White Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
Packed with flavor and then rolled in chopped hazelnuts,
these White Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles are a fun sweet treat to serve at your next party!
So my wife and I were driving back from a late-night curling game last week, and I flipped on the radio to one of my favorite stations. I sang along (ok, maybe more like mumbled along) to the Allman Brothers and then REO Speedwagon. Then the station announcement came on. “You’re listening to Oldies 98.3, the Capital Region’s greatest hits of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.” Hold up. Oldies? What the heck? I was listening to an oldies station? Since when are Lynyrd Skynyrd and Michael Jackson considered oldies? Sure, they’re no One Direction or Miley Cyrus…but oldies? I guess this will be one of those moments in my life…the moment that I realized I listen to oldies radio.
After the realization that I enjoy oldies radio, I clearly needed something delicious to cheer me up. So I hit the kitchen the next morning and whipped up a batch of these White Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles. Hazelnuts don’t get enough love, but they’ve always been a favorite around our house. Sure, toasting them and removing the skins is an extra step…but it only takes a couple of minutes. Some number of years ago, I learned an easy tip for removing the skins from hazelnuts. Roast them in the oven for a few minutes and then transfer them into a kitchen towel. Twist the towel up and then just rub the hazelnuts together vigorously. Boom. The skins peel right off.
To boost the hazelnut flavor in these White Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles, I added a bit of International Delight’s Fat Free & Sugar Free Toasted Hazelnut creamer. At just 15 calories a serving, I enjoy adding a splash of the Toasted Hazelnut creamer to my morning coffee. I figured it would go well in these truffles, too…and it did! Don’t be fooled by the bite-sized nature of these little guys. They’re packed with flavor! At this time of the year, we’re really trying to watch what we eat, and I’ve found that one little bite-sized truffle is more than enough to satisfy my rather large sweet tooth.
I know some folks go on strict diets after the new year, but we don’t really do that around here. Sure, we definitely cut back a bit and try to be more careful with what we eat. We also make sure to get back into a regular gym routine. Ultimately, we stick by the mantra that ‘everything is ok, as long as it’s in moderation.’ What tips do you guys have for hitting those weight-loss goals? It doesn’t have to be much. Parking at the back of the parking lot or taking the steps instead of the elevator totally count!
As for me, I’ll be jogging on the treadmill at the gym while listening to my Walkman and a mix tape I made from the oldies radio station.
White Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
- 1½ cups white chocolate coarsely chopped
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp heavy cream
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp International Delight Fat-Free & Sugar-Free Toasted Hazelnut creamer
- 1 cup whole hazelnuts
- Using a small saucepan, add the white chocolate and butter. Place over low heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is fully melted and smooth.
- Add powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract and Toasted Hazelnut Creamer to the saucepan. Stir until smooth.
- Let mixture cool to room temperature. Cover and chill mixture overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 9-10 minutes. While still hot, transfer the hazelnuts into a kitchen towel and rub together vigorously to remove most of the skins. (Note: The skins come off easier while hot, and the kitchen towel allows you to handle the hot hazelnuts. Don't worry if some skins remain.)
- Once cool, place the hazelnuts in a food processor or mini-chopper. Process until finely ground, but some slightly larger pieces still remain.
- Using a small ice cream scoop (or two teaspoons), shape mixture into ¾” balls. Roll balls in chopped hazelnuts.
- Store truffles in an airtight container in refrigerator until ready to serve.
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mmmh these truffels look delicious! They kind of remind me of Ferrero Rocher but I bet yours taste a thousand times better!
Thank you so much, Valerie! I must admit that Ferrero Rocher are super tasty…I didn’t even think about those when I was making these truffles. 🙂
Mate, no joke I’ve been working on a ‘ferrero rocher’ style breakfast recipe which has been singing the praises of hazelnuts! Such an underestimated nut!
Now as for your music taste…..
What? Are you making fun of my music tastes? I mean, Aerosmith is no Men at Work or anything…but they are totally a legit band. And they are not oldies!!
Long live the hazelnut!
wow i am such a sucker for white chocolate!
Me, too, Caralyn! I could pretty much go for any chocolate, to be honest…but there is something about the silkiness of white chocolate that I love! Add in some chopped toasted hazelnuts, and I’m all set! 🙂
Mmm those truffles look so yummy! And they look pretty easy to make too, sweet! Pinned 🙂
Thanks, Christina! Yes, these bad boys are super easy to make. They’re perfect when I want something sweet, but I don’t want to eat a whole slice (or two) of cheesecake!
White chocolate and hazelnuts = complete amazingness! Must try these stat!
I couldn’t agree more, Tori! Hazelnuts never get enough love…but they are one of my favorite nuts (especially when it comes to baking)!
I think Balance is key to tackling any healthy goals – for example – a couple of these truffles in one hand and an apple in the other -right? 🙂
These truffles sound exquisite – love the hint of flavor from the coffee creamer – speaking of which, I saw the new ID Fat free/Sugar free creamer at my grocery store – next time I need to grab me one to try for sure!
I couldn’t agree more, Shashi! Except instead of an apple, I’d balance it out with a cookie in the other hand. Haha. I’m totally kidding! We really do watch what we eat and hit the gym several times a week, but we also have sweet teeth (plural of sweet tooth??)…that’s where a little bite like this truffle really comes into play!
And yes, totally check out the ID fat free & sugar free creamers…they’re perfect in morning coffee. 🙂
Yummy!! I love making truffles. I’ve never roasted hazelnuts before so you have definitely caught my attention here. May be time to venture out and use something other than pecans or walnuts in recipes!
Hazelnuts never get the love they deserve, Tamara! Now get me wrong…I absolutely love pecans and walnuts, but hazelnuts just add a new twist. They do take an extra little step to roast and skin, but honestly it’s not that bad. 10-15 minutes tops for the whole process. Give ’em a shot!
These look crazy good and funny I just posted a soup recipe today with hazelnuts. LOVE them. With my site being down for 3 l-o-n-g days it was painful, but these would certainly cheer me up some. Send them out to SoCal friend! #WolfpackEats
I was wondering where you’ve been hiding, Kevin! 3 days seems like an eternity, doesn’t it?? Glad you are back up and rolling! Also, hazelnuts need love, so I’m glad you’re on board the hazelnut express with me. I’ll send a couple your way!!
It was pure anguish not being able to post for sure. But the site is up and on a new server – hopefully, fingers crossed all transferred over. So I’m back and I think you would really enjoy the Celery Root Soup with Pancetta, Brussels Sprouts and Toasted Hazelnuts. Pst… the pancetta and hazelnuts totally make this! 🙂
Wow, a new server and all! I had to make a similar switch last Fall, and it was such a pain. I’m glad you’re up and running again. I’ll have to hop over and grab some celery root soup…does it ship well? We’re buried in snow, and a bowl of this sounds great for lunch!
Getting old sucks, doesn’t it? Is this what our parents felt like when we were listening to awesome music growing up? Ugh… just as long as I never say “when I was your age bread cost….” Let’s collectively drown our sorrows in a big batch of these truffles. And your petit fours.
I know! I guess every generation goes through the same thing, though. At some point, we have to face the sad reality that we listen to oldies radio. Hey, on the plus side, maybe I’ll qualify for a senior’s discount soon! 🙂