Hello friends! How is everyone’s week going so far? This is going to be a quick-ish post because I need to do some prep baking for tomorrow. We’re having our little annual Christmas party with our neighbors and I want to try and slay with a show stopping dessert. Except I’ve never made the thing I’m planning to make and this is probably a horrible time to attempt it. You know me. 😛
Other than stockings my favorite part of Christmas has always been Yankee Swap. I just fricken love it. For those who have never heard of it, it goes as so: Everyone brings a gift of a certain value and places it in a pile in the middle of the room. Then everyone picks a number out of a hat and the person who picks number 1 gets to choose and unwrap a gift first. When it’s number 2’s turn, he too unwraps a gift and then can either keep it or exchange it with whoever got number 1. The further down the number list you are, the more options you have (ex: person 5 can swap with person 4, 3, 2, or 1). But as if that weren’t enough, once all the gifts have been opened you get a chance to swap again because you go down the list in reverse numerical order until you get back to number 1. This is when the fun happens since everyone’s gifts are now laid out in the open and you have a lot more to choose from. There’s a lot of begging someone to take your awful gift from you, hiding your good gift under the seat so people forget it was even an option, playing tug-o-war with your great aunt who wouldn’t hurt a fly. It’s amazing. Couples plot against other couples, people run out of the room, what’s not to love?
But yeah, that’s how it usually goes in my family. 😛 I haven’t been there in like three Christmases but I’m sure the tradition lives on. I’ll be playing it with my neighbors tomorrow, but the rules are slightly different. It may differ by region or something, who knows. Let me know in the comments what holiday traditions you celebrate with your family!
This was supposed to be a quick entry. And I’m still working on my transitions so please excuse the following:
Speaking of quick, take a look at these three ingredient gingerbread truffles (4 if you include the sprinkles, 5 if you add a little booze to the filling…because why wouldn’t you)!
You can legitimately finish making these within an hour. Even less if people help you roll and dip. And what I love about truffles the most is that there are no measurements. You just keep mixing until it’s “right”. You don’t even have to make gingerbread for this if you don’t want to, you could just pick up a loaf or some muffins at the store (I used the tops of my gingerbread cakes I made last week). Let’s get to it!
Start out by crumbling your gingerbread into a large mixing bowl. I just used my hands here, but a food processor can get the job done a lot faster.
The next step is to add the Nutella. It’s good to add a spoonful at a time and keep checking it so that you don’t add too much.
In general, you want to be able to roll it into a smooth ball, like so, without it falling apart on you. The dough should leave very little residue on your hands. If you’re covered in Nutella, you’ve added too much!
But seriously, who doesn’t want to be covered in Nutella?
Once you’ve finished rolling all of your balls you can pop them in the freezer and let them chill (lol puns) for 15-20 minutes. Not only does this firm them up a bit and make them easier for dipping, it also helps the chocolate set faster.
I thought it was probably a good idea to show you the sprinkles I’ve been using all month. Damn right I plan to get my money’s worth. You may remember these from my molasses cookie recipe as well as my recent ugly Christmas sweater tutorial. As you can see, there is quite the selection. .
So once your balls are all chilled and your chocolate is all melted it’s really as easy as dipping each ball in the chocolate and quickly scattering on some sprinkles. I like dipping using the two fork method since the prongs provide nice little openings for the extra chocolate to leak through.
But as you can see, they have a tendency to scrape off some of the chocolate when you transfer them back on the tray. Looking back, a wire rack seems like the common sense option. No big deal though, I just dipped the bottoms in again.
Once the chocolate sets they are good to eat!
So there you have it!
Until next time <3
- Gingerbread (a store bought loaf or muffins work fine)
- White chocolate or almond bark
- Using your fingers or a food processor, crumble the gingerbread until only fine crumbs remain.
- Add Nutella by the spoonful until the mixture rolls into a ball easily without sticking all over your hands.
- Roll all of your dough into similar sized balls, then freeze them for approximately 15-20 minutes.
- Dip each ball into some melted white chocolate and then quickly scatter on some sprinkles. Allow to set on a wire rack (about 10 minutes).
- Eat immediately or gift them to friends!
- Feeling a little boozy? Me too! Add a few spoonful of liquor to the dough for an adult twist. Just be sure not to let it get too moist.