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Chocolate Truffles

  • yield: Makes about 5 dozen

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound bittersweet chocolate (preferably 65 percent cacao), coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, softened
  • 2 tablespoons flavored alcohol, such as Armagnac, rum, framboise, Grand Marnier, or kirsch (optional)
  • 3 cups unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, plus more for dusting

Cook's Note

Truffles can be refrigerated in airtight containers up to 2 weeks.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Melt chocolate with the cream in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat. Add butter and alcohol if desired; stir until smooth.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm but spoonable, about 2 hours.

  3. Step 3

    Using a 1-inch ice cream scoop, drop balls of chocolate mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate 10 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Put cocoa powder into a large bowl. Using cocoa-dusted hands and working one at a time, roll balls between your palms until smooth. Roll in cocoa to coat. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2006

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Reviews (4)

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    To carole777 - I believe it is just because it is a lot easier to roll the soft balls in a large bowl with plenty of cocoa powder. You can always use all that will be left for something else, just like you do when rolling cookies in sugar.

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    To carole777 - I believe it is easier to roll the balls in a large bowl with plenty of powder, that is all. You can use all that is left for something else anyway. Just like when you roll in sugar.

  • 1 Mar, 2009

    All that cocoa is apparently just for dusting. I only used less than 1/2 cup.Maybe I did something wrong, but the recipe doesn't say! A really good idea to use the scoop, as they melt lots really quickly. I didn't have one and they were fine but messy. Does anyone from MS view these comments and address questions or problems?

  • 1 Mar, 2009

    The recipe doesnt say what to do with 3 1/2 C cocoa powder!!