Chocolate and Whiskey Shortbread Truffles

I have never made chocolate truffles before but have always enjoyed them at holiday parties. However, truffles are easy to make in your own home, and they make for a decadent and elegant dessert!

When Walker’s Shortbread contacted me recently about sampling some of their delicious, buttery shortbread (it’s a hard life), I jumped at the opportunity and started thinking of how I could incorporate one of the cookies into a recipe. After doing a little searching, and a little experimentation of my own in the kitchen, I came up with these little babies.

Oh, yes.

But, like I said – EASY! So, come on, follow along and I’ll show you the simple steps….

The center is a mixture of ginger shortbread crumbs and cream cheese, which, after mixed together, make a “dough” that is chilled in the fridge. After about 20 minutes, roll the dough into small balls, and set them aside.

Now, let’s take our milk chocolate which has been heated and stirred into creamy, dreamy bliss….

Mix in a little good-quality whiskey and almond extract…

And roll the shortbread balls around in the chocolate mixture…

Set them on a baking sheet….

Top with a sprinkle of cocoa powder…

Then, set your truffles in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes, so the chocolate can harden into a nice, hard shell.

You did it! See? Easy.

Try these truffles for yourself sometime, or for guests, and prepare to fall to your knees in chocolatey heaven! They’re perfect with a cup of tea as an elegant, after-dinner dessert, or as a sweet treat to share with friends and family this holiday. You can also make them with kids and omit the whiskey. Or, keep the whiskey. Just don’t share.

Please enjoy these if you make them, and if you come up with any variations of your own, feel free to share them with me!

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Chocolate and Whiskey Shortbread Truffles

Ingredients:

5 oz. milk chocolate
1 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. whisky
1/8 tsp. almond extract
4 oz. cream cheese
1 cup finely crushed Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread

Directions:

Melt the chocolate and water in the microwave, about 1 1/2 minutes on high, or until softened. Mix until thoroughly blended. Stir in whisky and almond extract. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese and shortbread crumbs. Mix well with your hands and form a ball. Chill in the refrigerator to firm up. After about 20 minutes, shape heaping teaspoonfuls of the dough into balls. Roll in melted chocolate and set on a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper.

Refrigerate the truffles for at least 30 minutes, or store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Top with chocolate sprinkles or cocoa powder.
Enjoy!
Adapted from Walker's Shortbread
      

37 Responses to “Chocolate and Whiskey Shortbread Truffles”

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    Sinful Sundays — December 15, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

    Oooo! These look decadent!Shortbread anything makes me happy.

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    Hi Rebecca – These absolutely could be made using homemade shortbread! I bet they would taste just as good.

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    Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Yum…love these! I’m planning to feature something similar (with oreos and peppermint) on my blog next weekend. I always wondered if it could be adapted to use other cookies!

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    Lora @cakeduchess — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Hi Georgia-These truffles are spectacular! I could lick the screen. Beautiful photos. :)I am loving the combo of whiskey and chocolate ;0)

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    Melanie — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Seriously, for never making truffles before, your pictures make you look like a pro. They are beautiful! And I love the idea of a shortbread/cream cheese center!

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    Jennifurla — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    When can I come over because I sort of need these in my belly

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    Sherry — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    My husband glanced at the screen as I was looking at these … now I am gonna have to run and get the ingredients tmrw, he can’t wait!!
    I love to make truffles, I usually put them together for friends and neighbors for the holidays, thanks for adding one to my list!
    Love your blog-Sherry

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    Amy @ Serve At Once — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    These photos are SO beautiful! As soon as the first one popped up on my screen, I mini-gasped, “Oh…I want these.” Yum!

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    Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Oh goodness that looks messy, but goooood! :)

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    Amrita — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Chocolate and whiskey…another absolutely gorgeous and somehow under-rated flavour combination….most people keep using rum. Beautiful photographs!

    (You reminded me of my grandmother who used to secretly press a chocolate bonbons filled with whiskey into our palms when we were kids!)

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    Jenn's Food Journey — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Georgia, those are absolutely gorgeous!! They would make a great Christmas gift for a fellow blogger that lives in Arizona…… I’m just sayin’ :) YUM!!!

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    Katrina — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    These truffles look amazing. They’re so pretty too :)

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    Phelpsvj — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    I want to make these!
    How many boxes of Walkers do I need to equal 1 cup crushed?
    Thanks!

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    Phelpsvj — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    oh, also, int he written directions you used the ginger shortbread, but in the list directions it just states shortbread. Have you tried both? Which do you prefer?
    Thanks Again!

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Just about half of one box will do. You can use either the plain or ginger shortbread, which gives a subtle flavor. Both would be delicious.

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    Linda, Georgia's mother-in-law — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Oh yum, Georgia! Can we make thses at our house when you come for Christmas? I’ve got the Valrhona cocoa powder!

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Absolutely! I’ll add it to my list of “requests”… My mom wants cinnamon raisin bread and Lindsay wants carrot cake, haha. Not sure I’ll be able to fit those in, but these are easy enough!

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    Erica @ Fashionmeetsfood — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    I have never made truffles before, but this look absolutely amazing! I am definitely going to give them a try. Thanks so much for sharing.

    xo

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    Peggy Labor — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Definitely have never seen shortbread incorporated in a truffle so I definitely give you props for that! And you definitely had me at “whiskey” and “chocolate”!!

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    Kasey — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    These sound phenomenal!! Just in time for the holidays.

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    Cristina — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Oh Georgia! You can’t be serious! Y-U-M!

    These are addicting types of desserts with good things rolled into the shortbread truffles. I’m going to buy some whiskey just to try to make these. They’re too easy to keep eating due to the size. Beautifully done and presented. :)

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    Beth — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    Those are the most gorgeous truffles I’ve ever seen! Just beautiful.

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    Julie — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    Oh goodness, those sound delish. I think even I could do that :D

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    Magic of Spice — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    Wow…these sound amazing! And they look gorgeous :)

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    Did you microwave the chocolate and water together? If so, you shoudn’t have had much of a problem, since when whisked together after being microwaved, the chocolate blends easily.

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    Rebecca Sz.R. — January 10, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    I don’t mind buying Walkers shortbread, but I am wondering if these could be made using homemade shortbread cookies? I’m sure my shortbread-loving friend would love these!

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    enrolled agent cpe — January 10, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    These truffles are lovely and looks very delicious. I remember one of my previous co-workers shared a truffle recipe to me back when i was pretty much at this thing. And I made an awful set for my first batch considering it was supposed to be a very easy recipe. Haha. But now I’m getting the hang of it so I’m quite sure I can get this done correctly.

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    Susan — January 10, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    I love truffles so much. They are my favourite type of handmade chocolate. they just melt in your mouth! These look fantastic!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — January 10, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    OH MY goodness!!! I seriously think I’m in love! Those look beyond incredible and soooo delicious. Whiskey + Chocolate?! I can’t stop drooling they look so good. And gorgeous photos too.

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    Jessica @ bake me away! — January 10, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    What a great combo! These look so perfect too. My ball-shaped desserts always end up looking so messy that I end up drizzling chocolate across them to distract people. :)

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    Megan — January 10, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    Oh my goodness. These sound so decadent. I love how easy they are to make too!

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    Phelpsvj — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    These were very good!
    I had some difficulty with just microwaving the chocolate. next time I will put a bowl over boiling water. It was really hard to get the liquids to mix in the with the chocolate while keeping to a loose consistency that it would cover the balls.

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    Evan @swEEts — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    You do know shortbread is my favorite right!? When can I be expecting a package of these on my doorstep!? And tell me again, when are you moving this way??

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    Heavenly Housewife — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    I love making truffles! These ones look so pretty, and I cant believe you used shortbread. What a cool idea!!! I need to try that.
    *kisses* HH

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    A little bit of everything — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    WOW, they look so professional like you’ve been doing truffles for years not now for the very first time. love the cheesy filling. thanks for sharing.
    hope you’re having a wonderful week

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    Sara Chapman in Seattle USA — January 3, 2013 @ 12:04 am

    Well, where is the ginger in the recipe? You said “The center is a mixture of ginger shortbread crumbs and cream cheese” but I don’t see any ginger added. Are there ginger shortbread cookies? I love ginger and can just fake it, but I wonder if you omitted anything.

    Sound yummy!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — January 3, 2013 @ 12:06 am

    The cookies I used had ginger in them, but any plain butter shortbread will do. Enjoy!

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