Nutella Truffles | Recipe | Crispy Chocolate Truffles

Woo Hoo!!!!  This is officially my last Christmas post!  Good thing, too.  My parents are coming to town next weekend and I'm planning a special "thank you" dinner for them for everything they do for me and Mr. Stranded, so it's time to move on to something new.

So our last Christmas recipe is Nutella truffles.  I can't say that truffles were traditional in our house growing up, but Nutella sure was.  My favorite story regarding Nutella involves my oldest brother who is almost eight years my senior.  When he was a senior in high school and I was in fourth grade, my mom had to have emergency surgery.  So for the time my mom was in the hospital with my dad helping her, my brother made our lunches each day.  When I opened up my lunch bag, I couldn't believe my eyes!  He had made...wait for it...Nutella and peanut butter sandwiches!  AND he threw in chocolate milk, a fruit roll-up, some M&Ms and a banana for good measure.  I had never had so many treats in my life, much less in one meal!

Thinking back on that time, I also remember my brother dropping my other brother and me off at school in an old beat-up gray car.  We called it Big Gray.  Big Gray didn't have a radio, so I held a boom box on my lap in the back seat and blasted Rush through the speakers.  I can't think of any other fourth grader who knew all the words to Tom Sawyer.  Ah, the good old days...

It also feels like forever ago when Mrs. H and I made the Nutella truffles.  It's hard to believe it was only two months ago.  We got to chatting, weren't really paying attention and before we knew it, we had made something closer to huge chocolate meatballs instead of small truffles.  But they still tasted good!  Truffles shouldn't be larger than a quarter.  We decorated the truffles with cocoa powder, white chocolate and chopped walnuts.

Make the truffles in batches and keep the unused portion in the freezer to keep it cool.  Once it starts to melt, it becomes very hard to handle.  Just keep putting the chocolate mixture back in the freezer to firm up a bit if that happens.

Nutella Truffles Recipe
Yield: 32 small truffles

4.5 oz (125 g) cream-filled wafer cookies, chocolate or vanilla flavor
7 oz (half of a small jar) chocolate-hazelnut spread, like Nutella
1 c chopped hazelnuts
12 oz chocolate candy coating
Cocoa powder and white chocolate for garnish

1. Place the cream-filled wafers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse it until they are coarsely chopped.
2. Combine the wafer pieces and Nutella in a large bowl and stir well.  Press a layer of plastic wrap on top of the mixture.  Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
3. Using a melon-baller, make 1" balls. Roll ball quickly in your hands to make them perfectly round.  Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
4. Roll the chocolate balls in the chopped hazelnuts and then roll in your hands to embed the nuts.  Place back in the freezer for 5 minutes.
5. Melt the chocolate candy coating according the package directions.  Be sure to stir regularly to prevent burning the chocolate.  Once melted, use two forks to dip the Nutella balls.  Place coated balls on waxed paper. 
6. Decorate balls with cocoa powder or chopped walnuts while still wet.  White chocolate swirls can be applied once the candy coating has hardened.  Allow to completely dry and harden before handling.

Make-Ahead Tip: Truffles can be made up to two weeks in advance and stored in an air-tight container.

2 comments:

Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog) said... [Reply]

Yum, Yum, Yum!

Trader Joes makes a cocoa spread like Nutella, but it's a little more healthy. We love it.

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