If you want the ultimate in decadent desserts, chocolate cheesecake truffles are for you. The thick fudge of a truffle mixed with the creamy taste of cheesecake makes this a dessert no one can resist.
Although they share the same name of the decadent mushroom truffle, dessert truffles are made from a thick chocolate and cream mixture; no actual truffles go into their make-up. They do get their name from their similar appearance. Chocolate truffles can be endlessly flavored, rolled in a variety of toppings and are far more simple to make than their taste and appearance lets on.
Truffles can be robed in chocolate, rolled in powders and can be flavored to mimic nearly any popular dessert, including the taste of cheesecake.
What Makes Cheesecake Truffles Different
A standard truffle is made from ganache, which is a mixture of chocolate, heavy cream and occasionally, corn syrup. The cooled mixture is firm enough to handle, and dense enough to become the filling for any number of flavored truffles.
Chocolate cheesecake truffles take the basic truffle recipe to the next level by incorporating cream cheese in the base, rather than cream. The result is an extra dense truffle that resembles the texture and flavor of chocolate cheesecake. They can be further customized with traditional cheesecake flavors or toppings, or left alone for a rich and creamy chocolate-cheesecake flavor.
How to Make Chocolate Cheesecake Truffles
Like any truffle recipe, this simple dessert begins with a creamy chocolate filling.
Makes 36 truffles
- 7 ounces of dark chocolate
- 1 cup cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla or flavoring of your choice
- Heat the chocolate in a double boiler until thoroughly melted.
- In a separate bowl, combine the cream cheese and sugar and beat until smooth.
- Stir in the vanilla and melted chocolate and mix until well combined.
- Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator until well-chilled and firm to the touch.
- Shape the truffles into balls.
- Refrigerate the finished truffles for at least 24 hours before packaging, serving or giving as a gift.
Additions and Variations
To make these truffles extra special, try any of the following variations:
- Roll the completed truffles in crushed graham crackers or shortbread biscuits.
- Substitute Irish Cream liqueur for the vanilla.
- Replace the vanilla with an equal amount of raspberry or strawberry syrup.
- Use amaretto in place of the vanilla for almond chocolate cheesecake-flavored truffles. Roll the finished truffles in ground almonds to coat.
- Dip the finished truffles into tempered chocolate.
- Roll the truffles in powdered cocoa.
- Use a 50/50 mixture of mascapone and cream cheese in place of the single cup of cream cheese to get a lighter, fluffier truffle.
Truffles are perfect for any occasion for a number of reasons. They can be passed at parties, packaged and given as gifts during the holiday season or served after dinner for a chocolate treat. Serve the truffles with a hot beverage such as gourmet coffee for a melt-in-the-mouth experience. Whether you want to make something chocolate for yourself, or you are looking to give the gift of chocolate to your loved ones, chocolate cheesecake truffles will be well received. Stack a pyramid of chocolate truffles at your next party, wrap a few up for gifts to coworkers and friends or save them all for yourself; these chocolate truffles are sure to please no matter who receives them.