We just had a week of early summer, but this week we suddenly went back to chilly winter. What a quick change! So I happened to make these white chocolate snowballs, which contain some alcohol to keep the body warm, haha. By the way, technically white chocolate is not really "chocolate", as real chocolate relies on the cocoa, which white chocolate lacks. I saw this recipe from a German magazine's Christmas baking special edition, and adapted it to suit my own taste. After I made it, I tried a small piece: light coconut flavor, smooth butter and white chocolate, fragrant whole wheat cookies, and slightly bitter amaretto all melted in my mouth layer by layer. And I did feel a bit warm after eating it. I treated my students to some of these, and they all liked it. So I sincerely recommend this to you, and guess what: You don't even need an oven to make this delicious treat!
150g French baking white chocolate
160g digestive cookies or whole wheat cookies
40g wheat germ
150ml amaretto (if you don't have it, try rum or brandy)
40 to 50g coconut powder
1. Soak the raisins in the amaretto.
2. Melt the white chocolate using the double boiler method. (Put a big bowl over your saucepan, and pour some water into the saucepan. The water should never touch the bottom of the bowl, and your bowl should completely cover the saucepan so the steam doesn't go into your chocolate.) Cool it to tepid.
3. Cream the butter, then pour in the melted chocolate and mix well.
4. Put the cookies into a sealed bag. Use a rolling pin to crush them into crumbs, add wheat germ, mix well, then add the amaretto and raisins and mix well.
5. Add the step 4 mixture into the step 3 mixture, mix well, and place it in the fridge for one hour.
6. After the dough is hardened, use the spoon to scoop out a small piece of the dough, form it into a ball and roll it in the coconut powder. You'd better handle this with the plastic wrap, because the temperature of your hand might be too high, and it will make the process very greasy and messy.
Sichuanese native and Chengdu resident Annie blogs about her adventures in cooking vegetarian meals, adapting recipes from around the world. Recently she has translated some of her favorite posts into English for GoChengdoo readers to enjoy. The original, Chinese-language version of this post can be viewed here. Photo by Annie Chen.