Ah, Valentine’s Day.
As you might have seen in my last post, where I made my pancake red, or even this morning, when I cut out heart shapes in my toast, it may or may not be obvious that I LOVE Valentine’s Day (in my case it lasts about a week and not just a day).
It isn’t just because I have a boyfriend that I love this day so much, I’ve loved it for as long as I can remember.
I remember my mom making us special lunches with heart-shaped sticky notes, heart-shaped cookies and delicious treats. She would also leave us chocolate and pink lipglosses on the kitchen table as little gifts. I think she really made a difference in my perception of Valentine’s Day. I have always thought this day to be about the love you have for your family and friends, and not just for a significant other. I think it is ridiculous to feel sad on Valentines day even if you do not have a boyfriend or girlfriend!
Also, a few of my friends and I have been exchanging Valentine’s day treats for a couple years now. We always bake something sweet and present it in a cute little packaging and exchange them! It is so fun.
So, with all that in mind, I needed a Valentine’s Day themed recipe for my blog. This is where these Red Velvet Cherry-Filled Cake Truffles come in.
I am not much of a recipe developper, especially when it comes to treats, but I am proud to call this recipe my very own! I was searching for truffle recipes that were quick and did not need a stove top or oven and it was very difficult to find. So, I tried my hand at making my own and somehow, it worked!
It not only just worked, it turned out amazing.
However, brace yourself, this recipe is not the “healthiest”. I hope you are not expecting to see whole wheat flour and natural sweeteners in the ingredient list, because you might be dissapointed. This is a Valentine’s Day recipe, so I did not skimp out on the good (not so good ?!) stuff.
These are, of course, highly addictive. They are also so cute in their white chocolate exterior and thematic sprinkles. The inside has a delicious candied cherry that adds just the right amount of sweetness.
These make for the cutest and most thoughtful little treats for this Valentine’s Day!
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 white granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp cocoa
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp red food coloring
- 1 1/4 cup white flour
- 24 candied cherries (optional, but very delicious!)
- 1 1/2 cups white chocolate (I used the white chocolate flavoured molding wafers, they can easily melt and can be remelted if it starts to harden)
- Sprinkles of your choice
- In a large bowl, add the softened butter and the sugar. Using a hand-mixer or stand-alone mixer, cream until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
- Add the cocoa, vanilla, food coloring and mix until incorporated.
- Add 1 cup of the flour and mix until combined. At this point, if you like the consistency of the batter, you could omit the additional 1/4 cup. If you want them to be more cakey, add the extra flour.
- Make 24 balls with the dough by rolling the batter in your palms. If you are adding a cherry, simply place the cherry into the small portion of the batter and roll it in your palms until the cherry is in the middle of the ball.
- Refrigerate or freeze for 5-10 minutes, until the dough has hardened.
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt the white chocolate in a deep bowl. Using a toothpick, prick a prepared truffle and dunk it in the white chocolate. You can then roll the truffle in sprinkles of your choice, or add a drizzle of a different colored chocolate (like I did with the red drizzled truffles). Place these on the parchment paper.
- Leave the truffles to cool. If you are using candy that is made for melting, they will harden very quickly.
- Keep the truffles in the fridge. You may leave them out at room temperature before serving or eat them cold!
- They keep in the fridge for well over a week.
Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions?