Peppermint Mocha Truffles are a decadent holiday treat, easy to make but hard to resist. Perfect for any chocolate lover, this batch makes enough to enjoy with some to spare for sharing!
Welcome to Day 6 of Christmas Week. This annual event was started in 2012, and is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic. This year we have over 35 bloggers sharing festive sweet recipes for the event. Plus we all chipped in for a huge Amazon Gift Card Giveaway so be sure to enter!
Peppermint Mocha Truffles
Today I’m sharing a holiday spin on a favorite treat. Peppermint Mocha Truffles are treats that don’t last long at my house because we love them and we love to give them away! This is one more perfect excuse to buy cute holiday tins and these truffles are ideal for making and putting inside those tins, don’t you think? Since it’s Christmas Week we all decided to pitch in for a huge giveaway! I hope you’ve entered by now but if not, it’s ok because you can still enter. Scroll down for the entry form and underneath that you’ll find the recipe for these truffles. 🙂
About This Recipe
We found this recipe years ago when we first started making these truffles and we’ve been using a slightly adapted version ever since. The cream cheese gives them a rich flavor but I don’t think I could pinpoint the specific cream cheese flavor if it was a surprise. The chocolate, coffee and peppermint in this version (shared at the bottom of this post) are noticeable flavors and they’re known for working well together. Especially with cream cheese.
If you don’t take the cream cheese out ahead of time, it’s no problem. It mixes a little easier at room temp but I often use cold cream cheese. I use a metal mixing bowl and with the cool cream cheese, the melted chocolate can “stick” to the outside of the bowl. I just run warm water on the outside of the bowl, careful not to let any of the water inside, and stir everything together very well.
It’s definitely recommended that you roll the truffle into a ball, toss around in the candy cane pieces and then roll it again before putting on a plate and chilling. This finishes the peppermint flavor, giving these Peppermint Mocha Truffles just the right amount, and also just a little crunch. Once I tried it with candy cane bits (pre crushed candy canes) and the red color turned to liquid and looked a little odd but was fine when the ball was rolled again. I just like to crush my own candy canes now. The kids are old enough to help me clean up the mess. 🙂
For Old Times Sake
When Tay was in 1st grade we started making these. Back then she thought it was fun to roll the truffles because it was like playing with an edible toy. And when her palms were covered in layers of chocolate, cream cheese and instant coffee I caught her licking it off her palms and going right back to rolling. I watched her do this a few times before saying something. The hardest part was holding back my laughter because her face was covered in chocolate!
And then there was the 2nd grade Christmas batch. She rolled every one of those Peppermint Mocha Truffles perfectly and placed them in cute little round tins. I watched her wash her hands, there was no licking this year because I promised her some truffles after she was done, but we did find dog hairs in quite a few truffles. They weren’t just on top. These were somehow mixed in and sticking out of the truffles as if the dogs themselves had put their little paws together for this. How could that happen?? Oh, and the best part is that I didn’t notice until after we had delivered them all to her teachers and volunteers. O. My. Goodness.
I’m not the only one bringing treats today for Day 6 of Christmas Week! Here are some goodies from my fellow participants:
Red Velvet Swirl Fudge from Cravings of a Lunatic
Christmas Wreath Cupcakes from The Redhead Baker
Fresh Cranberry Mini Scones from Farm Fresh Feasts
Chocolate Praline Pretzels from Food Lust People Love
Cranberry Tangerine Mojito from Mind Over Batter
Creamy Espresso Hot Chocolate from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Gingerbread Cookie Bars from From Gate to Plate
Stained Glass Cookies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Macadamia Coconut Macaroons from Aloha Flavor
Peppermint Popcorn from Poet in the Pantry
Mexican Chocolate Panna Cotta from Cooking in Stilettos
Peppermint Mocha Truffles from Try Anything Once Culinary
Chocolate Mocha Roulade from Mother Would Know
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- two 10 oz. packages of semi sweet chocolate chips
- 8 oz. cream cheese, preferably at room temp
- 2 tbsp. instant coffee
- 1 tsp. water
- ¼ tsp.peppermint flavoring
- 7 candy canes
- dark chocolate powder for rolling the finished truffles
- Melt chocolate chips in the microwave or on the stovetop. If you melt the chocolate on the stove top be sure to use the double boiler method.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer add the cream cheese, coffee, water and peppermint flavoring.
- After the chocolate is melted add to the bowl and mix on medium low speed for about one minute.
- Scrape the bottom of the bowl and the paddle then mix again on medium speed until everything is evenly incorporated and there are no white streaks from the cream cheese.
- If the truffle mixture is super soft and you can't roll it into a ball, refrigerate for about an hour or until chilled.
- Crush the candy canes into small pieces and set aside. If you aren't using them right away, cover them tightly.
- Roll a truffle into a ball then toss in candy cane pieces then roll again, to press the pieces into the truffle then set on a plate.
- After all the truffles are formed and contain the crushed candy cane pieces, refrigerate for two hours.
- Roll truffles in dark chocolate powder.
- Serve and enjoy or package and deliver.
- Keep refrigerated.
I've used pre crushed peppermint bits for these truffles and the red in the bits turns soft when refrigerated or left to sit. Candy canes seem to be the best for this recipe.
Rolling the crushed bits of candy canes into the truffles completes the peppermint flavor and adds a wee bit of texture to the truffles.