Maple Walnut Truffles
If you are looking for a simple, yet decadent treat you have found the recipe! These truffles pack a sweet, rich, nutty punch made with pure maple syrup, walnuts, sugar and chocolate. A little nibble goes a long way! Make these for your next special event or as a gift for neighbors and friends...or just because! They store nicely in the fridge and are the perfect satisfaction for sweet tooth cravings.
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 T pure Brantview Farms Maple syrup (we played with this for stronger maple flavor and used 3 T)
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp maple extract (or we used just an additional 1 tsp pure maple syrup instead)
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
8 ounces of chocolate candy melts
Mix butter, pure maple syrup and powdered sugar with a hand mixer. Add vanilla extract and beat until creamy. Stir in toasted walnuts (you can toast them in a 350 degree oven for 5-7 minutes; make sure they are cooled to room temperature before adding them to mix). Place mixture in fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. Once chilled, scoop 1 T sized balls and shape, placing them on wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill balls again for at least 10 minutes so they are firm and ready to dip. Melt your chocolate in the microwave and take a few truffles at a time from fridge to dip in chocolate. If you take more than a few, they become soft and are hard to dip! Use a spoon to coat the balls rather than rolling them in the chocolate. Use a fork or slotted candy spoon to lift them from chocolate. Use toothpick or edge of spoon to move to tray. Place dipped truffles back in fridge to firm chocolate. You can take remaining melted chocolate to place in a bag or squeeze bottle to decorate the tops of the truffles.
*This was a new recipe and after making them, I would adjust to maybe 2 T of pure maple syrup TOTAL (this includes for extract ingredient amount) so the consistency of the truffle mix is slightly thicker, drier and also a little less sweet. These are delicious but very sweet! I am also a novice chocolate candy maker, so the finished coat was far from perfect! They still taste amazing...
Recipe adapted from crazyforcrust.com