One of the flavors I love most about this time of year is peppermint.  To me, the scent of peppermint and the sight of candy canes triggers all the thoughts and happy emotions of the season.

I knew I wanted to make a recipe making peppermint the star but the options were limitless and I had a very difficult time deciding what I want to make.  I finally narrowed it down to candy cane truffles or candy cane brownies.  You’re obviously reading a post about candy cane truffles so I don’t think I need to tell you how it ended.  But I feel like I should explain why since I think brownies are never a bad idea.  These truffles won because they only require 4 simple ingredient ingredients (and an optional fifth) and a few minutes of effort (plus 20-30 minutes in the freezer).  There’s no baking and no waiting for the brownies to cool.  Plus, anything dipped in chocolate is a winner in my book!  But you can expect some peppermint brownies coming in the near future.

These truffles are simply amazing!  There really aren’t words to say how yummy they are and I love that they use all natural ingredients (other than the candy canes) and not a bunch of artificial ingredients.  If you’re looking for a decadent treat to take to the office or a holiday get together, these are perfect.  I took a batch into my office and none came home with me!  And all of the reviews were excellent!

These are the only ingredients you’ll need:

To make a dozen truffles, you’ll need 15 Medjool dates, 3/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup cocoa, and 3 candy canes.  I covered them in chocolate too but you can omit that if you want to cut the calories.  They would be great without the chocolate but I’d recommend using it!

These are so simple to make too.  First add the almonds to a high power blender.  My Ninja works perfectly for this.  After the almonds are chopped into a fine powder (just takes a few seconds), add in the pitted dates.  Depending on your blender, you may want to add a few at a time so it doesn’t get overloaded.  Part way through adding the dates, pour in the cocoa.  Blend until you’ve got a sticky dough ball.  Crush one or two candy canes into pieces and add to dough.

When all the ingredients are combined, roll into small balls and place on parchment paper.  I made medium-ish balls and got 12 out of it but you could stretch that further by making them smaller.  If you don’t want the chocolate shell, you can roll the balls in crushed candy cane.

Place in the freezer for 20 or 30 minutes.

Melt chocolate in the microwave and spoon on top of truffles.  Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle a few broken pieces of candy cane on top.

Pop one into your mouth and enjoy!

4 Ingredient Candy Cane Truffles

Ingredients

15 Medjool dates
3/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup cocoa
3 candy canes
dark chocolate (optional, for coating)

Instructions

Add the almonds to a high power blender.
Add in the pitted dates and pour in the cocoa.
Blend until you’ve got a sticky dough ball.
Crush one or two candy canes into pieces and add to dough.
When all the ingredients are combined, roll into small balls and place on parchment paper.
If you don’t want the chocolate shell, roll balls into crushed candy cane pieces.
Place in the freezer for 20 or 30 minutes.
Melt chocolate in the microwave and spoon on top of truffles.
Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle a few broken pieces of candy cane on top.

What is your favorite holiday treat?  Tell me in the comments below!

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