Oh, truffles, darling truffles, made with fresh raspberries, raspberry jam, brownie mix, and your lovely little hands. What a dazzling, dreamy, decadent treat! Don’t stand there drooling, get started right away!
- 1 box brownie mix
- Egg(s) as directed on box
- Water as directed on box
- Oil as directed on box, except substitute melted butter for the oil
- 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
- Fresh raspberries, about 30, optional but highly recommended
- 1 pound “tempered” white or vanilla chocolate (this means “candy melts,” the kind of chocolate you use in a candy mold; I used the generic store brand from Meijer)
- Red sprinkles to use as a garnish
Mix batter according to box instructions, except substitute melted butter or margarine for the oil. Bake according to box instructions, and let cool completely. When brownies are cool, trim off the “crunchier” edges from the pan of brownies, just 1/4 inch or so.
You don’t need those crispy, crusty edges, so set them aside (in your mouth). Take the remaining tender, “middle” brownies and break them up into a large bowl. Add 1/2 cup raspberry jam (I like seedless, but I suppose you could use preserves instead). Then mix thoroughly into the broken-up brownies, creating a uniformly dense truffle filling.
Option A: Roll into truffle-sized balls with your palms.
Or, option B: Go all the way, and tuck a small fresh raspberry into the center of each ball. The raspberries I bought were pretty big, and I decided to cut them in half so the balls didn’t have to be overly large.
In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 pound of tempered chocolate (aka CandiQuik, candy melts, or dipping chocolate) by following the microwave instructions. Don’t overheat; I suggest heating 20-30 seconds at a time and then stirring in between heatings until smooth.
Depending on your preference, you can use chocolate (above) or white/vanilla (below).
Don’t use chocolate chips because they’re not tempered. Only tempered chocolate will give you a hard candy shell that allows you to pick up the finished truffle without getting gooey fingers.
When your tempered chocolate is melted and smooth, remove the truffle balls from the refrigerator and dip them one at a time into the melted chocolate.
Work one by one: Dip, allow excess chocolate to drip off, place dipped truffle onto wax paper, and then garnish. Repeat. For a dipping tool, I used a fork because the tines allowed the extra chocolate to drip back down into the bowl. As you continue dipping and garnishing, the chocolate may begin to get stiff and harder to work with; in this event, just microwave the chocolate for 20 seconds and stir until smooth again.
Once you place the dipped balls on wax paper, they will dry almost instantly, so be sure to immediately add any garnish you may want. I garnished with pretty red sugar sprinkles, but you might instead choose to use a sprinkle of cocoa, nuts, or powdered sugar. I found the cutest mini-muffin paper cups that were the perfect size for presentation. Adorable!
Refrigerate until serving. A friend of mine is making these for a “True Blood” party; I wonder why?
So, so pretty. You’ll be tempted to pop the whole dang thing in your mouth and grab another, but I suggest savoring it in 2 or 3 long, passionate bites. Brownie truffles with these gorgeous raspberry centers are sure to be a hit at any special event, or to make any event special!