Trio of Chocolate Truffles

Trio of Chocolate Truffles

2/3 C. whipping cream

1 (12 oz.) package (about 2 C.) semisweet chocolate chips

2 t. vanilla extract

1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 C. (about 2 1/2 oz.) sweetened shredded coconut, toasted

1/2 C. (about 2 oz.) finely chopped unsalted pistachios

Bring cream to a boil in heavy medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate; whisk until melted and smooth. Whisk in vanilla. Pour into medium bowl. Cover; chill until firm, about 3 hours. Line baking sheet with waxed paper. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Freeze until firm, about 45 minutes.

Place cocoa, coconut and nuts in separate bowls. Roll truffles between hands into rounds. Roll 1/3 of truffles in cocoa, 1/3 in coconut and 1/3 in nuts. Cover with plastic; chill until ready to serve. (Can be prepared 2 weeks ahead. Keep chilled.)

Note: Flavor the chocolate mixture with some grated orange peels or espresso powder, if you like.

Makes about 30 truffles.

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