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Chocolate Chestnut Truffles Recipe

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Delicious chocolate truffles are enriched with chestnuts and brandy. You may use fresh or canned chestnuts. For even more flavor, add some fine-chopped toasted almonds or fresh-grated nutmeg.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 6 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 16-ounce can whole chestnuts, or 1-1/4 pound fresh
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 Tablespoons brandy or other liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • .
  • For the coating:
  • 14 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups pure cocoa powder


To prepare centers, melt chocolate in a double boiler and allow to cool.

If using fresh chestnuts, cut a cross on the flat side of each shell, put in a large pan, cover with cold water, and boil for 5 minutes. Remove the shells and inner skins. Rice the chestnuts.

Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add chestnuts and flavorings to the butter/sugar mixture and blend well, then stir in the cooled chocolate. Mix well.

Roll into balls 1-1/2 inches in diameter; if mixture becomes too soft to shape, chill for several minutes.

To coat, melt the chocolate on a plate over boiling water; let cool. Carefully roll the truffles in melted chocolate, then place on a plate of cocoa powder and allow to dry for several minutes. Dust each truffle with cocoa and place in paper candy cup. Store in refrigerator.

Yield: 5 dozen truffles

Recipe Source: Seasonal Gifts from the Kitchen by Emily Crumpacker (Wm. Morrow & Co, Inc)
Reprinted with permission.

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 4 out of 5
Nice but lots of trouble to not be great, Member Colette1027

These were fairly tasty and the first time I ever used fresh chestnuts. It seems using a microwave to melt chocolate would save lots of time and I would have liked to know how to rice chestnuts--I food proessed them. My husband liked the results too but we both felt they were missing something but neither of us knew what would have made them better. They are good but not as good as the amount of time it took to make them.

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