Friday, December 10, 2010

Gingerbread Truffles

For me, gingerbread is Christmas! It hasn't always been that way.  I don't ever remember my mother making gingerbread, in any form, when I was growing up. In fact, I don't remember anyone in my extended family making gingerbread. I started making gingerbread a traditional part of my Christmas about a half dozen years ago when I started noticing cute gingerbread men cookies everywhere.  I was smitten! And the rest, as they say, is history:)
 For this week's  "cookie" I wanted to make something a little different, so decided on a gingerbread truffle.
If you love love ginger at all, you will LOVE these truffles! (I can't wait till my husband tries one because he is a #1 ginger fan!) The gingerbread truffles are sort of akin to cookie dough, but more dense, and more yummy! These particular truffles were made as a "Thank You" gift, but I am definitely making  more for Christmas. I LOVE them!
The recipe is not difficult and it produced 30 truffles. I threw the mixture together late last night and put it in the fridge while I slept, forming the truffles this morning.  They look so festive and taste DELICIOUS! I'm really delighted with the way they turned out! I rolled them in a variety of sugars: plain, cinnamon-sugar, and colored sugar.  Some I topped with a gingerbread man sprinkle(as you can see).
Of course I have some gingerbread cookies waiting in the wings, and even a gingerbread dessert that will take center stage on Sunday(for my birthday), but  I am happy to add this truffle recipe to my gingerbread repertoire!

Gingerbread Truffles
 (I found the recipe at About.com by Elizabeth LaBau)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 2.5 cups gingersnap crumbs (from about 12 oz of cookies)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Mix Liquid Ingredients with Melted Chocolate

Start by melting the white chocolate. Place the chips in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave until they're melted, stirring after every 45 seconds to prevent overheating.

Once the white chocolate is melted, add the corn syrup, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract and stir gently to combine. If you have trouble mixing them, use a whisk to bring it all together. Whisk until the liquid ingredients are fully mixed into the white chocolate.

Add Dry Ingredients

Next add the gingersnap crumbs, powdered sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt, and the chopped nuts. Stir until everything is evenly coated. It'll look pretty gloppy at this point.

Refrigerate Until Firm

Press a layer of cling wrap on top of the candy and refrigerate it until it's firm, at least 1 hour. When it's ready to roll it should be quite hard when you press down on it.

Form Candy Into Balls and Roll in Sugar

Use a teaspoon to form small balls, then roll the candy between your palms to make them round. Place the granulated sugar in a small bowl, and roll the balls in the sugar until they're coated. These are also excellent when rolled in cinnamon-sugar, or you could dip them in chocolate so they keep better at room temperature.

Serve Gingerbread Truffles

Keep your gingerbread truffles in the refrigerator, but let them warm up a bit before serving. These gingerbread truffles are a delicious alternative to traditional gingerbread cookies, and their spiced flavor really brings the holiday spirit.

I have linked this to: Lovin' it Fridays
and Tasty Tuesdays.
and All Through the Year Cheer

38 comments:

  1. How adorable and delicious too(I'm sure)!

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  2. These are SO adorable! I love making gingerbread truffles and I just love how you've decorated yours!

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  3. Sue, these sound like a real winner and they are so beautiful too. Joni

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  4. Sue, you're killing me! You make the best desserts! These sound amazing. I didn't grow up with gingerbread either but have really come to love it over the past couple of years. And these look so amazing!

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  5. These look so good and so festive! You are so creative with your sweets!

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  6. Oh I just love these, what a wonderful job of decorating.

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  7. i didn't grow up in a family that gingerbread would be a holiday cookie, i started to enjoy it a while back and actually, I'm the only one in my family that eats it, not that I'm complaining
    love your truffles, look so festive.
    thanks for sharing.
    have a wonderful weekend

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  8. These truffles look so cute and I too love gingerbread in any form.

    Have a Happy Birthday on Sunday.

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  9. oh my!! Gingerbread truffles! I've never heard of anything like this before! I am so wanting to make them though and try them out!!

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  10. What a great idea to make with gingerbread. I agree with you, Christmas isn't the same without it or for me, shortbread. Love your truffles.

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  11. Those truffles are SO cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

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  12. Ohhh, I would love a gingerbread truffle! And love the little man on top. Perfect!

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  13. These are gorgeous!! And they are going on my list of things to try!:)

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  14. I'm not really a gingerbread cookie kinda girl but these look cute and delicious! :) Almost too pretty to eat!

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  15. I'm loving all your Christmas treats! And these truffles look especially cute!

    Hope you can come to my Christmas Recipe Party next Thursday!

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  16. Your truffles are beautiful! Very festive!

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  17. These cookies sound wonderful! Adding them to my list. Congrats on the upcoming Grand-baby :)

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  18. I love the spices in these truffles! I will have to add them to my platter of Rum Balls! I know I will love these! Congratulations on the grand daughter that is on the way! And Happy Birthday!!!

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  19. Happy early birthday! These little truffles look like a delicious way celebrate the holidays. I just love those gingerbread man sprinkles you used.

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  20. Oh these are so pretty Sue! I've never heard of gingerbread truffles, bet they were amazing!

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  21. Hi Sue- Thank you for your sweet comment on Chef Dennis' blog. I LOVE these truffles. I saw so many great recipes that I can't wait to check out. This is one of my new favorite blogs! I'm your newest follower;) I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Lora

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  22. I love your truffle idea, but even more I love the felt gingerbreads in the background...did you make it? Do you have a picture of just it? Happy December Birthday! Mine was Wed...

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  23. So glad you didn't mind I used your link to the Peppermint Pinwheel cookies. I knew I wanted to make them for the bake sale, but hadn't had time to make them and take a photo myself. :-) They were just too cute not to add to the bake sale! I knew they'd do good. All of your recipes are always so unique and fun--today's post is no exception!!

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  24. Happy Birthday Sue! i am sure your husband thoroughly enjoyed this! They look so pretty with the decorations too!

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  25. I adore these! They are so festive and so different. I can tell you this, I have never seen, eaten, or been given Gingerbread truffles! Thanks for sharing a unique treat for giving. Oh and, Happy Birthday?

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  26. Gingerbread Truffles!!! Wonderful.., loving these for a great Xmas idea too. Thanks for sharing Sue.

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  27. I'm not a huge ginger fan but I think I could love these if I just left out that one ingredient. I would still put those cute incy little gingerbread decorations on like you they are too sweet.

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  28. I have never made truffles before, but yours look SO good, and I really want to make something with gingerbread since I am seeing so many wonderful and delightful gingerbread treats in the blogging world. I am going to bookmark this and try it... eeeek! ;)

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  29. These look so good. You are always wonderful at presenting your sweet treats :)

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  30. Gingerbread truffles! They look wonderful!

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  31. Loves your truffles with the tiny gingerbread man sprinkle on top.

    Sue, I am passing on 2 more awards to you (at my blog). Thanks for giving me lots of cooking inspirations and all best for the arrival of your new family member :D

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  32. These sound so yummy.Beautiful presentation.

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  33. Adorable truffles, my eyes are stuck with the cute little gingerbread men and colorful sprinkles :-)

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  34. Oh goodness these are fab also. Saved it, thanks so much!

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  35. How interesting! I've not heard of these before, but I'll bet they're delicious.

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  36. This is the first time I hear about gingerbread truffle to be honest and it sounds pretty delicious! We've been baking gingerbread cookies since my childhood and I love them, but this might be a pleasant twist to the tradition :)

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