Mondays call for chocolate and what better way than in the form of truffles?! These are not your average truffles though, they’re made with Nutella!
Happy Monday morning to you! This weekend seemed to have passed in lightning speed, which I’d foreseen. Time always flies fast when you’re having fun. And the last couple of days were packed with more than enough.
I’ll have some pictures to share with you later this week, but I first need to sort through image after image of mouthwatering food. Meanwhile, why don’t we concentrate on something else that’s also more than drool-inducing: Nutella Truffles.
Since chocolate basically runs through my veins, there is no escaping Nutella. Whoever invented that luscious chocolate spread and basically made it perfectly acceptable to enjoy chocolate first thing in the morning, was a pure genius.
But it certainly doesn’t have to stop there. There are so many different ways to enjoy it throughout the day and right now, incorporating it into truffles, is my favorite by far.
I clearly have a thing for truffles. This is my sixth truffle recipe I posted and there’s no end in sight! I seriously have a long, long, long, and sweet list of different versions to try.
That’s what I love so much about them. They’re super versatile, no-bake, and perfectly poppable. Plus, truffles are pretty hard to mess up. No matter what skill level you have in the kitchen, you’ll be able to create a sweet treat that easily impresses and tastes absolutely indulgent. Even little ones can help in the process. They’d have a fabulous time rolling the chocolate base into truffle shapes -let’s be honest, who wouldn’t love playing with chocolate?
Besides taste and simplicity, another reason why these particular truffles are so great is that you only need 4 ingredients to make them. If you’re anything like me, you might even have all of the ingredients already on hand.
Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Dark or Semisweet Chocolate
The hazelnuts are optional, but I like to sprinkle them on top to give the truffles a little bit of crunch and texture. Plus, they look even prettier with that touch of “Hazelnut Dust”.
You’ll essentially whip up a chocolate mixture that resembles ganache (think thick chocolate sauce). It needs to chill for a couple of hours in the fridge before you can form it into balls with your hands.
If you’re not a big fan of dipping things in chocolate, you could even skip that step and roll the truffles in the hazelnut dust. Either way, they’ll be just as good.
I instantly feel better about Mondays when looking and eating one of these. Make it a great start to your week, friends!
- 14 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (I used Nutella)
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vegetable or canola oil, optional
- roasted, finely chopped hazelnuts for sprinkling
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
- 1. Place 10 ounces of the chocolate into a medium bowl. Using the microwave or your stove, heat up heavy cream until hot, but not boiling. Pour over the chocolate and let stand for 1-2 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, stir mixture until fully combined and chocolate is melted. Stir in chocolate hazelnut spread and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.
- 2. With the help of a small cookie scoop (about 1 teaspoon), scoop out chocolate mixture and form into balls. Place onto prepared cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 15-30 minutes.
- 4. Heat remaining chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl until completely melted. Add oil, if using, and stir to combine. Remove chocolate balls form the freezer and place one ball at a time into the melted chocolate. Using a fork, evenly coat each ball with the chocolate. Use the fork to remove the truffle from the chocolate and before transferring it back to the baking sheet, slightly tap the fork against the side of the bowl to get rid of any excess chocolate. Place on the baking sheet and repeat with remaining chocolate balls.
- Pour leftover melted chocolate into a small ziptop bag, cut off one corner and pipe melted chocolate in desired design on top and finish with hazelnuts.
- 5. Return truffles to the fridge or freezer for 15 minutes or until truffles are set. Devour!
- Nutella Truffles will keep up to 7 days stored in the fridge or up to 4 weeks in the freezer.