These Chestnut Chocolate Truffles are very easy to make. Chestnut Chocolate Truffles make a great edible gift for your friends and family! You can dress them for the holidays, or make them any time of year!
I don’t remember ever having chestnuts as a child. There were no chestnuts roasting over an open fire around our house. The reason for that, I believe, was availability. We just couldn’t find them.
The first time we ever ate them was in the early 90’s, when I roasted them in the oven, (and cut my fingers to ribbons, trying to peel them 😂). I found a recipe for roasted brussels sprouts with chestnuts in one of my cookbooks and made them for my Mom’s 65th birthday party.
It was difficult to find the chestnuts any time of year, and this year when I made our stuffing for the turkey on Thanksgiving, I had to ask someone where to find them. So they are still not easy to find in our area!
They are, however, delicious. So when I found the one jar for the stuffing, I decided to pick up 3 and try my hand at a few other recipes! After much research, I found this recipe from Fig and Honey and we liked it so much, we have made it several times since!
How to Make Easy Chocolate Truffles
- If you don’t have super fine sugar, or caster sugar, just process regular sugar in your food processor.
- Texture should be finer than regular sugar, but not a powder, like powdered sugar.
- Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Start at 30 seconds, stir, and continue to place them in microwave and stir, in between 15 second intervals.
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add vanilla and mix.
- Next, add chestnuts and mix on medium high until smooth.
- The second time I made them, I processed the chestnuts in the food processor, until smooth. If you don’t there will be small chunks in the truffles. It’s not super annoying, but I preferred them with a smooth texture.
- Add melted chocolate.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Roll mixture into 1.5-2″ balls. If dough is very sticky, refrigerate for a few hours. I had to rinse my hands in hot water a few times, because they got too sticky.
- Roll in cocoa powder.
- Or coconut.
- Or sprinkles.
Chestnut Chocolate Truffles are Good For you, too!
Sweet chestnuts are native to Eurasia. They have been in cultivation in southern Europe since 2000 BC, according Wikipedia! Wow! Is it easy for you to locate chestnuts where you are?
I found these French Chestnuts on Amazon! I think I will buy them from Prime, instead of searching, lol!
Chestnuts are so good, and good for you! Check out this article! Good for brain function and dry skin! Two important items for me! I should eat more Chocolate Truffles er…., chestnuts! 😂 😂
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Chestnut Chocolate Truffles
- 2 oz. Bittersweet chocolate
- 3.5 tbsp butter, unsalted
- 1/4 cup superfine sugar, caster sugar, see substitution in post
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 jar chestnuts, 14.8 oz. see post for link to purchase
- Place chocolate in microwave safe bowl. Melt in microwave, 30 seconds, stir. Keep putting it in at 10 seconds bursts, stirring in between until melted.
- Place chestnuts in a mini chopper, or a food processor and process until smooth. Stirring and scraping sides. This is optional, but produces a creamy texture for the truffles, with no chunks.
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and mix thoroughly.
- Add chestnuts and combine. Lastly, add the chocolate and combine thoroughly.
- If dough seems very sticky, refrigerate for an hour, or so. Roll between palms into balls. Then roll each ball into coconut, or cocoa powder, sprinkles or nuts.
- Can be stored in refrigerator for a few days or in the freezer for longer storage.
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