Originally posted December 3, 2014. Revised and updated December 14, 2016.
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In my opinion, truffles are the ultimate dessert.
Not only can they can be made ahead of time, but their bite-sized portions make them just the right size to share at dinner parties and get-togethers this holiday season.
This time, we’re making boozy truffles that will be a hit with the adults (the kids will just have to sit this one out).
If you like whiskey and chocolate, then you’ll definitely love these decadent homemade candies, with a hint of whiskey flavor and a coating of cocoa powder.
The filling is made with crushed vanilla wafers, processed pecans, corn syrup, cocoa powder, and whiskey.
You just have to mix the ingredients together until they are combined before shaping them into small balls, then coat them in powdered sugar and fry them.
Yup, you heard me right. Rather unconventional for a candy recipe perhaps, but the results are fantastic!
Once they’re a nice golden brown with a hint of toasty flavor, coat them in cocoa powder and they’re good to go!
See how easy it is to make them? Ready to make your own truffles now? Let’s head straight to the recipe!
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 –Prepare Your Mise en Place
First, prepare your ingredients.
Set out the vanilla wafers, pecans, karo syrup, cocoa powder, whiskey, vegetable oil, and powdered sugar, and measure the quantities that you will need to make this recipe.
Step 2 – Process the Vanilla Wafers and Pecans
Use your hands to break the vanilla wafers into small pieces.
Transfer the crumbs to a bowl and set them aside.
Process the pecans in the food processor or blender until you get a coarse nut meal.
Step 3 – Combine the Ingredients
Combine the wafer crumbs and processed pecans in a large mixing bowl. Add the corn syrup, cocoa powder, whiskey, and vegetable oil.
Use a spoon to mix the ingredients together until they are well combined.
If the mixture is too dry, add one tablespoon of water at a time until it comes together.
Step 4 – Form the Truffles
Use a tablespoon or a melon baller, or even a small ice cream scoop, to scoop out equally sized portions of the mixture.
Roll them into small, smooth balls.
Step 5 – Roll in Powdered Sugar
Roll each ball in powdered sugar to coat, and then place on a plate to dry.
Then roll them once more in powdered sugar.
Step 6 – Fry and Coat Them
Coat a nonstick skillet with vegetable oil and place it over medium heat.
Fry the truffles until they are golden brown, then coat them with cocoa powder.
If you prefer, you can coat them with more powdered sugar or even ground espresso powder instead. A selection of all three looks really nice on a dessert platter piled with cookies and other holiday treats.
Serve and Enjoy!
These delicious truffles are a decadent, sweet treat to serve your guests this holiday season. They may take a little time to put together, but you will be so satisfied with the results – this one’s sure to be a winner that they ask for again and again!
If you really love booze with your chocolate, we also recommend these white chocolate coconut delights. Sure, some might say the white variety isn’t really chocolate at all, but these truffles are also made with rum-soaked cookies or biscuits.
How else do you like to use whiskey in desserts? Let us know in the comments below!
Truffles galore! Get even more of our favorite bite-sized chocolate treats:
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- White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Felicia Lim
Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.