A batch of these Peppermint Brownie Truffles will not last long at your holiday parties. Easy treats that look like they came from the store are perfect because they will impress everyone.
Most of the time I love to go all out and bake over the top desserts. It's so much fun coming up with new ideas and new ways to put together a sweet treat. Hiding candy bars inside cookies or truffles is one of my favorite things to do. These salted caramel brownie bites are one of my favorites.
But there are times when you just need an easy treat that has some pizzaz. That where brownie truffles come into play. This easy treat is seriously only 3 ingredients. Ok, technically it's more because you need to use oil and eggs to make the boxed brownie mix. (You can also double these homemade chocolate chip brownies and bake them in a 9x13 pan for 30 minutes if you prefer that method!)
Our kids devoured these little brownie bites in no time at all. When all three kids give something two thumbs up, I know I'm onto something good.
This coming weekend our church youth group is doing a progressive dinner as their holiday party. Our house is the dessert stop. Does that surprise you? One of the youth leaders asked if I wanted help making treats for the kids. I'm cool with anyone who wants to bring stuff, but honestly this house is like a home bakery because of all the treats that happen each week. Treats for 40 people shouldn't be a problem because I'm sort of a crazy baker this time of year!
The funny thing about me is that when I "have" to make dessert I freeze up. My mind races in about 100 directions trying to come up with things that everyone will love because I want to please everyone. Coming up with ideas of fun treats to make "just because" is so much easier.
My plan is to open the pantry door and pull out all the holiday candies and baking supplies that I bought and haven't used yet. I tend to over buy on that kind of stuff because I'm always afraid I won't be able to find it when I actually want it.
After taking a peek in the pantry, I saw peppermint cream cookies, peppermint frosting, peppermint candies, candy canes, peppermint sticks, M&M's, brownie mixes, and peppermint pretzels.
It's safe to say that the party will be well supplied with peppermint goodies. I should probably come up with one other flavor because what if they don't like peppermint. Yikes! I only have 2 days to come up with a plan.
Luckily, these peppermint brownie truffles are a quick and foolproof treat that I have all the ingredients for. Here are some tips for making the sweet treats:
- Make a pan of fudgy brownies and let them cool. Be sure you do not over bake them because they roll much better when they are fudgier.
- Cut the very edge of the brownies off. That crispy part doesn't roll as well either. I'm sure you won't have any problem with disposing of the brownie edges.
- Cut the rest of the brownies into 35 squares and roll them into balls. Press a paper straw into the top of each one. Place in the freezer for at least an hour.
- Melt your white chocolate wafers according to the directions. Dip each truffle into the melted chocolate.
- Place the truffles on wax paper and top with peppermint bits right away because the chocolate will set up. Quick tip: If the chocolate sets up too quickly, use a blow dryer to heat the tops of the truffles up just enough to make the candy bits stick.
- Add a ribbon bow to the straws using glue dots.
- You can also dip the chocolates with a toothpick or fork instead of using straws.
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Instead of using a box mix, I made my favorite brownie recipe and baked it in a 9x13 pan as my recipe calls for. Unfortunately, 1 -10oz bag of white chocolate melts was only enough to coat 15 truffles. My brownies came out typical brownie size, so perhaps I didn't get the chocolate hot enough to coat the truffles more thinly? I added 1/8 tsp peppermint oil to the batter which was supper yummy, but overall, this was a bit of a disappointment because I only had 1 bag of white chocolate melts. I used some melted semi-sweet chocolate chips to coat the rest, but they weren't as tasty.
I am so sorry you were disappointed in the truffles. How big did you make your brownie bites? I squish each brownie square into small balls before dipping them. One 10-ounce bag should have been plenty to dip all 35 bites. Did you use the Ghirardelli melting wafers? They usually melt smooth and thin enough to dip any kind of truffle or candy.
Can these be make ahead and frozen?
You could...but you will not be able to freeze them with the peppermint bits on top. I would be afraid those would not thaw correctly and could be slimy and wet. You could always add an additional drizzle of chocolate after you thaw them out and add the peppermint bits right before serving.
Wow, these look fantastic! I need them in my life now!
I love making truffles, and these look so festive for Christmas! I can relate to your candy/cookie stash. My fridge in the kitchen and the one in my basement are still full with candy!