Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Deck the Halls with Balls of Jolly

If you're scrambling to get some yummy treats ready for your family this Christmas, I have two easy, quick and super-delicious recipes that are no-bake.  And they're fun to make!

The first recipe is by none other than the incomparable Ina Garten (aka The Barefoot Contessa).  I have been making these for a few years, and the most difficult part is rolling them into balls.  Not difficult, just messy!

Ina Garten's Perfect Chocolate Truffles
Slightly adapted from this recipe
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  • 1/2 lb. bittersweet chocolate (I used Ghiradelli)
  • 1/2 lb. semisweet chocolate (I used Hershey's)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee (Ina's recipe called for 1 Tbsp. prepared coffee, but I use instant)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier, optional (I omitted)
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Cocoa powder

Place the chocolate chips in a heat-proof mixing bowl.
Combine the cream and the instant coffee powder.  Heat the cream mixture  in a 2 cup measure and microwave for about 2 minutes or until it just boils. Pour the cream  into the bowl with chocolate. 

Let sit for about 5 minutes so that the chocolate starts to melt.

With a wire whisk, slowly stir the cream and chocolates together until the chocolate is completely melted. It will be nice and shiny.

Whisk in the Grand Marnier, if using, and vanilla. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour.
With a small cookie scoop (I used a 1-ounce size), spoon round balls of the chocolate mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, until firm.  Roll each dollop of chocolate in your hands to roughly make a round ball. Roll in confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, or both.

These will keep refrigerated for weeks, but serve at room temperature.

Come back tomorrow for my favorite candy of Christmas.  They are a family favorite, and there is some greed competition involved when these are around!

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The Café Sucré Farine said...

These would be extremely dangerous to have around! Wow, they wound incredibly delicious and could easily become quite addicting!

Carolina HeartStrings said...

These look delicious. I will be making them today. We have a wonderful Nutella Fluff Cocoa. Come visit and check it out. Happy Holidays!

Miz Helen said...

Your truffles are just beautiful and look like they would be mouth watering, yum! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. I am wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
Come Back Soon,
Miz Helen