Chocolate Truffles

Wanna know one of my biggest indulgences?

Chocolate Truffles. Red wine. “Julie & Julia”.

All at once.

Kids in bed.
Computer put away.
Lights turned low.
No distractions to interfere with the movie…
except having to reach for another truffle.

If only this could be a weekly occurrence!

Many people think that making your own truffles is too much work. Or they find the process intimidating. But really, you just need a recipe you can rely on. I’ve tried a number of recipes over the years, and this is what I’ve come up with. This is my recipe for no-fail Chocolate Truffles. And they are easy to make. I promise.

My thoughts on flavor: Truffles can be easily tweaked to your own tastebuds by altering the liqueur. I prefer Grand Marnier (orange), but Kahlua (coffee) and Chambord (raspberry) are also excellent. These truffles can also be made completely without the liqueur and are still luxury in chocolate.

My thoughts on size: I like an ample 2-bite sized truffle. So that while the inside of my mouth is enjoying that first bite, my eyes can be taking in the beautiful creamy chocolatey innards of the remaining bite.

My thoughts on coating: For me, the simpler the better here. I prefer a classic coating of cocoa powder. Did you know there are different types of cocoa powder? Natural and Dutch Process. And I find that Dutch Process cocoa powder has a richer, smoother flavor. It guarantees truffle enjoyment.

What is one of your biggest indulgences?

Chocolate Truffles
(print recipe)

8 oz. high quality bittersweet chocolate (The better your chocolate, the better your truffles!)
8 oz. high quality semisweet chocolate
1 c. heavy cream
1 T. prepared coffee
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 T. Grand Marnier (orange flavored liqueur) or liqueur of your choice, optional
Dutch Process cocoa powder, for coating (I highly recommend Penzey’s Spices!)

Line a baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Chop both chocolates into small pieces (about 1/4″ or so) with a sharp knife. Place chocolates in a medium heat-proof bowl.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the cream just until it boils.  Remove the cream from the heat and let sit for about 30 seconds. Slowly pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Whisk the mixture gently until combined and completely melted. Add the coffee, vanilla, and Grand Marnier (if using). Whisk until combined. Set bowl in refrigerator for 25 minutes, then let it sit at room temperature for another 30 minutes.

With a teaspoon, scoop up a rounded ball of truffle mixture, about 1-1/4″ in diameter. With a second teaspoon, scrape the truffle mixture onto your prepared baking sheet. Repeat until you have used up all the truffle mixture and you have a full pan of roughly shaped balls. Set pan in refrigerator for 10 minutes.

Place cocoa powder in a small bowl. After the balls have chilled and firmed up a bit, roll each one in your hands. Aim for a “rough roundness”, not perfect balls. I will gently dent mine here and there if they are looking too round, to mimic classic truffles. Roll in cocoa powder. I don’t like eating a mouthful of cocoa powder, so I try to get any excess off by giving the truffles a small gentle toss between my two hands (over the bowl of cocoa powder).

These store very well for about a week in the refrigerator and can be frozen for about a month. Either way, always bring them to room temperature before serving. If the cocoa powder seems to get absorbed, simply roll the truffles in cocoa powder again.

Yield: about 35 truffles

Source: a farmgirl’s dabbles

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m linking up with:

Cheryl at Tidy Mom for I’m Lovin’ It
Allison at Alli-N-Son for Sweet Tooth Friday


34 Responses to “Chocolate Truffles”

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    Kelli — February 11, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Thank you for showing the simplicity of this wonderful treat. Wow!!

    • farmgirl replied on February 12th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      Hi Kelly – they really ARE simple! Great to hear from you! xoxo

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    Cookbook Queen — February 11, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Your truffles look just gorgeous!! And so yummy :)

    Julie and Julia is one of my favorite movies, too!!

    • farmgirl replied on February 12th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Kristan – thank you!

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    Allison @ Alli 'n Son — February 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    These look amazing! I hope you’ll stop by and link up with Sweet Tooth Friday again.

    • farmgirl replied on February 12th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Allison – thanks for stopping by – I linked up!

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    Tracy — February 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Gorgeous truffles! Yum!

    • farmgirl replied on February 12th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you, Tracy!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    How funny, I just got a bag of the Penzey’s cocoa powder and haven’t tried it yet. What perfect timing, I guess I was meant to make truffles with it!

    • farmgirl replied on February 12th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      Perfect timing, indeed! Enjoy!

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    Kristen — February 11, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    What a lovely indulgence… and yes… your idea of indulging is very similar to mine! Love it!

    • farmgirl replied on February 12th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      I think I might be able to pull off one of these evenings of indulgence tonight. (Yay!) Great to hear from you, Kristen!

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    Amanda — February 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    These are adorable… and I bet taste fantastic!!!

    • farmgirl replied on February 12th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you, Amanda!

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    Shaina — February 12, 2011 at 8:30 am


    • farmgirl replied on February 12th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you, Shaina. :)

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    bridget {bake at 350} — February 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Oh, I LOOOOOOOOVE truffles! You have me craving chocolate BIG TIME right now!

    • farmgirl replied on February 12th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      Great to hear from you, Bridget – thanks!

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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction — February 12, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I love truffles! I need to get my hands on some of those truffles!

    • farmgirl replied on February 12th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Jamie – great to hear from you!

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    Paula — February 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    These are just lovely and I do love your thoughts on the truffle size ;)

    • farmgirl replied on February 12th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Hi Paula – thank you!

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    Wenderly — February 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Oh my are you my kinda gal. Truffles + red wine + movie = *bliss*.

    And these look absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • farmgirl replied on February 12th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      Yes, bliss. Thank you, Wendy!

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    Harriet — February 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Mmmm these look great! If I wanted to not use alcohol in them should I substitute it for another liquid? Or will it be fine without it?

    • farmgirl replied on February 18th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks, Harriet. If you want to omit the alcohol, please do so. I’ve done it before, with no other adjustments. It works great.

      • Harriet replied on February 19th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

        Brilliant I will! One of my housemates doesn’t drink for religious reasons and I wouldn’t want them not to be able to share in eating them!

        • farmgirl replied on February 20th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

          Excellent! :)

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    Robyn | Add a Pinch — February 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Oh that sounds like a perfect treat! I’m so with ya. Gorgeous photos.

    • farmgirl replied on February 14th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks, Robyn!

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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — February 14, 2011 at 7:17 am

    So beautiful! Love that you used Penzey’s. I haven’t ever made my own truffles, but I think I should do so!

    • farmgirl replied on February 14th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks, Amber. There is something so satisfying about making your own. Definitely give it a try!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — February 14, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Ah, truffles. One of our absolute favorite treats. Well done!

    (PS. Welcome to the Gaggle!! Hope to catch you at the watercooler soon.)

    • farmgirl replied on February 14th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks, Aimee. I’m looking forward to getting to know you better!

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