9 No-Bake Truffles to Throw Together in Under an Hour

One-bite, super simple, and quick to make, truffles are the ultimate easy dessert

By SAVEUR Editors

Published on August 22, 2012

With few ingredients producing endless variations, truffles are the epitome of a minimum effort, maximum reward dessert. You can even melt the chocolate in the microwave—no stove or oven required. Pick from one of these nine variations, flavored with everything from earl grey tea to amaretti, to serve as a one-bite dessert at a cocktail party. Or, even better, make a few types. Just make sure to check out our video on the best way to dip truffles before you get dunking. You want the sprinkles and chopped nuts to end up on the truffles—not all over you and your kitchen.

Earl Grey and Lavender Chocolate Truffles
Earl Grey and Lavender Chocolate Truffles

Infused with subtle floral aromas and rolled in earthy-sweet almonds, these are a sophisticated take on the classic chocolate truffle. Get the recipe for Earl Grey and Lavender Chocolate Truffles »

Brazilian Fudge Truffles
Brazilian Fudge Truffles (Brigadeiros)

You can find many versions of brigadeiros, but chocolate is the traditional flavor for these dense, chewy fudge balls rolled in sprinkles, a treasured treat in Brazil.

Chocolate Amaretti Truffles
Chocolate Amaretti Truffles

Amaretto, coffee, and crushed almond cookies flavor rich dark chocolate truffles. Get the recipe for Chocolate Amaretti Truffles »

Cardamom-Laced Milk Chocolate Truffles

We based this recipe on one that appears in Peter Greweling’s Chocolates and Confections (Wiley, 2010). Feel free to improvise with the coating, using other kinds of ground spices, nuts, or chili powder.

White Chocolate-Mint Truffles
White Chocolate-Mint Truffles

When making these truffles, use supermarket-quality white chocolate, which has more stabilizers than expensive brands do and sets up better.

Date Balls
Date Ball Cookies

Dates, pecans, and Rice Krispies make an irresistible cookie that’s ready in under half an hour.

Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate Truffles

Downy flakes of finely shredded coconut add texture to these subtly sweet cocoa confections.

easy bourbon ball recipe
Bourbon Balls

These chocolatey confections are what author Shane Mitchell calls “Southern truffles — boozy and bad to the bone.”

Chocolate Coconut Balls
Chocolate Coconut Balls

These “irish potatoes” are not what they would seem. This great recipe from Philadelphia’s Moonstruck Restaurant showcases the bite-size coconut cream balls rolled in cinnamon, sugar, and cocoa.

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