Whether you’re looking for something to bring to the office holiday party or a knockout hostess gift, you can’t go wrong with Brandied Cherry Truffles. They’re decadent but small, and are much easier to make than they look. A batch of Brandied Cherry Truffles takes about 30 minutes to prepare, plus just enough refrigeration time to enjoy a glass of wine… fa la la and all of that!
Ingredients (makes 36 truffles)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
12 maraschino cherries
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon brandy
Step 1) Drain cherries. Pat dry with a paper towel. Pulverize cherries with brandy in a small food processor or blender. Set aside.
Step 2) Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until well combined.
Step 3) In a separate bowl, microwave chocolate for a few seconds at a time, stirring frequently, until chocolate is just melted. Watch carefully, so chocolate doesn’t burn! Let cool slightly.
Step 4) Add chocolate (melted but not hot) to cream cheese mixture and stir until just combined.
Step 5) Stir brandied cherry mixture into chocolate mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Step 6) Remove truffle mixtures from refrigerator and roll into bite size balls. Mixture should be a little bit sticky, but if it’s too messy to work with, simply refrigerate (or freeze) for another 30 minutes.
Step 7) Roll truffles in sugar, leaving a tiny bit of the truffle bare, as shown. Dip the bare spot in red sprinkles. That’s all – so easy! Store covered in refrigerator until serving or giving as gifts.
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