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Easy Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Decadent, rich chocolate truffles make an impressive homemade gift. Not only are they incredibly delicious but they’re very easy to make too!

finished Easy Chocolate Truffles Recipe with truffles on a small wire rack

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Recipe and images updated April 2022

Learn how to make melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles! Truffles are the perfect little sweet ending after a meal or for a little afternoon treat. 

They also make great edible homemade gifts for holidays or hostess gifts.

overhead shot of chocolate dipped chocolate truffles on a small wire rack


What are Chocolate Truffles?

Chocolate truffles are a delectable French confectionery. Ultra-smooth chocolate truffles are made with melted chocolate mixed with cream, butter, and a little coffee/espresso for a full, rich chocolate flavor and spectacular velvety texture.

Truffles are traditionally rolled in cocoa powder, chopped toasted nuts, or dipped in chocolate.

Personally, I love chocolate-dipped truffles the most. The crisp chocolate exterior is a fantastic contrast to the creamy chocolate center.

Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Truffles sprinkled with sea salt on a small wire rack


Chocolate Truffle Ingredients

  • Heavy Cream
  • Semi-sweet chocolate bars, chopped – chocolate chips could also work in a pinch but they don’t melt as well or as evenly as chopped chocolate
  • Espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • Unsalted butter
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Fine sea salt
  • Coconut oil

overhead shot of ingredients to make homemade chocolate truffles

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Equipment Needed to Make Homemade Chocolate Truffles

overheard shot of homemade chocolate truffles on a small wire rack

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How to Make Chocolate Truffles

Step 1. Warm the heavy cream in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, or until it reaches about 115F.

Step 2. In a large bowl, combine the warm cream, chocolate, espresso, butter, vanilla, and salt. Whisk until it is fully combined.

Step 3. Place the chocolate mixture in the fridge to chill for 4 hours, or until it has fully set.

Step 4. Once the chocolate has set, use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Smooth the truffles by rolling them around in your palms.

Step 5. Place the truffles in the freezer to chill for 10 minutes.

Step 6. Meanwhile, add the chocolate and coconut oil to a medium bowl. Microwave it on 30 seconds intervals, stirring between each interval, until the chocolate is fully melted.

Step 7. Dip each truffle one at a time into the melted chocolate and then place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet to set. While the chocolate is still wet, add any sprinkles or decoration, if desired.

Step 8. Allow the chocolate to set fully before enjoying.

photo collage to show the process of making homemade chocolate truffles


Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Truffles

  • You can use whatever kind of truffle chocolate you like! Use dark chocolate for dark chocolate truffles, milk chocolate for milk chocolate truffles, or even white chocolate for white chocolate truffles.
    • If you use white chocolate for the truffles, you may need to reduce the amount of cream so the chocolate will set up properly.
  • If you prefer, the chocolate and cream can be heated together over a double boiler instead of heating the cream in the microwave.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of Maldon Sea Salt Flakes on top of the truffles before the chocolate hardens for Salted Chocolate Truffles.
  • Roll the truffles in unsweetened cocoa powder, sprinkles, or chopped toasted nuts instead of dipping them in chocolate.

straight on shot of a homemade chocolate coated chocolate truffle with a bite taken out


Other Homemade Chocolate Truffle Recipes to Try

Toasted Coconut Truffles

Paleo Chocolate Truffles

Gluten Free Oreo Truffles

Avocado Truffles

Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake

Amaretto Truffles – Coming Soon

homemade chocolate truffles dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt on a small wire rack


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finished Easy Chocolate Truffles Recipe with truffles on a small wire rack

Easy Recipe for Chocolate Truffles

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 27 minutes

Decadent, rich chocolate truffles make an impressive homemade gift. Not only are they incredibly delicious but they’re very easy to make too!

Ingredients

For the Truffles

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (although chips will also work)
  • 2 tablespoons espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of fine sea salt

To Coat

  • 8 ounces chopped chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions

    1. Warm the heavy cream in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, or until it reaches about 115F.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the warm cream, chocolate, espresso, butter, vanilla, and salt. Whisk until it is fully combined.
    3. Place the chocolate mixture in the fridge to chill for 4 hours, or until it has fully set.
    4. Once the chocolate has set, use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Smooth the truffles by rolling them around in your palms.
    5. Place the truffles in the freezer to chill for 10 minutes.
      Meanwhile, add the chocolate and coconut oil to a medium bowl. Microwave it on 30 seconds intervals, stirring between each interval, until the chocolate is fully melted.
    6. Dip each truffle one at a time into the melted chocolate and then place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet to set. While the chocolate is still wet, add any sprinkles or decoration, if desired.
    7. Allow the chocolate to set fully before enjoying.
    8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. I used semi-sweet chocolate but any kind of chocolate can be used in this recipe. Dark and milk chocolate are delicious options!
  2. Sprinkle with Maldon Sea Salt Flakes for Salted Chocolate Truffles.
  3. To make boozy truffles, substitute the espresso for Kahlua or Baileys.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 123Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren't always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs. Calories are estimated and based on 24 servings per recipe.

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kita

Wednesday 10th of December 2014

Huh... U don't think I have ever made truffles at home... At least not ones that looked this good! I would totally steal one or two before gifting the rest out... okay, maybe more like 3 or 4...

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

Wednesday 10th of December 2014

How totally cute are these?! Adorable packaging too :)

Sharon

Wednesday 10th of December 2014

Thanks Rachel!

Have Another Bite

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

They look delicious, I love thes truffles, I'll try them! I just posted about 'healthy almond date truffles', you should have a look at those as well, you'll like them!

Stephanie

Monday 1st of December 2014

I've been looking for a good truffle recipe to try and these look incredible! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

Karly

Saturday 29th of November 2014

Gorgeous photos! These are a must-try for the holidays! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

Sharon

Monday 1st of December 2014

Thanks so much Karly!

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