Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Best Truffles Ever

Let's be real for a moment can we? I'm only human and as much as I preach healthy and fitness daily the confession of occasional indulgence can't be ignored. Now, on occasion doesn't mean a couple times a week or every week for that matter. You know those special occasions- be it family events, a celebration or just the need to throw a little soiree with your girl friends.

If you are going all out, you might as well make it good! That's my motto- it has to be memorable or else don't even bring it close to your lips darlin'. Goodiva truffles are pricey and quite honestly they have generally sat in a box on a shelf for goodness knows how long. Homemade truffles is where it's at- and for all you divas who love nutella as much as I do, here you go- Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles.

  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 4 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 24 whole hazelnuts
  • 1 cup ground hazelnuts, toasted
In a large bowl, sift together confectioners' sugar and cocoa; set aside. In a saucepan, melt candy bars and butter. Add the cream and reserved cocoa mixture. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until mixture is thickened and smooth. Pour into an 8-in. square dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Using a melon baller or spoon, shape candy into 1-in. balls; press a hazelnut into each. Reshape balls and roll in ground hazelnuts. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

Makes 2 dozen truffles