Saturday, December 24, 2011
Christmas Cookie Countdown-1 Day to Go-Chocolate Coconut Snowball Truffles
Bob here: On my 2nd Christmas I got so many presents it was fun, but exhausting opening them and then mom was constantly clicking that little black box, sheesh! I have done the math and tomorrow is my fifth Christmas so I should be getting even more gifts, I am resting up today so I can be ready tomorrow. Now a Christmas cookie recipe from mom, she says these are her favorite.
Mom here: These really more of a candy then a cookie. They are absolutely delicious and the recipe is more of an outline so you can change them up and try raisins, pecans, different liqueurs, or a cocoa powder coating. One delicious variation is chili truffles. To make these eliminate the fruit, nuts and extract and add 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp pf Ancho chili powder and then roll in unsweetened cocoa powder. I like to give them as gifts so this recipe makes a ton, you can easily half it. You can also make them a week in advance and they are super easy. One caveat, you really need to use good quality chocolate. I use Ghiradelli.
Chocolate Coconut Snowball Truffles (really more of a candy then a cookie)
24 ounces of semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips or half and half which is what I do)
1 and 1/2 cups of heavy cream
1 tbsp rum or vanilla extract
about a cup of chopped dried cherries
about a cup of chopped walnuts
2 cups sweetened coconut flakes for rolling
Heat the cream in large sauce pan over low heat until it is just starting to barely simmer and bubble at the edges (do not over heat). Take it off the heat and whisk in the chocolate, whisk until smooth. Add the run or extra, cherries and walnuts and stir to combine. Chill until the mixture has firmed enough to roll in balls (about an hour).
Place coconut on a plate. Scoop out tablespoon size amounts of chocolate truffle mixture and roll into balls in your hands and then roll in the coconut. Store in the refrigerator.
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