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Easy Cardamom-Orange Chocolate Truffles


These elegant, but simple, chocolate truffles are rolled in sugar, cocoa powder, and nuts.

  • Yield: Makes 12


Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 1998


  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 5 strips 1-inch-wide orange peel, pith removed
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup sifted cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped assorted nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, and pistachios


  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together cream and cardamom. Add orange peel; bring just to a boil. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Line a baking pan with parchment; set it and another pan aside.

  2. Return cream mixture to heat; bring to a boil. Place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Remove cream mixture from heat. Pour through a sieve set over chocolate; discard solids. Stir until melted and smooth.

  3. Pour chocolate mixture onto the unlined baking pan, and spread in an even layer with an offset spatula. Transfer baking pan to freezer; chill chocolate until hardened but malleable, 15 to 20 minutes.

  4. Using a tablespoon, scrape enough chocolate from pan to form a roughly shaped 1-inch ball, being careful not to press too hard against baking pan. Repeat. Transfer balls to the parchment-lined pan; chill truffles in the refrigerator 10 minutes.

  5. Place the confectioners' sugar, the cocoa powder, and the chopped nuts in 3 separate bowls. Roll the truffles in desired coatings.

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  • aprilrichonjacobs
    14 DEC, 2014
    I have always had success with Martha's recipes, but these truffles did not work out. No matter how long I froze the mixture, the truffles would never properly "set up" and would simply melt down into a small blob instead of forming a perfect truffle-shaped ball. My uncle is a chocolatier, and he suggests adding more chocolate - try adding 1-2 oz. more chocolate and a bit less cream. The cream-to-chocolate ratio seems to be off in this recipe.
  • AllycatCA
    16 FEB, 2014
    I agree with LoveZ...I saw the Sarah Carey video on 2/13/14, and I made this recipe the next day - as LoveZ said, it differs in multiple ways from the video. That is alright, but the truffle mixture had not set nearly enough to form balls after 15-20 minutes in the freezer, and hadn't set enough even after 4 hours...I left it in overnight, and then it was too hard. Her other videos have been spectacular and have matched the recipes too.
  • LoveZ
    13 FEB, 2014
    I am looking forward to making these, however the steps in the video are different from those in the recipe. She excludes some of the ingredients (orange, cardamom), doesn't pour it through a sieve, and refrigerates it for a different amount of time. Not sure how to do it.
  • SuziQ84
    9 FEB, 2012
    I am helping my future sister in law plan her wedding. Right now, we're working on the wedding favors. Kelly is giving the reception guests a single truffle. These will make the perfect gift! I did a test run and these were easy to make and delicious! She and I began looking for packaging, and we found the cutest favor boxes from Box and Wrap! These boxes fit a single truffle, and the boxes come in all colors. Favors Done!
  • flyingsquirrel
    2 FEB, 2009
    Love to see link to gift boxes or bags in crafts...for each holiday or birthday!
  • bkawosa
    20 DEC, 2008
    This was pretty easy and the truffles turned out well. My favorite coating was the cocoa powder or just plain chopped pecans. I thought the orange and cardamom was a bit strong, but I didn't really measure so I may have put too much. I would say unless you love these flavors though to err on the side of too little the first time. I will use this recipe again. Oh- I used ghiradelli semi sweet chips, they worked fine.
  • yorkshirepuppy
    7 FEB, 2008
    Is this the recipe from your 2/4/07 show? If not where is that recipe?
  • brendabruggeman
    6 DEC, 2007
    Could you please update this recipe with the type and amount of chocolate needed. Thank You!!
  • bizibasket
    20 NOV, 2007
    OK, am I missing something, or is the chocolate missing from this recipe? What quantity?