Make your own Amaretto Chocolates! Perfect gifts or a real treat for Valentine’s day.
These yummy Amaretto Chocolates are fun to make and pair nicely with a glass of wine. They also make a lovely homemade gift for a friend’s birthday. Or just eat them all yourself – no judgement here!
With a 20 minute prep and a 10 minute cooling time, it doesn’t take long to whip up a batch or two. While you’re whipping up this special treat, why not enjoy a Skinny Bitch cocktail – only 100 calories!
Why You’ll Love Shortcut Amaretto Chocolate Truffles
With delicious amaretto liqueur for a distinct almond flavor, these delicious adult chocolates have the perfect balance of sweet and bitter from rich dark chocolate. They can be topped and decorated to fit just about any occasion or celebration, and they’re so easy to make!
This truffle recipe makes 8 small chocolates but it is easy to double the recipe if your mold allows. Or you could just make a few batches back to back.
Another great idea is to make these, plus these special White Chocolate Rum Truffles and serve both!
Amaretto Chocolates Ingredients
- Ghirardelli’s dark chocolate melting wafers – the slightly bitter and rich sweetness of dark chocolate pairs well with the amaretto liqueur.
- mini bottle amaretto – you don’t need a whole lot of liqueur for this recipe, so a mini bottle or two should be enough.
- candy wafers – provide some extra color and a bit of added sweetness.
- small dome mold – you’ll need this to form the shape of the chocolates.
Chocolate Making Instructions
- Melt chocolate wafers as directed on the package. Once chocolate is melted, coat each mold with chocolate. Using the back of a spoon will help to make sure you’ve got a solid layer.
- Pop the mold into the freezer for five minutes. Remove from the freezer and coat again with chocolate.
- Refreeze for 5 minutes. Pop the chocolate carefully from the mold – take your time with this part and be gentle.
How to Smoothen Chocolate Edges
What if the chocolate doesn’t break apart evenly from the mold? Don’t worry, we can easily fix that! It is a bit difficult to get all the chocolate halves out of the mold in one piece.
- Heat edge of one side of dome in a frying pan on very low heat. You want to just melt the edges enough to even out the dome. Once done, let cool for a minute. Then, pour amaretto into that side.
- Now melt another chocolate dome and place on top of the filled one. Use cooled melted chocolate with a pastry brush to completely seal any holes to make sure the liquor doesn’t leak out.
- Now it’s time to dress up the chocolates! Melt the pink candy wafers as directed on the package. Drizzle over the top of the chocolates.
Does Amaretto chocolate contain alcohol?
Yes it does, and there’s no way around that.
What is the difference between Amaretto chocolates and Amaretto Chocolate Truffles?
As you can see from this recipe, the chocolate forms the shell and is then filled with Amaretto liqueur.
True truffles combine heavy cream (or whipping cream, depending where you live), chocolate and a small amount of Amaretto.
What is the best chocolate for melting and hardening?
We prefer using Ghirardelli chocolate, because of its high quality. Hu Dark chocolate is another really great option.
Learn more about making homemade chocolates here.
How can I store homemade truffle candies?
Place the chocolates in a airtight container. They can be stored on the counter or in the fridge.
Popular Variations and Substitutions
- There are a number of things you can use instead of or in addition to the colored candy wafer topping. Chopped almonds, walnuts, or a dusting of cocoa powder would all work great.
- If you prefer a more creamy filling that’s reminiscent of true “truffles,” you’ll need some heavy whipping cream. Here’s an outline for how to make these chocolates more like truffles:
- Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and add some finely chopped chocolate to the hot cream and stir until melted.
- Then add amaretto and vanilla extract, or almond extract to really double down on the flavor.
- Take this chocolate mixture and roll into balls, then chill in the fridge.
- At this point, you’ll want to melt some more chocolate as a coating, then dip the filling into the melted chocolate and allow everything to harden and set completely.
- Though it’s an extra step, tempering the chocolate can result in a cleaner finish and will prevent chocolate from melting in your hands.
- Use a drizzle of melted milk chocolate or white chocolate chips over top of these truffles for color and flavor variation.
More Recipes You’ll Love
- Italian Margarita – If you have leftover amaretto, this sweet Italian twist on the margarita is a great way to use it.
- White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries – Another homemade treat that’s extremely versatile and can be customized to your needs!
- Spinach and Feta Quiche – You’ll love this easy but elegant savory quiche, perfect to serve for a nice brunch or even as a dinner side.
- Amaretto Sour – This cocktail presented by Julie’s Eats and Treats is perfect for lovers of amaretto!
Homemade Amaretto Truffles
Use a mini mold to make these delicious sweets, perfect for date night, Valentines or as a special homemade gift.
- 1 bag Ghirardelli's dark chocolate melting wafers
- 1 mini bottle amaretto
- 1 cup pink sweet tooth fairy candy wafers
- Melt chocolate wafers as directed on the package.
- Place some chocolate into each mold and using the back of a spoon, coat the mold. Place in the freeze for five minutes.
- Remove from the freezer and coat again. Refreeze for 5 minutes.
- Pop the chocolate slowly and carefully from the mold.
- Heat edge of one side of dome in a frying pan on low heat. Just melt the edges enough to even out the bomb.
- Pour amaretto into that side then melt another dome and place on top.
- Use cooled chocolate with a pastry brush to close any holes to make sure the liquor doesn't leak out.
- Melt the pink candy wafers as directed on the package.
- Drizzle over the top of the bottoms.
These homemade chocolates can be stored in the fridge or on the counter.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 1g
originally published January 2022; latest update September 2022