Broken Biscuits equals Brandy Truffles! I’ve given up carefully feeling the packets of biscuits in the aisles a) I look odd, b) they’re still broken … you know the kind, the ones that look like they’ve survived but break in half when you touch them. Now I try not to mind so much you see one persons broken biscuit can be anther persons, cheesecake base, millionaires shortbread biscuit base or in this case, only the best ever Brandy & Chocolate Truffles you’ll have ever tasted!
Brandy Truffles; a traditional family recipe made with love
This recipe is thanks to my Great Aunt Sheila. My sisters and I have fond memories of going to her house every New Year just before we went back to school for a big family gathering, the piano would be tinkled, games would be played and truffles scoffed by the dozen! Aunt gave me her recipe a couple of years ago and I decided I had to try it gluten free, and it’s just the way I remember them.
whizz forward a few years and I had to stop eating dairy among other things so I now make these both gluten free and dairy free.
A Free From Christmas bonanza!
These are typically made at Christmas in this house but they also make excellent gifts for loved ones or teachers. If boozy treats are your thing, you’ll love my gluten and dairy free recipe for Homemade Baileys and Chocolate Orange Baileys and I’ve managed to add a fair few glugs to my Gluten Free Stollen Bites recipe too! In fact, all my Christmas Recipes can be found here; Glutarama Christmas Recipes
I also highly recommend having a look at these gluten free recipes too for further festive inspiration; Intolerant Gourmands Mince Pie Brownie Cupcakes, Gluten Free Alchemists German Gingerbread Cookies and Free From Fairy’s 14 Of The Best Christmas Recipes, Free From The Top 14 Allergens
These Brandy Truffles are family recipe that I've adapted to be gluten free and now dairy free too. They still taste exactly the same...delicious! Perfect for gifts and always for Christmas.
- 10 (ish) broken biscuits I use digestive biscuits for best results
- 5 tbsp cocoa powder
- 5 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 50 g butter melted
- 100 g condensed milk or my dairy free condensed milk (see notes)
- 2 tbsp brandy
- chocolate strands to decorate
- Either add your biscuits to a large bowl and break up into crumbs with a rolling pin, or pop in a blender and blitz for a few seconds.
- Add to the biscuit crumbs, the cocoa powder, coconut, condensed milk, brandy and melted butter and mix to combine.
- The mixture will be very sticky but should come together and be pliable.
- Using a teaspoon take a little mixture and roll in your hands - you will get messy, it's part of the fun!
- Roll each ball in the vermicelli (chocolate strands) and place into a Tupperware container.
- Repeat until you've used up all the mixture, this should make approximately 20 truffles.
- Pop the Tupperware into the fridge and chill.
To make dairy free you'll need to make your own condensed milk, but fear not, it's so easy;
200g caster sugar
400g tin of coconut milk (high coconut content 60%+)
heat in a saucepan on rapid boil for 20mins until the mixture starts to turn a delicate golden colour, take off heat and cool completely.