Chocolate Peppermint Truffle Balls (and holiday cookie exchange)

Another sweet treat this week! It’s the holidays and I have a sweet tooth. I love making treats over the holidays, but I don’t want to eat them all. What better way to share the love than have a cookie exchange party? I get to make some fun treats and enjoy other peoples too (this also make killer holiday gifts!).

Here are some things others brought:

PB cookies

Macaroon cookies

Fruit & chocolate bites

Snicker Doodles

Brownies

Robin made these:

Ice Cream Tea Sandwiches (these adorable guys are meant to hang onto your mug while you drink tea and look like a heart)

 And I made my white chocolate peppermint bark, some amazing peppermint patties (from Ohsheglows) and these:

They turned out quite spectactularly if I do say so myself!

Chocolate Peppermint Truffle Balls (makes 2-dozen small truffles)

For the Truffles

16 dates, pitted

4 tbsp of cacao powder (or cocao since this recipe isn’t raw – I only had cacao)

4 tbsp of coconut oil

a few drops of peppermint extract

-Combine all ingredients in your food processor and pulse until well combined and the mixture takes on a sticky, dough-like texture. Take a tablespoon and spoon out the mixture and form into little balls and place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. You’ll have to rinse your hands part-way through to get the mixture to stick together better. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

For the Chocolate coating

1 cup of vegan chocolate chips (I used Sunspire as Whole Foods didn’t have my regular Enjoy Life available – they worked well)

1 tsp of coconut oil

4 candy canes, crushed

-Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a pot on low heat on the stove. Take your hardened truffles out of the freezer and dunk in the chocolate, rolling the truffle around until it is coated. Shake off any excess chocolate and carefully place it back on the cookie sheet. I used a fork to dunk the truffle in the chocolate and then slid the chocolate-coated truffle off of the fork with a spoon. Try to do this step quickly before all of the chocolate hardens. Once the truffles are all coated in chocolate, sprinkle the crushed candy cane on top and gently press it in. Put the truffle balls back in the freezer until they have set (4 hours or so). Keep them in the freezer until ready to enjoy =)

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