The Weekend Gourmet: #ChristmasWeek Day 4...Featuring Eggnog Cookie Truffles and a Swissmar Roaster Giveaway F

Thursday, December 12, 2013

#ChristmasWeek Day 4...Featuring Eggnog Cookie Truffles and a Swissmar Roaster Giveaway

Welcome to Day #4 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita's Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day Monday, December 9th, and ending Saturday, December 14th.

Today, I'm wrapping up my trio of easy-to-make holiday sweets that taste great, save time, and reduce stress. I'm sharing Eggnog Cookie Truffles, a yummy adults-only no-bake treat that's a riff on Emeril Lagasse's classic rum balls. I flavored my truffles with bourbon, nutmeg, cinnamon and prepared eggnog. After being coated in spice-infused powdered sugar, they have all your favorite eggnog flavors. Keeping with the southern feel, I subbed pecan pieces for the walnuts normally found in rum balls. Mercy, these truffles sure are good!

Eggnog Cookie Truffles
adapted from Emeril Lagasse via The Food Network
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 11-ounce box vanilla wafers, crushed into crumbs
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup pecan chips
  • 1 tbs. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg (1.5 tsp. if using jarred)
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 1/3 cup eggnog
  • 3 tbs. bourbon  
For rolling the truffles:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg (1.5 tsp. if using jarred)
Directions:
Step 1: Add the truffle ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Using a sturdy spoon, combine all the ingredients until a thick dough forms. I found that using pristinely clean hands was the best way to incorporate the last bit of sugar into the dough. Refrigerate the truffles for 30 minutes.
Step 2: While the truffle mixture chills, prepare the powdered sugar-spice mixture for rolling. Remove the chilled truffle mixture from the fridge and roll into small balls and roll in the spiced powdered sugar -- two coats should do it. You should get approximately 3 dozen truffles per batch. Store the truffles in a plastic container in layers, with parchment between each layer.
That's it...how amazingly simple! These potent little candies are moist and delicious, with a little kick from the bourbon...and a nice amount of spice thanks to cinnamon and nutmeg inside and out. They're a perfect addition to any holiday dessert table...a fun spin on a classic. I hope you'll take time to go visit all the other Christmas Week Peeps for more Holiday Baking Goodness:
Today's #ChristmasWeek giveaway comes courtesy of Swissmar. Le Cordon Bleu has been a worldwide leader in gastronomy and hospitality for over 100 years and are widely considered the guardian of French culinary technique. Swissmar now combines this culinary expertise with their own knowledge and brand recognition to introduce this fantastic new line. The Le Cordon Bleu ceramic ovenware from Swissmar are all freezer safe, oven safe, dishwasher and microwave safe. The French-inspired Charmant Collection 5 qt. Rectangular Roaster has scalloped edges and is beautiful enough to go straight from oven to table! To enter to win a Swissmar Roaster, read the details and use the Rafflecopter below!

***This giveaway is for one Swissmar Charmant Collection 5 qt. Rectangular Roaster (winner's choice of color: blue, yellow, red, or white)! This giveaway is open to Continental US residents only . When the contest concludes, the winner will be chosen by random draw. The winner will be notified through e-mail and they will have 3 days to respond or another winner will be chosen.***
***Disclaimer: This giveaway is being provided by Swissmar. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

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