These Funfetti® peppermint chocolate truffles are my latest addition to a growing batch of truffle recipes.
Truffles are as much a part of my holiday traditions as decorating a tree is. I love to make all kinds of these bite sized Christmas treats. They are fun to make, and look so great on a holiday dessert table.
Add some fun to your holiday dessert table with these Funfetti® peppermint chocolate truffles.
One of the most fun, and joked about, parts of a visit to my mother’s house is who will be emptying her candy jar of the M&M’s that she always kept on the counter.
It was always a contest between my sister Sally, and my brother Mark, and Mark usually won. The candy jar had a glass lid, so there was no mistaking the sound when someone went down to the kitchen “for a glass of water” and we heard that distinctive clink!
Mum passed away earlier this year, but her holiday traditions carry on. I thought it would be fun to come up with a candy recipe for my Christmas dessert table using M&M’s, and these peppermint chocolate truffles were born.
My M&M’s helper for this recipe is both the white peppermint and the holiday milk chocolate varieties.
Add that to a Funfetti cake mix, frosting and a bit of milk and these poppable sweet treats will delight your friends and family. Perhaps they will become your new holiday tradition?
The truffles are super easy to make. First mix your cake mix with some flour, butter and sugar. Then mix in the vanilla extract, salt and 2 % milk.
Some Funfetti Holiday vanilla frosting joins the mix to come up with a batter that is pliable, and not too liquidy. Add the milk slowly so that you get a good consistency.
I love making all my holiday baked goods in my Kitchen Aid mixer. Mum had one exactly the same and I learned to cook mainly by watching her in action.
Chop up the M&M’s Holiday Milk Chocolate and M&M’s White Peppermint and add these with the sprinkles from the cake mix to the batter. Don’t use the mixer beater. Fold them in by hand so that the color does not run.
If you are a fan of peppermint desserts, be sure to also check out my Rice Krispie Peppermint ball cookies. They are also perfect for Christmas.
Now comes the fun part. I don’t know what it is about using my hands to make truffles, but i find it soothingly relaxing.
Just shape the dough into 1 inch balls and into the fridge they go to set for a while so that they are easier to handle when you get ready to coat them.
I made two kinds of coatings for these truffles. The first was pure white baking chocolate melted and topped with the sprinkles from the Funfetti® frosting mix.
The second coating was the actual Funfetti frosting mixed with baking chocolate and a bit of milk added to make it the right consistency and then topped with more sprinkles.
The hardest part of the recipe is the coating. Melt the chocolate and drop the truffle balls in one by one.
Swirl the truffles in the chocolate or Funfetti frosting, swirl with two forks, and then remove with a fork and tap the edge of the container to remove excess chocolate.
Be sure to add some of the sprinkles before the coating sets for each ball. Trust me, the more of these you make, the better you will get at the coating part. It is so worth it for the final product!!
At the end, I placed the left over coating mixes into small zip lock baggies, cut a tiny corner off and drizzled each truffle with the opposite coating for a pretty effect.
I used a silicone baking mat on a baking sheet to let my truffles sit. Clean up is a breeze with these mats. No kitchen should be without them.
These Funfetti® peppermint chocolate truffles are the perfect ending to a lovely holiday meal. They are very rich with a creamy cake like center and crunches of the M&M’s Holiday Milk Chocolate and M&M’s White Peppermint.
One delicious bite is all you need, but go on…you will want two ~ one of each topping. The frosting/chocolate dipped ones are sweeter and are more like a petit four cake.
The plain chocolate have a more decadent pure chocolate taste and are more like candy. Both are TO DIE FOR!
These truffles make wonderful Christmas gifts. I mean after all…if you dip something sweet in white chocolate and then put sprinkles on it, people will think you slaved over them for hours. Go ahead and claim that credit…it’s what is considered a “good lie.”
The flavor is sort of a cross between cookie dough and candy. The truffles are rich, buttery, chocolaty, smooth, just plain delicious with just a hint of indulgence. Everything a good Christmas treat is made of.
So it’s fa la la time. Place a plate of these nearby while you trim the Christmas tree and watch them disappear!
Pin these funfetti truffles for later
Would you like a reminder of these delicious MM snack treats? Just pin this image to one of your desserts boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.
For the truffles:
- 1 1/2 cups white flour
- 1 cup Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday cake mix.
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp Kosher salt
- 3 tbsp 2 % milk
- 3 tbsp chopped Holiday Milk M&M's®
- 3 tbsp chopped White chocolate peppermint M & Ms
- 2 tbsp Pillsbury™ Funfetti® holiday frosting mix (reserve sprinkles or the coating)
For the coating:
- White Chocolate coating:
- 8 ounces white baking chocolate
- Holiday Pillsbury™ Funfetti® frosting mix (only the sprinkles)
- Frosting Coating:
- 4 ounces of white baking chocolate
- Tub of Pillsbury™ Funfetti® frosting mix
- 1 tbsp of 2% milk
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until combined. Add the cake mix, flour, salt, and vanilla and mix everything together thoroughly.
- Add 3 tbsp of milk (or more if needed to make the batter the consistency of dough.) Add 2 tbsp of the Pillsbury Funfetti® frosting mix. You will want the dough to be pliable, not liquid.
- Mix in the chopped M&M's® by hand. (don't use the mixer. You don't want the colors to run.) Reserve the Funfetti frosting sprinkles for the coating.
- Roll the dough into one inch balls and place on a silicone baking mat over a cookie sheet.
- Chill the dough balls in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or until they are firm.
- While dough balls are chilling, place the white baking chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and cook in microwave at 30 second intervals until it has fully melted. Be sure to stir the contents in between the cooking intervals.
- To make the Funfetti® frosting topping, mix the frosting with 4 ounces of white baking chocolate and 1 tbsp of milk. Microwave in 30 second bursts until it is smooth and the desired consistency.
- Drop each truffle in the middle of the melted chocolate. Swirl the chocolate all around it with a fork. Pick up the truffle with a fork. Tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to allow the excess white chocolate to drip off. Place them back on the silicone mat. Do this in batches, shaking some of the sprinkles over the truffles before the coating sets. Do this for half of the truffles.
- Repeat the procedure for the other half.
- Place the remaining coatings into two zip lock bags, snip a tiny hole on the corner and drizzle each truffle with the opposite coating for a festive look.
- Once they are all coated, place them back in the fridge to set for another 15 minutes.
- When the truffles have completely set, store them in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to serve them. Enjoy!
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