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Chocolate Truffles

chocolate truffles Dessert
Chocolate Truffles
  • Prep 60 min
  • Total 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 26

Indulgent, melt-in-your mouth chocolate truffles don’t just come from a box or the candy shop—they’re even better when they come from your own kitchen! Homemade chocolate truffles are an economical way to make a gift-worthy treat, but they also allow you to customize and give something that’s made with love. And once you learn how to make chocolate truffles, you’ll always have a great solution for party-ready sweets. Set these little beauties out at a gathering, and watch them fly off the platter! MORE+ LESS-

Updated July 20, 2019

Ingredients

6
ounces semisweet baking chocolate or white chocolate baking bars, chopped
2
tablespoons butter
1/4
cup heavy whipping cream
1
cup semisweet chocolate chips or white vanilla baking chips
1
tablespoon shortening
Finely chopped nuts or candy decorations, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Line cookie sheet with foil. In 2-quart saucepan, melt baking chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly; stir in butter until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; stir in whipping cream. Pour mixture into small bowl. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently, just until thick enough to hold a shape.
  • 2
    Drop mixture by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls onto lined cookie sheet. Return to refrigerator 5 to 10 minutes or until firm enough to shape. Shape into balls. Freeze uncovered 30 minutes.
  • 3
    In 1-quart saucepan, heat chocolate chips and shortening over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth; remove from heat. Using 2 forks, dip and roll chocolate balls, one at a time, into melted chocolate; tap off excess chocolate. Place on lined cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with nuts. If chocolate has cooled too much, reheat. Repeat with remaining chocolate balls.
  • 4
    Refrigerate truffles about 10 minutes or until chocolate is set. Store in covered container in refrigerator. Remove from refrigerator about 10 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips

  • The shortening used in this recipe is crucial. It helps set the exterior chocolate coating so that it doesn’t melt as easily. No one wants gooey fingers!
  • If you’re presenting your truffles as a gift, and especially if the recipient will need to travel with them, it’s a nice touch to put each truffle in a mini decorative baking cup. These will help the truffles stay separated. Visit a specialty cooking or baking store to find a wider selection, or browse and order online.
  • For a more decorative look, drizzle melted white vanilla baking chips over truffles. After truffles have chilled for at least 10 minutes, remove from refrigerator. In small microwavable bowl, microwave 1/4 cup white vanilla baking chips uncovered on High 30 seconds; stir. Continue to microwave in 10-seconds increments or until chips can be stirred smooth. Spoon melted chips into small resealable food-storage plastic bag; partially seal bag. Cut off tiny corner of bag. Squeeze bag to pipe over top of truffles. Return to the refrigerator, and refrigerate until set.
  • Wearing food-safe plastic gloves makes rolling chocolate balls easier and will keep your hands clean! Single-use plastic gloves can be found at most large retailers.
  • Ingredients matter when it comes to making truffles. With no baking alchemy in the mix in this chocolate truffle recipe, the quality of the ingredients you use will be directly reflected in your finished product. High-quality, fresh ingredients, from butter to cream to chocolate, will make a world of difference in the flavor and texture of your truffles.
  • Rich, high-fat cream and butter will both lend more luxurious texture to your truffles.
  • Chocolate that is higher in cacao content is more richly flavored. Bars are often labeled with percentages, such as 45, 60 or 70 percent cacao, which refer to the amount of the bar that is made of cacao solids (as opposed to milk, sugar or other ingredients). If possible, you should test out some varieties to see which best suits your tastes.
  • What is cacao? It’s a couple of things! First, it’s the name of the tree that grows the fruit pods from which cacao beans are extracted. Second, it’s also the name used for the seeds themselves, from which cocoa, cocoa butter and chocolate are made.
  • You can add your own touch to your truffles with finishing sprinkles of nuts, chopped candy or drizzles of icing. Another option is to roll the truffles fully in finely chopped nuts, shredded coconut, decorating sugar or cocoa powder. Serving truffles with a variety of different looks and finishes makes for a beautiful and enticing presentation!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Truffle
Calories
80
Calories from Fat
45
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
8%
Saturated Fat
3g
15%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
10mg
0%
Potassium
20mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
7g
2%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
6g
Protein
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • You can skip the store-bought box of chocolates with this classic chocolate truffle recipe. All truffles are delicious, but did you know that the quality of the ingredients used to make truffles has an enormous impact on the quality of the truffle? So when making truffles, you’ll want to use premium ingredients, like semisweet baking chocolate. This guarantees that you have a truffle that’s worthy of all your extra effort in the kitchen! For more sweets to give or keep, check out Betty Crocker’s collection of dessert recipes.

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