Chocolate truffles are one of my favorite recipes to make around the holidays! Picture a rich chocolate ganache, solidified and covered in cocoa powder. These decadent treats are so addicting and surprisingly easy to make!
I’ve never met someone who doesn’t love truffles! But I do know a lot of people who skip buying them at the store because they can be quite expensive; this is because truffles are made with high quality ingredients and can be time consuming to make. However, this recipe is the perfect small batch to save money and time, while still enjoying the creamy taste of chocolate truffles!
Chocolate Truffles Recipe Ingredients
- Chocolate Bars – To get the best tasting truffle, you’ll need high quality chocolate bars. My favorite brands are Lindt or Ghiradelli. You can find these in the baking aisle next to the cocoa powder. I prefer milk chocolate, but feel free to use to your favorite kind.
- Heavy Whipping Cream – Make sure you use heavy whipping cream and NOT half & half. Half & half is much thinner and won’t work for truffles.
- Cocoa Powder – This is to roll the truffles in once they have set up, but you can also roll them in chocolate sprinkles or chopped nuts instead.
Chocolate Truffles Tips and Variations
- Quality of chocolate: Use high-quality chocolate for the best results. Dark, milk, or white chocolate can be used depending on your preference.
- Ganache preparation: Truffles are typically made by creating a ganache filling. To make the ganache, heat heavy cream until it simmers, then pour it over finely chopped chocolate. Let it sit for a few minutes, then stir until smooth and glossy.
- Flavor variations: Get creative with flavor variations by adding different ingredients to the ganache. Some popular options include incorporating liqueurs (such as Grand Marnier or Baileys), espresso powder, spices (like cinnamon or cardamom), or extracts (such as vanilla or almond).
- Coating options: Roll the ganache into small balls and coat them in various toppings for added texture and flavor. Common options include cocoa powder, powdered sugar, crushed nuts, shredded coconut, or chocolate shavings.
- Chilling the truffles: After shaping and coating the truffles, place them in the refrigerator to firm up. This step is essential for achieving the desired texture and making them easier to handle.
- Storing truffles: Store chocolate truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be kept for about 1-2 weeks, depending on the freshness of the ingredients used.
How to make Truffles Chocolate
- Begin by chopping your chocolate bars into small, uniform pieces and then place the pieces in a glass bowl.
- Then, add the heavy whipping cream to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute, or until the cream is bubbling.
- Next, pour the heavy cream over the chopped chocolate, but DO NOT STIR.
- Allow the heavy cream covering the chopped chocolate to sit for 5 minutes. Then, vigorously stir the mixture until it is thick and smooth.
- Place the bowl in the fridge so it can completely cool and the mixture can set up.
- While the mixture is in the fridge, prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Once the mixture has cooled and set, then take a cookie scoop and portion the truffle mixture into about 2 tbsp portions and place each on the cookie sheet.
- Then, place the pan of portioned out truffle mixture back in the fridge for about 30 minutes to chill.
- While the truffles are chilling, pour your cocoa powder (or preferred topping) into a small bowl for dipping.
- Once the truffles have chilled, now it’s time to roll them into smooth balls.
- After you roll each truffle into a ball, immediately dip it in the cocoa powder to cover evenly.
- Now enjoy! Store your chocolate truffles in the fridge for up to a week.
Serving Chocolate Truffles
You can serve your chocolate truffles in a variety of ways. You can arrange them on a serving platter, or in a large bowl. Package them up in a decorative box or in cellophane bags and give them as gifts (perfect for Christmas, if I do say so myself.)
How to store this Chocolate Truffle Recipe
Can you freeze chocolate truffles?
Yes! You can freeze truffles for up to 3 months in an air tight container. To thaw, let the truffles sit in the fridge overnight.
Chocolate Truffles Recipe FAQs
A truffle is a sphere-shaped chocolate ganache that has solidified and is either covered in cocoa powder or a chocolate shell.
Truffles are expensive to buy because they are made with high quality ingredients and can be time consuming to make. However, when making smaller batches, it doesn’t take too much time or effort!
Recipes Similar to Chocolate Truffles
- 2 4oz bars (200g) high quality chocolate I like milk chocolate, but use your favorite
- 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream
- 1/3 cup (40g) cocoa powder
- Chop your chocolate bars into small, uniform sized pieces and place into a glass bowl.
- Add your heavy whipping cream to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 mintute or until the heavy cream is boiling.
- Pour the heavy cream over the chopped chocolate. DO NOT STIR.
- Allow the the heavy cream covering the chopped chocolate to sit for 5 minutes.
- After everything has sat for 5 minutes, vigorously stir the mixture until it is thick and smooth.
- Place the bowl into the fridge and let it completely cool and set up.
- Using a small cookie scoop, portion the truffle mixture into small 2 tsp portions and place onto a parchment paper or silicone lined cookie sheet.
- Repeat with the remaining truffle mixture.
- Place the pan into the fridge and chill the mixture for an additional 30 minutes.
- Once the truffles have chilled, roll each truffle until it is a smooth ball.
- Immediately roll into the cocoa powder. Enjoy!
- Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.