Chocolate-Cashew Truffles


Why spend top dollar at a gourmet shop when you can make chocolate truffles at home? You'll love the way the touch of maple syrup adds an extra flavor angle to the simple candy recipe.

Chocolate-Cashew Truffles
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
45 mins
Freeze Time:
2 hrs
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Stand Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 15 mins


  • 8 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped

  • ½ cup half-and-half, light cream, or whole milk

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • ¾ cup whole unsalted cashews or almonds

  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt


  1. Place chocolate in a medium bowl; set aside. In a small saucepan bring half-and-half just to boiling; pour over chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted. Stir in maple syrup. Cover; freeze about 2 hours or until firm.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Place cashews in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once. Set aside 40 whole cashews. In a food processor combine the remaining cashews and the salt. Cover and process with several on/off pulses until nuts are finely chopped. Transfer finely chopped nuts to a small bowl; set aside.

  3. Divide chocolate mixture into 40 portions. Place a whole cashew in the center of one of the portions; shape chocolate mixture into a ball around cashew. Roll ball in the chopped cashew mixture. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat to make 40 truffles total. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. If desired, serve in small paper candy cups.

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Use almonds or pecans in place of the cashews.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

93 Calories
7g Fat
9g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 93
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 62mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 103mg 2%
Folate, total 4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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