Easy Fudge Truffles

Easy Fudge Truffles

Easy Gluten Free Fudge TrufflesI’m not one to shy away from using a candy thermometer. But … I know sometimes you are. These fudge truffles are super super easy. No candy thermometer. When you have a second, though, could we talk about that candy thermometer thing? It’s so easy! But this time, you can leave it in the drawer. We’re making the easiest fudge around, and we’re making it into truffles.

Easy Gluten Free Fudge Truffles

Now before you go and tell me that they’re not really truffles (like these gluten free cookie dough truffles aren’t really truffles), I would like to submit … that they kind of are. Traditionally, truffles are just little balls of chilled chocolate ganache. And chocolate ganache is really just melted chocolate mixed with heavy cream. These fudge truffles are almost, well, that. Except that you start by melting unsweetened chocolate with some butter, and then sweeten it and change its texture with confectioners’ sugar before adding (you guessed it) heavy cream.

Easy Gluten Free Fudge Truffles

Now I coated my truffles in nonpareils because, you know. They’re just so adorable and festive. I have always found nonpareils in particular to be pretty much irresistible. I can resist sprinkles, if I must, but nonpareils? They wink at me. Those temptresses.

Easy Gluten Free Fudge Truffles

If you’re 100% against all those food dyes (I’m not and that’s a fact), just … don’t use them. Use naturally-colored sprinkles if you like. Or just leave them naked. Or roll them in cocoa powder. Or chill the truffles, and then roll them in confectioners’ sugar. Looking for gluten-free information on nonpareils? Well, I’m happy to report that I just a moment ago this morning had a conversation with the nice folks at Signature Brands. They make both Cake Mate and Betty Crocker brand nonpareils, and all of their nonpareils are, indeed, gluten free. ‘Tis the season for some bright color, right? Or not. Either way.

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 30 truffles


4 tablespoons (56 g) unsalted butter, chopped

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

4 to 5 cups (460 g to 575 g) confectioners’ sugar

1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces) heavy cream

Gluten free nonpareils or sprinkles, for decorating (optional)


  • Place the butter and chocolate in a small, heat-safe bowl and melt over a small pan of simmering water, making sure the water does not touch the bowl. Stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter are melted and smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat, add the salt and vanilla, and mix to combine.

  • Place 4 cups of the confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl, and pour the melted chocolate and butter mixture into the bowl slowly, mixing to combine. The mixture will eventually become crumbly, but will stick together when squeezed. Add the cream, and mix to combine. The mixture will be rather moist. Add the remaining confectioners’ sugar a tablespoon at a time, kneading the sugar into the fudge with your hands until the fudge is smooth. The fudge should be smooth and somewhat soft but not fragile. If it seems to fragile to hold together well, add more sugar and knead it in.

  • Roll the fudge into balls about 1-inch in diameter, and place on a sheet of parchment paper at least 1 inch apart from one another. There should be about 30 balls of fudge. Brush each ball of fudge lightly with water, then roll in the optional nonpareils or sprinkles to coat. Place the truffles in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours or until set. Serve chilled.


P.S. I’m thinking about a live Q&A about gluten free bread next Tuesday, December 10, 2013, as that is the official publication date for Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread. Do you think that would be useful for you? I want to help easeeeeee you into making the best gluten free bread of your life!

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  • alliesong
    December 9, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Made them, shared them and now they are all gone. Rave reviews all around. Convenient to make. Thank you for the great recipe!

  • Michele
    December 9, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    These rocked my world. I mean ROCKED MY WORLD. Seriously.

    • December 9, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      LOL Michele, that’s awesome. Just a few ingredients, but apparently quite powerful in combination. ;)

  • Jen
    December 7, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    So you know you just made Candy Candy Chocolates right!!?!?! :-)

    • December 9, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      No, Jen! What’s that? Will have to google…

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  • Linda
    December 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    I definitely vote yes for the Q&A next Tuesday! My Expandex arrived from Washington State about an hour ago so I’m ready to get rolling!!!!

  • LyttleO
    December 5, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Since proofing baskets are listed as a “Want” in the new book, I’m wondering what everyone uses in place of them. Anyone care to share?

    • Anneke
      December 5, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      I just use a bowl and plastic wrap. However, my best sized bowl just broke, so I am thinking the proofing buckets might be a better choice, looks like they take up less space, too.

  • AsIfUknow
    December 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    my GF sista – u rock!!!!!

  • Andrea
    December 5, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    I will definitely be making these this weekend. Do you have a white chocolate version that is this quick and easy? I am a sucker for white chocolate… and instead of nonpareils I’d roll them in chopped macadamia nuts =)

    • December 5, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Hi, Andrea, I haven’t tested a white chocolate version yet, but I have one in mind. Stay tuned. :)

  • Lorraine
    December 5, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Do you think these could be made ahead and frozen? And how long would they keep if you can’t. Would you keep then in the fridge? Thx!

    • December 5, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Hi, Lorraine, The answer is a resounding ‘yes’! They can definitely be made ahead and frozen. They freeze really well, and because of the sugar they don’t freeze completely solid so you can *ahem* even enjoy one right out of the freezer if you are so inclined. ;)

  • dlfurl
    December 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Nicole….I’ve been searching your site for christmas cookie recipes…this is my first GF-Xmas.
    Alot of the flours you talk about I can’t find in any of my local stores (rural Ohio), and I hate to buy a ton online…but we do have the new GF-Rice Flour Blend from Betty Crocker…have you tried this yet. If not could you give it a try and send out some feedback…
    Thanks again for having such fantastic website…I’ve asked Santa for all your books for Xmas….

    • DublinKatie
      December 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      If you’re near Columbus, try shopping here in Dublin. Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and an Asian supermarket are all within 1/4 mile of each other on Sawmill Road and 161. Target is here too for inexpensive Annie’s mac/cheese cups for the pantry!

      • December 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        Thank you so much, DeblinKatie and Emma for jumping in here to help! dlfurl, I have not tried the Betty Crocker blend, no. From the label, it looks like it’s similar to my basic blend, which is just white rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch. It has guar gum instead of xanthan gum, but that is fine. It is most likely not a superfine white rice flour, unfortunately, but for yeast breads with a long slow rise that shouldn’t matter much as the rice flour granules soften as the dough sits. That’s the best I can do for now, since I haven’t tried it yet, though!

      • Manager GIGSE
        December 6, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        as an adult, I absolutely LOVE Annie’s mac and cheese. Put it in a baking dish, top with butter crumbs or any add-ins, and I guarantee no one will know it is gf!

    • Emma
      December 5, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      There is also Raisin Rack, Earthfare, Mustard Seed Market, Lucky’s,
      Fresh Market, and The Hills Market in Ohio (mostly in the Columbus and
      Cleveland areas). Also, in the Sunbury area there is a place called the
      Glass Rooster Cannery that will be doing gluten free cooking classes and
      selling flour/baking mixes.

      As a side note, once you get comfortable with it, online shopping really can save you a lot of time, money, and travel – you just have to look out for the deals!

      • December 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        Thank you so so much for jumping in, Emma, and with such detailed information! That was so kind of you.

  • Mare Masterson
    December 5, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    I also vote yes for the Q&A! Are you doing it on Facebook? (You mentioned your Facebook page analytics below, so that is why I ask.) I already have a few questions and I have only just begun to peruse the book! Now as far as today’s confection is concerned — might have to be part of homemade gifts (to even gluten eating people)!

    • December 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Hi, Mare, Yes, on Facebook! That seems to be the most natural place. I think I will call it for 8:30 pm EST to cover both coasts (hopefully). :)

      • Mare Masterson
        December 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Appointment is set in my calendar!

  • Candice
    December 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Mmmm… these look really yummy. My GF kiddo cannot do un-baked dairy though, so I think I’ll wait to see how the science experiment without dairy turns out. Also, you can buy cans of coconut cream right next to coconut milk at my store. And I’ve used them to make whipped cream with great success. Yum!

    And, I would be very excited to have a Q&A! I have Lean Crusty White Sandwich Bread dough in the refrigerator as we speak… uh… write! Just mixed it up this morning and I am cautiously optimistic even though I was never very good at making bread with gluten in it. My mother is an extraordinary baker of bread and I’m sure the gene is inside me somewhere waiting to be awakened. My dough is sticky, smooth and stretchy as described in your book. And I tasted it and it actually tasted like bread and smelled like bread:) A wonderful yeasty smell.

    And since the oven was already on to help my starter rise atop the stove…. I decided to bake up a batch of GF chocolate chip cookies. My little GF girl doesn’t seem to mind at all!

    • December 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      I just baked a loaf of the Lean Crusty White Sandwich Bread myself today, Candice! I set it to rise in the refrigerator on Sunday evening. Oh my gosh that is hands-down my most favorite loaf of bread from the book. It is so flavorful if you let it rise for a few days. And easy to handle, too! It isn’t a huge loaf, just so you know. If you love that yeasty taste and smell, believe me you picked the perfect place to start. And I am sure your mom’s genes are there, just like you said. Remember that it takes practice, and if you’re concerned about shaping it successfully, let it rise for longer rather than shorter. xoxo Nicole

      • Jennifer S.
        December 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        I want to thank you for this recipe. It is so simple and not all fat laden and stuff. can’t wait to make it!

      • Candice
        December 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        Thanks for the tip! I was thinking of leaving it in the refrigerator for a couple days to ensure it had enough time to rise. Good to know that will make it easier to shape, too. I’m thinking of starting another recipe rising tomorrow. Just need to stop for the dairy ingredients for the soft hot dog rolls. Thank goodness my daughter recently passed her food challenge for baked-in milk!

  • Jennifer S.
    December 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    holy moly – these are so yummy looking. And yes, I will also be making candies for the holidays so these are going on ‘the list’. Yahoo!
    I also vote yes, yes, and one more yes for the Q&A!

    • December 5, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      I know your list is literal, Jennifer, not metaphorical! And I will look for your smiling … avatar on the Q&A, then!

  • Donia Robinson
    December 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    For scientific purposes, I will try to make these dairy-free this weekend and report back. But only for science.

    I vote yay for the Q&A!

    • December 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      It’s the right thing to do, Donia. And for the record, here are my untested dairy-free suggestions: for butter, shortening (nondairy butter sub will be very very soft); for heavy cream, full fat coconut milk (with very little of the liquid so it’s mostly fat, like heavy cream).
      Glad you’re into the Q&A!

      • Jennifer S.
        December 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        if you made coconut cream with a can of full fat coconut milk in the fridge that will give you more solids too. Just a thought.

      • Donia Robinson
        December 5, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Oh yes, I pretty much always have a can of coconut milk in my fridge. If the need for a dessert arises swiftly, one must be prepared!

      • Mare Masterson
        December 5, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        You can also just get cans of coconut cream now. I have a few in my pantry.

      • Donia Robinson
        December 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        Ah, I’ve seen those at Trader Joe’s. I will have to buy some. Thanks!

      • Bethany
        December 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        thank you thank you thank you! I was going to ask for suggestions on how to make these dairy free :) Boyfriend and I thought the AMA on reddit was a terrific idea, too. We are religious reddit followers.

  • Anneke
    December 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Now, see, I may not be a big fan of cookies, but I have no trouble using a candy thermometer. Or food dye. Or calling a non-truffle a truffle. Unfortunately, I do have this kid with her jaw wired shut, so making truffles seems really unfair. Truffle flavored milkshake?

    I like the idea of a live Q&A, and seems like a great way to mark the publication date of the fabulous bread book! I have pictures of my muffin bread and my levain rolls, I’ll try to post them later.

    • Donia Robinson
      December 5, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Anneke, three words for you: chocolate cake shake. A specialty in these here parts (I guess). Make a perfectly good chocolate milk shake. Throw a piece of chocolate cake in it and blend it some more. I’m pretty sure the other kids will be jealous of her!

      • Jennifer S.
        December 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        omg – you’re killing me!

      • Anneke
        December 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Chocolate Cake Shake!?! This has potential! Much better then the dietician suggestion of Cream of Wheat!

      • December 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        Okay, cream of anything (wheat?!) is not exactly what your poor daughter needs right now. Chocolate cake shake sounds like just what the doctor ordered. :)

      • Manager GIGSE
        December 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        just printed out those fudge truffles- even frozen they won’t last very long in my house. I used to make them b/4 the gf days with rum or brandy or strong coffee instead of vanilla; or when desperate just the flavorings. I gotta make these this weekend! Thanks Nicole you are doing a great job!

      • Manager GIGSE
        December 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        you need a new dietician! Cream of WHEAT? I personally wouldn’t even touch Cream of Rice from the same company! OMG!

    • December 5, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      Ooooh I can’t wait to see the pictures of your English Muffin Bread and Levain Rolls, Anneke! Anneke, I was so sad to learn about your daughter’s broken jaw. Poor kid. And what might seem like a few weeks to an adult is an absolute eternity to an 11-year-old. But I am confident you will keep her in Fudge Truffle milkshakes. And not for nothing but I’d really really like one of Donia’s chocolate cake shakes. And my jaw is fine. :)
      So glad you like the live Q&A. I was thinking of doing it at 8:30 pm EST, as my Facebook page analytics indicate that that is a peak time most days. I will keep you posted!
      xo Nicole

      • Jennifer S.
        December 5, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        chocolate cake shakes? holy moly!

      • Donia Robinson
        December 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Not mine, Chicago’s. Most notably, by a chain called Portillo’s. They literally just take a piece of their chocolate cake (with frosting), and throw it right in there. Yes, I’ve had it in our pre-GFDF days. And yes, it is as good as you would imagine.

      • Mare Masterson
        December 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        I saw on Diners Drive-ins & Dives that a place does an apple pie shake – same concept – chop it up and throw it in the milkshake. Yum to both!

      • Danyell
        December 5, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        We do that with Pumpkin Pie. They are awesome!

      • Manager GIGSE
        December 6, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        do it! goodie!

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