Truffles are an easy and fun treat to make that your kids can help with. Hold on to your hats, I actually have a recipe for this one, complete with measurements! Enjoy!
- 12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips (or any dark chocolate you prefer)
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 tbs vanilla extract or half a vanilla bean
- 3 tbs coconut oil (can be replaced with butter, or omitted entirely)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
Bring the cream to a boil.
If you’re using a vanilla bean instead of extract, boil the bean in the cream.
Remove the vanilla bean when the cream boils. Scrape the gooey stuff out of the inside of the bean and put it in the cream. Yummy!
Pour hot cream on top of chocolate chips, oil, and vanilla.
Stir it all together until all the chocolate chips are melted. What you have now is chocolate ganache (the delicious chocolate substance that adorned our wedding cake along with fresh berries, mmmm ….). refrigerate that ganache until it is solid. Overnight is a good bet.
Once your ganache is solid, mix together your granulated sugar and cocoa powder. This will be the coating for your truffles. You can get really creative here if you want, add cinnamon or other spices, use different types of cocoa. Use powdered sugar instead of granulated, or all on it’s own. The granulated sugar/cocoa powder combo is just a classic. You can coat these suckers in whatever you want. My uncle (who happens to be an amazing chef) covers his truffles in tempered milk chocolate to give them a hard, shiney, chocolate coating. But I do it the simple way, because I am not an amazing chef.
Scoop out small spoonfulls of the hardened ganache and roll them into a ball. Roll the balls in the coating.
Now you have a basic truffle! I keep them refrigerated because they can melt easily.
Spoon licking is optional (but highly encouraged)