Every year I like to take Christmas tins and fill them with yummy goodies to give to my friends. This year, I had quite an adventure doing these this year! Two of my treats failed! I tried to make some mint chocolate thumbprints; however, the cookies basically fell apart...hard to put a filling in a cookie that falls apart! The other failure was pumpkin fudge. All of the recipes I saw were a bit too involved than I wanted, so I just took a peanut butter fudge recipe and swapped the PB for pumpkin. Ummm...yeah, didn't work! I guess I needed to do less pumpkin than there was PB. It NEVER solidified like fudge should. Even when I tried to rescue it by making bark it never solidified...even in the freezer! Oh, well.
The three treats that ended up working were gingerbread biscotti, some holiday oatmeal cookies, and cake bonbons. The first recipe I'll share is the cake bonbons. These are a very versatile treat. Basically you take a cake mix (yep, this is semi-homemade!) and bake as instructed. Then instead of icing the cake you stir the cake (crumbled) with the icing, make balls, and cover in a chocolate. Turned out great! I used butter pecan cake mix with coconut pecan icing. The flavor of this turned out wonderfully; however, I think a more traditional textured icing would hold together better than this one.
1 cake mix (made as instructed)
1 can prepared icing
melted chocolate (you might have to temper it with oil, mine seized up if I didn't)
Bake cake as instructed on box. Allow to cool slightly. Crumble cake into a bowl and stir in the entire can of icing. After washing your hands, roll the cake mix into walnut sized balls. Melt the chosen form of chocolate. Dip the balls in it and place on waxed/parchment paper and allow covering to harden.
Suggestions for other versions:
strawberry cake, vanilla icing, dark or milk chocolate dipping
chocolate cake, chocolate icing, white chocolate dipping
funfetti cake and icing, chocolate or white chocolate dipping
yellow cake, caramel icing, chocolate dipping