Cranberry Orange Ginger Dark Chocolate Truffles
Every word of that title just feels festive, doesn't it?? So pull on your ugly sweater, flip on the Hallmark Channel, and let's get started!
Here's what you need:
Gingersnaps - I use Trader Joe's Triple Ginger Snaps because there's REAL ginger chunks in these
Dark chocolate chips - my absolute fav is Guittard 63% Dark
The first step is to grind up the gingersnaps into little crumbs. You can do this in a food processor I'm pretty sure, but I did it the old fashioned way: I dumped all the cookies into a big ziploc and hammered them with a rolling pin. So whatever works for you, do that.
The next step is to combine the cookie crumbs with an 8 oz package of cream cheese in a large mixing bowl.
Next, you want to chop up the fresh cranberries really small and grate some orange zest. I ended up just putting the cranberries and orange peel in Magic Bullet to get them into small pieces. Then, you mix the cranberry and orange in with the cookies and cream cheese.
Melt the chocolate chips. I put them in a bowl and stick the bowl in the microwave, pausing occasionally to stir, and heating until they're all nice and melted - it takes about 1 1/2 - 2 minutes. You can also melt them by putting them in a saucepan on the stove.
Then roll the cookie mixture into balls and dip them in the chocolate. Put them on a plate covered with parchment paper or foil. If you want to decorate them with sprinkles, make sure you do it while the chocolate is still wet so that the sprinkles stick.
Stick the balls in the freezer for about 30-60 minutes so that they solidify, then they're all ready to eat! Store them in the fridge in between nibbling.
1 14 oz package gingersnaps - I use Trader Joe's Triple Ginger Snaps
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup orange zest
1 12 oz bag dark chocolate chips - my absolute fav is Guittard 63% Dark
1. Grind up the gingersnaps into crumbs.
2. Combine gingersnap crumbs and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl.
3. Chop up the cranberries into tiny pieces, and grate your orange zest. I actually put the cranberries and orange peel in a magic bullet to get tiny pieces.
4. Mix cranberries and orange zest in with cookie/cream cheese mixture.
5. Melt dark chocolate chips. You can do this either by heating them in the microwave, or heating them in a saucepan on the stove, stirring occasionally.
6. Grab spoonfuls of your cookie mixture and roll into balls.
7. Dip the balls in the melted chocolate. Place the balls on a plate covered in parchment paper or aluminum foil.
8. If you want to decorate your truffles with sprinkles, make sure to add the sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet.
9. Stick your chocolate dipped balls in the freezer for about 30 minutes to solidify. Store them in the fridge between eating.
And enjoy! Stick them on holiday gift plates, bring them to holiday parties, eat them while binging your favorite Hallmark Christmas movies. This is sincerely one of my favorite recipes ever, and I hope you love them as much as I do!