I have been making homemade candy at Christmas for the last 20 years but these maple walnut truffles are by far one of my favorites. I grew up in New England where maple reigns supreme. When I moved down south, I tried to bring my love of maple syrup to southern cooking and made a maple pecan pie. My southern friends were horrified that I had ruined a perfectly good pecan pie with MAPLE, of all things. Clearly, they have no taste! I have found, over the years, that maple syrup goes on many things besides pancakes, even if the Georgia natives think I am crazy! I think you will find that this homemade candy recipe is absolutely to die for! And if you love making homemade dessert, check out my gingerbread truffles or my healthy peanut butter cup recipe.
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Tips for Making Homemade Truffles
Many of my candy recipes require special ingredients or supplies that I buy online or in the craft store. However, these maple walnut homemade truffles have very simple ingredients that can mostly be found at your local grocery store. I will say, however, that you may need to buy the maple extract on Amazon. There are natural and artificial varieties as well as an organic option as well. Buy what fits your lifestyle and your wallet. You may be able to find it in the grocery store next to the vanilla extract but it depends on how big your grocery store is.
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When making homemade truffles, make sure you read through the recipe before you get started. Your butter needs to be softened before you make the center and you will need to chill the dough before you roll and dip. They will store at room temperature for a couple of weeks in a sealed plastic container so make them before you will need them!
Supplies for This Homemade Candy Recipe
When it comes to making homemade candy, I will say that having a candy dipping spoon will make these maple walnut truffles SO much easier to dip. You may also want to invest in a small double boiler for melting the chocolate that you will dip these truffles into. The double boiler keeps the chocolate warm, which makes dipping much simpler. There is a learning curve involved when it comes to dipping these truffles. They may not look beautiful your first few attempts but trust me, they will taste absolutely phenomenal! You can drizzle the top of each truffle with chocolate candy writers for visual appeal. These maple walnut truffles make an excellent gift for friends, family, or the mail carrier!
Simple Maple Walnut Truffles
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3 tablespoon maple syrup
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tsp teaspoon maple extract
- 2 cups chopped walnuts
- 12 to 16 ounces chocolate coating for dipping
- Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Using the paddle attachment, mix at low speed until completely combined.
- Dough should hold together and not be overly sticky. If it is too wet, add more powdered sugar. If it is too dry, add more maple syrup.
- Scrape center into a small bowl and chill for 1 hour.
- Roll teaspoon sized pieces into balls and place on wax paper.
- In the double boiler, melt the chocolate coating.
- Dip each ball into the melted chocolate, tap off excess chocolate, and drop onto wax paper.
- Let the chocolate harden and enjoy! You can sprinkle the maple walnut truffles with chopped walnuts while the chocolate is still warm or let them harden and use candy writers to drizzle on top.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 6499Total Fat: 370gCarbohydrates: 806gProtein: 93g
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.