Yeay! So excited that Christmas is finally just around the corner. It’s unquestionably my favorite time of the year (probably yours too). With only 25 days left now, It’s finally time to start preparing for all the Christmas Cooking, the Christmas shopping, and the tree decorating. Nope, I haven’t decorated the tree yet. We all agreed, that it’s better to leave it until 2 weeks before Christmas. This way you kinda appreciate it more, not having it sitting there for like 2 months. Something that also reminds me of older times…
Plus all this waiting really builds up your excitement and anticipation. Couldn’t help myself and do the same with the Christmas cooking though… There are so many things I want to make for Christmas, so I decided I’d better start. And what’s a better way to start the Christmas cooking, other than these quick and easy to make chocolate Christmas truffles?
I always loved chocolate truffles. Two of the reasons is because you can…
- Coat them with many different flavors, like finely shredded coconut, cocoa powder, white or dark chocolate flakes, chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts and so much more …
- They’re just about the right bite-size to cover your instant chocolate needs.
No More Truffle-Coating Mess
What I always found a fuss though when making them, was the chocolate melting and coating (where things always get messy). So I started wondering, why not use just cocoa powder? It has an equal chocolate flavor to a chocolate bar (and even a bit stronger) it’s also cheaper and much easier to handle. What a chocolate bar has more than cocoa powder? That’s cocoa butter. So adding a good amount of butter (and in this chocolate-truffle case some full fat cream) and we’re good to go. As for their flavor, they are utterly delicious with a velvety, kinda fudgy texture. A nice little chocolate explosion in your mouth.
How To Make The Perfect Chocolate Truffles
The truffle mixture takes about 10 minutes to make and all you need to do is, a bit of stirring. You then let it cool down for 2-3 hours in the fridge so you can easily knead them. You can either go ahead and knead them into balls just by taking small pieces of the mixture with your hands, or to make your life easier (and all the truffles the same size) you can use a fruit baller scoop. Have all of the different coatings that you are going to use right in front of you, preferably in a wide dish or plate so you can toss many truffles in them at once.
All in all, to make the perfect Christmas truffles choose on some quality cocoa powder (trust me it does matter), your favorite vanilla biscuits, and some nice brandy. I used a nice and sweet Greek brandy. And as for their looks, try the fruit baller scoop for perfectly even-sized truffles that look like store bought. Or go ahead and give them the mommy-made-them look (homemade & perfectly uneven). Why isn’t this charming also? Have fun!