Friday, February 8, 2013

Boozy Chocolate Truffles

**First and foremost, I won't keep you in suspense any longer about the Sugarfina Giveaway winner... I know not to mess with you guys when it comes to sugar.

Congratulations to Dianne H., the winner of the giveaway! If you didn't win this time, not to worry... I have a few more goodies I'll be giving away very soon that will cheer you right up, so keep an eye out for a chance to enter. Thanks for participating! **
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You know what's awesome for the soul? Girls Night. Especially if you have a really great group of girls to get together with.

Because when you spend week after week bearing the daily grind, find yourself crying during a Budweiser commercial {who, me?}, add "Anti-Blemish/Anti-Wrinkle" face wash to your arsenal of toiletries {true story}, realize that you spent 30 minutes in front of the mirror yanking newly grayed hairs out of your head, or discover that you've singlehandedly eaten half of a 26.5 oz container of Nutella in a few short weeks {at least it wasn't this one}... you find that you just need to talk to someone who has all the same body parts as you do.

It helps. A lot.

You know what makes a Girls Night even more fun {aside from wine, of course}?

Dessert.

 
Something rich. Chocolatey. Sweet. Something boozy and decadent. Something you can share with people that will join you in eating a few instead of stare at you with judgemental sideways glances. {I'm sorry, boys, but until you have a uterus and estrogen surging through your body, you will never quite understand.}

So, when one of my dear friends invited me to a mid-week girls night at her new place this week{she's gotta know I love her to death because it practically takes wild horses to drag me from my pj's couch on a week night... ugh, the horses! :'( }, I knew just the thing to {quickly} whip up: Boozy Chocolate Truffles.



The ladies in attendance gobbled them up happily and soon, after a glass of wine or two, some tasty nibbles, and some friendly chatter, all was well in my world again.

You know what else these would make a great addition to? A Valentine's Day gift! Whether it's for your best guy {sadly, mine is not a fan of chocolate}, or for that group of girls that keeps you from drowning your sorrows in a pint of ice cream when times are tough, nothing says "Love" like homemade truffles. And let's be real, they'll taste much better than that last minute heart shaped box of chocolates from the drug store!
 
 
These come together so quickly, and can easily be customized with your favorite spirit or liqueur.{Frangelico truffles? Grand Marnier truffles? Chambord?? Creme de Menthe??? I feel tipsy just thinking about all the options!}.

Sure, it can get a little messy to roll these little yummies into bite sized treats... but, much like love they're totally worth all the work and you end up with something sweet!


Now that we've got dessert covered, head over to La Petite Fashionista to get Lauren's stylish take on putting together the perfect Valentine's Day outfit!


Boozy Chocolate Truffles
Adapted from Cooking Light

3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons evaporated whole milk
1 tablespoon golden cane syrup {I used Liquid Sugar in the Raw, but you could probably use dark corn syrup as a substitute if you can't find this product.}
Dash of salt
2-3 tablespoons tablespoon Bailey's Irish Cream or your favorite liqueur or spirit 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3.5 ounces Baker's semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped {you could also use bittersweet}
1.75 ounces milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
 
1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring brown sugar, evaporated milk, cane syrup, and salt to a simmer until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. {Don't boil or the milk may curdle. If it does, it's still ok to eat, it just won't look as pretty.}
 
2. Remove from heat and add liqueur, vanilla extract, and both types of chocolate. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then stir until smooth and all chocolate has melted.
 
3. Pour into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until set, about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
 
4. Meanwhile, sift together cocoa and confectioners' sugar in a small bowl or pan. Set aside.
 
5. When chocolate mixture has hardened a bit and is ready to scoop, use a melon baller or tablespoon to scoop* out a small amount and roll into balls. {About 1 inch.}
 
6. Place truffles into reserved cocoa mixture and roll around to fully coat, then place into small candy liners or on a parchment lined tray.
 
*I used my trusty mini-cookie scoop and made about 2 truffles from each scoop. It helps to have a cup of warm water next to you to warm the scoop between truffles.

6 comments:

Allison said...

These look absolutely incredible. I cannot wait to make them for my boyfriend! (I'm sure he will thank you as well). The pictures are always a plus too - and these are gorgeous! Now I'll know if I'm totally butchering this recipe.

Dianna M. said...

@Allison - Thanks so much! I hope your boyfriend enjoys them! The best news is they're pretty hard to butcher. ;) Let me know how they turn out for you!

Jess @ On Sugar Mountain said...

Girls Nights are the best :) A few of my gals from the baking club and I have just started having dinners once every few weeks at my place, and I love the time to spend with them. You know what would make it even more awesome? Chocolate with booze :D Like these truffles!

Dianne Hall said...

Yay so happy I won!!
Also, these truffles look AMAZING. I can't wait to make these for vday :)

--Dianne
kidscountryclub1@gmail.com

Dianna M. said...

@Jess - That sounds like so much fun! I wish more of my gal pals were bakers, but then again, that would be totally dangerous with the amount of sugar and goodies that already make their way to our parties. :) Sounds like you have a fabulous get together tradition!

@Dianne - Yay! :) I just emailed you and will be waiting for your response so we can get its prize on the way! Congratulations!

Katie said...

These sound fabulous!

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