Makes 36 chocolate Truffles 


Recipe from “The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef’s Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking”

Amanda Freitag is a deeply devoted fan of chocolate. These simple truffles have a short ingredient list, but bring a lot of flavor to the party. They’re easy to make, and they don’t even require turning on the oven. This chocolate truffle recipe can be made a day ahead, making them the perfect dish to bring to a dinner party. 

Chocolate Truffle Recipe 


  • 1 Cup heavy cream 
  • 8 Ounces dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped 
  • 1 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • Pinch of sea salt
  1. Bring the heavy cream to a simmer in a small stainless-steel or other nonreactive saucepan. Turn off the heat, add the chocolate, and stir until it’s fully melted.
  2. Transfer the hot mixture to a large bowl. Use a whisk to whip the mixture, ensuring the chocolate and cream are fully combined. 
  3. Refrigerate the mixture until firm, about 30 minutes. 
  4. Put the cocoa powder in a bowl or shallow baking dish and have it nearby. Using a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop, distribute even scoops of the mixture onto a baking sheet. 
  5. Use your clean hands to roll each scoop into as perfect and round a ball as possible. Try not to handle the chocolate for too long, as the heat of your hands will melt it. 
  6. Drop each truffle into the cocoa and roll it around, coating it in the powder. Use a spoon or your fingers to remove the truffle from the powder and transfer to a container large enough to hold one or two batches. Choose a container that allows you to layer the truffles, using waxed paper between layers. 
  7. Refrigerate the truffles until ready to serve. 
  8. If a few chocolate truffles are a little…rustic in appearance, that’s fine! They’ll be just as delicious.

Try them for dessert after ordering a dinner planned by Amanda Freitag.