December 16, 2009

Christmas Truffles

This year for Christmas Dan and I made truffles and fudge to send as presents to a few family members. I love making homemade gifts as Christmas presents and especially the kind you can eat :) They were a lot of fun to make - a little bit trickier then I first anticipated but I am really happy with how they turned out. Now all I hope is that they make it where they are going in one piece! Here are the pictures from our truffle making adventure -

Almond covered truffles

The finished product :)

Here is the Martha Stewart packaging that I bought at Micheal's to put the truffles and fudge in - I love the little details that come with these boxes like the stickers and the tissue paper. Not to mention I got them 50% off - such a good deal! Packaging and wrapping presents are one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. I feel like having special packaging can make any present so much more special for people to receive and open! Here's the recipe if any of you guys are interested in making truffles of your own :

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Truffles


2 cups of 60% Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
1/3 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa
1/3 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, cut into small pieces


In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer. Add the butter and stir until melted. Add the chocolate chips. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and pour into a shallow bowl.

Cool, cover, and refrigerate the mixture until firm, at least 2 hours.

Using a melon baller or small spoon, roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in the cocoa. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Note: The Unsweetened Cocoa can be replaced with 3/4 cup of chopped almonds or pecans.

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