Hey guys! Gosh I’m so excited to be over here! Allow me to introduce myself I’m Christina Main, the blogger and baker over at Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe! Maybe you’ve heard of me, maybe you haven’t. Either way, I’d love to get to know you better- so head on over to my blog and say hello! I’m super friendly, I promise! I’m just so honored and humbled to be taking over the TinyPrint’s blog today! Eeeep! I can barely contain myself.
Anyways, because Christmas is RIGHT around the corner (holy cow, right??) I wanted to share with you guys a fun holiday recipe I was inspired to make when I stumbled upon one of TinyPrint’s amazing cards! I think this might be my favorite card yet!
Isn’t it adorable? I LOVED the idea of throwing a Christmas party and revolving it around this much loved Christmas drink. You guys over at TinyPrints are pretty smart for making a card depicting that idea! I mean, really…who doesn’t like a little glass of eggy-nog during the holidays? I know I do for sure!! With extra nutmeg, please! So friends, let’s sit and think about this for a second: We’re taking the amazing beverage and making it into…eggnog truffles! Eggnoggy friggin’ truffles! Gaw! They’ve got a crisp outside and a “melt-in-your-mouth” inside bursting with eggnog flavors! Plus, they’re so cute! Like a little truffle army. Little white balls of truffle army eggnog deliciousness. I’ll take a million.
These take a tiny patience on your end, but I promise you- you will NOT be disappointed!
Makes approximately 32, 1″ balls
For printable recipe, click here.
- 10 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup vanilla sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons good quality dark rum
- 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 (12oz) package Wilton brand white candy melts
- *optional* additional nutmeg or sugar pearls for garnish
1. Make an ice bath, with a large bowl filled halfway with ice and cold water. Set aside. Also, line a sheet pan with parchment or silpats and set aside. If you’re using parchment, I’d also lightly spray with cooking spray.
2. Over a pot of simmering water, create a double boiler with a metal or glass bowl. In that bowl, whisk together your egg yolks, vanilla sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and rum. Continue cooking and stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick, glossy, and pale in color- 25- 30 minutes.
Please do not leave during this process. You will need to continuously whisk the mixture, over the simmering water, to prevent curdling of the yolks Also, be careful to not get water in this mixture.
As you can see, here are the cooking stages of this egg yolk mixture!
- I just started cooking. It’s dark yellow and very thin.
- At about 15 minutes in, you’ll start to notice the mixture thickening up.
- This is at about 20 minutes. The mixture is getting extremely thick! Here’s where the arm workout starts
- Almost finished! Here is my mixture at 25 minutes. It’s so thick I can barely whisk anymore, holds a ribbon on its surface for a second or two, and is glossy and very pale in color. I cooked mine another few minutes for good measure.
3. Once mixture is finished cooking, immediately place bowl into your ice bath to stop cooking.
- Switch to a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, and mix mixture every 5 minutes or so, until it is completely cooled. It should be cool to the touch and VERY thick. Almost too thick to stir.
- Next, transfer mixture to a stand mixer bowl and with a paddle attachment, gradually add your powdered sugar. Beat on low to medium-low and mix in thoroughly after each addition. With spoons or a small ice cream scoop, scoop out 1-2 teaspoon’s worth of truffle batter (balls should be about 1″ wide) and roll in lightly oiled hands until it forms a ball. I used coconut oil for this (or any neutral-flavored oil). Place on sheet pan. Once all your batter is used up, place sheet pan in freezer to chill until solid.
- While your truffles are freezing, melt your candy melts over a double boiler. You can also use the microwave, but I find a double boiler is more gentle and even in heating up and will keep the mixture warm longer on my counter while I’m dipping, as it’s sitting on top of its hot water. When your truffles are frozen, dip quickly into your melted candy melts. Turn to coat truffles, with a fork. Remove excess coating off by tapping fork on the side of the bowl, and then carefully and quickly with another fork or knife move truffle off of fork back onto your sheet pan.
- **Note** If your candy melts are too thick for your liking, you can thin them out a tad with 1/2-3/4 teaspoons of coconut oil.
After each truffle is dipped, garnish with a light sprinkling of nutmeg, pearl sugar, or whatever you’d like! Make sure to do it before coating sets up- it will happen fast.
**Tip** I left my sheet pan in the freezer and lined another sheet pan for my finished truffles. That way the frozen ones stayed frozen and I could grab one at a time, dip, tap off excess, place onto pan, and garnish, without worrying the others were going to thaw.
Once all of your truffles are coated, allow to sit at room temperature until coating is completely hard and dry. Then, spread out on your fancy party platter or package up and gift away!
Truffles should be left out at room temperature once coated. Store in an air tight container for up to a week!
Recipe loosely inspired by FoodNetwork.com.
These babies will amaze your guests! Tell them they’re eggnog flavored and watch their eyes light up as they take a bite. Plus, come on- you’ll be a baking genius when they know you made them from scratch!
I love the crunch and snap of the outside mixed with the smooth and creamy inside. The subtle vanilla flavor of the coating totally compliments the burst of eggnog and nutmeg that you find on the inside. Rich and decadent!
Even if you aren’t having a party this holiday season, you can still make these babies for your family at home. OR, even better- make a batch and place a few in little boxes, tied with decorative ribbon, and gift up to loved ones as presents! Why? Because you’re the best gift-giver, like ever.
So that’s it for me! I hope you guys enjoyed hanging out as much as I did! Oh and please, if you do make these, come over to my place and tell me all about it! I’d love to have a chat! Hope to see you ’round real soon