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Grand Marnier Pistachio Truffles

Photo: John Kernick; Stylist: Alistar Turnbull/Pat Bates and Associates
Yield Makes 28 truffles (serving size: 1 truffle)
Orange liqueur flavors these decadent Grand Marnier Pistachio Truffles. This rich candy is then dipped into melted chocolate and rolled into a pistachio-orange mixture.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (about 2 1/3 cups)
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 1/4 cups (6 ounces) shelled, skinned pistachios (toasted if desired), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

Nutrition Information

  • calories 157
  • fat 11.1 g
  • satfat 5.7 g
  • monofat 2.1 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 3 g
  • carbohydrate 12 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 8 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 2 mg
  • calcium 16 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine cream, butter, and corn syrup in a saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add 1 2/3 cups chocolate and liquor (do not stir); let stand 1 minute. Gently swirl pan until smooth. Pour into a bowl; chill, stirring every 15 minutes, until thick enough to hold shape (about 45 minutes). Using 2 spoons, shape the mixture into 1-inch balls (about 2 teaspoons each) and place on wax paper–lined plates. Refrigerate until chilled (15 minutes).

  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl set over a medium saucepan of simmering water, gently melt remaining 2/3 cup chocolate. Pour melted chocolate into one bowl and chopped pistachios and orange zest in another bowl. Dip each chilled truffle into chocolate first, then into pistachio-orange mixture, rolling to coat. Refrigerate until firm (about 8 minutes) or until ready to serve.