Written By Holly Brooke Edibles / Recipes Dec 23, 2014 Handmade Truffles: The Easy to Make Gift SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestEvery once in a while, I feel like getting crafty. This usually occurs when the weather turns cold, and often has something to do with food. In the past, I’ve made jams, tarts, cookies, or pies. One year, I even went all out and made Christmas tins filled with biscotti, fudge, gingerbread, and toffee (it was a lot of work). The latter requires some careful planning, and isn’t supposed to be tackled all at once, let alone in one night. Oh how we live and learn. Or that first time I tried canning in the dark and on a wood stove…but that’s a story for another day.I’ve always enjoyed the creativity of baking and making sweets look pretty (I’ll be the first to admit, however, that I’ve made my family suffer through some pretty whacky creations over the years). Nevertheless, the real joy is in gifting homemade treats to my friends and family.No matter how big or small, flimsy or tacky, I am a firm believer that the handmade gift remains the sweetest gesture of love. The little details are what count; the time, care, and thought that goes into the process of making your own gifts. Truly, nothing makes me happier than giving (or receiving) a gift made with love. So there! I’ve exerted my seasonal sappiness. Now let’s get crafting.The tricky part when making gift sweets is deciding what to make. The one thing you don’t want is to end up with a hundred different ingredients, overwhelming you, your kitchen, and your wallet. It can get quite costly, especially when making sweets.To begin with, I wanted to narrow my options down by selecting a cohesive theme. One ingredient, I decided, should be featured across each treat. My choice? Chocolate. You really can’t go wrong with chocolate. It works wonders in baking, and gives your sweets a classy look and rich flavour.So, when the creative bug hit, I decided on truffles — after all, what’s lovelier looking than truffles?These sweet little treats are perfect for the holidays and wonderful as gifts. The possibilities for truffles are endless: they can be coated in a variety of (Christmas themed) options such as candy cane, coconut, chocolate, pistachios, pecans or candied ginger. They are also surprisingly simple to make and here comes the best part: they can be healthy, too! Yes, not all holiday food need be fattening, high in sugar and loaded in carbs. I did some searching, and sure enough I found a way to make truffles that are guilt free and naturally sweetened, yet decadent and delicious.So get ready to impress with these gorgeous truffles that your friends and family will love. Make sure you save a few for yourself, too! Time and Quantity StatsPrep time: 5 minCook Time: 0 minReady in: 5 minYields: 20-25 balls (per recipe) Hazelnut Chocolate TrufflesHazelnut Chocolate TrufflesIngredients:1 ½ Cups blanched hazelnuts (I used 1 cup almond flour and ½ cup hazelnuts100 Grams of dates (about 16-18 normal sized dates)2 Tsp honey (or agave as a vegan option)2 Tbsp cocoa powder¼ Cup dark chocolate grated (or carob chips)2 Tsp vanilla extractTip: Soaking dates in hot water beforehand will help the truffles stick together Amaretto Fudge TrufflesAmaretto Fudge TrufflesIngredients:1 Cup slivered almonds1 Cup pitted dates1/3 Cup unsweetened shredded coconut¼ Tsp Almond extract2 Tbsp Cocoa powderTip – these are delicious rolled in cocoa or by drizzling chocolate over top, or dipping them in dark chocolate.Method (for both varieties)Using your food processor, add dates and process until they become a paste.Add the remaining ingredients and process until a dough like consistency forms.Roll into bite sized ballsChill in refrigerator for 15-30 min before rolling in your coatings. Lemon Coconut TrufflesLemon Coconut TrufflesIngredients:1 Cup pitted dates1 Cup unsweetened coconut1 Cup raw cashews1 Tsp vanilla extractJuice of 1 lemonLemon rind (finely grated)Method:Add your cashews to your food processor and blend until they take on a flour-like textureAdd unsweetened coconut and pulse until blendedAdd the vanilla, lemon juice, dates and blend until they reach a dough consistencyRemove from processor and begin rolling into 1 inch ballsRoll balls in coconut until completely coveredPlace balls in an airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to 5 days, or 1 month in the freezerTip: These are lovely dipped in white chocolate! Dipping ChocolateDipping ChocolateIngredients:6-8 ounces of chocolate candy melts or bakers chocolate (can use raw cacao if preferred)Directions:Using a double boiler melt chocolate over low heatRemove from heat and insert a tooth pick into your trufflesDip each truffle into chocolate until completely coveredTo remove the tooth pick simply wiggly and pull until it comes outTip: To cover up the hole from the toothpick, sprinkle a bit of shredded coconut, or top with a hazelnut, raw cranberry, or some kind of small candy.Healthy Topping Options:Crushed Nuts (Pecans, walnuts, Pistachios, Almonds)CoconutFreeze Dried RaspberriesPlain Cocoa Powder (sprinkle some cinnamon for extra flavour)Extra Decadent Options:Dip in chocolateDrizzle with chocolateRoll in candied chopped fruitRoll in candy caneRoll in crushed candy of your choice Classic TruffleClassic TruffleAuthor: Sharron Lachendro – What the Fork Blog Source:Serves 24-30Ingredients:1 ½ Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips½ Cup heavy cream4 Tbsp butter1 Tbsp cocoa powder or coffee powder1 Tsp vanilla extractCocoa powder for dustingChopped hazelnuts for rolling truffles inMethod:Add all ingredients except vanilla to a double boiler, or use a heatproof bowl (such as Pyrex) placed over a small saucepan with ¼ — ½ inch of water.Heat and stir chocolate and butter until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Set aside until at room temperature, and refrigerate until cold.Scoop the chocolate and roll into 1-inch balls. Roll truffles in desired toppings. Refrigerate truffles up to 2 weeks and serve at room temperature.Sidetone: Check out this list of 15 amazing healthy truffle varieties:Wrapping your Truffles:It’s best to select a shallow flat bottom container to keep your truffles secure. Cookie tins, boxes, or even an old jewelry box will do the trick. Michaels craft store has a ton of options to select from.Fill your box or tin with some festive tissue paper and gently place your truffles in the bottom. You might want to wrap your gift in wrapping paper, or simply tie with a ribbon. Be sure to include a little gift tag or sweet little note and deliver! SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Holly Brooke Holly Brooke is a true B.C. gal. 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