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Cran-Marnier Truffles

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + chilling

Makes

5 dozen

Silky smooth chocolate is studded with bits of dried cranberries in these luscious truffles. It is the perfect dessert for your Christmas celebration.—Gerry Cofta, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Cran-Marnier Truffles Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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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 zest
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • Baking cocoa, optional

Directions

  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine 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 heat; stir in dark chocolate until melted. Stir in marshmallows, Grand Marnier and orange zest until blended. Stir in cranberries. Transfer to a bowl. Refrigerate until easy to handle, about 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Shape into 1-in. balls; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate, covered, until firm, about 1 hour.
  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. Or, if desired, roll undipped truffles in cocoa. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 truffle: 96 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 14mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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