Holiday time comes alive when you get the whole family involved in making these marvelous treats. Little ones especially have fun with rolling the truffles in sugar or unsweetened coconut flakes if you are sugar-averse. It also teaches them the joys of creating a gift for someone as opposed to purchasing one. In our family, whoever helps gets to taste. I always have helpers!
I save glass jars all year long to serve as gift delivery devices. I have been known to break down and actually purchase an unusual looking one. We use them for water cups, food storage and gift giving. When I need to put together a gift, all I need to do is select one, fill it with scrumptious treats and decorate the lid with a piece of fabric and a pretty ribbon. Sometimes, I'll add a little tag with the ingredients or the recipe. It is always very well received. The challenge is to resist eating these yummy truffles long enough to fill up the jar. If you can't help yourself, you can at least take comfort in the fact that they are relatively healthy as far as truffles go.
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|Dark Chocolate Truffles (makes 13 )|
These treats are delicious and not too sweet. It's important to use the highest quality unsweetened cocoa powder so the richness really comes through. If you like things on the sweeter side you can use only 2 tsp of hazelnut liqueur and then add 1 tsp agave nectar. If you are using the hazelnut extract and water mixture, use only 1 tsp of water and then add the agave nectar.
1/2 cup hazelnuts
2 tbsp almond butter
3 plump dates, pitted
2 tbsp of unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tbsp high quality cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 tbsp hazelnut liqueur (or 1 tsp hazelnut extract + 2 tsp water)
1 tsp toasted hazelnut oil (or a mild vegetable oil)
crystallized sugar to roll in
or sweetened cocoa powder
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