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Recipes for the holiday season

BY BRIDGET MYERS & EMILY LEACH
coconut balls

 

 

 

 

 

NO-BAKE COCONUT BALLS

Source: For the Family

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

3 tsp coconut oil

3 tbls maple syrup

2 tbls unsweetened coconut milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp salt

organic dark chocolate

Directions:

  1. Place 1 cup shredded coconut and 3 tsp coconut oil into the bowl of a food processor.  Process on high speed, scraping down the sides every once in a while, until it reaches a butter consistency.
  2. Add the maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and salt and process on high speed until all of the ingredients have combined.
  3. Add 3/4 cup of additional shredded coconut and process on high speed until all of the ingredients have combined and formed a batter.
  4. Shape the coconut mixture into 1” balls and coat with the additional shredded coconut. Refrigerate for at last an hour or up to a week.
  5. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Chocolate Snowballs:

  1. If you’d like to make these extra special, omit the final coating of shredded coconut in step 4 above. Allow the the shaped coconut balls to firm up in the refrigerator, preferably overnight.
  2. Once the coconut balls have firmed up, melt the dark chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat. This should only take a minute or two.
  3. Once the chocolate is melted, dip the coconut balls into the melted chocolate and sprinkle them with the shredded coconut. Allow the chocolate to harden by placing the coconut balls back into the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.

Truffles

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOT HOLIDAY TRUFFLES

Source: Your Cup of Cake

Ingredients:

2 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

cocoa powder, crushed candy canes, mini chocolate chips for rolling

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a pot and melt together on low heat until smooth. Stir constantly.
  2. Let cool in the fridge until stiff enough to scoop.
  3. Make small scoops, about 2 Tablespoons each. And place them in the freezer for and hour.
  4. Remove scoops, roll into balls.
  5. Roll in your choice of decoration. Crushed candy cane, cocoa, cinnamon, mini marshmallows. (If you try the mini marshmallows, you really have to push the marshmallows into the chocolate balls.)
  6. Wrap each ball in suran wrap and keep chilled until ready to use.
  7. When ready, drop chocolate balls into 1 ½ cups of hot milk and stir!

peppermint bark

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEPPERMINT BARK

Source: Food Network

Ingredients:

12 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

1 pound good-quality white chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

3 candy canes or 12 round hard peppermint candies, crushed

Directions: 

  1. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, shiny-side up; smooth out any wrinkles. Heat 1 inch of water in a saucepan over low heat until steaming.
  2. Put all but 3/4 cup of the semisweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over the saucepan of steaming water (do not let the bowl touch the water) and stir until one-third of the chocolate is melted. Remove the bowl from the saucepan; keep the steaming water over low heat. Gradually stir the reserved 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate into the bowl, a few pieces at a time, until all of the chocolate is melted. Return the bowl to the saucepan, 5 to 10 seconds at a time, to help melt the chocolate, if needed. Do not rush this step: It may take up to 10 minutes to melt the chocolate.
  3. Wipe off any moisture from the bottom of the bowl. Stir 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract into the chocolate, then quickly pour into the prepared baking dish and spread in an even layer. Firmly tap the dish against the counter to remove any air bubbles. Set aside at room temperature until almost set, about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, put all but 1 cup of the white chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and repeat the melting process over the steaming water; dry off the bottom of the bowl. Stir in the remaining 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract; pour over the semisweet chocolate and spread in an even layer. Sprinkle immediately with the crushed candy canes, gently pressing them into the white chocolate. Set aside at room temperature until firm, about 1 hour. Lift the bark out of the pan using the foil and break it into pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

buckeye balls

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUCKEYE BALLS

Source: Allrecipes

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup butter, softened

Market Pantry Salted and Unsalted Butter 1-lb

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons shortening

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Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar with hands to form a smooth stiff dough. Shape into balls using 2 teaspoons of dough for each ball. Place on prepared pan, and refrigerate.
  3. Melt shortening and chocolate together in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat.
  4. Remove balls from refrigerator. Insert a wooden toothpick into a ball, and dip into melted chocolate. Return to wax paper, chocolate side down, and remove toothpick. Repeat with remaining balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.