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Irresistible Chocolate Truffle Christmas Tree

I love baking cookies but hands down my chocolate fudge Christmas tree filled with truffles and chocolate kisses is by far a favorite at Christmas!! The best part is licking the bowl and better yet is that my oldest son always wanted me to make one just for him.

In 1984, I bought a Woman’s Day|Super Special magazine titled “Great Holiday Baking, Cookies!

Now, I know that some of you can’t remember 1984 because either you were just born or not even born!! Some of us remember the 80’s like it was yesterday because you see, our life is like a vapor.

As wonderful and innovative as Pinterest is, my favorite ‘go to’ cookie recipes are in this magazine. This is where I found this beautiful Chocolate Truffle Christmas Tree which I have made year after year.

When I first got married, I had no idea how to bake cookies!! I started making cookies with my two children (back when I only had two children) and eventually that turned into a marathon cooking event where we turned out 1000 cookies and gave them to neighbors, businesses we frequented, friends, and ate them ourselves.

Maybe you want to try making this tree or maybe you just enjoy looking at pinteresting baking ideas. Whichever you like to do, enjoy!!

Chocolate Truffle Christmas Tree

  • Servings: Makes, Makes  about 3 dozen truffles
  • Preparation time for mold. About 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • Preparation time for truffles: about 30 minutes.
  • Chilling time for tree: About 4 hours or overnight.
  • Chilling time for truffles: About 2 hours total!

Cardboard Tree Mold Directions

  • 3 packages (6 ounces each) semisweet chocolate chips.
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  • 1 pound chocolate confectioner’s sugar.

Coating Ideas

  • finely chopped walnuts
  • flaked coconut
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • Colored sprinkles
  • unsweetened cocoa
  • confectioners sugar
  • finely chopped walnuts
  • any other ideas you can come up with.
  • water.
  • Prepared chocolate frosting
  • water
  • prepared 1/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
  • Chocolate frosting (optional)

Make the cardboard Tree Mold

In heavy medium-sized saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Line tree mold with foil and then wrap in plastic wrap. I find that it is easier to remove plastic wrap than foil once the chocolate has set. I have done it with foil too. It works but is harder to remove all the foil. Fill triangular part of tree mold with chocolate mixture. Spread into corners and up sides of mold to top edges. Mixture should cover bottom and sides completely, about 3/8 inch thick. Smooth sides with spatula or knife. Chill mold 4 hours or overnight.

While the mold is chilling, make the truffles and chill them on a cookie sheet.

To make Chocolate Truffles, chill remaining chocolate mixture about 1 hour, or until firm. Shape into 1-inch balls then roll the balls in the desired coating (confectioner’s sugar, walnuts, sprinkles, or hide a Hershey’s Kiss or other candy within the fudge ball as a pleasant surprise). Place truffles onto foil or into paper candy cups; chill 1 hour, or until firm; then store covered until you are ready to place them into the Chocolate Christmas Tree!!

To prepare the chocolate tree, carefully remove the fudge tree from the cardboard mold being careful to remove all the foil or plastic wrap from the fudge (depending on which you used).  The original recipe gave directions for the base a separate square from the triangle tree mold which was ‘glued’ with confectioner’s sugar and water. You may do it this way, but I have found what works best for me is to make a mold that is one unit. I save the cardboard mold from year to year.

Fill with a variety of truffles and add colorful Christmas chocolates wrapped in green, red, and gold foil for added beauty making this such an attractive centerpiece on the party table or for a gift. It has become traditional for me to give this tree to my oldest son each year.

Cardboard Tree Mold Directions:

{12 inch square of medium-weight cardboard . . . but I have now made a smaller version . . . so make it the size that you desire}

  • Masking tape
  • heavy duty aluminum foil

Measure and mark cardboard sheet into following dimensions (this is for a triangle upper section and square base) Remember, I made the upper triangular and square base into one unit):

  • Two 10 X  1 1/2 inch strips
  • One 8 X 1 1/2 inch strips
  • Two 4 X 1 1/2 inch strips
  • 2 X 1 1/2 inch strips
  • Two 2 1 1/2 inch strips

Cut out strips. Using 2-inch strips of masking tape, tape together the two-inch strips and one 8 inch strip of cardboard to form a standing triangle. Using 2-inch strips of masking tape, tape together the two 4 inch strips and two 2 inch strips of cardboard forms on 15 1/2 X 10 1/2 inch jelly-roll pan or baking sheet. Using a 16-inch length of foil, place lengthwise over triangle; carefully press foil into center and up inside edges of triangle, forming foil mold. With spoon, carefully smooth bottom and sides of triangle, removing as many wrinkles as possible. Trim excess foil. Using a 6-inch length of foil. Line tree base as well.

White  Truffles:

Servings: Makes about 6 dozen truffles

Preparation time: About 45 minutes

Chilling time: About 2 hours total

(I have rarely made the white truffles as we are most definitely chocoholics!! 😉 ) 

2 1/2 pounds white confectioner’s coating, divided

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

1/8 teaspoon salt (dash)

3/4 to 1 cup chopped nuts

1  1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In heavy, medium-sized saucepan, over low heat, melt confectioner’s coating (see Chocolate Truffles). Chill 1 hour, or until firm. Store covered at room temperature (but again, I always freeze my fudge and never leave it at room temperature).

Holiday Truffles:

Servings: Makes about 6 dozen truffles

Preparation time: About 45 minutes

Chilling time: About 2 hours total

Ingredients:

3 packages (11.5 ounces or 6 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

dash salt

1 1 /2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In heavy, medium-sized saucepan, over low heat, melt chips with sweetened condensed milk. Remove from heat; divide mixture between two small bowls. To one bowl, add vanilla extract. Chill both mixtures 1 hour, or until firm. Shape into 1 inch balls; roll in desired coatings (remember? confectioners sugar, walnuts, sprinkles, you name it . . . roll it in it!) Chill 1 hour, or until firm. Store covered in freezer until you want to add them to the Chocolate Christmas Tree.

I keep my truffle mold from year to year and make a new one when it is needed (like it fell to pieces) I don’t make the white truffles too often (like I said) as we are chocoholics (just wanted to make sure you know we love, love, love chocolate!!) We like to eat healthily and since chocolate has OOODLES of Vitamin “C” (“C” is for Chocolate!!) it counts. I love making the Chocolate Christmas Tree and hope you will want to make it for your loved ones too!!

*Note: I make my own sweetened condensed milk to save money . . . but that is another post on another day, or I will get carried away and not get any sleep!!

Are you brave enough to make this awesome chocolate truffle Christmas tree? If I can do it,  you can too!!