Classic Chocolate Truffles Recipe

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Classic chocolate truffles are a divine, sumptuous treat. Making them is so much easier than you would ever think! In this post, you’ll find my classic chocolate truffles recipe which you can make for a holiday treat that everyone will love and think you’re a master candy maker!

chocolate truffles dipped in cocoa powder

I love, love, love making these truffles for the holidays!  They are a simple little treat that will make you look like a total rockstar at dessert time.  Don’t let the name, “truffle” fool you.  They really are super easy to make and taste so rich and creamy.  The first time I made them, I just couldn’t believe it. Of course, they were gone in about 2 seconds flat.

The chocolate lovers in your family are going to be amazed when you pull these out.  Just you wait!

How to Make Classic Chocolate Truffles

Tips for making these truffles

  • Be sure you use high quality chocolate for the ganache. I use Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate because the bittersweet is just a little bit too bitter for me.
  • Use a trigger release scooper to measure out your truffles. 
    • It releases easier than using a measuring spoon.
    • It’s already in a round ball shape, so you just have to smooth it in your hands.
  • Chill your cookie sheet before you start.  That way you are placing your truffles on an already chilled surface.
  • Use a wooden spoon to mix the ganache.  It won’t absorb the heat from the cream as much as a stainless steel spoon will. 

What can I use to decorate the chocolate truffles with?

Roll them in:

  • Cocoa Powder
  • Coconut
  • Diced nuts
  • Powdered sugar
  • Sprinkles
  • Finely crushed up hard candy, i.e. peppermint, sweet-tarts, etc.

Dip them in one of the following and then drizzle with a contrasting color:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Melted white chocolate
  • Melted colored chocolate

What is chocolate ganache?

I keep using the word, ganache, to describe the chocolate. That is what the truffle is made of.  When you mix it with the heavy cream, it becomes chocolate ganache. Yum.

How else can I use ganache?

Here are just a few ideas for using ganache:

  • While it is still room temperature, pour it over a cooled cake and use it as a glossy frosting. Do let it cool to room temperature before pouring.  It needs to firm up just a little. but not be cold.
  • After it is chilled, you can whip it up in the mixer ( I love my Kitchen Aid!) and use it as a fluffy frosting. YUM! It’s so good.
  • Cool it, but not completely, and pipe it into the center of a cupcake. 
  • Use the truffles to decorate a cake.  It will make it look super fancy!

Can I use white chocolate to make truffles?

Yes, you can!  Just switch out the chocolate for white chocolate and make white chocolate truffles! Dip them in melted chocolate for a gorgeous contrasting truffle.

Truffle dessert for all kinds of chocolate lovers!


chocolate truffles and cocoa powder

Now let’s take a look at this this easy truffle recipe!

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chocolate truffles dipped in cocoa powder

Classic Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Yield: 20 to 22 truffles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

Classic chocolate truffle recipe using chocolate ganache and dipped in your topping of choice.


  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 18 ounces of chocolate (bittersweet or semi-sweet)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Dark Cocoa, coconut flake, or diced nuts for topping


  1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a heat safe bowl.
  2. Heat the heavy whipping cream until it is just before the boiling point. Do not let it boil.
  3. Add vanilla to the cream and full incorporate it.
  4. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it sit for one minute.
  5. Begin stirring the chocolate with a wooden spoon until it is completely melted and is silky smooth.
  6. Put the chocolate ganache into the refrigerator until it is completely chilled; at least 6 hours. Best to leave overnight.
  7. Line a large cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  8. Use a small trigger release scooper to measure out truffles.
  9. Roll in your hands to form a ball and place on lined cookie sheet.
  10. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  11. Place cocoa powder (or desired topping) on a shallow dish and roll truffle in powder until it is coated.
  12. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


Optional toppings: coconut, finely diced nuts, powdered sugar, finely crushed up hard candy

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 22 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 36mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g

I hope you make many, many delicious truffles for you and yours!  They really are a delightful addition to any celebration!

chocolate truffles



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