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Easy Nutella Truffles Recipe (Chocolate and Hazelnut)

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 If you've got a sweet tooth and a craving for something extraordinary, you're in the right place. Today, I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and into the world of homemade chocolates. If you're a Nutella lover like me,  prepare to be amazed – we're making Nutella truffles!

heart shaped nutella truffles on a plate

Now, I'll admit, the idea of making fancy truffles seemed a little intimidating at first. But guess what? This recipe is surprisingly simple, requiring basic ingredients and minimal special equipment. So, if you're feeling a little adventurous like me, let's dive in and make some magic!

What Makes These Truffles Special

What sets these truffles apart is their authentic Nutella flavor. There's a distinct Nutella taste that shines through, enhanced by a hint of toasted hazelnut. Trust me, if you like the classic flavors of toasted hazelnut and chocolate hazelnut spread, you’ll adore these little truffles.

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Nutella Truffles ingredients

Let's Talk Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to turn into a truffle-making master:

  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: The base of our truffle mixture. I like semi-sweet for balance, but feel free to experiment with dark chocolate or milk chocolate depending on your preference.
  • Nutella: The star of the show! Make sure you have plenty of this chocolate hazelnut spread.
  • Raw Hazelnuts: We'll roast these babies for a rich, nutty flavor and a little bit of crunch.
  • Unsalted Butter: Adds that melt-in-your-mouth creaminess.
  • Powdered Sugar: Just a touch for the perfect level of sweetness.
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Nutella Truffles 

Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Cool time: 30 minutes
Servings: 20-25 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels
  • ½ cup Nutella
  • ¼ cup raw hazelnuts
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
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Instructions:

  • Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place the hazelnuts in the oven and roast them for approximately 5 minutes. Then allow them to cool off and use your hands to remove the skin.
  • Process the hazelnuts in a food processor.
  • In a microwavable bowl, combine Nutella and butter, and microwave for about 30 seconds or until the butter has melted. Stir until well combined.
  • Add powdered sugar to the Nutella mixture and mix again.
  • In another bowl, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until fully melted.
  • Coat your bonbon mold completely with the melted chocolate, ensuring all the holes are covered. Then flip the mold over and let the excess chocolate drip out. Use a scraper to remove any remaining excess chocolate.
  • Cool the chocolate mold in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until slightly hardened.
  • Add the roasted hazelnuts to the mold.
  • Spoon the Nutella mixture into the mold, leaving room for more chocolate.
  • Pour the remaining melted chocolate over the bonbon molds, making sure they are fully covered. Tap the mold on the table a few times to remove air bubbles and ensure the chocolate settles at the bottom.
  • Use a metal scraper to remove any excess chocolate from the mold again.
  • Place the bonbons in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or until hardened.
  • Once hardened, remove the chocolates from the mold and enjoy your homemade truffle!

Step by Step Video Instructions

Tips and Tricks

  • Room Temperature: Bring your butter to room temperature for easier mixing.
  • Make Ahead Magic: These truffles taste even better the next day and can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week. Perfect for those planned (or impromptu!) sweet indulgences. Perfect for valentine’s day, baby shower or just because you are craving truffle recipes.
  • Customize It: Get creative! Try rolling the truffles in chopped hazelnuts or little cocoa powder for a touch of elegance for a more delicious treat.
Chocolate hearts filled with Nutella mousse and topped with crumbled nuts on a tray.

Nutella Truffle FAQs:

Q: I don't have a bonbon mold. Can I still make the truffles?

A: Absolutely! You can use a small cookie scoop for perfectly portioned truffles. Roll them quickly in the palm of your hands to shape them into a smooth truffle ball and put on parchment paper. If you want a more rustic look, simply scoop out equal-sized portions (approximately 1-inch balls)  and leave them as is. They are the perfect bite-sized treat.

Q: Can I use a different type of nut in this recipe?

A: Yes, feel free to experiment! Almonds, pecans, or even macadamia nuts would work well and add their own unique flavor and texture. Remember to roast them to enhance their flavor.

Q: How do I store these Nutella truffles?

A:  For the best freshness and texture, store your truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also freeze them for up to 2 months. Short term you can cover in plastic wrap.

Q: My chocolate mixture isn't smooth and melted. What did I do wrong?

A: It sounds like your chocolate might have overheated. Use short intervals in the microwave (about 30 seconds at a time), stirring frequently to prevent burning. If this happens, adding a tiny bit of vegetable oil can sometimes help restore the texture. You can also use a small saucepan if you prefer. 

Q:  I don't like hazelnuts, can I leave them out?

A: Yes, you can. The Nutella itself provides that chocolate-hazelnut flavor, but if you're not a fan, feel free to omit them. You can even try substituting chopped pretzels or mini chocolate chips for a little crunch!

Q: Can I make these truffles ahead of time?

A: Yes! These chocolate hazelnut truffles are perfect for making ahead. They taste great the next day and can be stored as mentioned above. This makes them ideal for the holiday season, parties, or gifting.

Q: Can I personalize the coating of these truffles?

A: Absolutely! Roll your truffles in chopped toasted hazelnuts, sprinkles, cocoa powder, or finely crushed cookie crumbs. Get creative and try different combinations with your chocolate treat!

Honestly, making these homemade nutella truffles was so much fun, and the results were worth the effort. Their rich chocolate flavor, those little bits of hazelnut – they're seriously addictive! Whether you're a Nutella fanatic or just love a homemade treat, give these a try. It might just become one of your favorite chocolate truffles recipes.

Yield: 20

Nutella Truffles

heart shaped nutella truffles on a plate

Experience the classic flavors of Nutella in a luxurious bite-sized treat. These homemade truffles are rich, creamy, and perfect for any chocolate lover.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels
  • ½ cup Nutella
  • ¼ cup raw hazelnuts
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar

Instructions

    Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Place the hazelnuts in the oven and roast them for approximately 5 minutes. Then allow them to cool off and use your hands to remove the skin.
    Process the hazelnuts in a food processor.
    In a microwavable bowl, combine Nutella and butter, and microwave for about 30 seconds or until the butter has melted. Stir until well combined.
    Add powdered sugar to the Nutella mixture and mix again.
    In another bowl, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until fully melted.
    Coat your bonbon mold completely with the melted chocolate, ensuring all the holes are covered. Then flip the mold over and let the excess chocolate drip out. Use a scraper to remove any remaining excess chocolate.
    Cool the chocolate mold in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until slightly hardened.
    Add the roasted hazelnuts to the mold.
    Spoon the Nutella mixture into the mold, leaving room for more chocolate.
    Pour the remaining melted chocolate over the bonbon molds, making sure they are fully covered. Tap the mold on the table a few times to remove air bubbles and ensure the chocolate settles at the bottom.
    Use a metal scraper to remove any excess chocolate from the mold again.
    Place the bonbons in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or until hardened.
    Once hardened, remove the chocolates from the mold and enjoy!

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