Ancho Chile Truffles


These Mexican chocolate truffles are equal parts sweet and spicy. Roll these ancho chocolate truffles in cocoa powder for a sweet and showy touch.

Ancho Chile Truffles
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
45 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Stand Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 45 mins


  • 1 ½ cup whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chile pepper

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground ancho chile pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan combine whipping cream, the 1 tablespoon ancho chile pepper, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt. Bring to boiling. Remove from heat; cover saucepan and let mixture stand for 2 hours.

  2. Reheat cream mixture over medium heat just until boiling. Add chocolate pieces. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is perfectly smooth.

  3. Pour chocolate mixture into a parchment- or waxed paper-lined 13x9-inch baking pan. Chill for 2 to 4 hours or until set.

  4. Using a 1-inch scoop or a measuring tablespoon, scoop chocolate mixture into balls (about 30 balls). Quickly roll balls between palms of your hands to smooth the surface. Place on waxed paper. If necessary, chill for 5 to 10 minutes to set up.

  5. In a small bowl combine cocoa powder and the 1-1/2 teaspoons ancho chile pepper. Roll balls in cocoa mixture to coat well. Place balls on a parchment- or waxed paper-lined baking sheet and chill until serving time, up to 2 hours.* If chilled longer than 30 minutes, let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.


Store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

132 Calories
11g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 132
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 49mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Protein 2g

*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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