Tiramisu Truffles are smooth white chocolate truffles flavored with mascarpone cheese and coffee to mimic the taste of the classic tiramisu dessert. You can also add a dash of rum extract or brandy if you want to make these truffles really authentic.
Mascarpone is a mild, soft Italian cheese that is often used in desserts thanks to its rich, creamy texture. If you cannot find it, you can substitute full-fat cream cheese instead, but the flavor and texture will be slightly different.
- 1 cup/6 ounces white chocolate (chopped)
- 1/3 cup/3 ounces mascarpone cheese (at room temperature)
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon instant coffee
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon water
- 8 ounces chocolate candy coating
- Optional: 4 ounces white chocolate coating (to decorate)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (to decorate)
- Carefully melt the white chocolate in the microwave, using half-power and stirring it after every 30 seconds. White chocolate scorches easily, so it's best to heat it slowly and gently. Stop heating when there are still a few unmelted pieces remaining, and let the residual heat of the melted white chocolate melt the remaining pieces.
- Combine 1/2 tsp of instant coffee with 1/2 tsp of water in a small bowl or cup, and stir until the coffee dissolves.
- Once the white chocolate is melted and smooth, stir in the mascarpone cheese and the coffee until there are no lumps remaining.
- Taste the mixture, and if you would like a stronger coffee flavor, dissolve the remaining 1/2 tsp of instant coffee in another 1/2 tsp of water and add it to the white chocolate.
- Press a layer of cling wrap on top of the white chocolate and refrigerate it until firm enough to scoop, about 1-2 hours.
- When the truffle mixture has firmed up, use a teaspoon or a small candy scoop to form it into 1-inch balls on a foil-lined baking sheet. If it's too hard to roll, let it sit on the counter at room temperature until it softens a bit. If it sticks to your palms, coat them lightly in cocoa powder occasionally.
- Melt the chocolate candy coating in the microwave. Use forks or dipping tools to dip a truffle in the melted coating, then let the excess drip back into the bowl.
- Place the dipped truffle back on the foil-covered baking sheet and repeat until all of the truffles are dipped.
- Tiramisu is traditionally served with a dusting of cocoa powder on top, so place the unsweetened cocoa in a small strainer and lightly sprinkle the tops of the truffles with cocoa powder.
- Tiramisu Truffles can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. For best taste and texture, bring them to room temperature before serving.