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Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

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Chocolate peppermint truffles can do double duty as a party favor for your guests or as a hostess gift when you head to a holiday party.

Chocolate Peppermint Truffles are a sweet ending to a holiday meal.

I love making truffles year round but peppermint is really a Christmas flavor. For other times of year I make my easy homemade chocolate truffles. If you’re not a fan of peppermint, you can add other flavors such as almond, raspberry or vanilla. Just be sure to use a quality extract.

Use good chocolate for your truffles.

I always start with delicious chocolate. It’s makes the best truffles. The red, green and white non-pariels make them very festive but feel free to use sprinkles. One of my boys, who was helping me make these truffles, asked if we could coat some in confectioners’, or powdered, sugar. It was a delicious suggestion. 

Chocolate Peppermint Truffles are a sweet ending to a holiday meal.

Chocolate Peppermint Truffles are a sweet ending to a holiday meal.

Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Easy Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Truffles make a delightful hostess gift or party favor during the holidays.

Ingredients

  • 2 4-ounce quality chocolate bars chopped (I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet)
  • ⅔ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Toppings: Holiday non-pariels, confectioners' sugar

Instructions

    1. Place chocolate and butter in a heat-proof bowl. Set aside..
    2. Heat the heavy cream until it is simmering over medium heat. Just until bubbles form around the edge of the pan.
    3. Add the butter to the chocolate and pour the heavy cream evenly on top. Let the warm cream and chocolate sit for 5 minutes minutes. Add the vanilla extract then stir until the chocolate has completely melted. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface (to avoid condensation) and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. 
    4. Scoop the set truffle mixture into 2 teaspoon-sized mounds. Roll each into balls.
    5. Roll each into desired toppings. Store, covered tightly, at room temperature for 3-4 days or refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

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Chocolate Peppermint Truffles are a sweet ending to a holiday meal.

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