Saturday, November 6, 2010

Twelve Weeks of Christmas "Cookies": Week Six

I steered away from a Christmas Cookie recipe this week and instead opted for a Christmas treat that can also be given as a gift: Truffles.  There are several ways to make Christmas truffles, the traditional method seems to be just a simple mixture of cream and dark chocolate with perhaps some flavouring in it.  I've always known truffles to have some kind of alcohol flavouring in it, so that's what I went for.  It seems the best concoction comes from almost a 1:1 ratio of cream (in ml) to dark chocolate (in grams).  This recipe is a mixure of different recipes I researched on the web for this week.  I also decorated my truffles whereas the traditional presentation seems to be to roll them in chopped nuts, flaked chocolate or coconut. Any opportunity to make things pretty!

Christmas Truffles 

150ml heavy cream
200g dark chocolate (70%)
20g unsalted butter
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp rum or brandy

Place cream in a saucepan and bring to the boil.  Add vanilla extract, stir then take off heat and let cool slightly.  Heat chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water until melted.  Beat in unsalted butter and rum until smooth.  Add cream mixture and beat until smooth.  Place bowl in the refrigerator for several hours until chocolate mixture is firm, but not rock solid.  Form into small balls and decorate or roll in nuts, or coconut.  Keeps in the fridge for about a week.

Check out what everyone else made this week!


  1. I love the contrast of the dark chocolate against the decorations!

  2. So cute, and yummy! Love how you can tailor them for any holiday:)

  3. These would make such an elegant Christmas gift. People would think they're gourmet.

  4. Fun that we both did candy instead of cookies. Fun AND yummy!

  5. ohhh I've been contemplating truffles too, did we have that conversation? there was a recipe once in Edmonds that had the best truffles ever, that was about 20 -25 years ago, the recipe changed though. I need to try these. they look so pretty with the decorations too!

  6. I love chocolate truffles! They look so festive too.

  7. Your truffles are yummy! I think they make a great gift for Hollydays!

  8. They look fantastic! I would love this for a gift =o)