Chocolate Mascarpone Truffles are Italian treats made with mascarpone cheese, cocoa, plain cookies and a little sugar. Nothing more to get these delicious little sweet Italian truffles!
With NO EGGS and NO BUTTER, chocolate mascarpone truffles are a perfect dessert for any occasion. From Christmas and Easter celebrations to all other occasions, they are always good and welcome.
It’s up to you to personalize and adapt them to different occasions by choosing the most fitting finish! More elegant and refined for an important dinner party or cheerful and colorful for a children’s party!
The only basic condition for the success of these sweets is the freshness and excellent quality of the main ingredient: Mascarpone cheese.
Mascarpone is a spreadable cheese widely used in Italian recipes especially for the famous and inimitable Authentic Italian Tiramisu. The creaminess and delicacy of this cheese are unique and unparalleled.
Mascarpone and chocolate truffles are perfect if you are short on time but want to bring to the table a dessert with guaranteed success. They are incredibly good in their simplicity and very quick to make. Oh, plus they don’t require cooking! Soft, creamy and delicate, they are a real treat!
Follow the step by step recipe to to make Italian chocolate mascarpone truffles. You will definitely make them againand again for your parties and evenings with friends!
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How to Make Chocolate Mascarpone Truffles at Home
- Prep Time: 45 Min
- Cook Time: 0 Min
- Cooling Time: at least 2 H in the fridge
- Servings: about 30 truffles
- 150 g (5.3 oz) of plain cookies. We recommend dry cookies such as Oro Saiwa or Kedem Tea
- 250 g (8.8 oz) of mascarpone cheese at room temperature
- 35 g (3 tablespoons) of bitter cocoa powder
- 100 g (½ cup) of granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon of rum (optional)
For the decoration
Kitchen Tools and Equipment
You will definitely need an electric food chopper to crumble the cookies evenly.
A large bowl to mix all the ingredients and form the dough.
Very useful is a kitchen scale. Of course, as with all recipes, it’s important to properly dose the ingredients. But in this case you might also find it useful to weigh the dough and make the balls all equal. Each truffle should weigh about 20/25 g (0.7/0.9 ounces).
After the preparation is complete, we recommend that you arrange the balls in mini cupcake liners.
These, besides being aesthetically pleasing, are useful for taking the treat without getting your hands messy.
Choose the colors best fitting the occasion and match them with the top color of the chocolate mascarpone truffles.
With these tricks, your dessert buffet looks stylish and very well cared for.
PLEASE NOTE: Before you start making the recipe for these delicious mascarpone truffles, it’s important to take a small precaution for best results: remove the mascarpone from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before starting.
Step 1) – To make chocolate mascarpone truffles, first chop the cookies witha food processor. It’s not necessary to reduce them to a powder, but they should still have a fine grain.
Step 2) – Now put the chopped cookies in a bowl and add the other ingredients. First the sugar then the cocoa and mix.
Step 3) – Add the mascarpone cheese. Mix all the ingredients very well. The dough will be a little difficult to mix with a spoon. You can also knead with your hands if you prefer.
Finally, if you like, add the rum and finish mixing very well. The rum is optional. If you don’t like the alcoholic aftertaste or you are making the mascarpone and chocolate truffles for children, then don’t add it.
Step 5) – Place the bowl with the dough in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes covered with plastic wrap and let it cool.
After this time, take the dough and form small balls with your hands. If the dough sticks a bit, moisten your hands slightly.
The balls should be as uniform as possible. About 20/25 grams each (0.7/0.9 ounces). To be more sure, you can use a scale.
Step 7) – Place the toppings in separate bowls. We used rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles and coconut flour. But these are just some of the choices you can make (read the paragraph below on variations).
Roll the chocolate mascarpone truffles into the sprinkles and coat them. Arrange the truffles in the mini cupcake liners.
We recommend leaving the treats in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
You can store the mascarpone and chocolate truffles in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Cover them with plastic wrap or store them in an airtight container.
You can make the truffles the day before and then coat them with sprinkles just before serving so they keep their crunchiness!
With what Liqueur Can I Substitute Rum?
The authentic Italian recipe for mascarpone truffles calls for the addition of a liqueur, usually rum.
You can substitute rum with other liqueurs of your liking. For example, Sambuca, Limoncello or Vermouth.
Alcohol-free Chocolate Mascarpone Truffles
If you do not like the alcoholic taste or are making the recipe for children, you can also omit it.
For a non-alcoholic version of this dessert, you can replace the liquor by putting orange juice in the mixture of your truffles with mascarpone.
You will still get a mouthwatering dessert that will appeal to young and old alike.
What kind of Decoration to Use: Some Variations
The most fun thing about this preparation is the final decoration. You will be very free to decide how to decorate them.
Some people like to sprinkle them with colored sprinkles, others cover them with chopped pistachios or chopped hazelnuts.
True chocolate lovers will opt for dark chocolate sprinkles or bitter cocoa.
Tiny golden or silver sprinkles can be chosen for the holiday season.
Alternatively, we recommend you try mascarpone and coffee truffles; their flavor will remind you of the much-loved tiramisu.
For this variation, use the typical tiramisu cookies: ladyfingers. Crumble them in a mixer. Transfer them to a large bowl and add sugar, half a tablespoon of instant coffee and mascarpone.
Stir the mixture until smooth and the coffee has dissolved.
Allow to rest in the refrigerator for one hour covered with plastic wrap. After this time has elapsed, form the balls. Dip them in bitter cocoa powder and arrange them on a plate.
Your tiramisu truffles will be a real treat.
Some Tips for Making Perfect Mascarpone Truffles
We recommend using mascarpone at room temperature, as too cold would be difficult to work with. Therefore, remember to remove the mascarpone from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes beforehand.
Another tip we give you is to let the dough rest in the refrigerator for about half an hour: this will help the dough firm up to a compact consistency, ideal for working with your hands.
Always remember to moisten your hands before creating the balls; this way the dough will not stick to the skin and you will work it more easily.
The dough should be neither too hard nor, on the contrary, too soft, but soft and firm at the same time. To correct, if necessary, the consistency of the dough, help yourself by increasing the amounts of mascarpone or cookies to reach the right consistency to work with.
How to Serve Chocolate Mascarpone Truffles
Chocolate mascarpone truffles is the perfect dessert to serve on special occasions.
But given the simplicity of preparation, they are also ideal to enjoy every day for a mouth-watering break.
You can make these Italian truffles to embellish dessert buffets with simple themed decorations.
In the Christmas buffet, mascarpone truffles covered with coconut flour will evoke the snow of the nativity scene, while with colored sprinkles they will make the table as festive as confetti at Carnival!
It all depends on your imagination!
One of the most fun ways to serve mascarpone truffles, especially for children’s parties, is poking the truffles with a stick, like the famous cake pops!