We can't and shouldn't eat cookies all Christmas long. We should also switch it up a little with these Easy Christmas Chocolate Rice Puffs! They are super chocolatey, and the rice puffs give these a delicious soft and chewy texture. The perfect make ahead dessert that is eatable directly from the freezer!
Christmas is the time to dig out our traditional family recipes, make some new traditions and indulge in all things sweet. These easy Christmas chocolate rice puffs belong to the first category; it's my great grandma's recipe (tweaked to my immense chocolate craving). This recipe has been in my family forever, and we only make them during Christmas, so it's the ultimate Christmas treat for me.
Easy Christmas Chocolate Rice Puffs are a sweet treat that is easily whipped together and perfect for make ahead. If you get a surprise visit, you will always have some delicious treat at hand. They are also gluten free making them even more versatile! You freeze these and can eat them frozen. I prefer to eat them cold but not super frozen, like 10 minutes on the counter and they are ready.
Just chewy chocolate goodness!
How to make them
Start by mixing eggs and powdered sugar until white, airy and bubbly, using a hand or stand mixer. This is called eggedosis in Norway. It is fluffy enough once you can spell OLE with the batter (in the batter) and the letters won't sink until you have written all three letters. It takes about 10 minutes.
Melt the coconut oil until liquid. Cool 5 minutes before adding it to the egg mixture. Then you add in vanilla extract, strong coffee and unsweetened cocoa powder. Give it a mix before adding in the puffed rice (see under headline below if you're uncertain about puffed rice). Carefully fold in the puffed rice.
Shape the mixture into balls (or whatever shape you want). I shape them into large handfuls, but any size will do. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and cool. Either cool in the refrigerator or you can freeze them. You can eat them right out of the freezer, no need to thaw. Although I like to place them on the counter for 10 minutes to get a more creamy, chocolatey texture when biting into them.
Let's talk about rice puffs
So, I did some research to find the perfect version of puffed rice for international recommendations. For reference, here in Norway I use this kind of puffed rice. It's puffed rice that has a chewy texture. When I googled it, I found several puffed rice that is supposedly crunchy in texture. That will not work in this recipe.
You can look in Asian markets, as it seems to be an Indian thing. But I also think you can find it at Whole Foods. Any kind of rice would work, so if you'd rather go for brown, I say do it. Just remember that you want that chewy puffed version.
Happy Christmas bake time, everyone! Let it snow and let Christmas come. And as a special gift to your foodie friend or family member, why don't you try Personalized Recipe Boxes from Personalized by Kate! There's tons of personalized things that is perfect as a Christmas gift.
Get Ready for Christmas
- Norwegian Christmas Men Cookies (julemenn)
- Crispy Fluffy Doughnuts (smultringer)
- Sweet Saffron Buns (lussekatter)
- Scandinavian Mulled Wine (gløgg)
- Warming Rich and Decadent Hot Chocolate
- Dasher's Creamy Eggnog
Do you have any long lived Christmas family recipes?
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