Cinnamon and Ginger Chocolate balls: The perfect treat for chocolate lovers.

Cinamon and Ginger Chocolate Balls

London, 18th December 2012 – When I was a child I used to prepare biscuit chocolate balls, so this was probably the first sweet treat that I made all by myself. A few weeks ago I saw a chocolate balls recipe at the Italian food blog Cocomero Rosso, posted by Mariangela and I immediately felt for making them again. I like Mariangela’s recipe because it is an adult version of this popular children’s treat. Her recipe does not contain biscuits and no raw eggs. In recent years I have tried to avoid eating raw eggs, even in my ‘classic’ Tiramisu’.

Cinamon and Ginger Chocolate Balls temptation
I have modified the original Mariangela’s recipe slightly to suit my taste: I have replaced dry figs with dates, Strega liqueur with Dom Benedictine and added my favourite festive spices: cinnamon and ginger.
These treats are easy to prepare and you can decorate them the way that you like, I used broken mixed nuts, sesame seeds and grated chocolate.

perfect with a strong cup of coffee

I suggest serving a strong cup of coffee, like espresso, accompanied by a piece of this indulgent chocolate ball. This is the perfect way of ending a special festive meal.

I am entering this recipe into the December We Should Cocoa cooking challenge. This is a monthly chocolate blogging event that is hosted by Chocolate Teapot and Chocolate Log Blog. The ingredient for this month is Cinnamon and is hosted by Choclette over at Chocolate Log Blog.

I also submit this recipe into the December One Ingredient cooking challenge. This is a monthly blogging event that is hosted by Franglais Kitchen and How to cook good food. The ingredient for this month is Ginger and is hosted by Laura over at How to cook good food.

Finally, I am entering these chocolate treats into the December Tea Time Treats cooking challenge. This is a monthly blogging event that is hosted by Lavender and Lovage and What Kate Baked. The ingredient for this month is Chocolate and is hosted by Kate over at What Kate Baked.

Recipe with step by step pictures

TARTUFINI CON CANNELLA E ZENZERO

(Cinnamon and Ginger Chocolate Balls)

Adapted from Cocomero Rosso blog

SERVES 20, PREP 20 MINUTES, COOK 5 MINUTES

Ingredients:

  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 60 ml water
  • Dom Benedictine, to taste (I added one tablespoon)
  • 130 g mixed nuts, roughly crushed
  • 130 g plain chocolate, broken into pieces (minimum 74% cocoa)
  • 130 g dates, pitted and cut into pieces
  • ground cinnamon, to taste (I added one teaspoon)
  • ground ginger, to taste (I added one teaspoon)
  • coating: sesame seeds, crushed nuts, finely grated chocolate.

Method:

Add the liquor to the sweet syrup and set aside to cool

Dissolve the sugar with water in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Simmer until you have a sweet syrup. Add the liquor and set aside to cool.

Place the nuts in an ungreased frying pan

Place the nuts in an ungreased frying pan, stir often over a medium heat until toasted and golden brown in colour.

Blend the toasted nuts, chocolate, dates and spices

Blend the toasted nuts, chocolate, dates and spices until you get a coarse chocolate mixture.

blend until you get a coarse chocolate mixture.

Add a little of the syrup to the chocolate mixture

Add a little of the syrup to the chocolate mixture and mix until you have a soft but workable paste (I had some syrup leftover).

Roll one heaped teaspoonful of mixture into a ball

Roll one heaped teaspoonful of mixture into a ball and then, roll in the coating. Store the chocolate balls in the fridge.

Serve with a strong cup of coffee.

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63 Responses to Cinnamon and Ginger Chocolate balls: The perfect treat for chocolate lovers.

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  2. Dear Rita, this is such a lovely idea. A perfect gift not just for Christmas. Absolutely gorgeous. I love dates, chocolate and ginger. A real treat. I am sorry for the delay in coming to comment and round up the entries, but thank you so much for linking to one ingredient

  3. What a delicious Christmas treat :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  4. c’mon… come back!!! we miss you! ma dove sei finita? devastata dalle feste o magari in viaggio ai tropici? ti misso!!! Barbara

    • Rita says:

      Cara Barbara ma quale viaggio ai tropici??? Solo a Roma e poi avevo anche bisogno di una interruzione dal blogging. Ma ora sono tornata e cerchero’ di fare una visita in tutti i siti che amo leggere come il tuo!!

  5. cakewhiz says:

    being a chocolate fanatic, i know i would LOVE these. watch me finnish off the entire batch as soon as it’s made…lol. hope you are having a wonderful 2013 so far :)

  6. Monet says:

    Hi Rita, these do look delicious! Perfect with a cup of coffee. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I needed some culinary inspiration! I hope you are having a wonderful start to 2013.

  7. Deepti says:

    Hey Rita,

    I tried these out and it turned out amazingly well… Everyone loved it… A perfect treat to start the new year for us.. Thanks for the post

  8. makeycakey says:

    These look beautiful – very festive!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    These sound utterly delicious!

  10. oh mamma che buoni! proprio ora che mi sono decisa di espiare il nostro grosso e grasso Natale :) ma se li faccio quanto si conservano e vanno mantenuti in frigo? buon anno!

    • Rita says:

      Buona domanda…io li metto in frigo, ma solo per rassodare l’impasto. Per essere onesta non durano molto (ah, la linea!) per cui ne faccio pochi per evitare di mangiarne troppi.

  11. Adri says:

    Ciao Rita,

    Complimenti! These sound wonderful, and I love reading about the various ‘ingredient challenges.” I will have to look into them. They sound like fun.

    I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year. Buone feste!

  12. Those sound really nice Rita! I was just thinking if I should make something for new Year or in general to celebrate the season, not that I am going to have guests, but I like to make nice things and gift them to my friends etc. I ll show this recipe to my friends here. They are running a coffee shop and they do serve regular chocolate balls with Espresso. I think so they will adore this!

    Belated Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Rita says:

      Thank you Helen! This chocolate is a little, nice thing to share with friends. What a dream to run a small coffee shop like your friends…

  13. Karen says:

    I love chocolate and these cinnamon and ginger balls sound delicious.

  14. These look absolutely fabulous Rita and are a perfect tea time great entry! Merry Christmas! Karen

  15. Barbara says:

    Ciao Rita,
    una combinazione di sapori, che ti andrò a copiare presto! Visto che io sono una choco-addict! Ti auguro anche un Sereno Natale e un grande abbraccio!
    Barbara

  16. How indulgent Rita. I’ve never cinnamon and ginger together but these look so tempting. I love the idea of serving with some strong espresso coffee just to accentuate the adult twist!
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family Rita x

  17. Tandy says:

    These look delicious and I learnt two new Italian words, grazie :)

    • Rita says:

      Prego Tandy!
      I actually TRANSLATE my post in Italian (using the Italian flag at the top the post change to Italian), so if you wish or are curious about something you can always use the translation tool.

  18. Che golosi, uno tira l’altro,troppo buoni, brava!Auguri di un sereno e felice Natale, un abbraccio!

    • Rita says:

      Hai ragione, cara Molly uno tira l’altro…un vero pericolo per la ‘linea’…uno basta perche sono dolci e ricchi di sapore, ma poi si sa che si ha voglia di provarne almeno sempre un’altro! Tanti Auguri anche a te.

  19. mariangela says:

    Ciao Rita quante belle ricette su questo sito, sei bravissima!!!! Per quanto riguarda la granella di pistacchi che hai visto sulle mie polpette di ricotta, l’ho comprata al supermercato ma la trovi pure nei negozi bio. Buon Nataleeee

    • Rita says:

      Grazie Mariangela, adesso che torno in Italia la cerchero’ e magari me ne porto un sachetto a casa: mi piace come regala colore e sicuramente sapore ai piatti!!

  20. Thank you so much for entering these fabulously festive chocolate treats into TTT! Happy Christmas!

  21. Rita these are so cute! Send me a few in the post please?!

  22. Patty says:

    Cara Rita, che meravigliose palline. Perfette da fine pranzo con friandises. Ti ringrazio per essere passata: il concerto della piccola c’è proprio stasera quindi grande emozione. Poi pausa fino al 27. Ma non sarà riposante come vorrei. Però colgo l’occasione per farti i miei più sinceri auguri di Buone Feste. Divertiti con i tuoi bambini e con chi ti vuol bene!
    Baci grandi, Pat

    • Rita says:

      Ciao Patty, e tanti auguri anche a te! sono sicura che il concerto e’ andato benissimo…le palline di cioccolato sono buonissime in compagnia di amici…ma anche mangiate da sola con un caffe’ e un buon libro! Un momento tutto per noi ce lo meritiamo….

  23. Liz says:

    Oh, Rita, these chocolate balls look divine! Perfect indulgence for the holidays! I’m so glad you found my blog again :) Merry, merry Christmas, my friend!

  24. carla says:

    Rita sono bellissimi e buonissimi li avevo già visti da Mariangela, anche la tua variante è favolosa. Non ci crederai ma la prima ricetta che ho postato sono stati dei tartufini!!!
    I cavoletti mi piacciono un sacco e quelle focaccine…..stupende
    Tanti cari auguri di buone feste a te e alla tua famiglia.

    • Rita says:

      Ciao Carla e grazie! Questo e’ il bello delle ricette online: ispirarti a farle, ma metterci anche qualcosa di tuo!! Tantissimi Auguri anche a te.

  25. They look and sound fantastic Rita! And I imagine they go extremely well with an espresso.

  26. I can definitely mix it with coffee, I love this kind of sweet and strong taste connection. And since I need a strong coffee in the morning, I need sweets to mix it :)

  27. Nani says:

    Ciao carissima è un po’ che non vengo a trovarti, ultimamente sono un po’ svogliata.
    Quante belle cose che hai pubblicato! Questi cioccolatini sono formidabili, una bomba calorica ma con questo freddo uno o due li assaggerei…
    Ne approfitto per farti i migliori auguri per un sereno e gioioso Natale!
    Un abbraccio Nani

    • Rita says:

      Cara Nani hai ragione tu questi cioccolatini sono una vera bomba calorica!! Io ho deciso che faccio passare le feste e poi mi metto ‘in regola’ (LOL non ci credo nemmeno io mentre lo scrivo!!!). Tanti auguri anche a te.

  28. What a fantastic chocolate treat! Dates, nuts and chocolate…really..what’s not to love these little gems?!

  29. laura_howtocook says:

    I am with you on the need for a good strong coffee with my chocolate and these beautiful sounding sweet treats must be so delicious. Even better they are not too tricky to make. I am not sure I have ever tried Benedictine or Strega so would any other liqueur work do you think??

    • Rita says:

      Strega, Benedictine, any other liqueur … I would say, it depends on your tastes! I prefer sweet, aromatic and fruity flavours and my chocolates are quite SWEET!!

  30. Rita, such a lovely dessert! I’ll skip the coffee, but a cup of freshly brewed Earl Grey tea would be perfect! :)

  31. These cinnamon and ginger treats look perfect for the festive season indeed. I sure would love to eat some.

  32. Choclette says:

    Ooh wonderful Rita, I bet these are delicious. I love fruit and nut bars and these are a super luxury version just right for Christmas. Thank you for entering them into We Should Cocoa.

    • Rita says:

      Dear Choclette this chocolate balls are sweet, fruity and spicy...you are only suppose to eat one ball with your coffee but I couldn’t resist and I ate three balls…I know: it’s too much!

  33. Alida says:

    un sogno accompagnati da un buon caffe’. Che delizia Rita!

  34. Claudia says:

    E allora sono il regalino per me… dove vedo cioccolato.. e cannella mi fiondo! baci cara :-)

    • Rita says:

      E pensare che io l’uso della cannella lo scoperto all’estero!! Ma ora come te amo la combinazione cioccolato/cannella.

  35. petra08 says:

    Looks fab! Would love to try the Chocolate cinnamon and ginger combination :)

    • Rita says:

      Cinnamon combined with ginger is a great in sweet and savoury recipes. Dark plain chocolate and these spices are a good mix. Thank you Petra!

  36. Ely says:

    Che bontà unica! Una vera meraviglia! Complimenti tesoro!! Un abbraccio grande grande! <3

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