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Grand Marnier Pistachio Truffles

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.

Health DECEMBER 2011

  • Yield: Makes 28 truffles (serving size: 1 truffle)


  • 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


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 157
  • Fat: 11.1g
  • Saturated fat: 5.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 12g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Calcium: 16mg

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