Dark Chocolate Nutella Cherry Truffles

It’s time.

I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through the year, and I haven’t posted a Nutella recipe yet.

Dear friends, I’m sorry.

It’s time I make it up to you with these Dark Chocolate Nutella Cherry Truffles.

These are no bake, silky, decadent little truffles, studded with dried cherries that plumped up from being soaked in orange liqueur. You read that right: cherries soaked in orange liqueur.

Remember when I made double chocolate cookies with boozy cherries? Back then, I soaked the cherries in brandy. This time, I soaked them in Cointreau. I’m no stranger to soaking dried fruit in liqueur, or baking with rum and other kinds of alcohol. But this recipe doesn’t require any baking, and unlike this other dessert:

Dark Chocolate Ganache Dessert Cups

These Nutella truffles don’t contain egg yolks, so you don’t have to be scared.

But they are dangerous though.

They’re dangerous because you might be tempted to keep them all to yourself instead of sharing with friends and family. Don’t do that. Share these little babies. Once you hear “these are better than Lindt truffles” and other compliments and lots of lip smacking and finger licking, then you’ll know you did right.

Using really good quality dark chocolate (in this case, I used Guittard semi-sweet chocolate chips) makes these truffles taste elegant, and the cherries soaked in orange liqueur impart a sophistication I rarely associate with Nutella.

But let’s be honest: sophisticated or not, it’s hard to go wrong with any dessert that involves Nutella.

I may have gone a little bit overboard with the liqueur (I added more Cointreau to the actual ganache), so these truffles didn’t set properly. When I scooped out portions to roll into balls, they were still wet but pliable. I did a generous sprinkling of dark chocolate cocoa powder, then kept them in the fridge until ready to serve to guests (or to myself, at midnight, to console myself after watching that devastating episode of Game of Thrones). They may look rustic, but boy oh boy, these truffles are pretty terrific.

Yield: 36 truffles

Dark Chocolate Nutella Cherry Truffles


1/2 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup orange liqueur (I used Cointreau)
12 oz dark chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup butter, diced
1 cup Nutella
1/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder


Soak the cherries in the orange liqueur for at least an hour.

In a shallow baking dish, combine the butter and chocolate chips in a medium bowl.

In a small saucepan, heat the cream over medium heat. Right before the cream begins to boil, remove saucepan from heat and pour cream over the butter and chocolate chips. Let it sit for 2 minutes, then slowly whisk together until smooth and shiny.

Fold in cherries, including any leftover orange liqueur. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until firm.

Scoop into 1 inch balls and place on top of parchment paper. Sprinkle with cocoa powder (or dip each ball in cocoa powder). Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Note: the pictured truffles are from the chocolate ganache being chilled for just about an hour, and the truffles were still a little wet. I made another batch after the ganache has chilled for a couple more hours, and they were much easier to form into balls. Alternatively, you can just slice them in 1 inch squares (like mini fudge squares) if you don't want to go through the trouble of rolling the truffles into balls.

I hope you forgive me for letting six months go by without posting a Nutella recipe, but I’m pretty sure these truffles make up for the (temporary) Nutella absence this year. And if you’re hankering for more Nutella desserts, I have plenty:

Have you ever made chocolate truffles? I went to a chocolate-making class once and really enjoyed the whole process – and the fruits of our labor!


25 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Nutella Cherry Truffles”

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    Meghan posted June 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I can literally almost taste these. What a gorgeous post!

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    Louisa (To Elle and Back) posted June 8, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Boozy cherry chocolates are a big deal in our house, especially at xmas. Thanks for posting this recipe!

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    Monica posted June 8, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I love homemade truffles and these are insane! Love the idea of soaking the cherries in orange liqueur! Good choice with the Guittard and Nutella – oh boy!! I’m in chocolate heaven just looking at these. : ) Have a great weekend.

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    Happy Valley Chow posted June 8, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Those definitely look dangerous and sound incredible! A must try in my book :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    Rhonda posted June 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Still haven’t tried Nutella, I think I am afraid once I start I won’t be able to stop :) These look great!

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    Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings posted June 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    I believe you…these things are dangerous! I don’t even want to think about how delicious they are!

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    Megan posted June 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Yes, these sound incredible. Worth waiting for!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted June 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Wow, Cointreau soaked cherries! What a great idea. Oh, and the nutella and chocolate sound pretty great too!

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    yummychunklet posted June 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I may have to make these sans the cherries! Yum!

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    Honey What's Cooking posted June 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    This looks amazing… love berries and chocolate. really nice photos.

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    Jenny @ BAKE posted June 10, 2013 at 5:20 am

    These sound so good! I love home made truffles

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    Shannon posted June 10, 2013 at 11:06 am

    i totally would not share these ;) they look amazing!!

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    Michelle Collins posted June 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I love everything about this recipe.

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    Daisy posted June 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I am definitely surprised that this is the first nutella recipe of 2013. Better late than never and these look phenom!

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted June 10, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    These look so yummy – so chocolaty and melty! Yum.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes posted June 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Keep the Nutella recipes coming!! You made me realize it’s been far too long since I’ve had this amazing stuff :)

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted June 10, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Ooooh, love that you put cherry in this! Fruit/choco is such a good combo. And nutella…oh man! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making truffles.

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    milkteaxx posted June 10, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    i think i know why this can be dangerous! i want to lick my screen already!

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    CCU posted June 11, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Oh I forgive you my friend, this looks scrumptious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Joanne posted June 11, 2013 at 7:31 am

    going HALF A YEAR without nutella?! Now that is serious stuff! I defintiely don’t eat enough of the good stuff, so I need these truffles in my life ASAP!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted June 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    These do sound dangerous! Everything is better with nutella!

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    Monet posted June 11, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    We don’t have AC, so I’m all about no bake recipes. And of course, I’m all about nutella! Thank you for sharing such a decadent but easy recipe! Just what I needed to end my night. Now if I only had a plate to go to bed with :-)

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    Natalie posted June 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    mmmm these sound SO good!!!

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    grace posted June 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    these have many things going for them. first, there’s nutella. second, they’re truffles, but they don’t have to be dipped in chocolate (a messy step i hate). third, the flavor combination is magnificent!

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    Janey, Between Bites posted July 4, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Awesome photos and seems like a great recipe!! If only I can do this.

    I enjoyed reading your blog!


    Between Bites

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