Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Eggnog Truffle Cups


I get the Taste of Home Holiday recipe magazine, full of delicious seasonally-appropriate recipes, and when the Christmas one came I was so excited to leaf through it! It was full of delicious treats, the first half of the book was cookies and the second half was candies. They all looked good, but when I came to the Eggnog Truffle Cups, I knew that I had to try that recipe - Jeff and I are both crazy about eggnog!

In the actual recipe, these are little chocolate cups that have the eggnog filling piped into them prettily. But I forgot to buy little foil candy liners, and only had regular cupcake liners. So I made my candies more like Reece's peanut butter cups. I'll give the directions for both.

Eggnog Truffle Cups
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tsp. shortening
6 tbsp. eggnog
1 package (10 or 12 oz) vanilla or white chips
1/2 tsp. rum extract (we don't do alcohol, I substituted vanilla)
1/4 to 3/4 tsp. nutmeg

Original directions:
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt semisweet chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Using a narrow pastry brush, brush the inside of 1-in. foil candy liners with 1/2 teaspoon melted chocolate. Freeze for 45 minutes or until firm.

Using 1/4 tsp. chocolate mixture for each cup, brush on another layer of chocolate. Freeze until firm.

In a small saucepan, bring eggnog to a boil over low heat. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla chips until melted. Stir in extract. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until filling begins to set.

Spoon or pipe 1 1/2 teaspoons of filling into each cup. Freeze until firm. Carefully remove and discard foil cups. Cover and store truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Just before serving, sprinkle with nutmeg. Makes 3 dozen.

Here's what they're supposed to look like:


How I did it:
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt semi-sweet chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Using a spoon, spread about 1 teaspoon melted chocolate onto bottoms and 1/2 inch up sides of 12 cupcake liners (in muffin tin for support). Freeze for 45 minutes or until firm.

In a small saucepan, bring eggnog to a boil over low heat. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla chips until melted. Stir in extract. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until filling begins to set.

Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of filling into each cup. Freeze until firm.

Remelt chocolate mixture, if necessary. Spread 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chocolate on top of filling. Freeze until firm. Carefully remove and discard cupcake liners. Cover and store truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Makes 1 dozen, with lots of leftover truffle filling to eat in large spoonfuls!

14 comments:

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Yours look good to. Yummo I am a eggnog nut. Great job!

Rebekah said...

oooohhhhhh.....my family would go nutty for these!!! they look wonderful!

Meg said...

These are amazing! Great job!

Emily said...

I like your version much better - it sounds easier and looks even more delicious! We're having a party food recipe contest and would love to have you enter one of your recipes (especially a "thrifty" recipe). The prize is a $400 gift card to MarxFoods.com. Check out the contest on our blog: MarxFood.com

Bridget said...

I can't believe you made those!!! They look like they belong in an upscale gourmet shop!

Reeni said...

I love eggnog, I bet these are fantastic. You do awesome work!

Holler said...

These look good, especially when you broke one open. That is when I started drooling :P

HoneyB said...

Both versions look great!

Marisa said...

Yum! Yum! Yum! Those sounds so good!!!!

Megan said...

These sound so good and I love eggnog and of course truffles.

Ingrid said...

Yum, I love eggnog. I'll take a couple please! That last photo of your cups with one of them dripping the filling has me drooling!
~ingrid

Michelle said...

Oh wow! You made them!!! After making us all drool over the idea on your family blog for ages.... ;-) I love eggnog, and these just look fantastic!

Angie said...

Those look sooo good. I like your way better.

Angie said...

Oh and I was gonna ask you. I'm starting up a once a month girls night out. I was wondering if you'd be interested. I know it's like a 20 minute or so drive down here for you, but we'd have some of them up in Salt Lake county too. Email me if you'd like to join us :)