Freaking Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

The other day, I received a big ol' bottle of bourbon in the mail. And it was WORK RELATED. It helped me make this happen (please don't judge my messy chocolatey hand):

Thanks, Four Roses!

After a glug or ten of "work", I decided to make some truffles. That last sentence was a joke, fyi. But honestly, these truffles are so easy to make that you could have a shot or two or ten and they would still come out fine. I'm also not a doctor or a qualified health provider, fyi. 

Chocolate bourbon truffles. Chocolate combined with butter and salt, and livened up with bourbon. They are surprisingly refined, and pleasingly (but not overwhelmingly) boozy. I used a very dark chocolate (85% cacao!) for a finished result that is for grown-ups and true chocolate lovers ONLY. 

Freaking Easy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

Makes 20-30 depending on size 

Printable version here

  • 6 ounces Extra dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used 85% cacao) 
  • 1 stick unsalted butter 
  • pinch of salt 
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • confectioners' sugar or cocoa powder, for coating  

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over medium-low heat, stirring frequently to discourage scorching.

Remove from heat, and stir in the salt and bourbon. Glug glug.

Stir to combine, and then transfer to a heatproof bowl. Let the mixture cool until firm--several hours at cool room temperature or less time in the fridge. I wish this screen had smell-o-vision right now.

Spoon out the mixture, and roll portions of it into balls, about 1 inch in diameter. 

Roll the balls in cocoa powder or confectioners' sugar. 

Keep in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve; be sure to tell people that they are gluten-free, because they are (naturally!). Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. 

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