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Something like a chocolate truffle sounds so impossibly professional that it might never have occurred to you that you can make them in your own kitchen. You can! Not only that, this recipe for peppery chocolate truffles requires only five everyday ingredients. Black pepper adds adult sophistication to semisweet chocolate chips and heavy cream, deepening the spicy notes and livening up the sweetness. Serve with decaf and amaro after a dinner party, or package them up in boxes of eight or 12 for a holiday gift. Looking to mix it up? This recipe works well with other spices in place of the black pepper. Try a batch with ½ teaspoon cardamom or 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Robin Bashinsky


Credit: Greg DuPree

Recipe Summary

15 mins
2 hrs 15 mins
24 truffles


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  • Stir together chocolate chips, pepper, and vanilla in a heatproof bowl. Heat cream in a small saucepan over high until just simmering. Pour over chocolate chip mixture and let stand 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Cover and chill until mixture holds its shape, 2 to 3 hours. Scoop into 24 balls (about 1 tablespoon per ball). Place cocoa powder in a bowl and gently roll balls to coat.