Hazelnut Truffles

Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 3 dozen hazelnuts
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon hazelnut liqueur
  • 1 (6-ounce) package white chocolate baking squares
  • 2 (2-ounce) chocolate candy coating squares

Preparation

  1. Bake hazelnuts in a shallow pan at 350°, stirring occasionally, 5 to 10 minutes or until toasted.
  2. Microwave morsels and whipping cream in a 2-cup glass measuring cup at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until morsels melt, stirring twice. Stir in liqueur. Pour into a wax paper-lined 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan; freeze 2 hours or until firm to touch.
  3. Shape 1/2 teaspoon chocolate mixture around each hazelnut, coating completely, and place on wax paper.
  4. Microwave white chocolate baking squares in a 1-quart microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring twice. Coat plastic candy molds with a thin layer of white chocolate using a small paintbrush; let stand 1 hour or until firm. Place coated hazelnuts in molds; brush with remaining white chocolate, sealing to edges of molds. Let stand at room temperature 1 1/2 hours or until firm.
  5. Invert molds; tap firmly on cutting board to remove candy.
  6. Microwave coating in a 1-cup glass measuring cup 1 minute or until melted, stirring once. Pour into a small heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; seal. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag; drizzle over truffles. Let stand until firm.
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