Chocolate Maple Truffles

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 8 ounces chocolate candy melts
  1. Mix butter, maple syrup, and powdered sugar with a hand mixer.
  2. Add both extracts, and beat until creamy.
  3. Stir in walnuts. Chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Once chilled, scoop tablespoon-sized balls of dough and place them on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet.
  5. Chill again until just ready to dip (at least 10 minutes).
  6. Melt candy in a microwave-safe bowl according to package directions.
  7. Dip each truffle in the bowl of chocolate. Do not roll the truffle around; use a spoon to spoon chocolate over the top. Lift onto a fork carefully, and tap to remove excess chocolate.
  8. Place on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Use a toothpick to help the truffle slide off the fork without disturbing too much of the coating.
  9. Note: these truffles soften quickly. If you find them getting too soft, re-chill them and only remove a few at a time to dip.
  10. Chill dipped truffles for just a few minutes, until coating is semi-hard. Meanwhile transfer the remaining chocolate to a squeeze bottle (or a plastic bag with the tip cut off), and pipe swirls or swipes of chocolate over the top for decoration.
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