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German Chocolate Truffles

Yield about 2 dozen
For an effortless centerpiece, pile truffles in wine goblets that have shimmery holiday ribbon tied to their stems.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons German chocolate-flavored coffee granules
  • 1 (4-ounce) bar sweet baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • Coatings: chocolate sprinkles, flaked coconut

How to Make It

  1. Position knife blade in a miniature food processor bowl; add 1/4 cup powdered sugar and coffee granules. Process until mixture resembles a fine powder; set aside.

  2. Melt chocolate in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring often. Remove from heat, and cool slightly.

  3. Combine reserved powdered sugar mixture, melted chocolate, remaining 3/4 cup powdered sugar, cream cheese, and coconut extract in a medium bowl; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until smooth. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

  4. Shape mixture into 1" balls; roll in desired coatings.

  5. Truffle-coating variation: Combine 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels and 1 1/2 tablespoons shortening in top of a double broiler over hot, not simmering water. Cook until chocolate melts. Dip uncoated trouffles into chocolate mixture, coating completely. Place on wax paper to dry.

  6. Place 2 ounces of white chocolate baking squares in top of a double broiler over hot, not simmering water. Cook until white chocolate melts. Cool slightly. Spoon into a small zip-top plastic bag, and seal. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag. Drizzle white chocolate over chocolate-coated truffles.

Christmas with Southern Living 1996