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Alma’s Simple Homemade Holiday Gifts

By Alma Schneider
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Photo Credit: Alma Schneider

Chocolate Truffles

Do I really need to explain why chocolate truffles are a special gift? Who wouldn’t want to receive such a delicacy? The delicious little secret about chocolate truffles is that they are E-A-S-Y to make. And a touch of creativity — a few spices or some chopped, dried fruit and nuts — can even make them extra fancy.

(Makes about 40 truffles.)

Supplies for packaging:

* Chinese food takeout containers OR

* Cellophane bags with ribbons


* 8 – 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate (chocolate chips or high end like Scharffen Berger) finely chopped in a food processor

* 2 tablespoons butter

* 1/4 cup heavy cream

* 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (for dusting)

* 1 cup chopped, crystallized ginger or chopped nuts (optional)

* 1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder (optional)

* 1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


1. Simmer heavy cream in a heavy saucepan over moderate heat.

2. Remove from heat and add chopped chocolate and butter. Stir gently until smooth.

3. Once chocolate is cooled, transfer to a glass or stainless steel bowl and place in fridge for 2 hours.

4. Once chocolate is hardened, use a small spoon or melon baller to scoop teaspoon-size balls of chocolate.

5. Roll chocolate into as many balls as you can while keeping hands cold (touch the outside of a stainless steel bowl filled with ice).

6. Place balls on the wax paper-covered baking sheet.

7. Place cocoa powder in a shallow bowl. Add cayenne or cumin powder, if desired, and stir.

8. Roll the balls in the powder.

9. Roll the balls in ginger or nuts, if desired (or just in ginger or nuts without the powder).

10. Keep in fridge until ready to package.

11. Package in Chinese food takeout containers or cellophane bags tied with ribbons.

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Photo Credit: Alma Schneider

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Alma Schneider is a licensed Clinical Social Worker helping individuals overcome their psychological and practical obstacles to cooking and parenting on her blog and consulting business, Take Back the Kitchen. She is a native New Yorker transplanted to the suburbs with her husband, four children and loving yet stubborn Beagle Shiloh.

  • Talita

    Thank you so much for teaching me to cheat at tfefrlus! It works perfectly for these, and also for dipping blueberries in.I’ve made these a couple times since you posted and they’ve been a hit with friends, though more than one person has suggested I use slightly less-dark chocolate (I’ve been using 70%) or sweeten the chevre a little. So when I make them next I’ll use 62%, and experiment with adding sugar to part of the batch.

  • Nicks

    Oct13 Great suggestions. Along the lines of #3, I smoetimes like to give gifts that will allow me to spend time with the person, but also involve something they like. One of my aunts adores the movie The Wizard of Oz, and also is a musician who loves orchestras. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra was playing the soundtrack to The Wizard in a live concert. I got both of us tickets as her Christmas present two years ago, and she loved it!

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