Homemade Chocolate Truffles Recipe

These homemade chocolate truffles are extra creamy with the addition of butter. After mixing the 4 ingredients together, let the mixture set in the refrigerator, then roll into balls. Follow this homemade truffles recipe and the helpful video tutorial below!

Homemade chocolate truffles

Making homemade chocolate truffles couldn’t be easier and after watching the video tutorial below, you’ll agree with excitement! Homemade truffles are the perfect quick & easy treat for holidays and I’m right here to guide you along. Ditch the boxed chocolates!

Chocolate lovers, rejoice. 🙂

Homemade chocolate truffles on Valentine's Day plate

Video: Homemade Truffles

Chocolate truffles are a deeply indulgent chocolate treat made from chocolate and cream. They’re essentially balls of chocolate ganache. And great news: they sound so much fancier than they are to make!

Chocolate truffle

Only 2 Ingredients in Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate and heavy cream are the only ingredients in homemade chocolate truffles. However, I add 2 extra ingredients for texture and flavor. These extras will turn your regular truffles into the BEST CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES. And after writing an entire cookbook on truffles and candy recipes, I know that’s a fact!

  1. Chocolate: 8 ounces of pure chocolate is the base of chocolate truffles. Do not use chocolate chips because they will not melt into truffle consistency. Pure chocolate is sold in 4 ounce bars in the baking aisle. Use milk chocolate for sweeter truffles or semi-sweet/dark chocolate for extra rich truffles. If using milk chocolate, reduce the cream to 1/2 cup as milk chocolate is much softer than dark chocolate.
  2. Heavy Cream: Heavy cream or heavy whipping cream is also a base ingredient. Do not use half-and-half or any other liquid because the truffles won’t set up properly. See recipe note for a non-dairy alternative.
  3. Butter: 1 scant Tablespoon of softened butter transform these into the creamiest truffles you will ever taste. You will never go back!
  4. Vanilla Extract: Pure vanilla extract adds exceptional flavor to your chocolate truffles.

With so few ingredients, it’s imperative to follow the recipe. After years of candy making, I find the ratio of 8 ounces of chocolate to 2/3 cup heavy cream is the most favorable. Truffles are too firm with less liquid. Stick to this recipe for truffle success!

Chopped chocolate for truffles

Chocolate ganache for truffles

Shaping chocolate truffles

How to Make Chocolate Truffles in 5 Steps

  1. Warm Cream: Pour warm cream over chopped chocolate.
  2. Do Nothing: Before stirring, let the warm cream and chocolate sit in the bowl for a few minutes. Don’t touch it!
  3. Stir: Stir until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Refrigerate: Refrigerate until the mixture is set, about 1-2 hours.
  5. Roll: Roll into balls and coat in toppings like sprinkles, cocoa powder, or crushed nuts. You can also dip the truffles in melted or tempered chocolate. Here is a blog post & video showing how to dip truffles into chocolate. And I have an in-depth explantation for tempered chocolate in Sally’s Candy Addiction if you have a copy!

Sticky Situation: These are extra creamy truffles, which are the most delicious variety. The downside to creamy truffles is that they’re sticky to roll. You can wear rubber gloves or coat your hands in cocoa powder, but here is my #1 trick and it makes rolling SO MUCH EASIER. Scoop the truffle mixture into mounds on a lined baking sheet. (Pictured above.) Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes so the mounds “dry out.” After that, they are a little less sticky to roll. You can watch me do this in the video tutorial.

Chocolate truffle balls

Troubleshooting Truffles

Even though there are so few ingredients and steps, a couple mishaps can happen. Let me help you troubleshoot through the chocolate truffle recipe.

  • The chocolate won’t melt: One trick for successful truffles is to chop the chocolate into very small pieces. The finer the chocolate chunks, the quicker they’ll melt. Additionally, the chocolate might not melt because the cream is not hot enough. Make sure it is simmering warm before pouring over the chocolate. If the chocolate still isn’t melting, place the heat-proof bowl over a pot of 1 inch of simmering water and stir until melted. I usually do this.
  • The ganache won’t thicken: Make sure you are using pure chocolate, not chocolate chips, and heavy cream. You can also pour the mixture into a shallow dish so it thickens quicker. And finally, keep it in the refrigerator until thickened.
  • The chocolate is greasy and separating: If the truffle mixture is greasy or separating, the heavy cream was too hot.
  • The truffle mixture is too sticky: See “Sticky Situation” above.
  • Rolled truffles are too dry for toppings: Mash the truffle between your palms and re-roll so it’s sticky enough for the toppings.

By the way, if you love chocolate truffles, you will flip for these peanut butter balls.

Chocolate truffles rolled into cocoa powder and sprinkles

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Homemade chocolate truffles

Homemade Chocolate Truffles Recipe

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20-24 truffles
  • Category: Dessert

Description

These homemade chocolate truffles are extra creamy with the addition of butter. After mixing the ingredients together, let the mixture set in the refrigerator, then roll into balls. You can coat in your favorite toppings and add lots of fun flavors, too! The mixture gets a little sticky, so refer back to my tips in the blog post above.


Ingredients

  • two 4-ounce quality chocolate bars (226g), very finely chopped*
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) heavy cream*
  • optional: 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • optional: 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • toppings: unsweetened cocoa powder, sprinkles, crushed nuts, melted or tempered chocolate

Instructions

  1. Place the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat the heavy cream until it is simmering. You can heat it on the stove or in the microwave.
  3. Add the butter, if using, to the chocolate and pour the heavy cream evenly on top. Let the warm cream and chocolate sit for 5 minutes minutes. Add the vanilla extract then stir until the chocolate has completely melted. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface (to avoid condensation) and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Tip: Pour into a flat shallow dish, such as a 8×8 inch baking pan, so the mixture evenly and quickly sets.
  4. Scoop the set truffle mixture into 2 teaspoon-sized mounds. This cookie scoop is the perfect size. For larger truffles, 1 Tablespoon size mounds. Roll each into balls. This gets a little sticky, so see my tips above.
  5. Roll each into toppings, if desired. Truffles taste best at room temperature!
  6. Cover tightly and store truffles at room temperature for 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: For longer storage, freeze up to 3 months with or without toppings. Thaw in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature, if desired, before enjoying.
  2. Make Ahead Instructions: Prepare the truffle mixture through step 3. The mixture must chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours or up to 3 days. If chilling for longer than 4ish hours, let the mixture sit on the counter for several minutes to soften into scoop-able consistency.
  3. Chocolate: Use pure chocolate, the kind sold in 4 ounce bars in the baking aisle. Do not use chocolate chips. The higher quality chocolate you purchase, the better your truffles will taste. I love Baker’s or Ghirardelli brands. If you want to splurge, Scharffen Berger is exceptional! Semi-sweet or dark chocolate make a very intense chocolate truffle and milk chocolate yields a sweeter truffle. If using milk chocolate, reduce the cream to 1/2 cup as milk chocolate is much softer than dark chocolate. Do not use white chocolate in this recipe because it’s too thin. Here is a white chocolate truffles recipe to use instead. You can leave out the lime flavoring.
  4. Heavy Cream: Heavy cream or heavy whipping cream is the only liquid that will melt the chocolate into the proper truffle consistency. Do not use half-and-half or milk. The only non-dairy substitute is canned full-fat coconut milk (not the refrigerated kind). Shake it up and use in the recipe as you would heavy cream.
  5. Butter and Vanilla Extract: Both are optional, but butter makes truffles extra creamy and vanilla extract adds wonderful flavor.
  6. Flavors: Instead of vanilla extract, use 1/2 teaspoon raspberry, coconut, orange, peppermint, or strawberry extract. Or leave out the extract and add 1-2 Tablespoons of your favorite liqueur. I also have hazelnut truffles and key lime truffles recipes too!
  7. Halved/Doubled: Recipe can easily be halved, but I do not recommend doubling. Instead, make 2 separate batches.

250 Comments

  1. Just finished mine up! Mine made 18 and I used cocoa powder, sparkling sugar and crushed almonds. So good! I think next time I’ll try rolling them in crushed freeze-dried strawberry dust.

    I posted them on instagram (https://www.instagram.com/p/Btbhe5FHpZf/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link).

  2. Hi, I just wanted to clarify something – for extracts, you say to use 1/2 tsp, but for liqueur, you say 1-2 Tbsp. Wouldn’t that difference in the amount of liquid really throw things off, from a textural or set-up standpoint? I’m asking because I’d hate to throw in that much liquid and ruin my truffles and my carefully hoarded liqueurs!

    1. Hi Jessica! That’s correct. I’ve run into no issues adding 1-2 Tbsp of Grand Marnier and other liqueurs to the mixture. If you’re worried, you can reduce liqueur down on the stove so it’s more potent and only use 1-2 teaspoons.

  3. Made these today! So lovely and creamy, set up really nicely and were easy to coat. I chilled the mix first then scooped roughly and chilled again before rolling, definitely makes it much easier to roll after some minutes in the freezer if you want to speed things up
    I used pistacho, hazelnut , coconut and plain cocoa powder to coat mine
    Definitely making these again
    Thanks for another great and easy to follow recipe

  4. These were so delicious!! My family was obsessed. They were very sticky and I should have scooped them and chilled them and then rolled them! Nevertheless, they were awesome. Next time I will dip them in melted chocolate! YUM

  5. These came out great! I refrigerated these overnight and then rolled them out the next day. I took Reese’s PB chips and pulsed them to a dust consistency and rolled some in PB! Yum!!!

  6. I made these without butter or vanilla, and they still turned out delicious! I used my smallest cookie scoop to roll out even sized balls, and then rounded them out by rolling them in my hands. Once my hands warmed up the mix some, it was very easy to roll them in colorful sprinkles. Easy and delicious recipe! 🙂

  7. I made these this weekend, they were so delicious! I’m anxious to try many more flavor combinations. Have you ever tried adding red wine? Do you think it’s as easy as swapping out the 1-2 T of liqueur with wine?

  8. These look delicious! I am wondering, can truffles be made in a mold? I have a very cute 12 heart cavity mold (silicone) that I would like to use. I am wondering, however, how I prevent the chocolate from sticking in the mold. Thanks Sally 🙂

    1. Hi Jill! I can always taste the sugar granules when using unsweetened chocolate + adding sugar to the mix. Unfortunately, I don’t have a successful solution for you but let me know if you test anything. I always have the best luck using semi-sweet chocolate.

  9. Hey there! So I made these with milk chocolate and they are delicious. But they will not hold their shape, they keep collapsing down. Any ideas on how to fix it? Thanks!

  10. These truffles made me think of something I’ve been meaning to request from you Sally. A local healthstore in the Seattle area (called Jujubeet) makes these ah-mazzzzing “energy balls”. The listed ingredients (raw cacao, almonds, coconut, olive oil, sea salt etc) are few and their end product is to die for! They’re grain free and sugar free …. I’m trying to balance out my sweet tooth with healthy – as I’m sure many other readers are. And I know you value this concept too. Please experiment with some of these energy bites for us! I can’t imagine anyone else but you coming up with killer recipes and suggestions! Thank you!!

  11. I made them! emailed a photo and posted to my instagram (creativecatjackie)
    Mine kept turning to mush, even after refrigerating and trying to freeze, as soon as I tried rolling they turned to mush?? hmmm, its ok we are trying not to eat sweets in this house so it is just as well they did not last, i just kept a few for photo..I am excited to see what is in store for March!

  12. Hey Sally! I noticed almond extract wasn’t one of the options you listed. Is that because it doesn’t really give them good flavor? I was thinking it might give them a subtle cherry flavor? Then again, I’m a new baker and I’m still trying to figure out why almond extract tastes like cherry to me! LOL

    1. Hi Megan! You can definitely use almond extract. I’ve never personally tried it, so I didn’t add it as an option. Let me know how they turn out!

  13. I loved experimenting with this! I added caramel extract, didnt add enough cause you could barely taste it.
    Such an amazing experiment and cant wait to try more 🙂

  14. Tried these today! The recipe was so easy! Directions were so clear and there are so many possibilities for them. Really want to temper chocolate to dip them in next 🙂

  15. Made these this month for your baking challenge and was really happy with the results! This is the first time I have ever made truffles and I’m looking forward to trying them with different extracts and toppings in the future. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Just made a batch and it went great! Definitely messy, but that was just more fun for my helpers (kids, 2.5 and 7). Will definitely make a again and try mixing up the flavors!

  17. I made these this morning! It’s an icy day here in the midwest. Perfect baking weather. I used Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate baking bars. Definitely used the butter, they turned out amazing. They melt in your mouth. I got creative and crushed up some pretzels to roll them in. I also rolled some in pb2 powder (who doesn’t love peanut butter AND chocolate). Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

  18. I made these today and they were SO good! One thing I would like to comment on – I actually used Ghirardelli chocolate chips instead of Ghirardelli bar baking chocolate because it was cheaper and it has the EXACT same ingredients! I first read about this on the King Arthur Flour website but I wasn’t sure of it myself until I actually read the backs of both packages at the store! No kidding, they have the same ingredient list, right down to the punctuation. My understanding is that, yes, truly high end chocolate does not have the preservatives and extras such as soy lecithin, but almost all readily available American chocolate, be it chips or bars, does. So if all you have is chips, or you see that the chips are cheaper, I might suggest checking the backs of both packages. I had absolutely no trouble with the chips when I made these truffles. They are still delicious and creamy!

  19. I made these today, they were so easy to do! My flavors were crushed coffee crystals and sea salt in cocoa powder, toasted almonds with sea salt, and red sugar crystals. Great recipe!!

  20. Hi Sally,

    Thanks for the great recipe! I have tried making these twice now, and like another commenter, it tastes great, but mine just doesn’t seem to be getting firm enough. I try and roll the chocolate into balls, but it doesn’t keep the shape. The consistency is more like a mousse. And a delicious one!

    Do you have any ideas why this might be happening? I am using baker’s milk chocolate. Should I try semi-sweet or dark chocolate? To the best of my knowledge I have followed all of your other instructions.

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Allie! They milk chocolate may be too soft. Dark chocolate is always a little more firm. If you decide to try them again, prepare with a darker variety. I’m glad you enjoy their taste!

  21. I made two batches of these yesterday – one semi-sweet chocolate and one German chocolate. So simple and very delicious! I did have a strange problem, however. The German chocolate batch didn’t get firm at all. Even with extra chilling in little mounds, the chocolate was melting in my hands, and the truffles are soft and squishy. In contrast, the semi-sweet batch came out perfect! Would different chocolates react differently? Or more likely just something funny with how I made them? Any tips to firm up the squishy truffles? Thanks 🙂

    1. Varying chocolates will change the texture of truffles, yes. Milk chocolate is much softer than dark/semi-sweet chocolate, so you’ll find them to be A LOT softer and more difficult to roll. If you decide to try the milk chocolate variety again, reduce the cream to 1/2 cup. Thank you so much for trying the truffles!

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