Chocolate Truffles

May 11, 2015 | 28 Comments

The best recipe for melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles. The secret to this chocolate truffle recipe is good dark chocolate and almond liqueur.

An easy recipe for melt-in-your-mouth, Chocolate Truffles made with luscious dark chocolate and amaretto liqueur. |

My love affair with chocolate and chocolate truffles began over a decade ago at a mom-and-pop chocolate shop situated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The shop, still open today (to my surprise) is a teeny-tiny place easy enough to walk past and ignore. That is, if the door isn’t swung open.

An easy recipe for melt-in-your-mouth, Chocolate Truffles made with luscious dark chocolate and amaretto liqueur. |

After school, each day, I’d take a half-mile trek up to my mother’s workplace; I walked past the small chocolate shop for months with hope that I’d not walk in and clean myself out of my weekly allowance.

An easy recipe for melt-in-your-mouth, Chocolate Truffles made with luscious dark chocolate and amaretto liqueur. |

It was my Mom’s birthday, and I’d spent the entirety of my walk dropping almost two weeks’ worth of allowance money to create a decent-enough birthday gift. Everything I’d put together seemed good enough to muster up a big smile, until I walked past the chocolate shop. As someone swung open the shop door, the smell of chocolate danced past my nose and pulled me in.

An easy recipe for melt-in-your-mouth, Chocolate Truffles made with luscious dark chocolate and amaretto liqueur. |

The shop was a teeny-tiny place covered in small news clippings, chocolate arrangements, chocolate truffles, and tchotchkes from decades before. I’ve been told it’s where all the Columbia University students get chocolates for their sweethearts on Valentine’s; it’s also where Katharine Hepburn would arrive on a monthly basis, for over two decades, to pick up a box of her favorite assorted chocolates.

An easy recipe for melt-in-your-mouth, Chocolate Truffles made with luscious dark chocolate and amaretto liqueur. |

I took in the views of all the varieties of chocolate, and a warm smile from behind the counter caught my attention, “Hi! Are you looking or anything specific?” Her smile lit up the room. I informed her about my dilemma– I only had so much money left. “Chocolate Truffles,” she reassured me they’d be a good idea. She nestled a few next to each other in a small box closed with a sticker, then went back to the case and handed me one, “This one’s for you.” I bit into the chocolate truffle and felt my soul jump. In my hand, the chocolate didn’t seem like anything special– I thought it was just a piece of chocolate; but once I bit into the hard truffle, I immediately knew I’d never look at chocolate the same ever again.

An easy recipe for melt-in-your-mouth, Chocolate Truffles made with luscious dark chocolate and amaretto liqueur. |

To celebrate my Mom’s 50th birthday, and to celebrate my long love affair with chocolate, I give you chocolate truffles… Because I’d much rather eat chocolate in bed on Sunday night, alone, than force myself to go on awkward dates with strangers who think it’s okay to eat a dressing-less salad leaves as a meal while I down a cheeseburger (we’ll talk about that later).

An easy recipe for melt-in-your-mouth, Chocolate Truffles made with luscious dark chocolate and amaretto liqueur. |

Yield: 15 Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles Recipe |
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes


For the Chocolate Truffles

  • 6 oz / 170 g dark chocolate, roughly chopped (refer to headnotes)
  • 1/3 cup / 80ml heavy (whipping) cream
  • 1 Tablespoon / 14 g unsalted butter
  • Pinch fine grain sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons golden syrup (refer to headnotes)
  • 1 teaspoon amaretto liqueur / pure vanilla extract, or 3/4 teaspoon almond extract

For rolling

  • 3 tablespoons / 25 g shredded / desiccated coconut
  • 3 tablespoons / 25 g dry roasted shelled pistachio nuts, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons/ 20 g natural unsweetened cocoa powder


In a small saucepan over low heat, melt together the dark chocolate, heavy cream, butter, and salt, making sure to stir constantly until melted. Once melted, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the golden syrup and amaretto liqueur.

Transfer the chocolate mixture into a clean, 8-inch / 20-cm square baking pan. Refrigerate the pan of truffle filling, uncovered, until firm, about 45 minutes.

Line a serving plate or rimmed baking sheet with parchment or wax paper, and set aside.

Place the shredded coconut, pistachio nuts, and cocoa powder in mouds on a large piece of parchment or wax paper (alternatively, you can use three shallow bowls). Scoop a heaping teaspoon-sized portion of the chocolate mixture and form into a rough round with your hands. Roll the round in desired coating, pressing in and covering completely, making sure to shake of any excess. Repeat the process with the rest of the chocolate mixture, being sure to place the coated truffles on the prepared plate/ baking sheet. Once done, chill the truffles until set, about 30 minutes, before eating.


The truffles will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 2 weeks. Bring truffles to room temperature right before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Chocolate Truffle

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

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  • Reply Megan May 11, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Lovely to see a post from you. The truffles look great and I love your story. That date does sound awkward!

    • Reply Kamran May 13, 2015 at 1:10 am

      Megan- it was truly awkward.

  • Reply Patty W May 11, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Kam!! Seeing your post in my email today made me SOOOO happy! Your writing and photography always make my day better!! These truffles are stunning and I love that you added great ingredients to make the truffles that much better (Happy Birthday to your momma). PS please tell us about that awkward date, I’d LOVE to hear more!

    • Reply Kamran May 13, 2015 at 1:12 am

      Patty- Aw, thanks so much! I’m definitely considering sharing more about the awkward date. It’s too good of a story not to share, I must admit.

  • Reply Chloé May 11, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    A great post with lovely pictures!
    Excellent idea on the amaretto! I will have to try that!

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  • Reply Lucie A.S May 11, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    In love with chocolate! Those look wonderful and lovely story to go with it. Now I want to eat chocolate….

    Keep them posts coming!

    • Reply Kamran May 13, 2015 at 1:13 am

      Thanks so much, Lucie! These are pretty darn delicious, if I do say so myself! A great mini-project for the weekend.

  • Reply Danny W. May 11, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing this lovely reminiscence & a recipe that makes just enough. Happy Birthday to your Mom too.

    I look forward to the “Date with an Undressed Salad” posting!

    • Reply Kamran May 13, 2015 at 1:14 am

      Thank you! I’ll let her know of your kind birthday wish!

  • Reply Alejandra May 12, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Can you share the name of the shop? I’m on the UWS and need to know now!

    • Reply Kamran May 13, 2015 at 1:16 am

      Alejandra- Mondel Chocolates; it’s on 114th and Broadway. I haven’t been there in the longest, but I’m sure they’re still good. Do let me know when you check them out!

  • Reply Mary Frances May 14, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Loved the story. Wishing your mom a happy birthday! Also, now I’m really curious about the name of the chocolate shop!

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  • Reply JM May 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    You must be talking about Mondel’s! I was pretty sure, but the newspaper clippings are a dead giveaway. It’s practically an institution!

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  • Reply Deneise May 15, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    So happy to know there’s a beautiful man that prefers Sunday nights alone with chocolate to awkward dates. You’re so lovely Kam.

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  • Reply Lynn May 20, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Holy smokes. I went to Cordon Bleu and they would have cut my head off if I would melt my chocolate in a sauce pan straight over a burner. N’est pas mion ami. You are dealing with novices here. We learned the old fashioned way. Over a Bain Maire. Nice and slowly so you do not burn your chocolate. And also, never in a microwave. I also suggest to use a very small ice cream scoop/ melon baller for one’s truffles. Anyway, just a suggestion from someone who has been making truffles for a very long time……

    • Reply Kamran May 22, 2015 at 1:27 am

      Dear Lynn, thanks for the note! I’m no graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, however, I’ve learned quite a lot over my many years of baking and handling chocolate. I’ve worked under a 3-star Michelin Pastry Chef and I learned that when chocolate is melted in a pan over a direct flame with a significant amount of fat (in this case: heavy cream and butter), it doesn’t catch when watched and stirred. Even chocolate in a double boiler has the ability to catch, and I’ve seen it happen in the above mentioned Michelin Star restaurant.

      My little corner of the web, despite what you’ve gathered from it, is not meant solely for one group; it’s a place for all people who love good food– cooks and bakers of all ranks and experiences. I am a home cook and baker, and much of my audience is the same. Because of this, I know that not everyone, especially novices, don’t have the fancy equipment (i.e melon ballers) that a baking enthusiast or Le Cordon Bleu graduate might have. Sometimes people just want to make things and not make a snobbishly grand production futzing around with unnecessary dishes and steps as if they were on a television show or in cooking school. I aim to take the fears of being in the kitchen away from people with different techniques that might seem unusual on here and in my book. You’d love my book; I offer many helpful tips and techniques throughout it that you might find useful in your everyday baking.

  • Reply Lynn May 22, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Thanks for the reply. Funny, how all chefs have their own rules. Under your chef, he allowed you to melt the chocolate under a directer flame, while my chefs considered it verboten. They were extremely strict with everything. They were extremely strict with cleanliness as well. But as far as chocolate, the fat content never seemed to enter into it. You melt over a Bain Marie. Period. ( And I never had a problem burning chocolate with a Bain Marie). As far as using a mellon baller, they had suggested it and I learned it from chefs I worked with in NYC. And, not a huge investment for the average person to invest in. It’s not like we are asking them to buy a kitchen aid stand mixer:) I guess I am a perfectionist. I went to Cordon Bleu because Julia Child was my idol and if it was good enough for her, I figured it would be good enough for me. I lived in NYC, but opted to move to London to attend that school. I do not have your book. Your photo’s look wonderful. You would send me one?:)

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  • Reply Cali @ Cali's Cuisine June 1, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I love chocolate! After spending a year in product development at a chocolate factory (yes, it is a real job!), I became a chocolate snob. There is some chocolate that is not worth eating. Your truffles look amazing. I will put this on my list of things to make, and will be sure to start with good quality dark chocolate. Yum!

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  • Reply Lindsey @ a honey blossom June 14, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I love making my own chocolate truffles – it’s not as hard as everyone thinks it is! One of my favorite variations is to substitute some strong coffee for a little of the cream, and top the truffle with a whole coffee bean (I usually dip my truffles in chocolate). The coffee bean is crunchy on top (if you’ve ever had a chocolate covered coffee bean, it’s like that), and the creamy chocolate filing is really accented by the coffee.
    Anyway, thanks for the beautiful recipe and story! The Aloha chocolate brand looks great – I hope to try it soon!

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  • Reply Trisha June 18, 2015 at 4:03 am

    My mouth is genuinely wide open. Such lovely photos and love affair with chocolate – TELL ME ABOUT IT! I Heart YOUR BLOG Kamran.

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  • Reply chef kevin ashton June 24, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Nice looking truffles with a well written article that entices the reader in.

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  • Reply CaroleD June 25, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Aloha Kam – just saw you in the June issue of Food and Wine – can you believe it? How am I just finding out about your blog?! Well better late than never I always say! Glad to see you featuring Hawaiian chocolate – it is fabulous! I’m so getting your book because the F&W recipes rocked my world! Keep on blogging because, of course, now I’m obsessed!

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  • Reply El June 25, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Lucky mom. How can you Not love truffles!

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  • Reply Beth June 27, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    These were super popular in my family- thanks for the new obsession, Kamran. :)

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  • Reply Stephanie August 9, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    I made this truffles for a friend. But will have to redo a batch.. my husband loves them too!!;-) Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, it’s def. a keeper.

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  • Reply omlet March 6, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Yum!!!! Made it tonight.

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