Autumn Decorated Chocolate Truffles

Easy and tasty these Autumn Decorated Chocolate Truffles are perfect for fall.  Or change up the colors for any season.  ‘Cause chocolate is always welcome. Easy and tasty these Autumn Decorated Chocolate Truffles are perfect for fall.  Or change up the colors for any season.  'Cause chocolate is always in style.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—baking can be high drama. That’s why they produce the “Great British Baking Show” instead of the “Great British Salad Show”.

On the other hand, baking can be a great way to relax. To get happy.  Commune with family and friends. Just think of all those heartwarming baking-with-children vignettes! Of course, before you can truly enjoy the mindful benefits of baking, you do need some basic skills.

Disclaimer: I received a bottle of Nielsen-Massey vanilla in exchange for this post.

Building Baking Skills

Making truffles

Luckily, Nielsen-Massey, the well-known maker of quality vanilla and other flavorings, has launched an initiative to help you “better your bake“. They are unveiling a new series of baking lessons to help quell any fear factor.  

The program covers topics from basic (e.g. how to separate an egg) to intermediate (filling a pastry bag) to more complex (tempering chocolate).  And it has some more fun like baking myths and a vanilla quiz.

Today I’m making chocolate truffles rolled in cocoa (and more), and flavored with Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract

Easy and tasty these Autumn Decorated Chocolate Truffles are perfect for fall.  Or change up the colors for any season.  'Cause chocolate is always in style.

Decorated for fall!

They’ll be good rolled in cocoa, but the gold standard for truffles is actually to dip them in chocolate.  Problem is, making dipping chocolate isn’t as simple as melting a bag of chocolate chips. To do it right, you need to temper the chocolate. This makes it glossy and crisp, rather than flat and kind of stretchy. And it’s an advanced skill.

Happily, Nielsen-Massey has lessons on how to do this–in both video and text formats. Their instructions are more complete than those I’ve failed at tried before and include guidelines for temperature not just technique.

Easy and tasty these Autumn Decorated Chocolate Truffles are perfect for fall.  Or change up the colors for any season.  'Cause chocolate is always in style.


In the end, I didn’t have time to do the tempering as I rushed off to class in the morning. But I do plan to perfect this for the holiday baking season. Yes, I’m planning chocolate dipped vanilla caramels with sea salt flakes (hmm, don’t you want to up your baking game now?).

A Vanilla Giveaway

In the meantime, if you’d like to give these truffles a try, Nielsen-Massey is offering a bottle of vanilla to one lucky reader. The giveaway is open to US mailing addresses and expires at midnight CDT on Sept 29.  To enter, leave a comment below telling me what you’d make with the vanilla. For a second entry, sign up for Art of Natural Living emails (below my picture, it’s a double opt-in so you’ll need to accept when you get an email) and leave me a second comment letting me know you subscribed (or that you already subscribe). The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me or a new winner will be chosen. 

Happy baking!

Chocolate Truffles
Serves 12
Easy and tasty these Autumn Decorated Chocolate Truffles are perfect for fall.  Or change up the colors for any season.  'Cause chocolate is always in style.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
89 calories
7 g
10 g
7 g
1 g
3 g
19 g
5 g
5 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 89
Calories from Fat 58
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 5mg
Total Carbohydrates 7g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 4-ounce bittersweet chocolate bar, chopped, or 4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. 1/3 cup heavy cream
  3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  4. jimmies, chopped nuts, cocoa powder or tempered chocolate to coat
  1. Place about an inch of water inside a saucepan and bring just to a simmer.
  2. Top with a bowl that fits into the saucepan but doesn't touch the water for a makeshift double boiler.
  3. Pour the chocolate and cream into the bowl. Maintaining a very low simmer, stir the chocolate and cream until they are melted and combined. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour into a shallow pan or bowl and place in the refrigerator until cool (a couple hours) or overnight.
  5. About 5 minutes before you want to form the truffles, remove the chocolate mixture to warm slightly. Using a spoon, scrape up enough chocolate to form 3/4 - 1 inch balls. Roll into a ball, then roll into your covering--cocoa, jimmies, or ???
  6. Store in the refrigerator and bring out shortly before serving (think cheese 🙂 )
  1. If you chocolate is too sticky to work with, place it back in the refrigerator briefly. If you are really having problems, try rolling the ball on a frozen baking sheet.
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77 thoughts on “Autumn Decorated Chocolate Truffles

  1. Annmarie Weeks

    I usually use vanilla in my chocolate chip cookies, but I would definitely LOVE to try my hand at making these truffles! Especially for our guests who come for Thanksgiving!

  2. Mary Beth Elderton

    These truffles look so good…perfect for holidays! I might use vanilla in these (pinned) as well as Peanut Butter Balls that I also make for the holidays.

  3. Mary Songer

    I have a great recipe for a vanilla cream cheese pound cake and I would love to see what it would be like with Nielsen Massey vanilla.

  4. Tina

    I would use it to make pumpkin rolls and pies. I love fall baking. These truffles look amazing.

  5. Elena

    You know, with the fall season upon us, I am suddenly craving a baba au rhum or just bread pudding with lots of pecans, chocolate chips (made from a bar of good chocolate), and delicious vanilla sauce to go with it. Decadent? Yes. Delicious? Also yes! Would love to try out the Nielsen- Massey vanilla!

  6. Amy

    Your truffle recipe sounds delicious & easy! I would make my Sweet Potato Pecan pie and low-sugar Banana Chocolate Chip muffins with the vanilla. 🙂

  7. Angie B

    I found this awesome sounding recipe on facebook for cookies. It was something like pecan bourbon maple cookies or something like that. I’d love to try those

  8. Ashley c

    A good vanilla is key to so many things! The first think I would make would be a yummy vanilla pound cake

  9. Bethany Kingsley I do not want to mess it up

    I would make cookies, probably. I use vanilla constantly in holiday baking and canning.

  10. Ally

    These are super tempting, but I am also tempted by all the wonderful apple-y things I could make!

  11. wen budro

    I would make some chocolate chip cookies. I bet this vanilla would make them taste wonderful.

  12. David Scott Allen

    First, as soon as I finish this comment, I am going to watch the tempering video as I have tried and failed at this miserably. 🙂

    Second, I am in a bit of an insomnia period and I have been awake and creating recipes (instead of counting sheep) and I have decided on a vanilla beurre blanc to go with a dish I am creating. Too odd? I don’t think so…

  13. Jeffrey

    I love vanilla and would use it in a variety of recipes. I would definitely make chocolate chip cookies first, they’re my favorite!

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