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Cran-Marnier Truffles Recipe

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 YIELD:60 servings


  • 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


  • 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: 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.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: Store these truffles in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Allow them to come to room temperature before serving.

Nutritional 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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