Everybody has a sweet tooth this time of year, especially when it comes to homemade treats! That’s why a batch of homemade truffles are the perfect go-to DIY gift to give your loved ones this holiday season. And let’s be honest, shopping for gifts around the holidays can be super stressful! Crowds, long lines, overpriced items, and everything in between, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to purchasing presents for your friends and family. This year, skip the line and instead make them their favorite homemade truffles. From chocolate to pumpkin spice to strawberry cheesecake, there are tons of super easy and super tasty truffle recipes to try. Check out this list of 10 easy homemade truffles that make a perfect gift!
1. Strawberry Cheesecake
White chocolate and strawberries? Yes please! These 5-ingredient truffles are super easy and really tasty! Made with fresh strawberries, cream cheese, graham crackers, white chocolate, and sugar, these homemade treats are sure to satisfy! To make, start by combining 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 4 ounces cream cheese, and 1/3 cup confectioners sugar in a bowl. Mix well with a hand-held mixer until it comes together. You may need to use your hands to mix as well. Next, with a wooden spoon, stir in a 1/3 cup of finely diced strawberries. Then, roll the mix into roughly 28 truffle balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Each truffle should be around 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons worth of the mixture. Place in refrigerator to set for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, melt 10 ounces of coarsely chopped white chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. Once the truffles are set, drop each one in the melted chocolate. Place back on the parchment-paper once coated. Once all truffles have been dipped, add red food coloring to any remaining melted white chocolate and drizzle across truffles. Yields 28 truffles.
2. Pumpkin Spice
Pumpkin spice is a classic flavor this time of year! That’s why these pumpkin spice truffles will be a hit for anyone they are gifted to. First, beat 2 ounces cream cheese and 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar together in a large bowl until creamy. Then, add 1/3 cup pumpkin puree and beat on high until combined. Add 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 4 ounces melted white chocolate. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Cover and chill mixture for at least 1 hour. Once done chilling, roll mixture into 1 teaspoon-sized balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Chill truffle balls in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, melt either semi-sweet or white chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. Drop truffle balls into melted chocolate and return to parchment paper. Top truffles with a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs and return to refrigerator to chill completely. Makes roughly 35 truffles. Enjoy!
3. Classic Chocolate
Classic chocolate truffles are always a great option when making them as a gift! Everyone loves chocolate and it’s easy to decorate plain chocolate with a variety of toppings. To make, place 2 4-ounce high quality finely chopped chocolate in a bowl. Next, heat 2/3 cups heavy cream on the stove or in the microwave until simmering. Add 1 tablespoon softened unsalted butter to the chocolate and pour the heated heavy cream over the chocolate and butter. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract to the mixture and mix until everything is melted and combined. Pour into a shallow dish, like an 8×8 inch baking pan, and cover with plastic wrap. Let cool in refrigerator for 2 hours until set. Once set, scoop truffle mixture into balls that are roughly 2 teaspoons worth of mixture. Roll balls in toppings. Some options include chopped nuts, sprinkles, or graham cracker crumbs! These truffles taste best at room temperature. Makes 20 to 24 truffles!
4. Coconut Rum
These boozy truffles are the perfect holiday gift! Made with pecans, rum, coconut, and orange zest, this recipes yields super flavorful and delicious truffles! To make, start by mixing 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1 cup toasted and finely chopped pecans, 1/2 cup confectioners sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons honey, 1/4 cup coconut rum, 1 cup shredded coconut, 2 teaspoons orange zest, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract together in a large bowl. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Near the end of chilling, melt 10 ounces quality bitter-sweet chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. Roll 2 teaspoons worth of mixture into truffle balls. You should end up with around 25 truffle balls. Drop balls into melted chocolate and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle each truffle with shredded coconut. Let chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes to set. Enjoy!
5. Peanut Butter
These no-bake peanut butter truffles are so creamy and delicious, you’ll loved ones will be craving them all winter long! Start by beating 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter until creamy. Then, 1 cup smooth peanut butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Beat until well combined. Next, add 3 cups confectioners sugar and beat until combined. Roll mixture into truffle balls, about 1-inch in size, and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Let balls chill in refrigerator for 1 hour. Last, melt 16 ounces coarsely chopped dark chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. Do the same with 3/4 cup coarsely chopped milk chocolate. Drop truffle balls in melted dark chocolate and return to parchment paper. Drizzle melted milk chocolate over each truffle. Let chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Makes 40 to 45 truffles!
Everyone loves Oreo cookies! And what’s the only thing better than an Oreo cookie? Oreo truffles! These tasty homemade treats make a great gift for adults and children alike! First, chop 9 Oreo cookies in a food processor then set aside. Chop the remaining 36 cookies in a food processor and dump in a medium bowl. Add 1 8-ounce block cream cheese to the 36 chopped cookies and mix until combined. Roll cookie and cream cheese mixture into 42 truffle balls. Next, melt 2 cups coarsely chopped chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. Drop the truffle balls into the chocolate and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle reserved chopped cookies over the top. Refrigerate 1 hour, until firm. Yields 42 truffles!
7. Dark Chocolate Peppermint
Peppermint is a super festive and fun flavor to incorporate into sweet treats over the holiday season! These dark chocolate peppermint truffles are the perfect homemade goodies to give this holiday season. To make, combine 16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 cup heavy cream and microwave, 30 seconds at a time, until melted. Next, stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. When ready to mold truffles, remove the mixture from the refrigerator and let sit for 5 minutes. Roll truffle mix into 1-inch balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Then, melt 6 ounces good quality dark chocolate wafers. Drop truffle balls into melted chocolate and return to parchment paper. Last, melt 1 ounce of white chocolate wafers. Drizzle with a utensil over the truffles, top each with crushed peppermint candies, and return to refrigerator to set.
8. Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch
These 5-ingredient truffles are just what you need this holiday season! The chocolate and hazelnuts makes for creamy truffle with a bit of a crunch! To make these sweet treats, start by placing 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave, in 15 second intervals, until almost completely melted. Then, heat 1/2 cup heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Once it starts to boil, remove from heat. Pour over the melted chocolate, stirring slowly until chocolate and cream are smooth. Add in 1/3 cup Nutella and 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter. Stir until combined. Mix in 1/2 cup toasted and finely chopped hazelnuts. Cover with plastic wrap pressed down onto mixture and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Place in refrigerator and let set for 4 hours. Next, roll mixture into 1-inch truffle balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Melt 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. Drop truffles in melted chocolate and return to parchment paper. Sprinkle chopped hazelnuts over top of each truffle. Yields 40 to 45 truffles.
9. Lavender White Chocolate
Lavender and white chocolate go hand in hand. These homemade truffles are infused with lavender and yield a super creamy and delicate treat everyone will enjoy! To make, add 1 pound white chocolate, 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk, 1 tablespoon culinary lavender buds, and 1 teaspoon lemon zest into a bowl. Microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted. Chill mixture until firm, 1 to 2 hours. Once chilled, roll truffle mixture into 1-inch sized truffle balls. Roll each truffle in confectioners sugar and top with a sprinkle of lavender buds. Makes roughly 35 to 40 truffles.
10. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
This time of year, baked goods are a staple in everyone’s kitchen! That’s why these chocolate chip cookie dough truffles are the perfect nod to the holiday season. To make, cream 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar together until fluffy. Next, beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Gradually add 2 cups flour, alternating with 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk. Then, stir in 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Shape mixture into 1-inch truffle balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, until firm. Just before firm, melt 1 1/2 pounds coarsely chopped dark chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. Drop truffle balls in melted chocolate and return to parchment paper. Refrigerate until firm. Makes 65 to 70 truffles.