Thursday, December 20, 2012
Holiday Spicy Chocolate Truffles
During this time of year it is always wonderful to make small sweets that you can just pop in your mouth while wrapping some presents or to give as gifts. We decided to make some chocolate truffles. They are fun to make and there are so many options of how you can flavor them and decorate them. A huge problem we had while making them is they kept getting eaten before I could photograph them!
These truffles are a rich and creamy cinnamon and cayenne spice chocolate treat, with two kinds covered in sprinkles, one in coconut flakes, and one in chopped hazelnuts.
Enjoy, and happy holidays!
Ingredients: Makes about 2 dozen at about 1 ½ inches in diameter, takes about 2 hours
8 oz cream cheese
3 cups powdered sugar sifted
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
In a large bowl beat the cream cheese until really smooth. One half cup at a time, add the sugar to the cream cheese until it is completely blended.
In a medium sauce pan melt the chocolate constantly stirring. The second all the chocolate melted take it off the burner, because chocolate will burn and dry out in a heartbeat! Don’t fret though, just stir and keep an eye out, should take about 5 minutes.
Stir the melted chocolate and vanilla into the cream cheese. Next add the spices and make sure you evenly blend so there is no one part that is spicier. Now place in the fridge for an hour to let set a little.
Once your hour is up, set up 4 small plates up with your decorations. Using a spoon, spoon out about one heaping tablespoon of chocolate, and using the heat of your palm form a ball. It takes love and patience!
Now to decorate you can either roll your chocolate truffles in the sprinkles etc… or a tip that I found to be useful is to pour some of your toppings into your hand and roll it in your hand so that you can evenly press the toppings into the chocolate.
You can serve right away, or refrigerate for another hour to let harden! You will adore these chocolates, and they are festive and super sexy!!!