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White Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

These White Chocolate Peppermint Truffles are delicious and so easy to create at home. A sweet chocolate treat with that refreshing flavor of mint throughout. A seasonal treat but let’s face it, you can enjoy these all year round.  

Small round balls of chocolate cake like goodness, covered in a delicate white chocolate shell topped with crushed peppermint pieces- talk about perfection. 

They also make the perfect treats to serve up at a holiday season party or to create when wanting to make DIY gifts for family or friends. 

If you are a big fan of peppermint-flavored treats, like these White Chocolate Truffles, then you must try the Peppermint Cheesecake recipe.

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💜 Why You’ll Love These Homemade Truffles

  • Simple to make - A delicious treat that you can create at home using simple ingredients.
  • Look incredible - These will make the perfect DIY gift at a holiday party or a new sweet treat to enjoy this Christmas season
  • Kid-friendly - The kids will love eating these treats or better still they could easily get involved in making them as it is an easy recipe to follow. 
  • Easy to store - pop them in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

🍫 Ingredients Needed

Ingredients needed to make chocolate peppermint truffles.

See the recipe card for quantities 

  • Flour- All purpose flour is common and one of the easiest to work with the create the base of your truffles
  • Sugar- White granulated sugar
  • Cocoa powder- We used the natural, unsweetened Hershey's Cocoa Powder, but you can use a different brand, or even a Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder like Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder that has been Dutched. 
  • Baking soda and Baking powder - your leavening agents to give these truffles a little fluff
  • Salt- balances out the sweetness
  • Baking liquids- Warm water, vegetable oil, and buttermilk
  • Extracts- Vanilla extract and Peppermint extract 
  • Eggs- your binding agent
  • Chocolate frosting- used to hold your cake crumbs together
  • White chocolate bark- what gives your white chocolate candy truffles the white chocolate coating
  • Peppermint candies- optional, for crushing to garnish your treats

Recipe Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray your baking pan with nonstick spray and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk flour, salt, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda together.
  4. Add in eggs, buttermilk, oil, and water to the dry mixture and whisk until smooth. Add in extracts and whisk.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and put it in the oven.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean.
  7. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the white chocolate and microwave for 30-second intervals until completely melted. Stir it in between intervals.
  8. Once the cake is done, remove from the oven and let it cool for 15 minutes.
  9. Break the cake up into a mixing bowl so it's just all crumbs.
  10. Let the crumbled cake cool another 15 minutes.
  11. Add the chocolate frosting to the cake crumbs and mix so it turns into cake dough.
  12. Create 2-inch round balls with the cake dough. It can be helpful to use a cookie scooper. Place balls onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  13. Refrigerate cake balls for 15 minutes.
  14. Carefully dip each cake ball into the white chocolate and sprinkle with crushed peppermint.
  15. Place balls back on baking sheet and let harden before serving. They can harden in the refrigerator or at room temperature, which may take a little longer.
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Hint: We like to use a 2-inch cookie scoop to make the cake balls uniformly sized. 

Substitutions + Variations

Do you have to use white chocolate? If you want to use a different type of chocolate then you could use melted dark chocolate or milk chocolate instead.

Additionally, you can use Ghiradelli Peppermint Almond Bark Squares to melt. They will still taste delicious and will provide a unique chocolate experience. 

What if I want a different flavor? You don’t need to use crushed peppermint or peppermint extract if you are hoping for different flavors although they are the perfect way to get that peppermint flavor in these easy peppermint truffles.

Other extracts you could use instead include lemon extract, almond extract, or just stick with the vanilla extract

Using other decorations. Instead of the crushed peppermint in small pieces, you could use different things on the outer shell.

Holiday sprinkles, sugared balls, candies, edible glitter, or even chocolate flakes. This is a versatile recipe where you can get creative. 

Want to reduce the sweetness? A sprinkle of sea salt into the melted chocolate or the truffle mixture is a great way to counterbalance the sweetness.

​Swap the white chocolate bark. If you don't want to use the bark, you can melt white chocolate melting wafers or white chocolate chips.

Want to make some vegan truffles? We haven't made these as vegan white chocolate peppermint truffles, but we have made this other recipe, Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Truffles

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Helpful Tools

Cake baking pan- to make your cakes in

Small cookie scoop- If not using a cookie scoop, do your best to make them the same size when rolling cake balls with your hands.

Measuring cups and spoons- an essential in any kitchen

Mason jar for storing- to use as your airtight container for storing truffles in

Storage

These are chocolate treats that are best to be stored in a sealed mason jar or other air-tight container and placed in the refrigerator.

You could also store them in a plastic bag that you can seal. This helps to keep the chocolate set and also is the ideal way to enjoy them. 

Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure you only use 30-second bursts in the microwave when it comes to melting chocolate. This is so that the chocolate doesn’t burn or take on a bitter taste. The hardest part of making these is melting the bark for the truffle's shell properly. If you overheat it, it will seize up and be too hard to use. 
  • You need to ensure that the cake has time to cool before you handle it and when combining the cake crumbs with the chocolate frosting. This will help to combine the two ingredients and handle them when you are creating your cake balls. 
  • If leaving your truffles to set at room temperature be mindful that this will take a little longer.
  • Use real vanilla extract and pure peppermint extract, not the imitations with artificial flavoring. The real one brings more potent flavors. 
  • If you don't have peppermint candies to crush, you can use candy canes to crush and use as your optional garnishes.
  • Use good quality, premium ingredients. Using a good white chocolate bark will melt easier than a knock off brand.

FAQ

What makes these Peppermint Chocolate truffles a truffle?

Traditionally what makes a truffle is chocolate ganache filling that is covered in tempered chocolate.

In this case, we are using frosting to give the same texture as a chocolate ganache and coating it in melted chocolate which is similar to tempered chocolate.

These may not be traditional truffles but are a great alternative that you can make at home. 

What is the best way to dip the truffles into the melted chocolate?

A great way is to use a toothpick so that you can dip them entirely into the chocolate without creating too much mess. 

Can these be made in advance?

Yes, in fact, making these in advance is recommended since they need time to harden. Making the cake ahead of time and letting it cool for a few hours is also helpful.

A bite shot of a chocoalte peppermint truffle.

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Pairing Suggestions

These are our favorite drinks to enjoy when eating these White Chocolate and Peppermint truffles.

  • Peppermint White Chocolate Cocktail - Four ingredients and a few handfuls of crushed peppermint candies are all that’s needed to whip up this delicious cocktail. 
  • Iced Peppermint Mocha - Loaded with that sweet minty flavor that we all love and crave with the boost of added caffeine! The perfect winter drink for any occasion.
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White Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

Delicious chocolate cake covered with vanilla frosting and crushed peppermints make up these tasty, perfect Peppermint Chocolate Truffles.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peppermint Chocolate Truffles, White Chocolate Peppermint Truffles
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rest Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 26 servings
Author: Mason Jar Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup chocolate frosting
  • 1 cup white chocolate bark
  • ½ cup crushed peppermint sticks optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray your baking pan with nonstick spray and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk flour, salt, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda together.
  • Add in eggs, buttermilk, oil, and water to the dry mixture and whisk until smooth. Add in extracts and whisk.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and put it in the oven.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add the white chocolate and microwave for 30-second intervals until completely melted. Stir it in between intervals.
  • Once the cake is done, remove from the oven and let it cool for 15 minutes.
  • Break the cake up into a mixing bowl so it's just all crumbs.
  • Let the crumbled cake cool another 15 minutes.
  • Add the chocolate frosting to the cake crumbs and mix so it turns into cake dough.
  • Create 2 inch round balls with the cake dough. It can be helpful to use a cookie scooper. Place balls onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Refrigerate cake balls for 15 minutes.
  • Carefully dip each cake ball into the white chocolate and sprinkle with crushed peppermint.
  • Place balls back on baking sheet and let harden before serving. They can harden in the refrigerator or at room temperature, which may take a little longer.

Notes

  • Make sure you only use 30-second bursts in the microwave when it comes to melting chocolate. This is so that the chocolate doesn’t burn or take on a bitter taste. 
  • You need to ensure that the cake has time to cool before you handle it and when combining the cake crumbs with the chocolate frosting. This will help to combine the two ingredients and handle them when you are creating your balls. 
  • If leaving your truffles to set at room temperature be mindful that this will take a little longer.
  • Use crushed candy canes as a great option to coat the chocolate ganache balls.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Mason Jar Recipe” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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