No-bake Christmas pudding truffles recipe

Posted in Recipes, Christmas.

Anyone who’s tried cooking with kids knows it’s not going to be a tidy affair – but it doesn’t matter if your homemade creations don’t look perfect, as long as they taste good!

Here’s a recipe from Annabel Karmel, surely one of the world’s top gurus when it comes to cooking with and for kids. Best of all – there’s no actual baking in this recipe so while it might be messy, it’s a great way to start some kitchen activity with your willing little elves.

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  • Makes : 12
  • Prep time : 40 mins

Christmas pudding truffles ingredients

  • For the truffles:
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 100g plain chocolate
  • 75g raisins or dried cranberries, cut in half
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 x 300g ready-made ginger cake
  • For the decorations:
  • 150g (6oz) ready-to-roll icing
  • green and red food colouring


  • Soak the raisins or cranberries in orange juice for about half an hour.
  • Melt the butter and chocolate - either over a pan of simmering water or in a microwave. Stir in the raisins or cranberries and then crumble in the cake. Mix well and leave to cool slightly.
  • Place in the fridge for about one hour to firm up and then roll into 10 walnut-sized balls.
  • Colour 50g of the icing green, roll out on a clean work surface dusted with a little icing sugar, and cut into holly leaves using cutters. Colour 10g of the icing red and roll into berries. Roll out the remaining white icing and cut out 10 wiggly circles for the brandy butter and place these on top of each of the mini Christmas puddings.
  • Decorate with the holly leaves and red berries.


  • Hot tip! Dampen the icing underneath to stick the decorations on to the cake.

Find more great ideas for festive cooking and crafts in our Christmas section.


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