The holidays are almost here and it's time to start making all of my favorite treats. This year, I am whipping up a few batches of these peppermint Christmas truffles because they are so easy and always delicious. A simple recipe with a cake mix base makes these easy for anyone to whip up using items probably already in your pantry. Plus, the peppermint flavor screams Christmas and I love that!
Peppermint Christmas Truffle
Truffles (or bon bons) are one of my favorite things to whip up for holiday snack boards. I shared a holiday hot cocoa charcuterie board recently, and these would be a great choice added to that. They are just so fun to make but also, super easy to serve. Bite sized and not very messy, they happen to be a great choice for parties or for gifting.
If you've never made a truffle before, they are a fun choice because you get to do some dipping and decorating. I use my food processor to make the mixture easier to manage, but you can do it all by hand if you prefer. Another fun option for truffles that goes along with these are these healthy easy chocolate truffles. So easy and super-rich and delicious.
What Flavor Cake Mix Can I Use?
For this recipe, the white cake mix is ideal since it adapts to flavors so readily. If you have other flavors on hand, those can be used instead. Yellow cake mix will give a more buttery and rich flavor. A chocolate cake mix works wonderfully with this for pairing with peppermint. Of course, my kids would choose the funfetti cake mix for the sprinkles in the middle!
I've even seen this made with a brownie mix, and that really appeals to me. I do love a nice rich chocolate truffle, so if you are looking for something different, that might be a fun way to go!
Can I Add Candy Bits to the Inside of My Truffles?
You can definitely stir in a few candy bits inside the truffles! Since these are peppermint, crushed candy sounds great to mix into the dough. Of course, you might also want to add in other candy pieces. I like the idea of adding sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or even chopped up pieces of an Andes mint candy bar into these!
Fun Toppings for Christmas Truffles
While these don't have to be served for the holidays, they most often are a Christmas treat. So, below are some fun ways to make these look cute for Christmas by adding addition toppings other than just the melted chocolate you dip these into.
- Add food coloring (red and green) to some of the melting chocolate to drizzle over the top.
- Use candy stars and snowflakes in glittery silver colors on top.
- Roll in crushed peppermint candies.
- Top each with a mini candy cane.
- Dust with colored candy sugar in green or red.
- Top with a miniature candy stocking, Santa face, or elf.
If the peppermint theme is one you like, you might also enjoy these chocolate peppermint bars or even these peppermint kiss cookies. Both are delicious and easy to add to your holiday treat platter.
How do I Make Round Truffles?
The big question when making truffles and bonbons comes in how to get them round and pretty. As you can see, none of these are perfectly round, but they are roundish. The best way to manage this is to use a miniature cookie scoop. I love using these when making cookies, and they are ideal for this recipe.
Another option would be to use clean hands (or gloved hands), and roll them into balls then freeze them slightly before dipping into the chocolate. This will keep them solid and make the dipping process a bit easier to manage.
When dipping your truffles, the easiest way I have found is to put a toothpick into them and dip, then slip the toothpick out and drop a dab of chocolate over that hole to seal. This is always easy and keeps the mess to the minimum.
- White cake mix
- Peppermint extract
- Candy canes or peppermints
- White melting chocolate or almond bark
How to Make Peppermint Christmas Truffles
Prepare the cake mix according to package directions mixing the cake mix, eggs, oil, and water together as shown.
Add in the teaspoon of peppermint flavoring and bake as directed.
Allow the cake to cool completely after baking.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Spoon the baked cake into your food processor crumbling as you add to the machine.
Pulse for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is crumbled into small crumbs.
The crumbs should begin pulling into a dough.
When this happens, and you can easily form it into balls, it is ready.
Using a scoop or your clean hands, create small balls of dough and place them onto the lined baking sheet.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate or candy melts in 30-second increments until just melted. The chocolate should drizzle well and be thin enough to create a nice layer. If the chocolate seems too thick, you can add ½ teaspoon melted coconut oil into the chocolate to thin it for dipping.
Dip each truffle into the melted chocolate coating all sides. Let any excess chocolate drip off, then place back onto the lined baking sheet.
You can also pour some chocolate into a piping bag and pipe across the top to create a drizzled look.
Immediately sprinkle the tops with candy crumbs or toppings you choose.
Let them harden then store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
More Christmas Treat Recipes
The holidays are filled with fun with family and delicious foods. I absolutely love sharing my favorite treats with everyone in November and December, so I keep a huge list of ideas on hand to whip up and share. Below are some great ideas that fit into the holiday season and will wow your friends and family.
- Rich Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate Bombs
- Creamy Red Velvet Hot Chocolate Recipe
- Decadent White Chocolate Hot Cocoa Bombs
- Copycat Subway White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
If you want to take some of the guess work out of making truffles and create a perfect shape, invest in a good chocolate mold. A silicone chocolate mold will allow you to pour the chocolate, fill, then cover with chocolate. While these may not be as full as a hand dipped truffle, it does keep the mess to a minimum.
The Easiest Peppermint Christmas Truffle Recipe
This fun peppermint Christmas truffle recipe is a perfect dessert or treat to make and share with friends and family during the holiday season!
- 1 pkg white cake mix, dry
- 3 eggs
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- ¼ cup crushed peppermint candy
- 1 cup white chocolate candy coating
- Prepare the cake mix according to package directions mixing the cake mix, eggs, oil, and water together as shown.
- Add in the teaspoon of peppermint flavoring and bake as directed.
- Allow the cake to cool completely after baking.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Spoon the baked cake into your food processor crumbling as you add to the machine.
- Pulse for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is crumbled into small crumbs.
- The crumbs should begin pulling into a dough. When this happens, and you can easily form it into balls, it is ready.
- Using a scoop or your clean hands, create small balls of dough and place them onto the lined baking sheet.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate or candy melts in 30-second increments until just melted. The chocolate should drizzle well and be thin enough to create a nice layer. If the chocolate seems too thick, you can add ½ teaspoon melted coconut oil into the chocolate to thin it for dipping.
- Dip each truffle into the melted chocolate coating all sides. Let any excess chocolate drip off, then place back onto the lined baking sheet.
- Immediately sprinkle the tops with candy crumbs or toppings you choose.
- Let them harden then store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
- When dipping truffles into chocolate coating, make sure the cake mix is completely cooled. You may pop them into the freezer for 10-15 minutes to harden and make dipping easier to manage.
- If the chocolate begins to be too thick, simply reheat in 30-second increments until liquid again.
- Let the chocolate harden on the truffles on the counter rather than in the refrigerator. Refrigerating them too early will cause condensation and an unsavory look on your truffles.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g
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