Dutch Chocolate-Mint Truffles
Yield: about 30
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup fresh mint (lightly packed)
12 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup Vandermint (chocolate-mint) liqueur or creme de cacao
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, grated
About 30 paper candy cups
Bring cream and mint leaves to boil in medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Cover; let steep 1 hour.
Strain into large bowl, pressing on leaves to release cream. Return cream to saucepan. Simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 5 minutes. Add 12 ounces chopped chocolate and butter to cream. Whisk over low heat until melted and smooth. Stir in liqueur and vanilla extract. Freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.
Scoop up 1 tablespoon chocolate mixture. Roll between palms to form ball, then roll ball in grated chocolate. Place in candy cup. Repeat with remaining chocolate mixture and grated chocolate. Arrange truffles in airtight containers; chill. Let stand at room temperature10 minutes before serving.