Homestead Gardens Inspired Holidays by Rita Calvert

Here you have some cleverly darling ideas for a New Year theme, This week a fabulous truffle cookie recipe is included-Sparkling Truffle Cookies. These spccial larger grain sugars can be found in most supermarkets baking section. Since the colors are varied, you can coordinate with your theme color.

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The "Over the River, Through the Woods" holiday vignette sets a complete design theme that everyone will adore. With feathery owls, natural bark owls or porcelain nocturnal birds, candles, fanciful  pinecones you can highlight a group of colors. I chose gold and neutrals and then found gold "Sugar Gems" to blanket the truffles for a lovely glow-especially when the light hits. I need to tell you that"Sugar Gems" are large decorative sugar crystals which after much searching in specialty shops, I found at a decent price in the baking department of 2 supermarkets.

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 Sparkling Truffle Cookies 

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Makes about 30 truffle cookies 

As a tremendous treat, these truffle bites have a rich almond fudge center and crunchy large sugar crystals wrapping the outside. A big plus for many is they are also gluten-free.

  • 1/2 pound semisweet chocolate 
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 3/4 cup ground almond
  • Powdered sugar, for garnish

Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over, but not touching, simmering water.Remove from the heat. Cut the butter into a few pieces and mix into the chocolate until melted.

 Beat the eggs with an electric mixer, gradually adding the sugar until ribbons form. Fold in the chocolate-butter mixture. Gently add the ground almonds. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

 Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

 Use a cookie scoop to form the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in special sparkling sugar (or granulated sugar), place on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart and immediately place in the oven.

 Bake until the center of the cookies is no longer wet, 9 to 12 minutes. When slightly cool, lightly dust the cookies with powdered sugar.

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