Chocolate Truffles are one of the easiest sweet treats to make but one that is highly coveted and thought of as quite gourmet! They make a tasty gift too!

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Easy Chocolate Truffles

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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 minute
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 16 minutes
Yield: 27 chocolate truffles
Make these sweet treats for your Christmas dessert buffet or to give as a delightful hostess gift.


  • Airtight container
  • Parchment paper or waxed paper


  • 8 ounces Bittersweet chocolate, chips, or finely chopped Semi-sweet chocolate may also be used. 8 ounces of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate equals approximately 1 1/3 cups.
  • 1 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, optional Other spices can be used in place of the cinnamon or in addition to for up to a total of 1 teaspoon of spices.
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1/4 cup Powdered sugar Also known as icing sugar. See Recipe Notes below.
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa powder, unsweetened or sweetened See Recipe Notes below.
  • 1/2 cup Nuts, chopped See Recipe Notes below.


  • Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
  • In a saucepan, warm the cream with salt and cinnamon (if using) until steam begins to rise from the cream.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour cream over the chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
  • Stir the chocolate and cream together until the chocolate is completely melted. This process will take approximately 30 seconds.
  • Cover the mixture and refrigerate until very firm. This process takes approximately 1 hour (or up to overnight).
  • Once the chocolate mixture has chilled completely, but before removing it from the refrigerator, prepare the coatings. As shown in the video, these toppings include powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and chopped nuts. Put each topping in its own small bowl.
  • Remove the chocolate mixture from the refrigerator, scoop out a teaspoonful one at a time, and roll between your hands to create a ball approximately 1-inch in size.
  • Roll each chocolate ball in the coating of your choice or in a mixture of more than one coating. Make sure that the coating is very generous and that the chocolate ball no longer feels sticky.
  • Set each chocolate truffle on parchment paper or waxed paper that has been placed into an airtight container. Keep a small amount of space between each truffle so that the truffles are not touching. Once all the truffles are finished, refrigerate to allow the coatings to "set." After one hour, the truffles are ready to be placed on a plate and served or put into a gift box or container and given as a gift.
  • You can make these truffles a day in advance, but please read Recipe Notes below.



If you make these a day ahead, keep some extra coating mixture on hand to re-coat the truffles before giving them as a gift or serving them on your dessert table.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Chocolate Dessert, Chocolate Truffles
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  1. Finally – a recipe for truffles like I have been making for 30+ years! Cream and chocolate! I have seen so many “Easy Truffle” recipes that take 6+ ingredients and have to say NO, JUST NO!!!

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