Make this easy Christmas truffle recipe for your holiday party this year. This no-bake recipe is the perfect dessert to bring to dinner on Christmas Day with its short ingredient list and easy prep.
These homemade truffles are perfect for the chocolate lover in your life. Truffles are made with two basic ingredients: chocolate and cream.
You can change up the flavors a bit, by adding some vanilla extract or making them like my original recipe, with cinnamon, chili powder, and cayenne powder. This version is inspired by my time in Yucatan, Mexico and tasting chocolate there.
You can also garnish these easy Christmas truffles in many different ways. You can roll them in cocoa for a classic look. Try crushed candy canes or Christmas sprinkles for a festive treat. Chocolate sprinkles look really good as a truffle garnish also and add a bit of crunch.
See the recipe card for exact amounts.
To make chocolate truffles, pour the cream into a microwaveable bowl. Heat until very hot.
Alternatively, you can heat the cream in a small pot on the stovetop. Just get it to a simmer, you don't need to boil it.
- Add chocolate chips to a bowl.
- Pour the hot cream on top of the chocolate chips. The chocolate chips will melt.
Let sit for 5 minutes and then stir to combine. The melted chocolate should combine smoothly with the cream, leaving you with a thick chocolate mixture.
- Add the vanilla and whisk to combine. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate the truffle mixture for an hour or two.
- Once the mixture is cold and thickened, use a 1 ½ tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop out truffle balls, laying them on a plate or parchment paper.
Roll each ball in your hands until smooth. If the warmth of your hands melts the chocolate just refrigerate it again.
You can also refrigerate the scoops of truffle mixture and then roll them after they've chilled for 15-20 minutes.
- Roll each truffle ball in cocoa powder until coated.
- Or dip the truffles in crushed candy canes.
Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. Serve at room temperature for the creamiest bites!
Tips for making chocolate truffles
What to serve with truffles
Truffles are great for Christmas parties and will usually fit in on a dessert table with other Christmas desserts. Serve your homemade chocolate truffles with other individual items like trays of Christmas cookies like gingerbread biscotti or Florentine cookies.
Store truffles in the fridge, covered, for up to two weeks.
Serve truffles at room temperature for the best texture.
These truffles can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. They can also be frozen for up to three months.
- Heat the cream in the microwave or on the stove top until it's very hot.
- Add the chocolate chips to a bowl.
- Pour the hot cream on top of the chocolate chips and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Stir the mixture and then add vanilla and cinnamon. Optionally, add the chili powder and cayenne.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, pressing it into the surface of the chocolate. Set the bowl in the fridge to set, for about an hour.
- Scoop the mixture and roll it into balls. I use a 1 ½ tablespoon cookie scoop to get evenly sized truffles.
- Sift cocoa powder onto a plate. Add the crushed candy canes to a small bowl.
- Roll the truffles in either cocoa powder or candy canes.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge until needed. Let come to room temperature before serving.
Nutritional information is an estimate. Values vary based on products used.
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This post was originally posted on December 23, 2018.
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