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Chocolate Pecan Truffles

Where there is chocolate, there is a party.  In a way, I guess you could call these party balls. Add dark cocoa powder, and you have a fancy party. I tell you the truth.


  • 16 ounces high quality semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup high quality, dark cocoa powder

Place a double boiler over medium-low heat. Chop chocolate into small bits and add to pan. Stir in cream. Heat and stir until dark and dreamy. Things will not look pretty and you will think I steered you wrong for most of the melting process but then suddenly you will see darkness and the world will make sense again. It is shiny. It is hopeful. It is truffles in liquid form. Stir in chopped pecans and transfer to a shallow pan like a casserole dish.

Refrigerate for about an hour or until firm and fudgy looking. Place cocoa powder onto a plate.

Scoop small amounts of the chocolate and form into balls. Coat each one with the lovely cocoa powder.


Serve your party balls on a platter or place each in a mini paper candy cup liner. Or perhaps place four in a mini gift box with a parchment liner. The perfect little gift – a party to go.

Makes about 24 mini parties. If you are making this recipe for a group of people you don’t know very well, I recommend rolling truffles in finely chopped pecans rather than cocoa powder so that anyone with nut allergies will be aware that these contain nuts. Store covered in refrigerator until ready to serve. 


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