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Monday, December 12, 2011

Heavenly Hazelnut Truffles

We'll start the blog out with some goodies that you can use for Christmas gifts. This truffle recipe is the one I like the most. It does say that you can roll them in nuts but I ALWAYS dip these because I have never had luck with the nuts adhering well. There is a note at the end of the recipe as to what I use. A double boiler works the best for dipping chocolates. Also, I take a hazelnut and wrap the chocolate around the nut. It's a nice surprise in the middle. Just a tip for dipping keep your rolled truffles in the fridge or freezer before dipping. They will hold their shape better.

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 cups Nutella
1 teaspoon hazelnut liqueur or vanilla
Whole hazelnuts (optional)
Cocoa powder or ground hazelnuts
Melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and Nutella. Remove from heat and stir in liqueur. Chill until firm.
Shape into 1-inch balls or form about 1 tablespoon of mixture around a hazelnut then shape into a ball. Roll in cocoa powder or nuts. Store covered in the refrigerator.
Makes about 6 dozen.

Note:  Taste better if dipped in 2 cups chocolate + 2 Tbl shortening and sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts

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