Category Archives: Candies

Valentine’s Homemade Brownie Truffles

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and one of the most special gifts you can give is homemade!  These brownie truffles are extremely easy and super fun to decorate.  Create a beautiful variety, uniquely decorated with just a handful of supplies.

Valentine Chocolate Edible Gifts

Recipe:

The easy part is using a box of brownie mix baked following the instructions on the box.  The brownies filled a 9 x 9 inch baking pan.  Once removed from the oven, slightly cool, then crumble into a bowl to cool completely.  Create uniform 1 inch balls (easiest using a cookie scoop) and place in an air-tight container until ready to decorate.

Dip each brownie ball into melting chocolates:

There are a few different ways to melt chocolate, but I prefer the double boiler method.  Boil 1 inch of water in a large sauce pan, placing a larger heat proof bowl on top of the saucepan.  This technique prevents the chocolate from scorching.  Once the water is simmering, place the chocolates in the bowl on top and stir until melted.  Note to add 1 teaspoon of Crisco to create a smooth finish.  Roll each brownie ball in the chocolate removing with a fork and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or foil.  A few truffles were decorated with sprinkles or sanding sugars immediately.

I started with a 1/2 cup of white chocolate melting wafers to decorate a quarter of brownie balls.  Then added milk chocolate wafers to the same bowl and mixed with the remaining white chocolate. 

Decoration ideas:

Any leftover chocolate?  Don’t toss it…pipe mini chocolate hearts onto wax paper and let them cool completely.  They will easily peel off to use as decorations.

The undecorated chocolate covered balls were enhanced with glaze.  Starting with plain white glaze – 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon of corn syrup and 1-2 tablespoons of milk.  Mix until a thick, smooth consistency.  Pipe a few, drizzle a few, add a drop of red food coloring to create pink…have fun!

SweetStackers chocolate truffle  storage
SweetStackers homemade Valentine truffles

Once the decorations have set, the truffles should be place in an air-tight container.  Each truffle could be placed in mini cupcake liner to separate.  Give a beautiful gift showing off your little works of art using a pretty container!  This red tin with a clear see-thru lid is perfect!

Sweet Stackers Edible Gift Valentines

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Sweet Stackers Valentine Chocolate Gift

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Valentine Chocolate Cream Cheese Truffles

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand.  So instead buying a box of chocolates, why not surprise the special people in your life with homemade chocolate truffles?

Heart Shaped Chocolate Cream Cheese Truffles

Truffles or homemade chocolates sound like it would be intimidating or difficult to make.  They are actually very easy, quick and only require a handful of ingredients.  This recipe used semi-sweet chocolate chips, cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar.  They can easily be rolled into balls or shaped using a small cookie cutter.  Truffle balls can be rolled in sprinkles, cocoa, chopped nuts or shredded coconut. Using a 1 inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, the chocolate truffle mixture could easily be pressed into a heart shape.  Decorative sprinkles can be placed on top, pressing down lightly and the chocolate heart can easily be removed from the molded shape.

Heart Shaped Chocolate Cream Cheese Truffles

These chocolate truffles should be stored in the refrigerator to set and later stored in an air-tight container.  Instead of fighting with curly parchment paper or trying to squeeze large cookie sheets in your refrigerator, homemade chocolates can be placed on reusable plastic trays made to fit an air-tight container you already own.  Sweet Stackers can separate and layer the chocolates in multiple layers in one container.  They create a working surface that can be easily lifted and placed in your container.  One step, without transferring from parchment lined cookie sheets to a container.  Plus this helps prevent them from sticking, melting together or messing the decorations.

homemade truffle dividers

Chocolate Cream Cheese Truffles

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners sugar
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

In a small mixing bowl cream softened cream cheese using an electric mixer.  Reduce mixer speed and gradually add confectioners sugar.  In the meanwhile, melt chocolate chips using a microwave or a double boiler (a heat proof bowl placed over simmering water).  Add melted chocolate to the cream cheese mixture.  The mixture will be stiff and easy to work with.

Scoop the chocolate using a melon baller or small ice-cream scoop to ensure uniform size.  Shape the chocolate into balls and immediately roll in sprinkles, cocoa, chopped nuts or shredded coconut.

Truffle mixture can also be molded into shapes using a mini cookie cutter, coating in sprinkles.

Chocolate truffles should be refrigerated.

Valentine Dessert Truffles

Share the love and Happy Valentine’s Day!
 

Rollo Turtles

These are just way too cute using the holiday shaped pretzels.  The combination of salt, caramel and sweet chocolate = yum!  Perfect for a gluten-free recipe too.   Rollo Turtles were brought to our 2013 cookie exchange party.

Gluten Free Rollo Turtles

Rollo Turtles

Rollo Turtles

20 small mini pretzels

20 chocolate covered caramel candies (Rollo)

20 pecan halves

Preheat oven to 300°.

Arrange the pretzels in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Place one chocolate covered caramel candy on each pretzel.

Bake for 4 minutes.  While the candy is warm, press a pecan half onto each candy covered pretzel.  Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Cookie Swap 2013

In todays crazy busy world, a cookie exchange party is a life saver during the holidays.  It is a great way to take a break from the holiday rush, enjoy friendships and share family tradition of baking homemade Christmas cookies.  The best part – you only need to bake one batch of cookies and you come home with a variety!

Last night, I hosted a Cookie Exchange with a few friends.  Everyone brought a large batch of yummy Christmas cookies to swap and recipes to share.  It was quite a fun night to mingle, enjoy a glass of warm spicy wine and sneak a taste of a few cookies.

Cookie Exchange 2013

I have created a collection of cookies and recipes from my Cookie Swap 2013 to share with you.  I will post more recipes and links in the days leading to Christmas.  Here is a sneak peak – Enjoy!

Chocolate Shot Cookies

Cherry Bonbon Cookies

Rollo Turtles

Chocolate – Chocolate – Mint Cookies

Christmas M&M Cake Mix Cookies

Pecan Tassies

Cranberry Cream Drop Bars

Salted Dark Chocolate Turtle Candies

Midnight Mint Meringue Cookies

Christmas Chocolate Shot Cookies

Chocolate Shot Cookies

Cherry Bonbon Cookies

Cherry Bonbon Cookies

Gluten Free Rollo Turtles

Rollo Turtles

Chocolate-Chocolate-Mint Christmas Cookies

Chocolate-Chocolate Mint Cookies

Christmas M&M Cake Mix Cookies

Christmas M&M Cake Mix Cookies

Pecan Nut Cups Christmas Cookies

Pecan Tassies

Cranberry Cream Drop Cookies or Bars

Cranberry Cream Drop Bars

Salted Dark Chocolate Turtle Candies

Salted Dark Chocolate Turtle Candies

Christmas Meringue Cookies

Midnight Mint Meringue Cookies

 

Salted Dark Chocolate Turtle Candies

Salty, check!  Sweet, check!  Salty & Sweet, check, check!  Next week, I am hosting a cookie exchange party for some of my friends and neighbors.  One batch of cookies is made and ready to go, then I saw this recipe on my favorite new blog called “If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen“.  Wouldn’t a batch of turtle candies be perfect as a sweet addition to a cookie swap table?

Turtle candies are easy to make and only require a few ingredients – pecans, chocolate, caramel and a sprinkle of salt!

Salted Dark Chocolate Candies

Dark Chocolate Turtle Candies

3 ounces pecan halves

1 – 11 ounce bag of individually wrapped caramels

2 teaspoons milk

1 cup chocolate chips; milk/dark

1 tablespoon shortening

coarse sea salt

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Place 2 pecan halves next to each other, repeat 30 times.

Melt caramel and milk in a heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally.  Scoop a teaspoonful of caramel over each set of pecans.  Let cool.

Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate (add shortening to make a smooth finish).  Place a teaspoonful of melted chocolate on the other cookie sheet.  Add the caramel covered pecan on top of the chocolate.  Repeat for the remaining pecans.  Drizzle chocolate over and sprinkle a small amount of coarse salt on top.

Refrigerate to let the chocolate set.  I used the little Sweet Stackers risers to stack the two cookies sheets together.  This condensed the amount of space in my refrigerator.

SweetStackers Chocolate Turtle Candies

Once the chocolate sets, place in an airtight container.

Ready for the cookie exchange!

SweetStackers Turtle Chocolates