Indulge in a sweet treat this holiday season with Buttercreams! Here’s the delicious scoop: these chocolately goodies are filled to overflowing with thick, creamy vanilla filling. Devour them as-is for Christmas or shape into eggs for Easter – either way you’re sure to love every bite of these blissful confections!
Everyone loves creamy, smooth, and delicious buttercreams, especially during the holiday season.
From cookies to cakes, they just make any celebration seem more special.
With the holidays around the corner, now is definitely the time to switch up your Christmas dessert game.
You don’t even have to stop by your local bakery. You can make them yourself with this easy recipe.
They make a perfect last-minute Christmas candy treat that is sure to wow your family and friends alike.
Pop the Buttercream Candy into a festive holiday tin for an easy gift for friends, teachers, or anyone on your list.
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Key to Success #1 – Soften the Butter and Cream Cheese
If you want creamy and smooth Buttercreams, softened butter and cream cheese are must-haves!
This is because softened butter is easier to mix with other ingredients which makes the texture of your final product creamy and velvety.
Cream cheese that isn’t soft enough can be crumbly in texture, ruining the finished product.
To obtain creamy results every time, make sure that you use room-temperature dairy ingredients in your buttercream candies.
Simply set out your desired quantity of butter and cream cheese on the countertop and give them a chance to soften.
They’ll probably be soft in about 30 minutes to an hour.
If you want instant gratification, however, place the ingredients into the microwave in 5-second increments until creamy.
Remember not to microwave them too long or you’ll end up with melted butter and cream cheese!
With these tips in your back pocket, you can confidently add creamy, smooth butter and cream cheese to any dish.
Key to Success #2 – Use Good Quality Vanilla
Christmas is the perfect time of year for holiday baking and Christmas candy, but what gives these treats that extra flavor boost?
Vanilla is an essential ingredient in Christmas goodies like sugar cookies, fudge, and brownies, but it can make all the difference in their taste.
Don’t overlook this one simple detail.
Incorporating a better quality vanilla extract will improve textures and give treats a richer flavor.
High-quality vanilla extracts allow bakers to take Christmas goodies from ordinary to extraordinary!
So don’t skimp this Christmas – invest in some high-quality vanilla and whip up some delicious Christmas candy.
I prefer the Watkins brand of vanilla extract.
It’s loaded with vanilla flavor from Madagascar vanilla beans and is double-strength.
Even so, be sure to use the amount called for in the recipe to ensure a deep vanilla flavor.
Key to Success #3 – Add a Little Shortening to the Chocolate
If you’re looking for a delicious candy that’s coated in smooth, creamy chocolate, then you’ll love these Buttercreams.
I use semi-sweet chocolate chips to coat them, but you can use your favorite type of chocolate.
Just be sure to add a little bit of shortening to the melted chocolate, which will help it to stick to the candy and create a nice, even coating.
When candy making, it’s common for people to use shortening in melted chocolate.
The main reason for this is that shortening can help chocolate melt easier and it gives it a shinier appearance.
Shortening also helps to keep the chocolate from drying out and becoming crumbly.
It makes it so much easier to melt the chocolate for dipping many different types of treats, including Buttercreams.
Save this Buttercream candy recipe to your favorite Chocolates board or your Christmas Candy board.
For the Filling
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 cups powdered sugar
For the Chocolate Coating
- 12 oz (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsp shortening
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese at medium speed until smooth. Add in vanilla and salt then mix well. A little at a time, blend in the powdered sugar until fully combined.
- Use a small cookie scoop to portion out 2 teaspoons of dough. Roll the dough into a ball then use the bottom of a glass to press the ball slightly to flatten it. (For easy removal, place a bit of wax paper between the dough and the glass!) Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips and shortening on HIGH power for 1 minute. Stir well. Continue heating in 30-second increments until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Dip the buttercreams into the chocolate mixture, allowing the excess chocolate to drip off. Place them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Garnish with festive sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, or chocolate shavings. Refrigerate until set.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 40 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 56mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g
Nutrition Information Provided For Educational and Informational Purposes Only.