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Chocolate Cherry Truffles Recipe

Chocolate Cherry Truffles Recipe

My blue ribbon cherry truffles were the delicious result of a kitchen experiment involving a bottle of kirsch I'd received as a gift and some dried cherries I had on hand. It is an annual favorite of my friends and family. —Gerry Cofta, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + standing YIELD:48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely chopped dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup cherry brandy
  • 11 ounces 53% cacao dark baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon cherry extract
  • COATING:
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • Melted dark, milk and white chocolate and pearl dust

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine cherries and brandy; cover and let soak for 1 hour or until cherries are softened.
  • 2. Place dark chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Stir in extract and soaked cherries with liquid. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  • 3. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place on baking sheets; cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • 4. In a microwave, melt milk chocolate; stir until smooth. Dip half of the balls into milk chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
  • 5. Melt dark chocolate; stir until smooth. Dip remaining balls into dark chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Drizzle with melted chocolate and decorate with pearl dust as desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: Pearl dust is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit wilton.com.