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December 2, 2023

Holiday Chocolate Truffles

Easy Chocolatey Goodness!

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A plate of chocolate truffles illustrating an easy Christmas dessert recipe.

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Our velvety holiday chocolate truffles simply melt in your mouth. Crafted with love and adorned with festive cheer, these luscious chocolate delights promise to be the star of your Christmas dessert spread. Perfect for gifting to your sweet-toothed friends... if you can part with them!.

Holiday Chocolate Truffle Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 mins

  • Cook time: 15 mins

  • Cooling time: 1 hr

  • Total time: 1 hr 30 mins

  • Servings: 24 truffles

Ingredients

  • 12 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 2 Tbsp salted butter

  • 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder (for coating)

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (i.e. pecans, walnuts, or peanuts) (for coating)

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (for coating)

Instructions

  1. Gather ingredients.

  2. Place the chopped chocolate in a heat proof mixing bowl. Place the cream and butter in a small pot and set over medium heat until simmering.

  3. Pour the warm cream mixture over the chocolate and let sit for 3-5 minutes without stirring.

  4. Stir until smooth. If the chocolate isn’t fully melted at this point, you can heat the chocolate and cream mixture in 20-second intervals in the microwave or gently heat the mixture over a double boiler until fully melted and smooth.

  5. Pour the chocolate mixture (ganache) into a shallow baking dish, smoothing the top with a spatula. Place in the refrigerator to set, for at least 1 hour, or overnight. 

  6. Place each of the 3 coatings (cocoa powder, chopped nuts, and powdered sugar) in shallow bowls.

  7. Remove the ganache from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature until slightly softened (it should be somewhat firm but soft enough to easily scoop into balls). Using a tablespoon measure, melon baller, or small cookie scoop, scoop the mixture into evenly sized balls, ~ 1 tablespoon each. Then roll the truffles in the toppings of your choice and place them on a chilled baking sheet. 

  8. Store truffles in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Serve at room temperature. 

Variations

  • Consider using red or green sprinkles for a Christmas-themed treat.

  • Stack two chocolate truffles coated in powdered sugar onto a toothpick to look like a snowman. Add a thin red licorice “scarf” and single chocolate sprinkles for eyes, nose and mouth.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Gather ingredients.

Ingredients for chocolate truffles.
Ingredients for chocolate truffles.
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Step 2

Place the chopped chocolate in a heat proof mixing bowl. Place the cream and butter in a small pot and set over medium heat until simmering.

Cream, butter and chocolate in bowls, in a recipe for holiday chocolate truffles.
Cream, butter and chocolate in bowls, in a recipe for holiday chocolate truffles.
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Step 3

Pour the warm cream mixture over the chocolate and let sit for 3-5 minutes without stirring.

Chopped chocolate in a saucepan with warm butter and cream, ready to make into chocolate truffles.
Chopped chocolate in a saucepan with warm butter and cream, ready to make into chocolate truffles.
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Step 4

Stir until smooth. If the chocolate isn’t fully melted at this point, you can heat the chocolate and cream mixture in 20-second intervals in the microwave or gently heat the mixture over a double boiler until fully melted and smooth.

Melted chocolate in a saucepan.
Melted chocolate in a saucepan.
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Step 5

Pour the chocolate mixture (ganache) into a shallow baking dish, smoothing the top with a spatula. Place in the refrigerator to set, for at least 1 hour, or overnight. 

Chocolate ganache in a baking pan, ready to make into chocolate truffles.
Chocolate ganache in a baking pan, ready to make into chocolate truffles.
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Step 6

Place each of the 3 coatings (cocoa powder, chopped nuts, and powdered sugar) in shallow bowls.

Coatings for chocolate truffles, in three bowls.
Coatings for chocolate truffles, in three bowls.
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Step 7

Remove the ganache from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature until slightly softened (it should be somewhat firm but soft enough to easily scoop into balls). Using a tablespoon measure, melon baller, or small cookie scoop, scoop the mixture into evenly sized balls, ~ 1 tablespoon each. Then roll the truffles in the toppings of your choice and place them on a chilled baking sheet. 

Rolling chocolate truffles into toppings and transferring them to a baking sheet.
Rolling chocolate truffles into toppings and transferring them to a baking sheet.
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Step 8

Store truffles in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Serve at room temperature. 

Chocolate truffles on a baking sheet, ready to go into the fridge.
Chocolate truffles on a baking sheet, ready to go into the fridge.
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