Dark chocolate, toasted almonds, and soaked dried cherries, basically make these chocolate cherry truffles the best! The toasted almonds add a welcome crunch and nuttiness, AND there is no baking necessary so it’s a win win.
Can these be made without alcohol?
Yes! I like to soak the dried cherries in rum or sour cherry liqueur, but cherry juice will work too!
How to make vegan and gluten free truffles?
These truffles can easily be made vegan by using vegan chocolate and they are naturally gluten free!
These truffles are perfect because the number of substitutions and combinations is endless. Don’t like cherries? Use dried cranberries, raisins, dried apricots, etc. Allergic to almonds or just don’t like them? Try any other nuts or seeds. And finally, if for some crazy reason, you don’t love dark chocolate, substitute in milk chocolate.
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Tips for making Simple Chocolate Cherry truffles
- Don’t skip soaking the cherries, I mean you can if you’re SUPER short on time, but trust me – it makes them chewy and plump which is everything you want in a cherry!
- Use a double boiler to melt the chocolate. This means putting the chocolate into a traditional double boiler or a large metal or glass bowl, and setting it over a pot of simmering water. This will prevent the chocolate from burning.
- Toasting the nuts is not 100% necessary but it brings out their flavor so much more than if you use them raw.
- Sprinkle the salt on top of the truffles immediately after scooping them to give it the best chance of sticking.
- Dried Tart cherries: Try to find dried fruit with no added ingredients, additives and extra sugar are unnecessary and can dampen the fruit flavor.
- Rum/ Cherry Juice/ Cherry Liqueur: Any of these are great options to soak the cherries in. Although, I have to say that cherry liqueur is my favorite in this recipe.
- Slivered Almonds: These are the blanched, almonds that have been cut into sticks/spears. Make sure to find them raw and unsalted.
- Dark/Semi-sweet Chocolate: As mentioned before, you can use any type of chocolate but I recommend looking for responsibly made chocolate with limited ingredients.
- Flaky Sea salt: This is optional; however, I find the salt helps to cut the richness of the chocolate while enhancing the other flavors of the truffles.
How to make Chocolate Cherry Truffles
Prepare the Cherries
- Roughly chop the dried cherries into approximately 1/4″ pieces and place them in a microwave safe bowl. Pour the cherry juice/rum over the cherries and stir together.
- Microwave for 20-30 seconds until warm to the touch and then cover immediately. Let the cherries sit for at least 1 hour to soak up the liquid.
Toast the Almonds
- Pour the slivered almonds into a medium sized pan. Place over medium heat and toss/stir frequently until they become a light golden brown color. Do not let them burn, otherwise they will become bitter.
Make the truffles
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Then remove from the heat.
- Pour in the cherries and any extra liquid as well as the toasted almonds.
- Stir together until all ingredients are fully mixed.
- Use a cookie scoop to scoop even truffles onto a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.
- Chill the truffles for 1 hour to let them set before serving.
Chocolate Cherry Truffles with Almonds
- 150 grams dried tart cherries
- 3 oz tart cherry juice or rum
- 150 grams slivered almonds
- 400 grams dark or semisweet chocolate
- 1 tbsp flaky sea salt
- Roughly chop the dried cherries into approximately 1/4" chunks.
- Place in a microwave safe bowl and add the cherry juice or rum. Microwave for 20-30 seconds, then cover and let sit for 1 hour.
- Toast the slivered almonds in a medium pan over medium heat, stirring frequently. The almonds should become a golden brown color but not burnt. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a double boiler, melt the chocolate. Then, stir in the cherries with extra liquid, and almonds.
- Use a #30 scoop (approx. 2 tbsp) to scoop 12 truffles onto the parchment lined baking sheet.
- Immediately sprinkle each truffle with flaky salt.
- Let the truffles set for 1 hour before serving.