1 1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts, TOASTED!!!

What ya do:
1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
2. Combine milk chocolate and semi-sweet morsels in large mixer bowl. Heat cream to a gentle boil in small saucepan; pour over morsels. Let stand for 1 minute; stir until smooth. Stir in peppermint extract. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 35 to 45 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir just until color lightens slightly. (Do not over mix or truffles will be grainy!!)
3. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet; refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes. Shape into balls; roll in walnuts. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
(To make these in advance, do everything except rolling in walnuts and keep in freezer until you're ready to serve. When ready, take them out and let them thaw a bit and then roll in the walnuts).

Feliz Navidad!


Monet said...

Don't you just love making food gifts for those that you love? These truffles would be perfect! (Although I would probably lose a few during the making/packing process) Thank you for sharing with me, my dear. I hope your week is full of joy, feasting and family.

The Chocolate Priestess said...

I didn't even try truffles this year. I'm going to wait until after the holidays so if they fail, my household is the only one to suffer.

Emily @ For Sweets Sake said...

I've never made trugges before but these seem pretty easy! I'm done Christmas cooking until we get to Pennsylvania the end of the week though since we won't be at home to eat any treats ;)

Heather said...

I love mint-chocolate. These look great! I've been so into making truffles lately.

Baking Barrister said...

I've been considering adding mint extract to my truffles for a while and you just solidified my drive to do so (and also provided me with a good starting point for how much to add).

Instead of nuts, I'm thinking nonpareils/sprinkles, chopped up marshmallow, confectioners sugar, or coconut.

Evan @swEEts said...

I'm making truffles tonight for my family! I like the addition of peppermint.. maybe I'll have to try that. I hope you have a wonderful holiday :)