December 11, 2006

Peppermint Truffles




Ingredients:
2 cups confectioners' sugar
4 oz cream cheese*, slightly softened
5 drops peppermint extract**

confectioners' sugar
candy canes or starlight mints, crushed


Directions:
In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, peppermint extract and sugar. Beat until well combined. Using your fingers, roll the chocolate/cream cheese mixture to the size of a large marble or superball. Sprinkle about 1/3 cup of confectioner's sugar and the crushed mints on a plate and gently roll the candy to coat. Place on a clean plate and refrigerate about 1 hour before serving.

*The kind you get in a brick, not "spreadable" or "whipped"
**Read the label careful when you go to buy peppermint extract. Extract labeled simply "mint" is often spearmint.

My thoughts:
I had a bit of an ulterior motive in making these easy truffles: I wanted to see how peppermint and cream cheese taste together. I am planning on making some peppermint icing in the near future and want to make an informed decision. The verdict: peppermint and cream cheese go together remarkably well. The sharpness of both keep these truffles from being overly sweet. I am still uncertain about my icing, but these are a delight!

8 comments:

  1. I tried to convince my wife to make peppermint cream cheese frosting the other day to no avail :.(

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  2. Hi! I would love to try this recipe. I'm a little confused though - you mention chocolate in the directions but it's not listed as an ingredient and anyway is it supposed to be white chocolate b/c judging by the photo doesn't look like dark chocolate was used? See, told you I'm a little confused!

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  3. Awesome combo! I could definetely go me some minty cream cheese right about now!

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  4. I made a peppermint cream cheese frosting o put on top of brownies the other day. It sounds strange, I know, but it was soooo good!

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  5. ninaschmina: sorry about that! I had adapted a recipe for chocolate truffles that i had created back in October. and didn't notice that when I was fixing the directions. I will change that now. No chocolate at all!

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  6. What a great idea! I never thought of putting cream cheese and peppermint together, I'm sure it'd make a great icing!

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  7. I made these for the holiday tea I hosted yesterday afternoon - they were a hit! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

    (blogged about the tea & included a link to this recipe: http://amyartisan.com/blog/2006/12/18/a-cup-of-christmas-tea/)

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  8. I made some cream cheese/peppermint mints last night (they were supposed to firm up and never did) that went along the same lines as the peppermint truffles. They weren't firm enough to give away, but they're great!

    I think I'll definitely try your version of the recipe, seeing as how I stocked up on cream cheese, and I'm a sucker for peppermint!

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