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Deluxe Chocolate Truffles

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Deluxe Chocolate Truffles Recipe Deluxe Chocolate Truffles Recipe

All truffles start with a rich chocolate ganache center, flavored or plain. To finish, dip truffles in melted chocolate and sprinkle with sugar decorations or chopped nuts. Or, more simply, just roll the ganache centers in cocoa. Be aware that you're going to get your hands full of chocolate as you make these, but it's SO worth it!

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3 dozen truffles
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Ingredients

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Centers

  • 2 cups finely chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Flavorings (optional)

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon raspberry flavor combined with 1/4 cup melted raspberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder + 1 1/2 tablespoons coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 teaspoon hazelnut flavor + toasted chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/8 teaspoon orange oil + 1 to 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped toffee or praline candy bar

Coating

Garnish

  • Chopped nuts, sprinkles, sugar decorations, nonpareils, cocoa nibs, and/or toasted coconut

Instructions

  1. To make the centers: Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream to a simmer, and pour it over the chocolate. Let the mixture sit for 3 minutes, then stir until smooth. If the chocolate doesn't melt completely rewarm briefly in the microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring in between, until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Add the flavors or flavor combinations of your choice. Stir until everything is well-combined.
  3. Line a 9" x 13" baking sheet with parchment or plastic wrap, and pour the chocolate over it; don't spread it out. Cover the pan, and refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes, until the mixture is thick and "scoopable."
  4. To assemble the truffles: When the mixture is cool enough to hold its shape, scoop small balls of the chocolate onto a baking sheet that's been lightly dusted with cocoa. For perfectly round truffles, quickly roll each one between the palms of your hands. You have to do this quickly, or the chocolate will become too soft.
  5. Refrigerate the centers, rolled or just scooped, for about 30 minutes, covered, until they've firmed up a bit.
  6. To take the simplest route, coat the shaped centers in unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch-process preferred, as it's smoother in flavor than natural).
  7. Put the cocoa in a shallow pan and roll the centers around in it; or place cocoa and 4 or 5 centers at a time in a plastic bag, and shake gently to thoroughly coat.
  8. To coat with melted chocolate, heat 2 cups of the chopped chocolate (reserving some to add later) in the microwave until it's melted.
  9. Add the remaining chopped (unmelted) chocolate to the melted chocolate. Stir constantly until the chocolate is thick and shiny.
  10. If you have a chocolate dipping tool, use it to dip each center in the melted chocolate, setting the dipped truffles on a piece of parchment or on a plastic-lined wire rack.
  11. Immediately, as you make them, sprinkle each truffle with the garnish of your choice.
  12. Truffles will keep, well covered, for a day in a cool dry place, or refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 28g
  • Servings Per Batch 36
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 130
  • Calories from Fat 80
  • Total Fat 9g
  • Saturated Fat 6g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 5mg
  • Sodium 0mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 10g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 7g
  • Protein 2g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.