Christmas Brownie Truffles are the ultimate holiday treats! These fudgy, rich truffles are perfect for chocolate lovers. With their brownie centers and chocolate coatings, they’ll be favorites for kids and adults alike!
In our house, bite-sized snacks and sweet treats are the centerpiece of the holiday menus. We make plenty of grazing boards, charcuterie boards, and snack trays throughout the Christmas season.
Truffles are one of my favorite sweets to add. They’re sweet, fun to make, and there are so many flavor varieties to choose from. There’s always something for everyone to enjoy.
This year we’ve added Christmas brownie truffles to the mix. I make them using a simple box brownie mix, three kinds of chocolate wafers, and colorful Christmas sprinkles to give them a seasonal touch.
These chocolate-y truffles are customizable by swapping out the sprinkles and white chocolate drizzle to match any holiday you like. They’re perfect for Valentine’s Day, Easter, or even Halloween!
Looking for more brownie recipes? Try our Christmas brownies! We make these in muffin tins, and stuff them with gooey chocolate candies. Then, they’re dusted with powdered sugar and red and green holiday sprinkles.
Or maybe you’d prefer peppermint brownies? These are made in muffin tins just like our Christmas brownies, only we use white chocolate peppermint truffles to fill the centers. Then, they’re sprinkled with crushed candy canes for even more peppermint flavor.
If you like something more standard with lots of chocolate flavor, try our sourdough brownies. They’re perfect for using up excess sourdough discard!
Substitutions and Variations
This truffle recipe is very versatile making it easy to make substitutions.
- Brownie Mix: Use any dry brownie mix you like and prepare it per the directions on the back of the box.
- Cream Cheese: 8 ounces of cream cheese may seem like a lot, but it keeps these truffles soft and helps hold them together. You can always use less, or even use a spoon or two peanut butter in place of some of the cream cheese.
- Melting Wafers: I love Ghirardelli melting wafers for this recipe. They come in dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate. If you decide to use another type of chocolate, make sure it’s good quality and stays smooth and creamy when melted.
- Toppings: Use any type of sprinkles you like! Sparkly, decorating sugar is also a great option. If you’d like to make peppermint brownie truffles, skip the sprinkles and add crushed candy canes instead.
Refrigerator: Store leftover truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Don’t Over Bake the Brownies: Most brownie mix varieties give a few options when it comes to pan sizes and baking times. For this recipe, it doesn’t matter what size pan you use as long as you don’t over bake the brownies. You want them soft, slightly warm, and easy to crumble. Try to avoid the crispy, crunchy edges.
- Skip the Chocolate Chips: Melted chocolate chips won’t work well for dipping the rolled chocolate bites. They don’t stay melted long enough and tend to clump easily. Stick to chocolate wafers or baking bars.
- Reheat the Melted Chocolate: If the melted chocolate gets too thick or begins to clump, reheat it in the microwave for a few seconds.
- Let the Excess Chocolate Drip Off: When you dip the brownie balls into the melted chocolate, make sure to let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. That way to you don’t run out of chocolate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pairing Ideas for Christmas Brownie Truffles
These truffles are great all on their own, and pairing isn’t necessary. However, if you’d like to pair these chocolate gems with some other dishes, here are some ideas:
- Chocolate Coffee: There’s nothing like having chocolate with more chocolate, and these truffles are perfect with a mug of our dark chocolate coffee!
- Gift Box: Give them in a gift box of chocolate truffles, peanut butter cookies, molasses cookies, and of course, gingerbread cookies!
- After Dinner Treat: Enjoy a couple after a dinner of Christmas Veggie Pizza!
- Sweet and Salty: Serve them with some bread dipping oil and a loaf of olive bread for the ultimate sweet and salty snack.
For the Brownie Filling
- 16.3 ounce box brownie mix, (We used Betty Crocker fudge brownie mix.)
- ½ cup vegetable oil, *See note.
- 2 large eggs, *See note.
- 2 tablespoons water, *See note.
- 8 ounces block-style cream cheese, softened to room temperature
For the Chocolate Coating
- 10 ounces dark chocolate melting wafers
- 10 ounces milk chocolate melting wafers
- 10 ounces vanilla melting wafers
- Holiday sprinkles, for garnish
To Make the Brownies
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (or according to the package of brownie mix), and grease the desired pan size. We used a 9×13-inch baking pan.
- Using a large bowl and electric mixer, combine the brownie mix, oil, eggs, and water until combined.16.3 ounce box brownie mix½ cup vegetable oil2 large eggs2 tablespoons water
- Transfer to the prepared baking pan, and bake per the instructions on the box of mix. Ours was for 19-22 minutes for a 9×13-inch pan. Make sure not to over bake! The brownie edges should still be soft. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean when finished.
- Allow the brownies to cool until warm to the touch. Use your hands or a food processor to break the brownies into crumbs. Then incorporate the cream cheese until well mixed. The mixture will be cohesive but oily.8 ounces block-style cream cheese
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and divide the brownie mixture into 1 tablespoon sized portions. Using your hands, roll the portions into balls. Place the brownie balls onto the baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour.
To Make the Chocolate Coating
- Line a second, large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In separate microwave-safe bowls, melt each variety of chocolate melting wafers until smooth. Stir at 30 seconds intervals to keep them from scorching.10 ounces dark chocolate melting wafers10 ounces milk chocolate melting wafers10 ounces vanilla melting wafers
- Using a fork, dip each frozen brownie ball into your choice of melted chocolate, and allow the excess to drip back into the bowl. Transfer the dipped truffles onto the second, prepared baking sheet.
- Let the coating set before adding a drizzle. Refrigerate for a short time if necessary to ensure the coating sets properly.
- Once the coating sets, add a drizzle with some of the leftover chocolate. Immediately add holiday sprinkles. Allow the chocolate to set again before serving.
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