Sambuca Truffles

Heavy cream is spiked with fragrant anise seed to help complement and enhance the Sambuca in these truffles.

  • Yield: Makes about 5 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, 2002


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon anise seed
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 pound 2 ounces finely chopped semisweet chocolate, plus 12 ounces more for dipping
  • 6 tablespoons sambuca
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar


  1. In a small saucepan, bring heavy cream and anise seed to a boil. Turn off heat; cover, and let steep 20 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a clean bowl. Discard solids.

  2. Bring 1 cup of the anise cream, plus butter and corn syrup to a full boil over medium heat. Turn off heat. Add 1 pound chocolate; gently swirl pan to cover chocolate with cream, but do not stir. Let stand, undisturbed, 5 minutes. Stir in sambuca.

  3. Slowly whisk until combined. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; refrigerate, stirring every 15 minutes.

  4. After 45 minutes, mixture will thicken quickly, so stir every 3 to 5 minutes until thick enough to scoop, 10 to 20 minutes more. Using two spoons or a small ice-cream scoop, form into 1-inch balls; transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  5. Chill until firm, but not hard, about 10 minutes. Remove from refrigerator; roll in palms to form a ball, and press gently with fingers to create irregular shapes. Chill until ready to dip, up to 1 week. Place remaining 12 ounces chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water; stir occasionally until chocolate melts. Remove from heat; cool slightly.

  6. Place confectioners' sugar in a small bowl. Remove centers from refrigerator. Using one hand, dip one center into melted chocolate, then roll around in your hand to coat evenly, letting excess drip back into pan. Place truffle in confectioners' sugar. With your clean hand, cover truffle with the sugar. Let sit in bowl 20 seconds.

  7. Lift out, and set on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining truffles. If your kitchen is warm, refrigerate 5 minutes to set. You can store truffles in airtight containers up to 1 week at a cool room temperature.


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