Monday, April 20, 2015

Mint Chip Truffles Recipe



INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 drops green food coloring (See Notes)
  • 1/4 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces melting chocolate or semisweet baking chocolate
  • Sprinkles (optional)


DIRECTIONS: 

1. In a large bowl, mix the butter and powdered sugar with a hand mixer until crumbly. Add the vanilla and peppermint extracts and salt, then mix until smooth. It will seem like it takes forever, but it will happen after a few minutes. Depending on your hand mixer, you can turn it up to medium or medium- high speed and the mixture will come together faster.

2. Once smooth, mix in the green food coloring on low speed. Then stir in the mini chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Scoop 1-Tablespoon balls of cold dough and place them on a waxed paper–lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate for at least another 30 minutes.When you're ready to dip the truffles, melt the melting chocolate or semisweet baking chocolate according to the package directions and line a cookie sheet with waxed paper.

4. Remove the truffles from refrigerator and roll into smooth balls. These soften pretty quickly, so it's best to keep them in the refrigerator and only remove 4 or 5 at a time to dip. Dip each truffle in the melted chocolate, tapping off any excess, and place them on the prepared cookie sheet.

5. Sprinkle with sprinkles, if using. Return to the refrigerator to harden. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator; they soften quickly. The truffles will keep for several days when kept cold.

Notes:
• Be sure to buy peppermint extract not mint extract. They are two very different flavors, so
be sure to check the box! On the other hand, mint extract will work perfectly fine, if  you prefer it.
• Feel free to experiment with other flavored extracts. Orange, banana, or raspberry go particularly well with chocolate.
• Do not attempt to substitute margarine for the butter. It just will not work.
• The food coloring is optional, but makes a vivid presentation.

-shaw

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