Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

 

Creamy chocolate hazelnut spread mixed with chopped hazelnuts; then dipped in melted dark chocolate and topped with more chopped hazelnuts.

Creamy chocolate hazelnut spread mixed with chopped hazelnuts; then dipped in melted dark chocolate and topped with more chopped hazelnuts.

Nothing says “stocking stuffer” at Christmastime in my house like Ferrero Rocher chocolates. My kids just LOVE them! So this year I decided to experiment on my own to recreate these decadent chocolates to share with my family and “By George, I think I’ve got it!” with these Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles.

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Creamy chocolate hazelnut spread (I used Nutella) mixed with chopped hazelnuts; then dipped in melted dark chocolate and topped with more chopped hazelnuts. PERFECTION! These Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles are a little time consuming to make; however, most of the time is spent in the resting or chilling stage so you could technically start them one day, then finish another.

Creamy chocolate hazelnut spread mixed with chopped hazelnuts; then dipped in melted dark chocolate and topped with more chopped hazelnuts.

 

I started out by combining the chocolate hazelnut spread and chopped hazelnuts then allowed the mixture to cool completely for a few hours in the refrigerator. Next, I rolled the mixture into balls then placed them in the freezer to chill completely before dipping them into the melted chocolate so the chocolate would adhere better.

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Once they’re done, keep the truffles refrigerated until ready to serve for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months, if they can last that long. I made one batch and I don’t think I’m going to have any left for my Christmas cookie platter because my family has just about eaten every last one of them. I guess this recipe for Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles is a definite keeper. ~Enjoy!

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Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Creamy chocolate hazelnut spread mixed with chopped hazelnuts; then dipped in melted dark chocolate and topped with more chopped hazelnuts.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 2 -2 1/2 dozen
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 26.5 oz . Jar Nutella, or other hazelnut spread
  • 1 c . Finely Chopped Hazelnuts; divided
  • 12 oz . Dark Chocolate, melted
Instructions
  1. Add 1/2 cup hazelnuts to a food processor and pulse until the nuts are chopped fine; then add the Nutella and pulse again until it's mixed well.
  2. Scrape out the mixture and place in an airtight container and refrigerate until solid, approximately 3- 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, remove the mixture from the refrigerator and form into 1" balls. Place on the parchment paper and freeze for 1-2 hours or overnight until hardened.
  4. Place the remaining 1/2 cup of nuts in a small bowl; then melt the chocolate according to package directions.
  5. Remove the mixture from the freezer and dip each ball into the melted chocolate then place back on the parchment paper. Top with nuts while the chocolate is still wet. Once the chocolate has dried, place in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. (I like to place them in the freezer on the baking sheet to help with the drying before placing them in individual wrappers and storing them.)

 

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7 Comments

  1. Heather at Basilmomma
    December 11, 2014 at 7:08 am - Reply

    My husband will LOVE these!

    • carrieexpktchn@optonline.net
      December 11, 2014 at 7:11 am - Reply

      I’ve kept mine in the freezer and they’re even better really cold! I told my family they better stop eating these if they want them for Christmas because they’re almost gone already! 🙂

  2. Christie - Food Done Light
    December 11, 2014 at 9:19 am - Reply

    I love the combination of hazelnuts and chocolate. Reminds me of one of my favorite candies.

  3. Nicole
    December 20, 2014 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Can you package these in tina for gifts? Or do they have to always stay cold?

  4. Nicole
    December 20, 2014 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Tins.. Sorry

    • carrieexpktchn@optonline.net
      December 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Hi Nicole,
      You can put them in tins, but I’d recommend keeping them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to “gift” them. The chocolate may melt If kept at room temperature and the inside will become extremely soft.

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