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Celebrate the Christmas season with these oh-so-cute chocolate Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer truffles!
I love truffles, especially around the holiday season for gifting. I was recently testing a new truffle recipe and my middle son (who is 12) was helping me and had the brilliant idea to turn the truffles into reindeer, Rudolph to be specific. We did a quick raid of my baking supplies and were able to whip up these adorable little guys in just a few minutes!
(These look a lot like the donut hole reindeer I shared years ago!)
How to Make Truffles
The base of any of my truffle recipes is cream cheese mixed with cookie I run through a food processor. They are then given a candy or chocolate coating.
Switching up the type of cookie and the outer coating allows you to make a huge variety of flavors. This particular truffle is sugar cookie based but you can see my other variations below:
- sugar cookies
- cream cheese
- melting chocolate or chocolate chips
- red M&Ms
- mini pretzels
- eyeball sprinkles
Step by step
- Pulse cookies in a food processor or blender until they are finely crumbed.
- Add room temperature cream cheese and blend until it is uniform, scraping the sides as needed.
- Roll the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Freeze the truffles for 30 minutes.
- When ready to coat, prepare your area before removing truffles from freezer because you will need to work quickly to add the pretzels and candies to the truffle while the chocolate coating is still soft. You’ll need your candy eyes, red M&Ms, and mini pretzels broken down the middle to look like antlers along with your melted chocolate.
- Use two forks to dip the truffle in the chocolate and tap the forks gently to let any excess drip off.
- Move the truffle to the parchment paper lined baking sheet then add the antlers, eyes and M&M nose to complete your Rudolph truffle.
- Allow to cool completely in the refrigerator before serving.
Tips for best results
- Always place the truffles on parchment paper or other nonstick surface or they will harden and stick to your baking sheet/plate/etc and be difficult to remove without breaking them.
- Give yourself grace for the first few truffles, it can have a bit of a learning curve to make them look just right.
- The easiest way to add the pretzel antlers is to gently push them both in at the same time as shown above, this prevents the truffle from moving from the pressure. You only need to push them in slightly as the chocolate helps them keep in place as it hardens.
- Be sure to put the M&M Rudolph nose on with the side with the “M” facing into the truffle.
- You can change the flavor of the truffles by substituting different kinds of cookies, feel free to experiment!
I hope you enjoy these fun little reindeer truffles as much as we did, they were a blast to make with my son. (He’d LOVE if you commented and rated them below, he is so excited to see if people like them!)Print