In the world of dessert, it doesn't get more romantic than dark chocolate truffles. These decadent balls of rich chocolatey goodness are addicting, and they make any night feel special. They're perfect for special occasions or to simply treat yourself after a hard week. For a classy and irresistibly delicious dessert, dark chocolate truffles are a chocolate lover's dream.

Dark Chocolate Truffles

Who needs to buy Lindt truffles when you can make your own! One of the reasons I love chocolate truffles so much is that they taste so good with such little effort. I almost don't want to tell people what's in my semi-sweet chocolate truffles recipe when asked, because they taste so much more complicated than they are. Another amazing aspect of this rich, chocolatey sweet treat is that you can top them with so many different things!

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If you like nuts and chocolate, roll them in finely chopped hazelnuts or walnuts at the end. You can also dip your truffles in peanut butter or Nutella before rolling them in the toppings for extra flavor! You can always make an assortment of truffles, dipping batches in white chocolate, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. For Valentine's Day, Christmas, or your anniversary, dark chocolate truffles are the perfect treat.

How to Make Dark Chocolate Truffles

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Make sure the chocolate is cut into very small pieces. Put the chopped chocolate in a heat-safe bowl, and set aside.

Heat the heavy cream in a pot on medium heat until simmering.

Add the butter into the chocolate, and then pour the heavy cream on top. Let the chocolate mixture sit for five minutes.

Add in the vanilla extract, and then stir until the chocolate has fully melted. Place plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the chocolate ganache and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

While the truffle mixture cools, prepare your toppings. Some classic options are unsweetened cocoa powder, sprinkles, crushed nuts, crushed peppermint candy cane, chocolate chips or whole chocolate, powdered sugar, and sea salt. If using nuts or candy cane, chop finely and place into a bowl. Set aside. If you plan to dip your truffles in chocolate, melt chocolate right before dipping truffle balls in since melted chocolate hardens quickly.

Take your truffle mixture out and begin making it into balls! Using a cookie scoop or melon baller, scoop the mixture into mounds of about 2 teaspoons. If you prefer larger truffles, mounds the size of 1 tablespoon work as well. Roll each mound into a round ball, and place balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Roll each ball into preferred toppings, and enjoy this decadent chocolatey treat!

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Dark Chocolate Truffles 

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time:

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 4-oz quality chocolate bars like ghirardelli, very finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • toppings of choice

Instructions

Make sure the chocolate is cut into very small pieces. Put the chopped chocolate in a heat-safe bowl, and set aside.

Heat the heavy cream in a pot on medium heat until simmering. 

Add the butter into the chocolate, and then pour the heavy cream on top. Let chocolate mixture sit for five minutes. 

Add in the vanilla extract, and then stir until the chocolate has fully melted. Place plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the chocolate ganache and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

While it cools, prepare your toppings. Some classic options are unsweetened cocoa powder, sprinkles, crushed nuts, chocolate chips or whole chocolate, powdered sugar and sea salt. If using nuts or candy cane, chop finely and place into a bowl. Set aside. If you plan to dip your truffles in chocolate, melt chocolate right before dipping truffle balls in, since melted chocolate hardens quickly. 

Take your truffle mixture out and begin making it into balls! Using a cookie scoop or melon baller, scoop the mixture into mounds of about 2 teaspoons. If you prefer larger truffles, mounds the size of 1 tablespoon work as well. Roll each mound into a round ball, and place balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Roll each ball into preferred topping and enjoy!

Notes

If the chocolate still isn’t melting, place the heat-proof bowl over a pot of 1 inch of simmering water and stir until melted. For storage, place in an airtight container and store at room temperature for 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.