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Christmas Snowman Truffles

During the holiday season, I love to make festive treats that everyone will adore. There’s something fun about eating a Christmas treat that’s cute too! If you’re looking for something unique to bring to a party, then make these adorable Christmas Snowman Truffles. They’re cute little snowmen that look jolly, have a soft cake-like texture and they’re perfect for any holiday occasion.

These adorable Snowman Christmas Truffles are actually quite easy, thanks to a store-bought short cut!

The base of these cute snowmen hold a little secret – which makes far less work than a traditional truffle. The secret is using store-bought cake to create the soft truffle center. Crumbling the cake, and adding the frosting, will create soft truffles with great flavor. Then they’re dipped before adding a cute smily face! They can be made for any winter occasion, not just Christmas.

I love that they’re unique and don’t require any baking. Candy melts can be heated in the microwave so there isn’t any stovetop work either. The kids and I will sit around the kitchen table and dip our snowmen, along with their top hats! It’s a great alternative to traditional Christmas baking.

Plus, they’re fun to add to your holiday treat tray. When you’ve got a tray of traditional cookies, the snowmen are certainly going to stand out. My kids are always grabbing them first – they’re too cute not to notice.

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How To Make Christmas Snowman Truffles

There are two different ways to dip your truffles – you can use candy melts or white chocolate chips. Both ways will give you that perfect crisp outer shell. The recipe steps are quite easy, but you have to be patient to make sure everything chills and sets. Don’t try to decorate your snowman truffles until they’re completely chilled and firm.

Wax paper is key so the truffles doesn’t stick to the baking sheet. So be sure you have plenty of wax paper before beginning to make your Christmas Snowman Truffles!

Christmas Snowman Truffles Dessert
Christmas Snowman Truffles are the perfect holiday dessert – and oh so cute!

Why We Love This Recipe

It’s always impressive when people see this dessert party. It looks like they’re store-bought because they’re cute and creative. I also love that you can keep them in the fridge until it’s time to serve them, so you don’t have to worry about melting with the indoor winter heat.

They’re also an unexpected treat if you’re passing out a tray of Christmas cookies. Everyone expects the basics, but they’re delighted to try something that look so adorable.

When To Make This Recipe

Obviously, this is a great Christmas treat that you can enjoy during the holiday season for dessert. It’s also great for any wintertime party after the holidays, too. It’s a non-denominational treat as well, so if you celebrate Hanukkah – they’re fun and don’t scream Christmas. That makes them great for school “winter” parties!

I have made these Snowman Truffles for the following occasions:

  • School Holiday Parties
  • Office Holiday Party
  • Christmas Party
  • Christmas Treat Tray
  • Gift For Teachers
  • Gift For Neighbors
  • Holiday Bake Sales
Cutest Christmas Snowman Truffles
Everyone adores these snowman truffles – they’re so stinking cute!

How To Store Leftover Christmas Snowman Truffles

Keep them in the refrigerator if you can. If they’re not in the refrigerator, there is more of a chance that they’ll melt. However, they’re still fine to enjoy if left out of the refrigerator – just avoid keeping them near direct heat (or else you’ll have early spring snowmen).

You can also freeze the Christmas Snowman treats for up to three months in the freezer. Store them in a freezer bag to prevent freezer burn. Let them thaw to room temperature before enjoying again.

Tips For Using Candy Melts

Dipping candy into candy melts can have a learning curve. These Candy Melt Dipping Tips are a great read if you’ve never used them before. I always let the excess candy melts drip off the sides of the truffle to ensure you have the nice outer shell look that you want. If you need to practice before dipping your snowman truffles, use a piece of candy that you have around the house – or some of the marshmallows (since they’re cheaper).

Recipe Substitutions You Can Make

There are some easy substitutions you can make with this recipe. You can use melting candies instead of white and chocolate chips. If you don’t have the same type of sprinkles for the holly, use whatever you can find! You can even decorate with the icing and make your own festive touch.

Want to make it an easy easier recipe? Use white truffles that are already make from your local bakery! Then you can add the top hat, smiling face and touch of sprinkles. Nobody will be wiser and you can just move onto the decorating steps of the recipe.

What You’ll Need To Make This Recipe:

Step-By-Step Directions To Make Christmas Snowman Truffles

Use a knife and remove icing from outside of the cake and place into a bowl. Leave the icing in the center between the 2 cakes.

Removing the icing from top of store-bought cake

Add the cake to a bowl and crumble with a spoon or your fingers, breaking cake into small pieces. Add a small amount of reserved icing to the cake, about 1/3 cup of icing, and mix well.

You want the cake to hold together to form a ball, but not flatten or lose shape when placed onto a cutting board or baking sheet. Tip: If the ball loses shape, you’ve added too much icing and need to start over!

Adding frosting back into cake crumbles

Use a tablespoon portion scoop, slightly overflowed to scoop cake batter and roll with the palms of your hand so you have a ball about 1-1/4″ in diameter. Place onto a baking sheet or cutting board lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for an hour or until firm. 

Refrigerate the cake balls to firm them

In a microwave, melt the vanilla or white chocolate chips (at 70% power) until melted; stir. Microwave for an additional 10-20 seconds until completely smooth.

Dip balls in melted chips. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm (about 15 minutes). Set aside remaining melted vanilla chips.

Dipping snowman into white chocolate

In a microwave, melt the semisweet chips on high for about 1 minute, stir. Microwave an additional 10-20 second intervals; stirring until smooth.

For hats, dip each marshmallow in chocolate; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets (I used a cutting board), allowing excess to drip down.

Dipping the marshmallows into chocolate

Gently swirl the marshmallows in 1-1/2-inch chocolate circles, on the waxed paper to create hat brims. Chill until firm, about 15 minutes.

Making top hat marshmallows

Attach marshmallow hats, using reserved melted vanilla chips.

Attaching hat with melted chocolate

With black icing, add eyes and a mouth to each face. Add a nose with the orange decorator icing.

Adding face to the snowman

Put a dollop of chocolate onto the hat, from your reserved leftover chocolate, and then drop on some holiday sprinkles. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator – keep away from direct heat.

snowman truffles for the holiday season
Yield: 24 Snowman Truffles

Christmas Snowman Truffles

Christmas Snowman Truffles Dessert

These Christmas Snowman Truffles are adorable for a party and look great on a tray of treats! They are made with store-bought cake to save time and keep it simple.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 Small Store-Bought Frosted White Cake 16.7 oz
  • 1 1/2 Cups Vanilla or White Chips (this is outside coating - white candy melts would work too)
  • 2 Packages (12 oz) Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Package (10 oz) Large Marshmallows
  • Black, Orange and Red, decorating icing (Wilton Brand)
  • Christmas Sprinkles
  • Tools: Wax Paper

Instructions

1. Use a knife and remove icing from outside of the cake and place into a bowl. Leave the icing in the center between the 2 cakes.

2. Add the cake to a bowl and crumble with a spoon or your fingers, breaking cake into small pieces. Add a small amount of reserved icing to the cake, about 1/3 cup of icing, and mix well. You want the cake to hold together to form a ball, but not flatten or lose shape when placed onto a cutting board or baking sheet. Tip: If the ball loses shape, you've added too much icing and need to start over!

3. Use a tablespoon portion scoop, slightly overflowed to scoop cake batter and roll with the palms of your hand so you have a ball about 1-1/4" in diameter. Place onto a baking sheet or cutting board lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for an hour or until firm. 

4. In a microwave, melt the vanilla or white chocolate chips (at 70% power) until melted; stir. Microwave for an additional 10-20 seconds until completely smooth.

5. Dip balls in melted chips. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm (about 15 minutes). Set aside remaining melted vanilla chips.

6. In a microwave, melt the semisweet chips on high for about 1 minute, stir. Microwave an additional 10-20 second intervals; stirring until smooth.

7. For hats, dip each marshmallow in chocolate; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets (I used a cutting board), allowing excess to drip down.

8. Gently swirl the marshmallows in 1-1/2-inch chocolate circles, on the waxed paper to create hat brims. Chill until firm, about 15 minutes.

9. Attach marshmallow hats, using reserved melted vanilla chips. With black icing, add eyes and a mouth to each face. Add a nose with the orange decorator icing.

10. Put a dollop of chocolate onto the hat, from your reserved leftover chocolate, and then drop on some holiday sprinkles. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator - keep away from direct heat.

Notes

Refrigerating in between each steps will really help the process. Refrigerate the cake balls before and after dipping. Refrigerate the marshmallows after dipping and after adding the hat brim.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g

Nutritions is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.

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