Once the drama and competition of high school ended, Valentine’s Day hasn’t been much of a big deal to me. It’s nice when I’m dating someone, but I’m okay with spending the night with other single friends when I’m single as well. One year a friend and I saw Modest Mouse, another year I went to dinner with two of my best guy friends at our favorite low-key sushi place, I’ve made a nice dinner at home.
I never really know what to get for guys on Valentine’s Day. I guess that’s kind of okay because it’s become the holiday where the guys are mostly supposed to shower the girls… but I thought a homemade gift would go over well. Serena from The Spicy Stiletto wrote a post on chocolate truffles with edible heart glitter and a lightbulb went off. I decided to make three types of truffles incorporating some favorite flavors — traditional chocolate, cookies and cream, and Biscoff.
If you haven’t had them before, Biscoff is a brand of speculoos cookies. They’re crisp, caramel-y sugary biscuits that are absolutely divine. I first fell in love with them flying on Delta. They’re sold in some grocery stores, but you can also buy them online, along with the spread, which is a tasty alternative to Nutella.
Back to the truffles. I used this classic recipe for the sea salt truffles (but used only 85% bittersweet chocolate and split it in half after adding the vanilla to use to make the Biscoff ones). I did variations topping with pink Himalayan sea salt, coarse Kosher salt, and just plain melting chocolate. I also skipped the chocolate covering on some of them and rolled them in unsweetened cocoa powder, but those were the least favorite of the bunch.
To make the Biscoff truffles, I added 3/4 cup Biscoff spread, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon ginger to the second half of the sea salt truffle recipe. I covered them with the melting chocolates and sprinkled with coarse Biscoff cookie crumbs and also rolled in fine cookie crumbs.
Finally, I made this super-simple recipe for Oreo truffles. I finished them off in the same manner as the Biscoff ones — coarse crumbs and fine crumbs!
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