Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

For the past couple of years, my husband and I have made German-style Christmas advent calendars for family members who live far away. Because who doesn’t enjoy opening a little gift each day!

This year, I surprised Aaron with his own advent calendar. Yesterday’s treat was a mini milk chocolate hazelnut Ritter Sport German chocolate bar, which he shared with me.

Sooooooo good! I love chocolate and hazelnuts together. Especially German chocolate and hazelnuts.

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All afternoon I couldn’t stop thinking about that hazelnut Ritter Sport chocolate bar!

So when I realized that I had all of the ingredients for chocolate hazelnut truffles, I couldn’t resist making them. They’re so easy to make and the perfect substitute when you don’t have a Ritter Sport chocolate bar. 🙂

This isn’t a German recipe per se, but when I lived in Germany, it seemed like hazelnuts were in everything, especially chocolate, so whenever I see, smell or taste hazelnuts, I think of Germany.


These truffles are super easy to make. It takes less than 5 minutes to make the truffle mixture, then you just let it chill in the fridge for an hour before rolling it into balls and then in chopped hazelnuts.


I love the smooth texture of these truffles. And they hold their shape, even after rolling them in the chopped hazelnuts.

If you’re looking for an easy dessert to make for a holiday party – or just a quick treat for family and friends – these truffles are it!

They’re one of the treats I’m bringing to Aaron’s work holiday party this weekend…if I can manage to not eat them first. I’m also bringing German Gebrannte Mandeln (cinnamon sugar almonds).

These truffles make a lovely DIY holiday gift, too. Wrap a few truffles in festive candy bags like these red and white polka dot cone treat bags,  these elegant favor bags or these holiday paper candy boxes and you’ve got a delicious gift.

Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Yield: 24 truffles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Smooth chocolate and crunchy hazelnuts make the perfect holiday treat (any time of the year)!


  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts


  1. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove. 
  2. Mix melted chocolate, cream cheese, and vanilla together until smooth. This is easiest to do a stand mixer but a hand-held mixer will work as well. If you want to feel better about eating a bunch of truffles, mix by hand with a wooden spoon! 
  3. Add the cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Mix well. 
  4. Chill truffles in the fridge for an hour. 
  5. Roll truffles into 24 balls. Then roll each truffle in chopped hazelnuts. You may need to gently press the truffle into the hazelnuts. Enjoy!

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I love baking, traveling, and sharing delicious recipes for European Christmas Cookies! I used to live in Germany, have worked on 4 continents, and now enjoy baking and blogging from my adopted home in North Carolina, USA.


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