Grand Marnier Chocolate Truffles are smooth, rich, and elegant. They are a simple, no-bake treat flavored with a subtle orange liqueur.
These truffles are amazing! If you’re looking for a rich chocolate ganache center with a hint of orange, you need to try these. They are truly simple to put together, with just a bit of lag time for them to firm up so that you can roll them into these delicious cocoa-covered bits of heaven.
If you can heat heavy cream to a simmer, throw in some chocolate, whisk until melted, refrigerate until chilled, and be willing to get your hands just a tiny bit messy with the chocolate as you form them into balls (ahem…chocolate…what mess?!) then you can make these, no problem! They are that simple. Oh, and of course, the finishing touch – roll them in powdered cocoa. Ah…
I like to use Ghirardelli semi-sweet or bittersweet baking chocolate bars, and Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa. The Grand Marnier adds a subtle flavor of orange, so try not to skip it! If you don’t want to purchase an entire bottle of Grand Marnier, check your liquor store to see if they offer a mini bottle ~ that’s what I used. 😉 Alternatively, you can use the fine zest of an orange instead of Grand Marnier for a non-alcoholic option.
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These no-bake White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Snowflake Truffles are the perfect appetizer or treat for your holiday entertaining.
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If you’re looking for a no-bake, sweet treat, here it is! This is a great make ahead treat, as it does require a few hours of refrigeration prior to forming the truffles. But it’s worth it.
You could even make the mixture, refrigerate it overnight, and finish up the next day. Either way, this is a rich treat for cranberry and pistachio lovers.
Make sure you finely chop the cranberries and pistachios. This will help the truffles form round balls rather than strange shapes because the fruit and nuts are too big.
Once the mixture is created, it will need to chill for a few hours before the fun of rolling the truffles begins. Caution: confectioner’s sugar can be messy, despite your efforts to control its surface spread. 😉
The size of the truffle largely depends on how many truffles you wish to make. I made approximately 16 truffles but you could easily get 20 truffle balls out of this mixture by rolling a smaller diameter ball.
You will love these rich, no-bake White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Snowflake Truffles!
White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Snowflake Truffles
Author: Zesty Olive
8 oz. white chocolate, chopped into very small pieces
5 Tablespoons of unsalted butter
3 Tablespoons of heavy cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
⅓ cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
¼ cup roasted pistachios, finely chopped
⅓ cup powdered sugar, sifted to remove lumps
In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add heavy cream and stir to combine. Stir in vanilla extract. Set aside.
Using a double boiler over medium-low heat, melt chopped white chocolate, stirring constantly until completely melted. Do not overheat while melting. Slowly melting is better so that the chocolate does not separate.
Remove from heat. Let melted white chocolate cool just a bit before slowly stirring in mixture of butter and cream.
Stir in chopped pistachios and cranberries. Cover top of mixture with plastic wrap. Let mixture come to room temperature before refrigerating.
Refrigerate mixture for several hours, or until firm.
Sift confectioner’s sugar into a small bowl.
When ready to roll truffle balls, use a melon baller to scoop out the mixture. (One-inch balls will render about 20 truffles. If you want fewer truffles, scoop out slightly larger amounts per truffle.)Roll each truffle into a ball using your palms. The warmth of your hands will help soften the mixture to form the balls.
Roll each ball in confectioner’s sugar, shake off excess, and place on wax paper or in your serving/storage container.
Truffles will keep up to 1 week in tightly sealed container.