How To Make The Perfect Brownie Truffle

brownie truffles made with Chummys Bakery brownies.

Brownie truffles are sweet, simple to make, and perfect for using up leftover brownies! If you've found yourself with leftover brownies or are simply looking to add a creative spin to your brownie delivery, these decadent truffles are exactly what you need.

We've all been there; we have a delicious batch of brownies but just can't eat them fast enough! Generally, brownies are good for a few days, but as we approach day 4 or 5, they start to dry out and lose a bit of freshness. Don't let your hard-earned brownies go to waste! Whether you're revamping a batch or simply need to stretch your remaining brownies to go a little further, these delicious brownie truffles are the perfect solution to your leftover brownies.

These easy brownie truffles are made with just a few ingredients and come together in no time. They're very simple and can work with a wide variety of brownies. Homemade brownies, boxed brownie mix, or postal brownies all work perfectly in this recipe. You can even freeze brownie truffles so you can enjoy them even longer.

What is a dessert truffle?

There are a few different ways you can make truffle balls. Traditionally they are made from chocolate ganache, a mixture of cream and melted chocolate, which cools to a silky smooth consistency.

When making truffles with cookies or brownies, the ingredients are slightly different. They often use crushed cookies or brownie pieces and a moist ingredient, such as cream cheese, to form a dough that can be rolled into a ball. The balls can then be dipped in chocolate and coated with decorative elements such as sprinkles, cocoa powder, chocolate drizzles, or chopped nuts.

Why you'll love this recipe

Few ingredients- There's no reason to spend a lot of extra time or money when you already have a delicious product to start. You'll likely already have the ingredients in your pantry, saving you a trip to the store.

Customizable- You can make a batch of these brownie truffles and top them in different ways to create variety. Try topping a few with nuts and a few in a chocolate drizzle. You can also coat half in melted white chocolate to switch up the chocolate flavor.

Ingredients

Brownies- This recipe works best with leftover brownies. While brownie truffles can be made with freshly baked brownies, brownies that are a few days old will work better for a firm truffle.

Sweetened Condensed Milk- Sweetened condensed milk is added to the brownies to boost the moisture and form the truffle. The thick golden liquid adds a sweetness that won't overpower the brownie's delicious flavor.

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips- These leftover brownie truffles are coated in high-quality chocolate that elevates the brownie's taste. You'll need to melt this chocolate down for dipping, so be sure to have a double broiler handy or a microwave-safe bowl. You can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate melting wafers for this if you prefer, but semi-sweet is excellent for avoiding overly sugary-tasting brownie balls.

How to Make Brownie Truffles

Always start with completely cooled brownies. If you've made some fresh for this recipe, they must be completely cooled or chilled because the warmth will affect the shape and way that they break up in the food processor.

  1. Cut or crumble the brownies into pieces and place them into a food processor. Pulse 5-10 times until broken up into small pieces.
  2. Pour in the sweetened condensed milk and pulse 5-10 times until the mixture forms a soft dough that can hold together in the shape of a ball. If your brownies are still very moist, add slightly less sweetened condensed milk, and if they are extra dry, feel free to add 1-2 more tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk if needed.
  3. Use a tablespoon-sized scoop or a small cookie scoop to form the brownie mixture into balls and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes until firm.
  4. Melt the chocolate using a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl:
    1. Double boiler method: Pour 1-2 inches of water into a small saucepan over medium heat. Place a large heat-safe bowl over the saucepan. The bowl should be large enough that it securely fits on top of the saucepan but does not touch the water. Place the chocolate into the large bowl and use a rubber spatula to slowly stir the chocolate until completely melted and smooth. It usually takes 5-10 minutes.
    2. Microwave method: Place your melting chocolate into a large bowl and microwave for 20 seconds. Stir the chocolate and microwave in additional 15-second increments until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth. It can overheat and clump easily, so be patient with this part of the process.
  5. Dip each brownie truffle into the chocolate and allow excess chocolate to drip off of the truffle. Place back onto the sheet lined with parchment paper to set. Depending on the thickness and type of chocolate you used, it may take 1-2 hours to fully set.
  6. Garnish if you wish to add chocolate sprinkles, nuts, or other decorations, do this before chilling. If adding a chocolate drizzle, wait at least 20 minutes after dipping so that the chocolate drizzle doesn't melt into the chocolate coating the truffle.

Tips

  • Use brownies that are a few days old for the best results.
  • Allow excess chocolate to drip off of the truffles before placing them onto the parchment.
  • If your chocolate won't melt smoothly, add a 1/2 teaspoon of warmed oil, such as refined coconut oil, to the mixture. It will help smooth it out and not affect the final product.
  • If water comes in contact with your chocolate, it can cause it to seize up and harden. Be sure that all bowls and utensils are completely dry before starting.
  • Complement the flavor of the brownies with additional toppings. For caramel brownies, try adding a sprinkle of chopped roasted pecans to the top. If using our Lotus Biscuit brownies, add a sprinkle of crushed cookies as garnish.

FAQ Brownie Truffles

Why is it called a truffle?

Truffles get their name from their resemblance to truffle mushrooms. They are round and have ridges giving them a rustic appearance. So, no worries if your truffles don't look completely smooth.

How to store truffles?

Store your dipped truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days for the best freshness. To freeze: place the truffles onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and place into the freezer for 2 hours. This par freeze will prevent them from sticking together. Remove the partially frozen brownie truffles and place them into an airtight container or freezer storage bag. They will last up to 1 month.

Can I substitute using cream cheese?

This recipe uses sweetened condensed milk, but you can use a few ounces of softened cream cheese to make your brownie truffles. Keep in mind that using cheese will change the taste and texture of your brownie much more than sweetened condensed milk. In a pinch, you can use chocolate frosting.

Can you make truffles with a boxed brownie mix?

You can make truffles with boxed brownie mix but remember, your truffles are only as good as your brownies! Box mixes will never taste as fresh and chocolatey as fresh brownies delivered right to your door.


Brownie Truffles

Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

Premade brownies

4 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk

340 grams of semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

Directions:

  1. Cut or crumble the brownies into pieces and place them into a food processor. Pulse 5-10 times until broken up into small pieces.
  2. Pour in the sweetened condensed milk and pulse 5-10 times until the mixture forms a soft dough that can hold together in the shape of a ball. If your brownies are still very moist, add slightly less sweetened condensed milk, and if they are extra dry, feel free to add 1-2 more tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk if needed.
  3. Use a tablespoon-sized scoop or a small cookie scoop to form the brownie mixture into balls and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes until firm.
  4. Melt the chocolate using a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl:
    1. Double boiler method: Pour 1-2 inches of water into a small saucepan over medium heat. Place a large heat-safe bowl over the saucepan. The bowl should be large enough that it securely fits on top of the saucepan but does not touch the water. Place the chocolate into the large bowl and use a rubber spatula to slowly stir the chocolate until completely melted and smooth. It usually takes 5-10 minutes.
    2. Microwave method: Place your melting chocolate into a large bowl and microwave for 20 seconds. Stir the chocolate and microwave in additional 15-second increments until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth. It can overheat and clump easily, so be patient with this part of the process.
  5. Dip each brownie truffle into the chocolate and allow excess chocolate to drip off of the truffle. Place back onto the sheet lined with parchment paper to set. Depending on the thickness and type of chocolate you used, it may take 1-2 hours to fully set.
  6. Garnish if you wish to add chocolate sprinkles, nuts, or other decorations, do this before chilling. If adding a chocolate drizzle, wait 20 minutes before adding so that the chocolate drizzle doesn't melt into the chocolate coating the truffle.



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