Chocolate mint truffles are utterly decadent and the best treat you can give. (Or keep for yourself!) These gems have creamy chocolate inside with just a hint of mint flavoring, balanced with the crunch of milk chocolate coating.
Traditional truffles are made with a ganache filling—a combination of melted chocolate and heavy cream. Here, I use melted chocolate with cream cheese and powdered sugar (which is easier and more forgiving) to mix up and roll into balls.
The green decoration is optional, but I think it adds a little extra oomph.
You’ll only need four ingredients for the filling: semi-sweet chocolate chips, powdered sugar, peppermint extract and cream cheese.
In a standing mixer fitted with the flat beater, or in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer, place the softened cream cheese and beat for a few seconds. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in the microwave. Stir and stir until all the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth. Scrape the chocolate into the mixer and blend with the cream cheese.
Add the peppermint extract and mix some more. Gradually stir in the confectioner’s sugar. Place the whole bowl in the fridge for an hour.
Line two baking trays with wax paper. Get the bowl of truffles and grab a pinch. Roll into a ball between your palms. The balls should be about 1-inch across. You should get about 36 truffles total.
Now, melt the milk chocolate chips the same way you melted the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Drop a truffle into the chocolate, roll it around with a spoon, and lift it out of the chocolate with a fork. Tap the fork on the side of the bowl a few times to remove the excess chocolate and slide the truffle back on the tray.
Finish with the rest of the truffles and let the chocolate set well, one to two hours at room temperature. You can set the chocolate more quickly in the fridge, but because I’m piping decoration on them, I want to keep the chocolate at room temperature so nothing weird happens with the cold. I clearly don’t suffer from perfectionism, but if you want more perfect-looking truffles, you can trim imperfections at the bottom using a vegetable peeler after the chocolate is well set.
If you’re adding decorations, melt the green candy melts (found at a craft store) just as you did the chocolate. Pour into a disposable decorating bag (also found at a craft store) or a freezer zip-top bag. Snip the tip of the bag and pipe your designs.
Let them set about 30 minutes and you have lovely chocolate mint truffles!