A super easy and addictive sweet made using biscuits and a handful of ingredients; these Chocolate Truffles are a must-try for the festive season and beyond!
The recipe is no-cook and comes together super quick.
Festive season is coming up and we are ready to celebrate with some delicious sweets and savory snacks.
Making Indian sweets is often considered a long drawn process. There are some complex ingredients and procedures. But some sweets are easy to make really quickly with a handful of ingredients.
If you are into easy Indian sweets and desserts, these are perfect for sure: Chocolate Peda, Pistachio Cranberry Truffles, Instant Pot Gajar Halwa and Paan Fudge. Among these and across the board, truffles are so popular and easy to make. Here is a truffle recipe I have loved for years!
What are Truffles
Truffles is a term used to describe different food items. There are truffles that are fungi and there are truffles that are desserts.
Today we are talking about dessert truffles. Balls of chocolate ganache rolled in cocoa powder, coconut or nuts are delicious. They are easy to make and often no-cook.
Today I am sharing a no-cook truffle recipe that uses an easy ingredient; Marie biscuits! Yes we convert store bought biscuits to a decedent dessert.
These Chocolate Truffles
Marie Biscuits are a popular type of Indian tea time biscuits. They taste great with some masala chai and moreover, they work great in this recipe.
Because these biscuits are soft, we can process them quickly. I simply mix the crushed biscuit with sweetened condensed milk and other ingredients to roll them tight.
I further like to roll these truffles in various toppings like nuts and chocolate. However, they taste amazing even without the toppings.
A great sweet for any celebration or dessert table, these truffles have been my favorite for years and finally they are on the blog.
These truffles are just perfect for any celebration. They are an adaptation of a recipe my grandmother and mom made every Diwali. However, they always made these by eyeballing the ingredients. I finally documented it with measured out ingredients.
The recipe that inspired this was originally in the magazine that came home each festive season sponsored by Milk-Maid; a popular Indian condensed milk brand. It is at least 30 years old; and my family has been making it ever since. However, the taste and addiction for it is still the same.
Why this recipe works
- The truffles are no-cook and easy to make.
- The marie truffles are full of super amazing chocolate.
- They come together really fast.
- We can easily customize them based on preferences and dietary requirements.
- These Marie truffles are great as a dessert or as hostess gifts.
- Plus, these work great for involving kids in the kitchen.
- Moreover, they are easy to make ahead of time.
- The same recipe will work with other cookies as well.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Marie Biscuits: A popular brand of Indian biscuits, Marie Biscuits is my preferred one for this recipe. Light colored soft biscuits, these are a great canvas to infuse the flavors of your choice. However, using graham crackers or any type of digestive biscuits is a great idea too.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk: I like to use Condensed Milk to sweeten the truffles. Some versions use milk and sugar instead, but I have not tried that. I always use condensed milk to make it super quick.
- Cocoa Powder: Unsweetened cocoa powder is used in the recipe. As it is super fine it mixes well with the ingredients. It also adds a hint of chocolate to the recipe.
- Almond: Adding some crunch to the truffles is almond meal. Make it instantly by processing some almonds or buy it from the store.
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate: Shredded chocolate is added to the truffles. This adds some more chocolate flavor to the balls. However, they can be left out if you like.
- Toppings: A variety of toppings work in the recipe. I have used shredded coconut, pistachio, edible silver varakh and shredded chocolate. These make the truffles delicious and give some crunch to them.
See the recipe card for detailed ingredient information, measurements and nutrition.
How to make this recipe
1- Add Marie biscuits to a food processor.
2- Then blitz the marie biscuits. Grind them smooth or leave them slightly gritty.
3- Then transfer to a large bowl and add ground almonds.
4- Add in cocoa powder and shredded chocolate.
5- Mix the dry ingredients and finally add in condensed milk.
6- Then bring everything together to start forming a dough.
7- Once it all comes together, knead for a minute till smooth.
8- Then make a small ball using the dough.
9- Repeat till all the dough is used. Make them as equal size as you can.
10- Finally roll each bowl in your choice of toppings like shredded coconut, shredded chocolate, pistachio powder. The ones left without toppings can be rolled in silver edible varakh.
Expert Tips and Notes
- Choosing the right biscuit: Use any soft biscuit or cracker that crumbles well. Having large bits will not result in smooth truffles. Moreover, the biscuits with cream will not work directly. Scoop out the cream and use the biscuits.
- Condensed Milk: Adjust the condensed milk if you switch the biscuits for a sweeter version. Or if you like them more sweet, add some more of the condensed milk.
- Rolling or dipping: These truffles are great when rolled in nut meals or chocolate. They can be dipped in melted chocolate for a delicious version too.
- The truffles are sticky: The truffles may end up sticky if there is excess condensed milk. To fix that, either add more crushed marie biscuits or cocoa powder in the recipe.
- The truffles are too dry to roll in toppings: In case this happens, simply roll the prepared truffles in some milk and reshape. Then roll them in the nut meal or shredded chocolate.
- Flavoring Suggestion: The recipe can be flavored with a variety of flavors. From peppermint to orange and almond to coffee; all the flavors work well in the recipe.
These truffles are great to enjoy straight after making them. Or leave them on the counter in a covered box for a few hours.
To store longer, just pop them in an airtight container and refrigerate. They stay well for weeks in the refrigerator.
Plus, they taste best when we thaw them before serving. Simply leave out on the counter for a few minutes before enjoying.
These can be frozen but I never reached that. These chocolate truffles tend to disappear quickly.
I generally use Marie biscuits but any soft biscuits like graham crackers, Parle-g etc. work really well here.
If the truffles are too dry, the toppings will not adhere well. Plus, if the truffles have been left open for a long time after rolling, the top tends to dry up. In case this happens, simply roll the prepared truffles in some milk and reshape. Then roll them in the nut meal or shredded chocolate.
The recipe is easy to flavor with a variety of add-ins. From peppermint to orange and almond to coffee; all the flavors work well in the recipe.
Yes certainly. Simply mix melted chocolate and some coconut oil and use that to dip the truffles. They will get a shiny delicious topping.
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Instant Marie Biscuit Chocolate Truffles
- Add marie biscuits to a food processor.
- Blitz the marie biscuits. These can be ground smooth or left slightly gritty.
- Transfer to a large bowl. Add ground almonds.
- Add in cocoa powder and shredded chocolate.
- Mix the dry ingredients and add in condensed milk.
- Bring everything together to start forming a dough.
- Once it all comes together, knead for a minute till smooth.
- Make a small ball using the dough.
- Repeat till all the dough is used. Make them as equal size as you can. Set them aside.
- Roll each bowl in your choice of toppings like shredded coconut, shredded chocolate, pistachio powder. The ones left without toppings can be rolled in silver edible varakh.
- Use any soft biscuit or cracker that crumbles well. Having large bits will not result in smooth truffles.
- Adjust the condensed milk if you switch the biscuits for a sweeter version.
- These truffles are great when rolled in nut meals or chocolate. They can be dipped in melted chocolate too.
- Refrigerate the truffles till a few minutes before serving.
- The calorie information is for three ladoos; ie. 1 serving.