For the past couple of years, my husband and I have made advent calendars for family members who live far away. (Who doesn’t enjoy opening a little gift each day?) This year, I surprised Aaron, my husband, with his own advent calendar. Yesterday’s treat was a mini milk chocolate hazelnut Ritter Sport chocolate bar, which he shared with me. Sooooooo good.
Later that afternoon I realized that I had bar of cream cheese, and so I made up a batch of easy chocolate hazelnut truffles. (Yep, I couldn’t stop thinking about that hazelnut 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, 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 hazelnuts.
If you’re looking for an easy dessert to make for a holiday party – or just a quick treat for family and friends – this is it! These chocolate hazelnut truffles are 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) – recipe coming later this week.)
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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
Melt chocolate chips in the microwave.
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 great. If you want to feel better about eating a bunch of truffles, mix by hand!
Add the cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Mix well.
Chill the mixture in the fridge for an hour.
Roll mixture into 24 balls. Then roll each truffle in chopped hazelnuts. You may need to gently press the truffle into the hazelnuts.
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