August 29, 2009

Gingerbread Truffles

This recipe for Gingerbread Truffles produces soft, aromatic truffle balls that taste like gingerbread cookie dough! These delicious candies feature gingersnaps, spices, toasted nuts, and white chocolate.

To crush the gingersnaps, you can either use a blender or food processor, or place them in a large Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Be sure that the cookies are in small crumbs, not large chunks. This recipe yields approximately 30 candies.
Prep Time: 20 minutes

* 1 cup white chocolate chips
* 3 tbsp light corn syrup
* 1/2 cup evaporated milk
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/4 tsp ground ginger
* 1/4 tsp cinnamon
* 1/8 tsp cloves
* 1/8 tsp nutmeg
* 1/2 cup powdered sugar
* 1 cup finely chopped nuts
* 2.5 cups gingersnap crumbs (about one 14-oz box)
* 1/2 cup granulated sugar, for rolling


1. Place the white chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring after every 45 seconds to prevent overheating.

2. Once the white chocolate is melted, add the corn syrup, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract. If it seems to be separating, stir gently with a whisk until it comes back together. Stir in the gingersnap crumbs, powdered sugar, all the spices, and the chopped nuts. Place the mixture in the refrigerator until it is firm enough to shape, about 1 hour.

3. Using a teaspoon, roll the candy into small balls between your palms. Place the granulated sugar in a small bowl, and roll the balls in the sugar.

4. Place the gingerbread truffles in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. These candies store for several weeks, but they tend to lose some of their strong ginger flavor after about a week. Allow the truffles to come to room temperature before serving.

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