If you do nothing else this holiday season, make yourself a batch of homemade Grand Marnier truffles. You won’t regret it (neither will your friends.)
I make truffles at least once every holiday season, and every time, without fail, I take that first test bite, and I’m blown away all over again. So at the risk of insulting you with the bleeding obvious — make these Grand Marnier truffles! They are unlike anything else in the food world, they are dead simple to make, and, my gosh, they make the best food gift ever!
ingredient list for Grand Marnier truffles
I’m not going to waste your time, I know we’re all busy. All you need is a bag of your favorite dark chocolate chips, a little bit of heavy cream, some Grand Marnier, or any other liqueur you love, and a little bit of cocoa powder for dusting the truffles. Beyond heating up the cream, and you can do that in the microwave, there is no cooking involved.
- Grand Marnier
- cocoa powder for dusting
making chocolate ganache, step by step
- Heat the cream until it just comes to a simmer. You can do this on the stove or in the microwave. Add the chocolate and flavorings.
- Let the mixture sit for a minute to allow the heat to penetrate the chocolate.
- Begin to stir.
- Continue stirring until the ganache is smooth and glossy.
- Chill until scoop-able.
how long with homemade truffles last?
They will last for about 2 weeks, refrigerated. Freeze them for longer storage.
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Grand Marnier Truffles
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 12 ounce bag of dark chocolate chips, I used Nestle
- 2 Tbsp Grand Marnier liqueur
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting, sifted
- Heat the cream until it just comes to a simmer. You can do this on the stove or in the microwave.
- Put the chocolate and Grand Marnier in a mixing bowl and pour the cream over it. Let sit for 5 or 10 minutes. Stir to melt the chocolate, the mixture should be smooth and glossy. If necessary you can microwave for a short burst to completely melt the chocolate.
- Refrigerate the chocolate ganache until it is chilled and scoop-able, about 2 hours.
- I use my smallest 1 inch scoop to portion out the ganache. Roll it into a smooth ball between your hands and then roll it in the cocoa powder. When all the truffles are coated, refrigerate them until serving.
- 2 tablespoons of liqueur makes a subtle but definite statement. You can experiment with adding more.
- I can’t think of a liqueur that wouldn’t be good in a truffle, so let your imagination go wild. I love to use the small airline sized bottles for projects like this, you can stock up on lots of varieties and have a blast experimenting. Try Kahlua, Chambord, Limoncello…
- Keep the truffles in the refrigerator, and serve chilled. They will go soft if they’re left in a warm room.
Questions and Reviews
Can these be made with semi sweet chocolate as opposed to dark chocolate? They look great and I can’t wait to try them.
These sound really good, however I’m unable to do any liquor. Do you have any ideas to replace it? Unfortunately I cannot have alcohol in any baked dishes or desserts. I’m a recovering alcoholic.
Thank you! And Merry Christmas!?
Bonnie you can leave the alcohol out with no problem at all, they will still be amazing. You can flavor with any extract you like, vanilla, almond, peppermint, the sky’s the limit. Merry Christmas to you too!
How much extract?
It depends on the extract, some are very strong. Start with 1/2 tsp and taste.
These were the best! Made them last year for everyone that dropped by. We moved earlier this year so all my new neighbors are getting these.
Oh thanks for letting me know Jan, lucky neighbors 😉
I want to try these with all sorts of liqueurs!! So dreamy and delicious!!!
I know Liz, the possibilities are amazing!
Hi Sue! These does look absolutely scrumptious and I love Grand Marnier (usually on the rocks :-)). Been having a heck of a time leaving a comment here lately. Looks like I may be successfull today, thankfully!
First, I agree about the Grand Marnier on the rocks, I’m so glad I have some leftover! And second, so sorry you’re having trouble commenting, I’d love to know what’s happening so I can try to get it solved. Have a wonderful holiday Susan 🙂
I love truffles and you’re so right – they really are the best gift!
Sorry Sue…….I hadn’t seen your timely response to my initial question. Thank you 🙂
They COULD keep even longer, I was being conservative, Karen.
These look delicious Sue…………….how long will they keep in the refrigerator?
These look irresistible and I bet they taste amazing!
How would the recipe differ if I used a cream liqueur like Tequila Rose?
No, you can use whatever you like!
I love the simplicity of your recipe! Those truffles look gorgeous!
I think when it comes to truffles it’s the simpler the better!