An easy and rich-tasting treat isn’t too far away, made with only 5 ingredients, these chocolate cherry truffles are sure to hit the spot. Serve them up for holidays (like Christmas or Valentine’s day) or simply enjoy them just-because.
The chocolate/cherry combination is my absolute favorite. I wanted to come up with a fun easy treat that I could share with friends and neighbors for the holidays so I invented this simple recipe and so far it has been a hit! It doesn’t take too much effort or time to whip up a batch and each batch makes about 36 truffles, so there’s always plenty to share!
What are easy chocolate cherry truffles?
Made with Oreos and cherry pie filling (among a few other ingredients) we end up with a creamy, rich tasting, and decadent dessert that tastes so great and doesn’t take much effort at all. While chocolate truffles are normally made with a chocolate ganache filling, we use crushed Oreos and cream cheese to create a filling more unique and wonderful. My mouth is drooling a little just thinking about these.
Chocolate Cherry Truffle Ingredients
-Oreos: We need 36 Oreo cookies (filling and all) crushed into a fine dust.
-Cream cheese: Just 4 ounces of softened cream cheese will help to bind the cookie crumbs together.
-Cherry Pie filling: 1/2 cup of cherry pie filling is where the cherry centers of each truffle come from.
-Cherry extract: Adding in 1/4 teaspoon of cherry extract will really help to bring in the cherry flavor we want to pair with the chocolate.
-Chocolate bark: Using chocolate bark, melting chocolate, or even chocolate chips will help us to get the hard chocolate coating on the outside of every truffle.
How to make chocolate cherry truffles
Mix your crushed Oreos with cream cheese, cherry pie filling, and the cherry extract until well combined.
Roll the dough into 1 inch sized balls and then place them on a wax paper lined cookie sheet or plate.
Freeze the balls for at least 30 minutes before dipping into chocolate.
Once the balls have been frozen, melt the chocolate in a glass bowl in 45 seconds intervals, stirring well between each until smooth.
Dip each ball into the melted chocolate and then return them to the wax paper until the chocolate is hard. A good way to do this is to use a fork to lift the truffles out and allow some to drip off into the bowl before placing them on the wax paper.
EASY CHOCOLATE CHERRY TRUFFLES
- 36 Oreo cookies finely crushed (filling left in)
- 4 oz. cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup cherry pie filling
- 1/4 tsp cherry extract
- 1 package chocolate bark melting chocolate
- Mix crushed Oreo crumbs (I always use my blender to crush the cookies) with cream cheese, cherry pie filling and cherry extract until well combined.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on wax paper on a cookie sheet or plate. Freeze the balls for at least 30 minutes before dipping in chocolate.
- Once the balls have been frozen, melt the chocolate bark in a glass bowl in the microwave for about 45-second intervals, stirring in between each interval until all the chocolate has barely melted and is smooth when stirred. I also added a couple drops of cherry extract to the chocolate before dipping and it adds a little bit more a cherry taste. Just be careful not too use too much - it is very strong stuff!
- Dip each ball into the chocolate and then return to the wax paper until chocolate is hard. (I don't consider myself an expert at truffle-dipping, but I've tried several different methods and the one that seems to work best is using a fork to lift the truffle out of the chocolate once completely coated - this allows some of the excess chocolate to drip off before you place the truffle on the wax paper.)
What kind of melting chocolate should I use?
You can use anything from chocolate flavored almond bark to actual melters chocolate. With different flavored chocolate chips, you could even create dark chocolate cherry truffles or white chocolate cherry truffles and get a nice variety of flavors as well.
How to store chocolate-covered cherry truffles
Keep these truffles stored in a covered container in the fridge and enjoy them within a week or so for best results.
Can I freeze chocolate cherry truffles?
Yes, these truffles would be good frozen for up to a few months. Just make sure that they’re in an airtight container and that you allow them to thaw before eating so that they’re easier to bite into.
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These easy chocolate cherry truffles are a delicious (and romantic treat) perfect for the holidays, gift-giving, or simply enjoying for yourself. Whip up a batch and watch them disappear. They’re too good to resist!