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Truffle Topiary

I wanted to give family and friends something they’d remember, so I whipped up piles of these sweets for everyone. Set them out in a pretty pattern on a cookie tray or turn them into a stunning centerpiece. —Elisa Schmidt, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + standing Cook: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    11 dozen


  • 3 packages (12 ounces each) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 2-1/4 cups sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 pound dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1 each 6- and 8-inch Styrofoam cones or a single 12-inch cone


  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 package of chocolate chips. Add 3/4 cup condensed milk; mix well. Stir in orange extract. Cover and chill until firm enough to shape, about 45 minutes. Repeat 2 more times with remaining chips and milk, adding peppermint extract to 1 portion and almond extract to the other.
  • Shaping truffles: Shape chilled mixture into 1-in. balls; place on 3 separate waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill 1-2 hours or until firm.
  • Melt white candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Dip orange-flavored balls in coating and return to waxed paper to harden. Melt remaining white candy coating again and dip balls once more to thoroughly cover. Let harden.
  • Melt chocolate candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Dip peppermint-flavored balls in coating and return to waxed paper to harden.
  • Roll the almond-flavored truffles in ground almonds.
  • Making the tree: Brush the Styrofoam cones with remaining chocolate if desired. Using toothpicks, stick 1 end into each truffle and the other end into the cone, covering entire cone with truffles.
Editor's Note: White and dark chocolate confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometimes labeled "almond bark" or "candy coating" and is often sold in bulk packages of 1 to 1-1/2 pounds. It is the product used for dipping chocolate. Crafter's thoughts: —These sweets are perfect for preparing ahead—undipped, they'll stay fresh in the freezer for several months. (Thaw in refrigerator.) —Use toothpicks to dip the candies, then poke the picks into a foam scrap so the truffles' chocolate bottoms dry smoothly.
Nutrition Facts
1 truffle: 83 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • kzdrowak820
    Dec 30, 2013

    I absolutely loved making this! I even took pictures of the one I made at home. It is a project, but it is so worth it to invest the time.

  • greenplants
    Dec 15, 2012

    This is a really good recipe and i think that I will make it every year!!!!! It is delicious.

  • catlovesbooks
    Dec 12, 2012

    Though it is time consuming to make homemade truffles, it is well worth the beautiful and delicious topiary!

  • catlovesbooks
    Dec 12, 2012

    Though it is time consuming to make homemade truffles, it is well worth the beautiful and delicious topiary!

  • kfk657
    Oct 17, 2012

    I lost the issue this recipe was in. I am thrilled to find it on your site. I make several batches of these, I use different flavorings and coatings. You don't need to make the tree, these are great served in minature candy paper liners!

  • catlovesbooks
    Mar 26, 2012

    While this made a positively beautiful and delicious (everyone loved the truffles) topiary, it was a lot of work. I do not think that I will make it again, but it was worth the one time that I did make it. It was a great gift.

  • kflanegan
    Dec 17, 2010

    I made these truffles for the first time this year for our annual cookie exchange. Very Easy. I did lemon and maple flavors as well and would add 1 tsp of the extract. My family felt the 1/2 tsp wasn't enough flavor.

  • Trennarene
    Dec 6, 2010

    I made these truffles for Christmas gifts last year, I didn't make them into a topiary, instead I put them in really cute holiday boxes. I dipped them in more chocolate and decorated them according to their flavor, and made coffee truffles with a coffee beans on top and put green drizzles on the mint.. ect. Everyone has been asking if I was going to do them again this year, by request I am going to have to say yes! They take a little time but they are VERY worth it! And fun to give.

  • Magaly
    Nov 21, 2007

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