Chocolate Truffle Christmas Tree + WholeHearted Wednesdays #70!!

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{This was originally posted on December 11th, 2012}

Do you remember what life was like before Pinterest?? You know, when you needed ideas for that Christmas cookie exchange, just what did you do?!

In 1984, I bought a Woman’s Day|Super Special magazine titled “Great Holiday Baking, Cookies! More Cookies!! Even More Cookies . . . Candies, To!”  Now, I know that some of you can’t remember 1984 because either you were just born or not even born!! Some of us remember the 80′s like it was yesterday because you see, our life is like a vapour.

As wonderful and innovative as Pinterest is, my favorite ‘go to’ cookie recipes are in this magazine. This is where I found this beautiful Chocolate Truffle Christmas Tree which I have made year after year.

When I first got married, I had no idea how to bake cookies!! I started making cookies with my two children (back when I only had two children) and eventually that turned into a marathon cooking event where we turned out 1000 cookies and gave them to neighbors, businesses we frequented, homeschool friends, and ate them ourselves.

Maybe you want to try making this tree or maybe you just enjoy looking at pinteresting baking ideas. Whichever you like to do, enjoy!!

Chocolate Truffle Christmas Tree

 

  • Servings: Makes, Makes  about 3 dozen truffles
  • Preparation time for mold. About 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • Preparation time for truffles: about 30 minutes.
  • Chilling time for tree: About 4 hours or overnight.
  • Chilling time for truffles: About 2 hours total!

 

Cardboard Tree Mold Directions

 

  • 3 packages (6 ounces each) semisweet chocolate chips.
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  • 1 pound chocolate confectioner’s sugar.

Coating Ideas

 

  • finely chopped walnuts
  • flaked coconut
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • Colored sprinkles
  • unsweetened cocoa
  • confectioners sugar
  • finely chopped walnuts
  • any other ideas you can come up with.
  • water.
  • Prepared chocolate frosting
  • water
  • prepared 1/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
  • Chocolate frosting (optional)

 

Make the cardboard Tree Mold.

 

In heavy medium-sized saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Line tree mold with foil and then wrap in plastic wrap. I find that it is easier to remove plastic wrap than foil once the chocolate has set. I have done it with foil too. It works but is harder to remove all the foil. Fill triangular part of tree mold with chocolate mixture. Spread into corners and up sides of mold to top edges. Mixture should cover bottom and sides completely, about 3/8 inch thick. Smooth sides with spatula or knife. Chill mold 4 hours or overnight.

While the mold is chilling, make the truffles and chill them on a cookie sheet.

To make Chocolate Truffles, chill remaining chocolate mixture about 1 hour, or until firm. Shape into 1-inch balls then roll the balls in the desired coating (confectioner’s sugar, walnuts, sprinkles, or hide a Hershey’s Kiss or other candy within the fudge ball as a pleasant surprise). Place truffles onto foil or into paper candy cups; chill 1 hour, or until firm; then store covered until you are ready to place them into the Chocolate Christmas Tree!!

To prepare the chocolate tree, carefully remove the fudge tree from the cardboard mold being careful to remove all the foil or plastic wrap from the fudge (depending on which you used).  The original recipe gave directions for the base a separate square from the triangle tree mold which was ‘glued’ with confectioner’s sugar and water. You may do it this way, but I have found what works best for me is to make a mold that is one unit. I save the cardboard mold from year to year.

Fill with a variety of truffles and add colorful Christmas chocolates wrapped in green, red, and gold foil for added beauty making this such an attractive centerpiece on the party table or for a gift. It has become traditional for me to give this tree to my oldest son each year.

Cardboard Tree Mold Directions:

 

{12 inch square of  medium-weight cardboard . . . but I have now made a smaller version . . . so make it the size that you desire}

  • Masking tape
  • heavy duty aluminum foil

Measure and mark cardboard sheet into following dimensions (this is for a triangle upper section and square base) Remember, I made the upper triangular and square base into one unit):

  • Two 10 X  1 1/2 inch strips
  • One 8 X 1 1/2 inch strips
  • Two 4 X 1 1/2 inch strips
  • 2 X 1 1/2 inch strips
  • Two 2 1 1/2 inch strips

Cut out strips. Using w inch strips of masking tape, tape together the two inch strips and one 8 inch strip of cardboard to forma standing triangle. Using 2 inch strips of masking tape, tape together the two 4 inch strips and two 2 inch strips of cardboard forms  on 15 1/2 X 10 1/2 inch jelly-roll pan or baking sheet. Using a 16 inch length of foil, place lengthwise over triangle; carefully press foil into center and up inside edges of triangle, forming foil mold. With spoon, carefully smooth bottom and sides of triangle, removing as many wrinkles as possible. Trim excess foil. Using a 6 inch length of foil. Line tree base as well.

White  Truffles:

 

Servings: Makes about 6 dozen truffles

Preparation time: About 45 minutes

Chilling time: About 2 hours total

(I have rarely made the white truffles as we are most definitely chocoholics!! ;-)

2 1/2 pounds white confectioner’s coating, divided

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

1/8 teaspoon salt (dash)

3/4 to 1 cup chopped nuts

1  1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In heavy, medium-sized saucepan, over low heat, melt confectioner’s coating (see Chocolate Truffles). Chill 1 hour , or until firm. Store covered at room temperature (but again, I always freeze my fudge and never leave it at room temperature).

 

Holiday Truffles:

 

Servings: Makes about 6 dozen truffles

Preparation time: About 45 minutes

Chilling time: About 2 hours total

 

Ingredients:

 

3 packages (11.5 ounces or 6 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

dash salt

1 1 /2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

In heavy, medium-sized saucepan, over low heat, melt chips with sweetened condensed milk. Remove from heat; divide mixture between two small bowls. To one bowl, add vanilla  extract. Chill both mixtures 1 hour, or until firm. Shape into 1 inch balls; roll in desired coatings (remember? confectioners sugar, walnuts, sprinkles, you name it . . . roll it in it!) Chill 1 hour, or until firm. Store covered in freezer until you want to add them to the Chocolate Christmas Tree.

I keep my truffle mold from year to year and make a new one when it is needed (like it fell to pieces) I don’t make the white truffles too often (like I said) as we are chocoholics (just wanted to make sure you know we love, love, love chocolate!!) We like to eat healthily and since chocolate has OOODLES of Vitamin “C” (“C” is for Chocolate!!) it counts. I love making the Chocolate Christmas Tree and hope you will want to make it for your loved ones too!!

*Note: I make my own sweetened condensed milk to save money . . . but that is another post on another day, or I will get carried away and not get any sleep!!

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Here are the two most visited Linkups from last week:

 

Meghan Carver over at First Comes Love had THE MOST Visits!!

Every Monday she shares what modest outfit one of her daughters wore.

I saw her more recent post on what she wore (by request of her daughters ;-) )

My Daughter’s Modest Monday: Christmas Clothes at Church

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Gin over at At Home in Doe Hill shared:

DIY- 6 Panel Skirt Pattern, Part 2

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Part One shares how to make the pattern

while Part Two shares about how to sew the skirt.

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Judith lives in the beautiful Pocono Mountains with the most amazing husband for the past thirty-five fleeting years. She has been blessed with seven wonderful children through birth, adoption, and tubal reversal. When her oldest was five, she quit her job on the night shift and homeschooled for over twenty-five years. God has taken the imperfections of her life and keeps turning them into something that can be used for His glory. She writes in her spare time over at WholeHearted Home to inspire and equip women for holy living with joyfilled hearts.

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Chocolate Truffle Christmas Tree + WholeHearted Wednesdays #70!! — 26 Comments

  1. Thank you for hosting, Judith! Even with Pinterest, my favorite go-to for recipes is my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook that I got for my wedding (I had no idea how to cook when we got married, and BH&G has recipes for things like basic scrambled eggs & baked potatoes! It was a lifesaver.). These truffles sound delicious!
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  3. I remember the 80′s fondly, Judith. I especially remember those magazines because I would see them at the grocery store and think that only professionals could make cookies like that. :-) The only treat my mom ever made (I was in high school in the mid-80′s) was Rice Krispie Treats. I’m right there with you, learning to bake after I married a man who wanted chocolate chip cookies. :-) Thanks for the link-up!

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  5. This is so festive and it really looks chocolate yummy : )
    I’m imagining that, even with all you have to do, your home is really warm with Christmas food and decor.
    Can you believe I’m actually linking up to a few hops this week?
    I need to read your post with the photo of you and you mom on a balcony in China. Just saw it.
    Love,
    Gail
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  8. Wow, Judith! What an amazing family tradition for your Christmas kitchen! You were a brave lady back in the ’80′s (which I do remember like yesterday being there and a newlywed twenty-something, myself) and I applaud you! I, alas, was far too artsy to tinker about to such an extent. Although, I do remember making peanut butter buckeyes and rum balls, spritz and sugar cookies. Just the simple things. Now – when it came to home decor – my home was my canvas and I took great pains and joy in creating “sanctuary” – especially at Christmas!
    Joy!
    Kathy

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