Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles are one of my favorite bite-sized treats, rich and delicate. They are French desserts, easy to make yet very elegant. Love to serve them alongside a warm coffee in the morning or as small rewards at any hour of the day.

How to make Chocolate Truffles

These truffles are made with dark chocolate, cream, a bit of butter, and walnuts. To make the ganache, you will need high-quality chocolate, heavy cream, and butter. Chop the chocolate into small pieces, and then melt over a bain-marie. Combine it with the heavy cream, walnuts and butter. Chill in the refrigerator until firm enough to shape into balls.

Once the ganache is chilled and firm, use a small cookie scoop or a teaspoon to shape the ganache into small balls. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder,ground nuts, coconut or powdered sugar.

Chill again the truffles until ready to serve. Store the truffles in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to a month. 

You can always make variations to your truffles like adding flavorings such as vanilla extract, coffee, rum, orange zest and the list can go on. You can also add some textures by adding nuts, cocoa nibs or dried fruits.

These truffles are easy to prepare, you can make them in advance which makes them perfect for holidays and as homemade gifts for guests.

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Chocolate Truffles

5 from 1 vote
Chocolate truffles - bite sized treats, rich and delicate, made with dark chocolate, cream, butter and walnuts. Easy to prepare, perfect for holidays and gifs.
Servings 17 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 4 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes


  • 5 oz (150g) dark chocolate 70%
  • 1/2 cup (100g) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup (50g) butter
  • 3 tbsp ground walnuts
  • optional flavorings (coffee or orange zest, rum)
  • cocoa powder for coating


  • Put the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl, and melt over a pan of hot water. Set aside and add the butter stirring until smooth and homogenous. Add the heavy whipping cream, the walnuts, vanilla and the desired flavoring and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Allow to cool, then put in the refrigerator for two hours until it is hard enough to roll, Remove and using a teaspoon roll out balls. Roll in your hands quickly and put them on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Coat in cocoa powder, ground nuts, coconut, or powdered sugar. Enjoy


Serving: 1gCalories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 1.3gProtein: 0.5gFat: 5.2gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSugar: 1g
Calories: 53kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: butter, chocolate, chocolate truffles, cocoa, truffles, walnuts

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  1. Sandra Author says:

    Delicious and fantastic recipe!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Hester Casey - Alchemy Author says:

    Love the walnuts and the optional flavourings. What a lovely treat!

  3. The Chocolate Priestess Author says:

    Looks yummy and simple… bet I couldn’t personally get it to work. All of my attempts at truffles have failed.

  4. The Mom Chef Author says:

    Beautiful job with the truffles and the photography! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Erin Author says:

    I make truffles every year around Christmas time. These look wonderful! I might have to change up my recipe this year!

  6. Anamika Author says:

    Came across your blog through foodgawker and it’s a lovely space. Never given truffles a try, but this sounds so easy, so might as well!!

  7. Kate Author says:

    Should I whisk the whipping cream or just add them as they are?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      you don't need to whisk the cream, use it liquid.

  8. Kate Author says:

    Thanks!!! the truffles were great!! love them!! but my ‘dough’ didn’t harden even after 8 hours in the fridge:( I used kitchen scale and did everything as in your recipe, but when I started rolling the candies, it was still kinda soft…What did I do wrong? Should I add more cream or walnuts next time to make them hard? Thanks!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      So glad you loved the truffles. It's weird they didn't get hard, did you use more cream than 1/2 cup? it's really important to use exact measurements. Also the chocolate, did you use at least 55 % cocoa solids chocolate? It's really important to use good quality chocolate. More cream won't make them harder, will make them softer so don't add more. Also make sure you melt the chocolate over medium low heat. Hope you will try them once more, and let me know.

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