Are you looking for a dazzling treat that's a snap to make? This familiar favorite is perfect: Just melt, stir and swirl. The salted peanuts provide a simple counterbalance to the sweetness of eddied white and dark chocolates. Get the packaging how-to for the Winter Bark.
Be careful not to crush the berries too much in Step one; you want the jam to have some texture. Liquid pectin can be substituted for the powdered pectin with no difference in results. Simply reverse the order in which the pectin and lemon juice are added.
The dusting of cocoa on these little cookies, much like that on a chocolate truffle, may seem to promise a similar velvety interior, but the illusion is fleeting. One bite reveals the unmistakable crumbly texture of shortbread. If giving as a gift, enclose about three tablespoons of cocoa powder in a small bag, along with instructions for dusting.