The Twelve Days of Holiday Treats!
Once again, this year, from December 1st-12th I’ll post a new holiday treat recipe every day – inspiration for your holiday entertaining!
The recipes I’m sharing are small batch (perfect for this year of smaller gatherings – each recipe makes 1-dozen or a few more smaller-sized treats) that are simple to prepare and that use everyday ingredients and equipment so hopefully you’ll be able to whip up any of these on a whim.
Today’s treat is a no-bake recipe that feels a little virtuous because it’s packed with dried fruit and nuts (but don’t worry, it’s got a touch of chocolate for holiday decadence too!). It’s an addictive snack as you work through your holiday “to do” list (somehow, even though the holidays are so very different and none of us, at least in Ontario
are should be preparing large family gatherings, the season still feels busy…).
These come together in no time and enjoy a short rest in the fridge as they set, then you dip them in chocolate and store them in the fridge. Bet you can’t stop going back for “just one more”. There are a couple of things that I find useful in this recipe – a mini food processor and a small cookie scoop. They will make your life easier in so many ways, I’d say they are a good investment if you’re looking to add to your kitchen collection.
For the "truffles"
- 50g (1/2 cup) slivered almonds
- 45g (1/2 cup) unsweetened coconut
- 60g (1/2 cup) dried cranberries
- 75g (1/2 cup) dried apricots, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
For the topping:
- Approx 150g good quality white chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
- Line a small baking tray with parchment paper.
- Place the almonds in a mini food processor fitted with a metal blade and pulse until you have some larger and some smaller chunks of almonds. Remove from the bowl and set aside.
- Place the cranberries and apricot pieces in the food processor and pulse until the fruit is well chopped and starting to form a paste.
- Add the coconut oil and continue to pulse until the mix starts to form a sticky smooth paste.
- Add the nuts back to the fruit paste and pulse until just combined.
- Use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop and press the mixture in tightly, forming approximately 20 small balls.
- Place on the parchment-lined baking tray and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a small bowl over a simmering pot of water until 3/4 of the chocolate is melted. You can also do this on a microwave (at 50 or 60% power for bursts of 30 seconds, stirring after each 30 seconds).
- Remove the chocolate bowl from the hot water pot and stir to melt the rest of the chocolate.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge, with parchment between layers, for up to a week (if they last that long).
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Stay tuned to see what tomorrow brings and in the meantime…
Check out the rest of the 12 Days of Holiday Treats:
Day 1: Rice Krispie Wreaths
Day 2: Cranberry Cheesecake Bars
Day 3: Peppermint Bark
Day 4: Orangettes
Day 6: Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
Day 7: Orange Pim’s
Day 8: Mendiants
Day 12: Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Check out last year’s 12 Days of Holiday Cookies:
Day 2: Jam Drops
Day 3: Chocolate Caramel Slice
Day 4: Melting Moments
Day 5: White Christmas
Day 6: Langues de Chat
Day 7: Chocolate Coconut Slice
Day 8: Cornflake Biscuits
Day 9: Rocky Road
Day 10: Honey Joys
Day 11: Rum Ball Truffles
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