February Baking Challenge


February 2019 Baking Challenge: Homemade Chocolate Truffles

January was all about yeast and February is all about chocolate! This month I’m showing you how to make from-scratch chocolate truffles, a recipe that many are nervous to try. Secret is… chocolate truffles couldn’t be easier. Ditch those boxed chocolates!


Everyone who participates in the February Baking Challenge is automatically entered. See below for How to Join Sally’s Baking Challenge. My assistants and I keep track of your photos and randomly select a winner at the end of the month. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends on February 27th 2019.

1 winner will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card. A winner will be selected at random and posted in the March Baking Challenge blog post on February 28th 2019.

How to Join Sally's Baking Challenge

  1. Recipe: On or around the 1st of each month, I publish a new challenge recipe. Sign up for instant email updates so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published!
  2. Bake & Comment: Bake the recipe during that month, then come back and comment on the recipe and tell me how it went.
  3. Share: Share your photos using #sallysbakingchallenge on Instagram or email me, tweet me, or upload a photo of your recipe to my Facebook page or Facebook group. By sharing your photo, you are automatically entered in that month’s giveaway, which is usually an Amazon $250 gift card. There is always an alternate challenge recipe just in case you’re not into the recipe published. Here is a landing page dedicated to all things Sally’s Baking Challenge.

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Let’s Review the January Baking Challenge

January Baking Challenge: Homemade Bagels

Can you believe it? January 2019 held the most participation in a baking challenge yet! And I was nervous that everyone would quit baking after the Christmas season. 😉 You tackled your fear of yeast and baked a bakery staple that MANY are nervous to try. Let’s give everyone a round of applause for their bagels. I hope you’re all so proud!

We gathered as many bagel photo entries as we could and include them below. (Email is the best way to guarantee your photo will be included!)

Giveaway winner for January is Danielle and she has been notified. 🙂


  1. Hey Sally!! I’m so glad you’re doing truffles this February! I have always been afraid to try them although I’m not sure why exactly…..:D I have high hopes these will turn out awesome once I make them though 😉

  2. I haven’t participated in a challenge yet, although I make your recipes all the time! This recipe looks perfect for my chocolate-loving husband. This will be a great Valentine’s Day gift!!

  3. Niceeee I made your 5 ingredients strawberry cheesecake truffles back in 2017 and i don’t think I have made truffles since then so let’s get started with this Sally cos it looks mouth-watering! 🙂

  4. Holy Cow! I’ve never seen so many bagels! That’s awesome! We bring group participation to a whole new level! Can’t wait for truffles…….(drools everywhere) LOL

  5. I’m so excited about chocolate truffles- they are one of my favorites!!! Perfect just in time for Valentine’s Day! I was like oh my gosh the baking challenge is homemade chocolate truffles! I really want to participate in February baking challenge because in March I’m having a total hip replacement done at age 24! Prayers for that please! But I can’t wait to make these chocolate truffles!

  6. Yay ! chocolate truffles. perfect sweet for my Valentine. Loved the January challenge. I was proud to be a bagel baker! Family and friends super impressed. Thanks Sally.. I wonder if truffles will impress them as much

  7. I loved the bagel challenge! Definitely something that would have impressed any of my grandmother’s.
    Can’t wait to get started on truffles.

  8. Oh my husband is going to love these. Im really excited to make these. We love chocolate. Im going to get the kiddo to help too.

  9. Truffles– How perfectly sweet for Valentine’s Day!! I make your peppermint truffles at Christmas every year and they are ALWAYS a hit– can’t wait to make them for the hubs for V Day!!! I dropped the ball on bagels this month- January seems like it was SUCH a long month, but at the same time I can’t believe it got away from me already. Can’t say I am sorry to see it end- is it summer yet?

  10. I just made the pizza crust and it was AMAZING! So glad I finally got up the nerve to try it. The best part is that it was so easy. I need to stop doubting myself.

  11. So excited for the chocolates – and I need to get on that bagel recipe, maybe this weekend. Everything you make is always so good, and always makes me look like *I’m* a great baker, hah!

    Off topic BUT I was curious if you have or have tried making any kind of lactation cookie (if you happen to have bf, or made them for others)? I made a few recipes when I had my first but they were always dry and weird. Expecting my second soon and I think my expectations for cookies have become higher in the last two years – I can’t go back!

    1. Hey Rachel! I made lactation cookies all the time when I was nursing. I actually used a recipe that’s already published on my blog: Breakfast Cookies.
      I added 3 Tablespoons of Brewers Yeast, 2 Tablespoons of ground flax, and 3 Tablespoons of milk. I also slightly increased the honey because brewers yeast is a little bitter. Same bake time. They were great!

  12. I can’t wait to make these!!!! I love chocolate truffles, but have never made them, so I’m really excited! Also, I watched a couple episodes of Sprinkled for the first time, and I really liked it! You’re doing a great job!!!!

  13. Saw the recipe and I was dying to make them! Had all the ingredients on hand so I just finished making them #overachiever lol
    These were so simple to make! I did the trick using the 8×8 pan so it would set faster and also put them into the fridge after scooping them so they would “dry out”. So much easier to roll!
    They are so decadent! Cant wait to make them again for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day!

  14. Such a great (and easy to follow!) recipe! I used semisweet chocolate and peppermint extract, and I dipped the truffles in melted white chocolate! The filling is melt-in-your-mouth creamy. I used your tip of refrigerating mounds of filling prior to rolling, which made shaping the truffles very easy. Thanks, Sally!

  15. I’m so glad I was able to join in on one of your challenges!! I’ve been wanting to, but was intimidated last month by the yeast (then told by my family that “yeast is easy!” and “that’s what thermometers are for!”) My brother has been asking me to try truffles for a while now, so this challenge definitely worked for me! The tip about using gloves is definitely a keeper… Although I need to buy some that are MY size and not a large men’s size. They kept the worst of the chocolate off my hands, but because they were too big some of the chocolate made its way onto my hands when they rolled up.

    Another keeper of a recipe, Sally!

  16. Chocolate truffles are my favorite candy/chocolate item, so I was excited to see an easy recipe for them. They were very easy to make and turned out so good. I used semi-sweet chocolate for the filling and dipped them in milk and white chocolate, followed by sprinkles for the coating. So happy with how they turned out!

  17. I made it using amaretto, which made them overly soft and hard to roll. I ended up freezing them for 10 minutes to get them hard enough to roll, then still stored in fridge because with “crust” on them they stayed hard enough in fridge. Wondering if using alcohol instead of extract we need to decrease cream? Love making truffles, and this is by far my favorite and easiest recipe. Thank you!

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