Valentine’s Day is almost here, and we’ve got a super easy (but totally indulgent) treat for your true love or best gal - AMARETTO TRUFFLES.
All you need is some heavy cream, good quality bittersweet chocolate, a splash of amaretto liquer (can also sub almond extract!), some fun toppings, and the willpower to wait for them to chill.
We have a new obsession with Fancy Sprinkles, and loved how their Rose All Day blend turned out on these cuties - but there are lots of great local options for sprinkles, too (Williams- Sonoma, Sur la Table and Michael’s, just to name a few!).
Amaretto Truffles (adapted from Simply Recipes)
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (preferably 62% cacao or higher) - we used Ghirardelli 70% cacao baking chips)
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
1-2 Tbsp Amaretto (OR 1 tsp almond extract)
Desired toppings to roll the truffles in (sprinkles, chopped nuts or cocoa powder)
Place chocolate chips in a glass or heat proof mixing bowl.
Heat cream in glass measuring cup for 30-45 seconds, until hot but not boiling. Stir in the amaretto or almond extract.
Pour cream over chocolate chips and let sit for about five minutes. Use a whisk to stir until the mixture is smooth and shiny (this base is called ganache).
Pour mixture into a shallow pan or baking dish and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Use a tablespoon to roll balls of the ganache. Roll in your hands quickly (as it will melt from the heat of your hands), then roll in desired toppings, then place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the refrigerator to set (about 1-2 hours - but truthfully, they can be enjoyed before they set completely!).
We hope you and your loved one enjoy this special treat, and have a fabulous Valentine’s Day!