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Chocolate Truffles with Armagnac

It was once believed that Armagnac had curative properties. Add some to these chocolate truffles and see if it can't get rid of the winter blues.

  • Yield: Makes about 5 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2006

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

Directions

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

  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. 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.

Cook's Notes

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

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