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Cran-Marnier Truffles Recipe

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Silky smooth chocolate is studded with bits of dried cranberries in these luscious truffles. It is the perfect dessert for your Thanksgiving or Christmas celebration.—Gerry Cofta, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES: 60 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 8 ounces 53% cacao dark baking chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • Baking cocoa, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 truffle (calculated without cocoa) equals 96 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 14 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, milk and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reads 234° (soft-ball stage).
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in dark chocolate until melted. Stir in the marshmallows, Grand Marnier and orange peel until blended. Stir in cranberries. Transfer to a large bowl. Refrigerate for 1-1/2 hours or until easy to handle.
  3. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  4. In a microwave, melt semisweet chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip truffles in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Return to lined baking sheets; refrigerate until set.
  5. Roll truffles in cocoa if desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 5 dozen.
Editor's Note: Store these truffles in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Allow them to come to room temperature before serving.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Cran-Marnier Truffles in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2011, p71

Nutritional Facts

1 truffle (calculated without cocoa) equals 96 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 14 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

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