Each year I make an assortment of candies to give to friends and relatives. If I forget to make them I am constantly reminded that I need to be making a batch for them. They start out with subtle hints. “I really like the caramel pecan candies you make” or “Remember those truffles you made last Christmas? Those were so good.” When they do not receive a batch they escalate. “When are you making your annual Christmas candy? You are making some this year, right?” One of my favorites are these Amaretto Truffle Cups, made with a white chocolate mousse filling. If you don’t want to use Amaretto you can substitute a teaspoon of almond extract to get almost the same flavor.
- 1 (14 ounce) bag white chocolate candy melts
- 4 ounces heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons amaretto or one teaspoon almond extract
- red paste food coloring
- Melt ½ of the bag of white chocolate candy melts in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Place in microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Stir. Spread chocolate on the bottom and sides of mini cupcake liners with a spoon. Place in freezer until firm. Meanwhile, add cream, butter and white chocolate to saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add amaretto (or almond extract) and two drops red paste food coloring (or enough to reach the shade of red you desire.) Place truffle mixture in fridge for two hours. Remove from fridge, place in a pastry bag and pipe into chocolate cups. If you don't have a pastry bag, just use a small cookie scoop and add scoops to the shells. Decorate with sprinkles if desired.
I made my truffles using items from the Good Cook Sweet Creations holiday line. They have some adorable festive cupcake liners and a mini cookie scoop that is perfect for use when making holiday candies. What are your favorite holiday baking ideas?
To help me along in the creation of this post and a Thanksgiving post, I was sent a supply of cookware from Good Cook, meaning I am now totally prepared to make a huge Thanksgiving feast and lots of meals with the leftovers. If you are unsure what to cook this year, why not join us for a Good Cook Twitter Party, Monday, November 25th at 6 PM (EST)? Our hashtag will be #Thanksgivingtips and we will be discussing recipes, tips to make cooking easier and more. Be sure to RSVP and don’t miss this fun event!