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Last-Minute Gifts

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Firmly entrenched in Hannukah and only two days away from Christmas, there are only the small details remaining to be dealt with. When to start frying up the latkes, what color bows should top off packages, whether or not the good china should come out… But you can’t always be sure that things will run smoothly. Someone always ends up throwing a wrench into the works, one way or another. With all the holiday insanity, it’s disturbingly easy to forget gifts for an important family member, or realize at the last minute that you didn’t make enough cookies to go around. Was there too much dough consumed before it made it into the oven? Did the dog snag some? Regardless, it may be time for Plan B: Make gingersnap truffles.

Very similar in construction to oreo truffles but with a delightful seasonal bent, you could easily create a small army of these sweet morsels in a matter of minutes, before anyone suspects that things ever when awry. Hopefully you won’t need a backup plan… But it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

Gingersnap Truffles

8 Ounces Vegan Gingersnap Cookies
1/2 Cup Vegan “Cream Cheese”
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

8 Ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate, or 1/2 Cup Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder*

Place all of the cookies in your food processor or blender, and let it rip. Grind them down to a slightly coarse but even powder, and you should end up with about 1 2/3 cups of crumbs. In a separate bowl, soften the “cream cheese” so that it spreads easily, and mix in the maple syrup and vanilla. Once smooth an homogeneous, add in the crumbs. You may need to use your hands to get everything evenly incorporated- When it’s ready to use, it should look like a brand new batch of gingersnap dough. Pinch off walnut-sized pieces and either roll them in cocoa powder, or melt the chocolate and dip them in that. If you’re dipping the truffles, place them on a silpat once enrobed, and allow the chocolate to set completely before serving or packaging. Admittedly, these do get better if you can make them a day or two in advance to let the flavors meld and mellow… But they’re still tasty no matter what!

*You should not use natural cocoa here, because it’s far too bitter. However, if you made a 1:1 mixture of natural cocoa and confectioner’s sugar, that could probably work instead.

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Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

25 thoughts on “Last-Minute Gifts

  1. Oh these sound delicious, I could eat them right out of that photo. I made a couple of batches of vegan truffles for my mum and dad before I went away over summer (one lot were hazelnut, the other lot were whiskey). I had a lot of left over mixture (and not enough fridge space to allow them to chill) and some digestive biscuits going spare so I made a cheesecake-style pie – sometimes the best things come from the unexpected!

  2. They look wonderful, and so simple! I think I know what I will be making tomorrow…. (and thanks for the link to the oreo truffles too ~ Nom!) >:o)

  3. These sound so good–and so easy to make! What a great idea for last-minute gift-giving.

    Hope you have a great holiday, Hannah!

  4. Oh my gosh.
    I think I’m going to make my mom go out and buy me some gingersnaps just so I can make these. I sure as heck ain’t going out until next year! it’s freezing! Well, these are probably worth it though…

  5. Those look absolutely delightful! Have a great holiday, Hannah!

  6. GINGERSNAP TRUFFLES?!?!?!?! Oh man…. I’m awestruck.

  7. These sound fantastic!! So simple too, awesome :)

  8. what a great idea!!! i have tons of leftover gingersnap cookies! now i know what to do with them! :)

  9. Oh my gosh, these look SO good! I love the flavor combination of ginger and chocolate, so these sound perfect :)

  10. yum! these look delicious and simple and really pretty too. thanks for the awesome recipe, yet again :) also, i’m totally jealous of your bundt pan in the post below! last year i pretty much only got cooking supplies for christmas and couldn’t have been happier, so i feel ya on that one!

  11. These sound so good; I LOVE Ginger cookies!

  12. Another fabulously Hannah idea.

    Happy holidays! XO

  13. Hannah-
    MMM you’ve done it again! I saw vegan truffles at whole foods, but being a bit price concious due to our colasping economy, I decided not to buy them. I personally have always been a lover of strong spices in my food- cinnamon on apples, garlic in veggies, tumeric on tofu scramble… one of my all time favorites is ginger! ( and of corse holiday gingerbread men) I was wondering if the cookies you use are home made or store bought? Does either effect the end result? Also, can you use your vitamix for these kinds of recipes or baking? Thanks! Happy chanakah and merry christmas! =]

  14. Great idea!! Yummmmmm…. Bet they’d be good also rolled in cinnamon & sugar, or cinnamon & confectioner’s sugar…. or chopped/pulverized pecans…

    Um, have I mentioned that your recipes are inspiring? Happy Holidays!

  15. Those look and sound delicious. I’ve never had anything like that before, but I’m always looking for an easy crowd-pleaser. Thanks, and Happy Holidays!

  16. Adorable & easy?! So smart!

  17. Yum… Gingersnap truffles. These look wonderful!

    Great blog, BTW… I’ve added you to my blogroll.

    Happy holidays!

    Lee, The Veggie Guy

  18. Such a great twist on the traditional truffle!! Hope you are enjoying the holidays Hannah!

  19. Hi Hannah!

    I’m Emma from Argentina.

    Last week my Auntie from UK brought me your amazing book!
    I’ts wonderful! I love it hahaha

    I’ve already made the peanut butter scones :)
    Everybody said yummy! when they tasted them.

    Thanks for making such a lovely recipes!

    Happy new year and all that stuff!! (I don’t know if you celebrate Christmas)

    xoxo

  20. Happy holidays, Hannah!

  21. Gingersnap! Great idea. Why didn’t I think to do that. Yum.
    Happy Holidays!

  22. Yum! I am going to have to try these.

  23. I printed this out and am going to give it a try! Sounds so yummy!
    ~ingrid

  24. These look great, I can’t wait to try them

    Quick question though…
    Are they perishable? Does the “cheese” get all weird and gross or does the syrup take care of it. Not that they will get a chance to sit around too long before everyone eats them but just curious for gifts and all.

    Also do you have a preferred recipe for homemade gingersnaps? The ones I usually make are pretty moist, so I guess I could just cook them longer so they get crispy for crushing.

    Thanks again

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