These Chocolate Cinnamon Bourbon Truffles are bittersweet with a touch of heat and oh-so-addictive! Special thanks to The Baddish Group for sending me a bottle of Four Roses Bourbon and Frontier Spices to use in developing this recipe. While this is a sponsored post, all opinions remain my own.
‘Tis the season for homemade gifts!
Every year since I was in my mid-teens, I’ve spent hours and hours baking up a storm of cookies. Sometimes with my mom, sometimes with my sister, always to produce a cookie array that has come to be expected by our family. That’s fine and well–we all love the Chipper Champs and Butterballs, for sure–but this year, it’s time to change it up!
Sure, you could go to the fancy chocolatier and purchase your holiday truffles, and they’d probably be okay. But if you make them yourself, you’ll know without a doubt that the highest quality ingredients went into them, and they’ll be completely under your control. Who wants a plain-Jane chocolate truffle when she can have a Chocolate Cinnamon Bourbon Truffle? Not me!
The better your chocolate, the better these will taste. With so few ingredients, you can’t doctor up a sub-par product, even with the superb flavors of Four Roses bourbon, Frontier Spice cinnamon, and cayenne, so choose wisely. I just love this combination of flavors working together to create a truly amazing truffle. I’m not sure I can part with them… You don’t have to, if you don’t want to. It’s okay. You earned it.
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped small
- 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
- ½ teaspoon Simply Organic/Frontier Spice ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon + pinch cayenne pepper powder
- confectioner's sugar, sparkling sugar, and/or chopped pecans for coating
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the cream until it begins to bubble around the edges.
- Pour the chocolate into a medium mixing bowl and pour over it the heated cream. Let it sit for 4 minutes.
- Add the bourbon, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper and stir until smooth.
- Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until firm.
- Set out small bowls with confectioner's sugar, sparkling sugar, and/or chopped pecans for coating the truffles.
- Using a #60 cookie scoop, scoop out the ganache into clean hands and roll them quickly into balls. Roll in the desired coating and set on a plate.
- Once all the truffles have been coated, return them to the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.
- Store in the refrigerator; they should keep for up to 2 weeks.
Four Roses Single Barrel (100 proof)
A premium Single Barrel Bourbon with a taste that begs to be savored again and again. Its taste is complex, full bodied and surprisingly smooth with a delicate long finish that is unbelievably mellow. Contains hints of ripe plum and cherry tastes with fruity, spicy aromas including maple syrup and cocoa. Drink straight up or on the rocks.
Nose: Fruity, spicy, floral, cocoa, maple syrup, moderately woody.
Palate: Hints of ripe plum & cherries, robust, full body, mellow.
Finish: Smooth & delicately long.