We’re all about miniature , easy desserts , and possibly the simplest, most rewarding version are truffles (not to be confused with the mushrooms by the same name). No, we’re talking about the delicious, round, two-bite beautiful balls of chocolate-y goodness often found tucked into foil in fancy chocolate boxes. What if we told you they’re actually crazy simple to make on your own? We like to keep a stash for ourselves as snacks, give some out as holiday gifts , serve them as simple, upscale after dinner desserts… they’re kind of a great all-around sweet. Check out our 23 dessert truffle recipes for flavor ideas—we’ve taken them way beyond just milk chocolate.
At their simplest, truffles are simply rolled balls of chocolate ganache, dipped into chocolate, then decorated. There are many origin stories for ganache (“fool/foolish” in French), but the one we like best is the one about the chocolatier’s assistant who accidentally dropped heavy cream into a bowl of chocolate. His head chef called him a fool, Gordon Ramsay-idiot-sandwich -style, and history was made. You can keep things simple and stick with the classic combination of milk chocolate on milk chocolate, or swap in dark or white for a twist. You can also add different flavors, like our red wine truffles , our orange creamsicle truffles , or our Baileys truffles . Keep in mind you can always get creative with your decorations too—look to our Brazilian brigadeiros recipe for a variety of ideas.
Ganache is super simple, but we’d understand if you don’t want to deal with heating milk, making sure your ganache is the right consistency, the whole shebang… Try one of our cheat truffle recipes instead! They come out tasting somewhere between a cookie crust and a cake pop , and we. are. here. for. it. Our most popular version is a Oreo truffle made of cream cheese, Oreos, and vanilla, rolled into balls and dipped in melted chocolate. From there, you can branch out and use different cookies, like the graham crackers in our s’mores cookie dough truffles or pumpkin truffles , or the golden Oreos in our piña colada truffles or our strawberry shortcake truffles . Try out your own combinations, and have fun with it!