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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Everyone knows the best gifts are the ones that come from the heart. And for me that either means something homemade or you guessed it, a food gift. Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles are truly a labor of love. Skip the store bought candy this year and surprise your Valentine with this sweet and thoughtful homemade treat! Chocolate lovers will adore the amazing dark chocolate flavor kissed with a hint of raspberry liqueur. This rich and decadent candy is truly a splurge!

Here’s all you’ll need: dark baking chocolate, heavy whipping cream, butter, raspberry-flavored liqueur, milk chocolate chips, and shortening.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles ingredients list

So full disclosure this recipe takes a little bit of time. But don’t panic just yet. Most of that time is spent with your feet kicked up on the couch. Seriously its so easy!! Start by placing 7 ounces of dark baking chocolate, heavy whipping cream and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. Repeat this process until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth-ish. Always remember when microwaving chocolate, less is more. Chocolate will melt at just 90 degrees, so if your microwave tends to run hot, I recommend using the 50% power mode for this process.

Dark baking chocolate can be found in the baking aisle and typically comes in a bar form. The main difference between baking chocolate and regular chocolate is whether or not the confection is sweetened. Generally baking chocolate is unsweetened or very lightly sweetened. Chocolates that are marketed for eating typically contain added sweeteners, flavorings and sometimes even herbs and spices. The more basic baking variety works best for chocolate truffles recipes.

Dark baking chocolate, heavy whipping cream, and butter melted together in a microwave safe bowl.

Don’t panic if your chocolate isn’t silky smooth just yet. Add in the raspberry liqueur (we used di Amore Raspberry). The liqueur helps to pull it all together. And then there’s my secret weapon…a whisk! Whisk the chocolate mixture to get it nice and smooth. Even if your chocolate separates (looks a little oily) a whisk should do the trick to bring it back to where you need it to be. Ta-da! You just made a ganache! Cover the ganache and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until the mixture is firm. This is the part where you kick your feet back and binge watch a few episodes of Nailed It! Trust me, you’ll love it.

Chocolate ganache whisked together in a glass bowl.

Once the chocolate is firm enough to handle, shape into bitesize balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. You’ll want to work fast. Just the warmth from your hands it enough to heat the chocolate back up. I also recommend using a cookie scoop to keep them nice and uniform. Just for reference I used a 1.5-inch scoop for this recipe and was able to make exactly 12 candies. If you scaled back to a 1-inch I’m sure you could easily stretch it to 18. And obviously there’s nothing wrong with doubling the recipe!!! Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles for everyone!!! OMG, wouldn’t these make adorable teacher gifts??? Chill for another hour in the fridge (or 30 minutes in the freezer if you’re impatient like me). I pop that whole baking sheet right in there!

Chocolate truffle balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Alrighty, now that you’re fully rested (is this not the most relaxing recipe you’ve ever made???) it’s time to get back to work! Add the chocolate chips and shortening to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals (stirring in between) until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Dip each chocolate truffle ball into the melted chocolate to cover completely. If you’re fancy and have chocolate dipping tools on hand then I really admire you and your collection of kitchen tools. But if you’re a candy making newbie then you probably already have my favorite chocolate dipping tool on hand…..a toothpick!

Chocolate truffle ball being dipped into melted chocolate using a toothpick.

It helps to stick the toothpick in the side of the truffle and as low as possible. That way when you remove the toothpick the hole is less noticeable and obvious as opposed to sticking it right in the top. Place the chocolate truffles back on the lined baking sheet and pop them back in the fridge until the chocolate is set. This shouldn’t take very long at all, maybe 15 minutes tops.

Chocolate dipped truffles placed on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

And now the finishing touches! Remove the toothpicks. Place 2 ounces of dark baking chocolate in a ziplock bag. Microwave for 30 seconds, squish it all together with your fingers to mix, and microwave again until chocolate is completely melted. Snip off a tiny corner of the ziplock bag to create a make-shift piping bag. Drizzle the melted chocolate back and forth across the top of the truffles in a zig-zag pattern. You really can’t screw this part up. Even the “oops” patterns end up really pretty!! Also this is a great way to cover up that teeny tiny toothpick hole if you’re going for total perfection. Allow the chocolate drizzle to set.

Chocolate truffles on a baking sheet drizzled with more chocolate to finish.

Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate! Does it really get any better than this??? Who will you gift Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles to this Valentine’s Day? It’s ok if the answers yourself!!!! May I also suggest our super easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries tutorial!

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

February 8, 2019
: 12-18 depending on size
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 7 ounces premium dark baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry-flavor liqueur
  • 10 ounces of milk chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoon of shortening
  • 2 ounces premium dark baking chocolate, melted
Directions
  • Step 1 Place 7 ounces of dark baking chocolate, heavy whipping cream and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat this process until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth-ish. Always remember when microwaving chocolate, less is more. Chocolate will melt at just 90 degrees, so if your microwave tends to run hot, I recommend using the 50% power mode for this process.
  • Step 2 Add in the raspberry liqueur (we used di Amore Raspberry). Whisk the chocolate mixture to get it nice and smooth. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until the mixture is firm.
  • Step 3 Once the chocolate is firm enough to handle, shape into bitesize balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Chill for another hour in the fridge (or 30 minutes in the freezer).
  • Step 4 Add the chocolate chips and shortening to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals (stirring in between) until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Dip each chocolate truffle ball into the melted chocolate to cover completely. Remove the toothpicks. Place the chocolate truffles back on the lined baking sheet and pop them back in the fridge until the chocolate is set, about 15 minutes.
  • Step 5 Place 2 ounces of dark baking chocolate in a ziplock bag. Microwave for 30 seconds, mix with your fingers, and microwave again until chocolate is completely melted. Snip off a tiny corner of the ziplock bag to create a make-shift piping bag. Drizzle the melted chocolate back and forth across the top of the truffles in a zig-zag pattern. Allow chocolate to set. Enjoy!

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