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Hot Chocolate Truffles

Give classic Oreo truffles a festive and cozy spin by turning them into Hot Chocolate Truffles! These no-bake chocolate truffles feature a cream cheese, Oreo, and hot chocolate filling coated in a thick layer of rich milk chocolate.

One of my favorite desserts to make around the holidays is chocolate truffles. These classic, bite-sized treats are made even more festive and chocolatey by adding some hot chocolate powder to the mix!

The resulting hot chocolate truffles are gooey, chewy, creamy, and oh-so chocolatey.

Hot Chocolate Truffles served on white round platter.

These easy four-ingredient hot cocoa truffles are sure to be a favorite to enjoy even on the chilliest winter evening. And for the holidays try these Pumpkin Spice Truffles.

Never had truffles and wondered what they are? Chocolate truffles are a bite-sized ball of chewy chocolate ganache coated in melted chocolate.

I love these because they are the perfect-sized treat! They are a great no-bake dessert to bring to a potluck, serve at a get-together, snack on, or toss into a lunchbox.

Three Chocolate Truffles stacked together.

These are perfect for serving on a decorative platter at your next holiday get-together.

My family always requests these in the fall. We love them served with this hot chocolate!

Ingredient Notes

See printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

Ingredients to make hot chocolate truffles set out on counter.
  • Oreos - When finely crushed will act as the gooey, chocolatey base of these truffles.
  • Cream Cheese - Adds a sense of richness and helps to bind the Oreo crumbs together.
  • Hot Chocolate Mix - Packaged or your favorite homemade recipe. Gives these truffles that sweet and milky hot cocoa flavor!
  • Melting Chocolate - To coat the outside of your hot chocolate truffles.

Recipe Variations

I like to switch up the look of these by changing what type of melting chocolate I coat them in. Sometimes I’ll even dip them in colored chocolate to match the theme of whatever event I’m serving the truffles at!

I usually make these with milk chocolate hot cocoa mix, but you could use any flavor of hot chocolate mix that you prefer!

Try making these truffles with peppermint, caramel, mini marshmallow, or white hot chocolate mix. This is a super fun and easy way to customize and adapt the recipe.

An easy way to jazz up these chocolate truffles is to add a garnish! You can use sprinkles, mini dehydrated marshmallows, or crushed peppermint candies. Just be sure to add your garnish while the melting chocolate is still a bit wet.

How to Make Hot Chocolate Truffles

Just a few ingredients and a few easy steps are all it takes to make these delicious dessert truffles.

Crushed Oreos and cream cheese in glass mixing bowl.
Hot chocolate powder added to Oreo mixture in mixing bowl.

The first step is to crush the Oreos. I like to do this in a food processor. Once Oreos are crushed, add them to a large mixing bowl along with the softened cream cheese and whip them together with an electric mixer.

Then add the hot chocolate powder and continue mixing until fully incorporated.

Truffle mixture shaped into bite-sized balls on baking sheet.
Chilled truffle dipped into melted chocolate in bowl.
Chocolate dipped truffles on baking sheet.

Next, divide and shape the mixture into bite-sized balls. Chill the cookie balls in the freezer until firm.

Warm the melting chocolate in the microwave according to package directions.

Dip each chilled truffle into the warm chocolate and roll each truffle around until fully coated.

Return the dipped truffles to the freezer and allow them to harden.

Truffles sprinkled with hot chocolate mix on baking sheet.

How To Store Truffles

Any leftover truffles should be stored in an airtight container in the freezer to make sure that the chocolate stays nice and set. When stored properly, these hot chocolate truffles should stay good for up to 2 months.

I typically enjoy these straight from the freezer, but you could also let them warm up on the counter for a few minutes before eating.

Recipe Tips

  • Room-temperature cream cheese is much easier to work with. With cold cream cheese, you might find that your truffle mixture has some dense clumps of cream cheese. I usually let my cream cheese sit on the counter for at least 25 minutes.
  • While I recommend using melting chocolate chips, you can use regular chocolate chips as well. Melting chocolate can be found on the baking aisle of most major grocery stores, but it is a little more expensive than regular chocolate chips.
  • Be sure to stir the melting chocolate frequently as you warm it up. This will ensure even heating.
  • The chocolate shell will soften the longer these truffles sit on the counter. As a result, I recommend letting these truffles sit on the counter for no longer than 40 minutes before returning them to the freezer.
  • You can easily make this treat gluten-free by swapping out the regular Oreos for the gluten-free version. The two types of cookies taste almost identical to one another!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use hot chocolate powder instead of cocoa powder for truffles?

Yes! A traditional Oreo chocolate truffle recipe might call for you to use cocoa powder to flavor the cream cheese mixture. In this recipe, you will use hot cocoa powder instead!

The resulting truffles have a lighter, creamier chocolate flavor. They taste as if you’re biting into a piping hot mug of rich hot cocoa!

What kind of chocolate is best for truffles?

Because these hot chocolate truffles are meant to be an easy, no-bake dessert, I recommend coating them in melting chocolate. This chocolate is very easy to work with and still tastes sweet and rich!

Melting chocolate is specially formulated to harden up at room temperature—no tempering required! You can buy melting chocolate in a variety of flavors and colors. For these hot chocolate truffles, I recommend picking up a bag of milk or dark chocolate melting wafers.

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Chocolate truffles stacked together on counter with mini marshmallows.

If you love hot chocolate recipes try these Hot Chocolate Cupcakes and this Peppermint Hot Chocolate.

I hope you enjoy these Hot chocolate Truffles! If you try this recipe, please come back and rate it and leave me a comment below. I love to hear from you!

Hot Chocolate Truffles on white serving platter.

Hot Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Author: Judy Wilson
These delicious Hot Chocolate Truffles feature a cream cheese, Oreo and hot chocolate filling coated in a thick layer of rich milk chocolate.
Prep Time 19 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 182 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 24 Oreos, crushed (about 2½ cups)
  • 8 ounce block cream cheese
  • cup hot chocolate mix
  • 2 cups milk chocolate melting chips

Instructions
 

  • Combine the crushed Oreos and cream cheese together in a large mixing bowl. Use an electric hand mixer to mix the ingredients together until well blended.
  • Add the hot chocolate mix and use the electric hand mixer to incorporate the powder. Your mixture should be dark and smooth.
  • Use your hands to divide the mixture into 15 evenly shaped balls. Place the cookie balls on a baking sheet and chill them in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • After you have chilled the cookie balls, melt the chocolate in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds and continue in 20 second intervals until the chocolate is fully melted. Be sure to stir the chocolate after each interval.
  • Use a fork to dip each cookie ball in the melted chocolate and then return them to the tray. Sprinkle your truffles with a pinch of hot chocolate mix and return them to the freezer for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

You will want to keep these truffles stored in the freezer to keep the chocolate shell nice and set. To store them after they have set, transfer them to an airtight container. If you need to stack the truffles, separate each layer with a piece of wax or parchment paper. You can store these truffles for up to 2 months in the freezer.
The chocolate shell will soften the longer these truffles sit in the counter. As a result, I recommend letting these truffles sit on the counter for no longer than 40 minutes before returning them to the freezer.

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 217mgPotassium: 87mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 9IUCalcium: 60mgIron: 2mg
The nutritional information provided is approximate and should only be used as a general guideline. It is an estimate that will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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