Sunday, December 16, 2012

Monday Mischief-Christmas Cooking Countdown 8 Days to Christmas Chocolate Snowball Truffles

Chocolate truffles are our mom's favorite Christmas candy to make because they are easy, they keep, and they make nice gifts.   With the basic formula of chocolate and cream you can create the ganache and then add whatever flavors strike your fancy.  This is mom's favorite combination

Chocolate Coconut Snow Ball Truffles

2 bags of semisweet chocolate chips
1 and 1/2 cups of heavy cream
1 tbsp rum
about a cup of chopped dried cherries
about a cup of chopped walnuts
2 cups sweetened coconut flakes for rolling

Put the chocolate chips in a large bowl.  Heat the cream in a sauce pan until just starting to simmer at the edges.   Pour over the chocolate and whisk until a smooth ganache forms.  Add the rum, cherries, and walnuts and mix well.  Chill for about 2 hours in the fridge.  Scoop out tablespoon amounts and roll in the sweetened coconut flakes.  Store in the fridge in a container lined with parchment paper.

We have been thinking about our list for Santa Paws

And we want a lot of stuff: bones, squeaky toys, biscuits, a new bed, etc.  What we really want though is a Hobbit House!

Here is one in Wales, you can read about it here

 and here is one in Pennsylvania, read about it here:

Mom would be awful happy if we got this house and we would have a lot of space to play and be comfortable, because we know a Hobbit House means comfort!   It seems unlikely Santa will fit him one on his slay though so we will have to content ourselves with our annual Christmas Lord of The Rings marathon.

(Mom and Dad saw the Hobbit movie and they did like it, but they think it was a bit silly to stretch a 300 page book into a 3 part film series.  Its probably for serious fans only).


  1. These sound delicious. Of course, I've never met a truffle I didn't like. I received your Christmas card and thank you. What an adorable gang you have. I must say that Bob & Norbert's eyes melt me.

  2. Oh boy do those truffles look good! I love the pics of the babes with Santa. Bob and Norbert are posed so perfectly!

  3. mmmmm these sound yummy. Mom spent the day baking with 2 of the grandaughters and we snagged a few tastes of cookies! Got your very cute card!!
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  4. Woof! Woof! My mom LOVES those Chocolate snowballs. LOVE the Santa photos. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  5. Those truffles look awesome!! The santa photos are so great!! That hobbit house really is something too...
    xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  6. We love your picture with Santa, so sweet!
    My Dog, where does your Mum come up with all these amazing recipes.
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  7. Yummy yum yums. You look really cute with Santa. Either of those houses would be fine for us too. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  8. OK, we want the snowballs and the house! YUM and coz-eeee!

    Meredith & Scarlet

  9. Ohhh I love truffles! And I love coconuts! Sounds like great conbination!
    Your photos with santa are very lovely. Hobbit house may not fit santa's slay but I'm sure you get lots of lots of presents!

  10. Oh boy , oh Boy
    all youw Chwissmuss wecipes awe making Mommi dwool.
    I hope you all get youw chwissmuss wishes(inclooding that hobbit house) i loved youw pictoowes wif Santa..i could tell he knew you wewe vewy vewy good
    smoochie kisses

  11. Take the coconut off those truffles and mama would eat them all! On second thought - maybe you better not! BOL

    Love your pictures with Santa - Hope the big guy brings you everything you want! A Hobbit House would be pawsome .....

    Love Zoe, Peyton, Webster, Liberty & Whitney

  12. Love the pictures with Santa and the truffles look absolutely delicious- how fun!

  13. Chocolate truffles. Cream, alcohol, chocolate and nuts. A heaven sent combination!
    Cheers, Gail.

  14. You are killing me with all deez treats :) Ah, now my Humom wants to see the Hobbit. Love yo all with Santa :) xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  15. I visit your blog with a treat in hand! BOL

  16. No worries re the card. It happens but it was the thought that counted. We appreciated you tried.
    Best wishes Molly

  17. Wow, what a neat house! Those treats sound soooooooooooooo yummy!

  18. Ho Ho Ho, Santa looks awesome with the dogs! It would look even better in a Christmas card!! Merry Christmas!!