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Chocolate Truffles

Experience gourmet chocolate bliss with these homemade truffles! They’re the epitome of easy elegance and irresistible flavor.

overhead view of chocolate truffles with various coatings on a baking sheet

Okay, chocolate lovers. Get ready to indulge in the sheer luxury of homemade chocolate truffles, where each bite is a blissful blend of rich, intense chocolate and silky smooth texture. This recipe is surprisingly easy to make, requiring only a few ingredients and a little hands-on time. In no time at all, you’ll have a stunning batch of decadent truffles that are sure to impress and delight your friends and family. You’ll be everyone’s favorite chocolatier!

Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Truffles Recipe

  • Simple and sumptuous. With just a few basic ingredients, you can create truffles that are the epitome of indulgence. It’s amazing how such simplicity results in such decadence!
  • Customizable. Roll these truffles in a variety of coatings to match your flavor preferences. Whether you’re a fan of one specific topping or love experimenting with a medley, it’s easy to make a beautiful batch to celebrate your favorite flavors.
  • Perfect for gifting. Impress friends and loved ones with these handcrafted chocolate delights. Perfect for any holiday, special occasion, or just to show you care, these truffles are more than a decadent treat and loving gesture all rolled into one.
  • Effortless elegance. Bring a sophisticated flair to any gathering with these no-bake truffles. They’re not just a delight for the palate but also a feast for the eyes, making your dessert table or party garner plenty of compliments. And bonus points that they can be made in advance!
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What You’ll Need

See the recipe card below for ingredient quantities and full instructions. Here are some notes about the ingredients needed to make your homemade chocolate truffles.

  • Chocolate – Choose a high quality chocolate that you enjoy eating out of hand. I recommend semisweet or bittersweet chocolate bars or discs with 60 to 70% cacao content. Chop it roughly so it will melt more easily.
  • Butter – This makes the truffles wonderfully creamy. I like to use unsalted butter, but you can try salted butter if you want a salty bite to your truffles.
  • Heavy cream – Heavy cream or heavy whipping cream will work here.
  • Vanilla extract – Either store-bought or homemade vanilla extract will work. Or try almond extract for a little different flavor profile.
  • Coatings – From simple cocoa powder to sprinkles and nuts! See below for more ideas.
overhead view of various coatings for chocolate truffles

Coating Ideas for Chocolate Truffles

Transform your dark chocolate truffles into a dazzling array of treats with these coating ideas or come up with some fun twists of your own. The possibilities are endless… and delicious!

  • Cocoa powder – The classic look! Roll your truffles in unsweetened cocoa powder for a traditional finish that adds a bittersweet depth.
  • Finely chopped nuts – Almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, or pistachios provide a delightful crunch and nutty flavor.
  • Sprinkles – Add a pop of color and fun by rolling your truffles in festive sprinkles – great for birthdays and celebrations. Or go with chocolate sprinkles for even more chocolate flavor!
  • Sanding or sparkling sugar – Add a bit of sparkle with a coarse sugar, either in white or a pretty color.
  • Freeze-dried fruits – Grind these finely and coat your truffles for a fruity flavor addition.
  • Toasted coconut – For a tropical twist, try rolling your truffles in toasted coconut flakes. If your coconut flakes are large, you may want to chop them or briefly pulse in a food processor.
  • Confectioners’ sugar – A dusting of powdered sugar gives a sweet, snowy look that’s especially lovely during the holidays.
  • Crushed cookies – Roll your truffles in crushed Oreos, graham crackers, or another favorite cookie for a unique texture.
  • Espresso powder – Coffee lovers will adore the kick of finely ground espresso powder as a coating.
  • Melted chocolate – Dip truffles in or drizzle them with melted chocolate and let them harden for a double-chocolate experience. You can add a sprinkle of chopped nuts, sprinkles, or another topping before they’re set if you like.
chocolate truffles on a baking sheet

How to Make Chocolate Truffles

Your hands-on time here is brief, but make sure to plan for the chilling time before you get started. Ready to dive into this chocolate deliciousness? Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Prep the chocolate. After chopping the chocolate, place it in a heat-safe bowl and add the butter.
  • Heat the cream. Bring it just to a simmer over medium-low heat or heat in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Combine the chocolate and cream. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and butter, and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Finish the ganache. Gently stir the vanilla into the chocolate mixture until it’s smooth and glossy.
  • Chill. Transfer the ganache to a shallow pan so that it’s in a shallow, even layer. Cover, placing plastic wrap directly on the surface of the ganache. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or until firm.
  • Shape and decorate. Scoop the ganache by tablespoonfuls and roll each into a ball. Wear gloves or dust your hands in cocoa powder to combat any stickiness. (Your hands will warm the ganache, so you may need to return it to the refrigerator for a few minutes if it becomes too sticky to handle.) Roll the balls in your desired toppings.
overhead view of chocolate truffles with various coatings placed on a baking sheet

Tips for Success

Before you get started, read through my tips for making your truffles turn out perfectly beautiful and delicious.

  • Choose good quality chocolate. The quality of chocolate is paramount in truffle making. Opt for high-quality bars or discs rather than chocolate chips for a smoother, richer flavor. Remember, the better the chocolate, the more irresistible the truffles.
  • Streamline the process. Truffle making can get a bit messy, but there are ways to keep it under control. Dusting your hands with cocoa powder or wearing gloves can help manage the stickiness. Also, try scooping all the ganache first and then roll them into balls. This method can save time and reduce mess.
  • Keep it cool. The ganache will soften as you handle it, so don’t hesitate to pop it back in the fridge as needed. This will make the rolling process easier and help maintain the perfect texture.
  • Size matters. For uniform truffles, use a small cookie scoop or a measuring spoon. Consistent size not only makes your truffles more professional-looking but also ensures they chill and set evenly.
overhead view of chocolate truffles in a white bowl sitting on a green plate

Variations

Ready to mix things up? Try these easy and exciting variations to add a twist to this chocolate truffle recipe. Whether you’re craving something nutty, minty, or with a hint of spice, there’s a flavor combination here to satisfy every palate!

  • Mocha truffles – Stir a teaspoon of instant espresso powder or finely ground coffee into the ganache mixture for a subtle coffee flavor that pairs beautifully with chocolate.
  • Sea salt truffles – Sprinkle a tiny pinch of flaky sea salt on top of each truffle after rolling in cocoa powder. The salt enhances the chocolate flavor and adds a gourmet touch.
  • Peanut butter truffles – Stir a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter into the ganache for a chocolate-peanut butter version.
  • Mint chocolate truffles – Mix a few drops of peppermint extract into the ganache for a refreshing minty twist. This is particularly good around the holidays.
  • Nutty truffles – Finely chop a handful of toasted almonds, hazelnuts, or pecans and stir them into the ganache for added crunch and nutty flavor.
  • Spicy chocolate truffles – For a bit of warmth, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or cinnamon to the ganache mixture.
  • Boozy truffles – Infuse the truffles with a even more flavor by adding a tablespoon of your favorite liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, Baileys, or Amaretto, to the ganache.
a white bowl filled with chocolate truffles

How to Store

Store your truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You might want to place a piece of parchment or wax paper between layers of truffles to prevent them from sticking together. Properly stored, they can keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. For the best flavor and texture, let the truffles sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving. This allows the chocolate to soften slightly, releasing more of its rich flavor.

Can These Chocolate Truffles Be Frozen?

Yes! If you want to save your chocolate truffles for later, freezing them is a great option. Simply place the truffles in a single layer on a baking sheet or tray and freeze until solid. Once they’re frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or a freezer-safe zip-top bag, separating the layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking. They can be stored in the freezer for up to two months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, just thaw the truffles in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for a couple of hours.

a chocolate truffle with a bite missing sitting on top of more truffles in a white bowl

Chocolate Truffles

Yield 20 to 24 truffles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Indulge in the ultimate chocolate treat! These homemade truffles are a simple, elegant dessert that's sure to impress.

overhead view of chocolate truffles with various coatings on a baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (226g) dark chocolate (semisweet or bittersweet; 60-70% cacao), finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and softened
  • 1/2 cup (118ml) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • coatings of your choice (such as cocoa powder, sprinkles, finely chopped nuts)

Instructions

  1. Place the chopped chocolate and butter in a medium heat-safe bowl.
  2. Heat the cream in a pan over medium-low heat until simmering. (Alternatively, place in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds.)
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and butter. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the vanilla, and stir gently but thoroughly until smooth and glossy.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a shallow pan (like an 8-inch square), so that the ganache is in an even, shallow layer.
  6. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap, placing the wrap directly on the surface. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 to 2 hours. The ganache should be firm and have a matte appearance.
  7. Using about a tablespoon of ganache at a time (I use a #60 or #50 cookie scoop), roll into individual balls. Work quickly, as the heat from your hands will warm the mixture. If it’s too sticky, you can wear gloves, dust your hands with cocoa powder, or return the mixture to the refrigerator for a few minutes to firm up again.
  8. Add your desired toppings to the truffles. If the truffles have gotten too warm, return them briefly to the refrigerator first.

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