These chocolate cream cheese truffles are so easy to make you can hardly call this a recipe. Perfect for freezing and last-minute guests!
These easy cream cheese chocolate truffles are the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Since they are so easy to prep and freeze for later use, I love having them on hand for unexpected guests or last-minute get-togethers. Good luck popping just one in your mouth!
What’s better is this great recipe only requires 4 simple ingredients and a couple of easy steps. In fact, it’s hard to even call this a recipe at all. If you’re a fan of no-bake desserts, you’re in the right place!
What Makes a Truffle a Truffle?
Before we dive in, let’s cover off on what makes a truffle a truffle. In short, truffles are little confectionaries that are typically made with chocolate ganache, rolled into a spherical shape, and coated with an assortment of chopped nuts, powdered sugar, coconut flakes, or cocoa powder. Super rich and decadent, you only need a couple to satisfy your sweet tooth.
How to Make Cream Cheese Chocolate Truffles
Making these cream cheese truffles only requires 4 ingredients and a couple of simple steps. Below, find a quick rundown of the recipe before you dive in.
- Make the Truffle Batter: Using a stand mixer, hand mixer, or slotted spoon, mix the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Next, beat in the melted chocolate chips.
- Refrigerate the Batter: Cover the batter bowl with plastic wrap and transfer it to the refrigerator for at least an hour.
- Shape the Truffles: Using a tablespoon, measure out equal portions of the batter and roll them into 1-inch balls. Next, coat the truffles in coconut flakes. Serve immediately and enjoy, or refrigerate the truffles until you’re ready for snacking!
Hot Tip: These truffles are best served chilled. While you can eat them straight away, it’s recommended you pop them in the refrigerator after assembling them for 30 minutes to an hour.
Tips for Making the Best Truffles
Below, find a handful of tips & tricks to help you make the best cream cheese chocolate truffles.
- Soften the cream cheese at room temperature. For the smoothest truffle texture, soften the cream cheese at room temperature before you mix it up.
- Chill the truffle batter for an hour. To firm and thicken the truffle batter, pop it in the refrigerated covered for at least an hour before you attempt to shape it.
- Experiment with the batter and coating. Feel free to add chopped nuts, dried fruits, vanilla extract, or liqueur to the batter. You can also roll the truffles in powdered sugar, cocoa powder, or even chopped nuts (just make sure to press the nuts in gently as you roll). This recipe is super forgiving, so get creative!
Oreo Truffles Hack: Oreo truffles are always a crowd pleaser – especially with kids! To make them, crush up 10 Oreos by placing them in a plastic bag and hitting them with a meat tenderizer. Add the crushed cookies straight to the batter and finish the truffles off with an Oreo cookie crumble coating.
Storing Cream Cheese Truffles
- Refrigerator: Store leftover truffles in an airtight container between layers of parchment paper to prevent sticking. They will stay fresh for up to two weeks.
- Freezer: Frozen truffles are a great way to ensure you always have a sweet treat on hand for unexpected guests. To do so, place the truffles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and pop the sheet in the freezer uncovered. Once completely frozen, transfer the truffles to a freezer-safe bag or airtight container and store them for up to 4 months. To thaw, place the truffles in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Hot Tip: For a knock-out presentation, serve and store your truffles in pretty, ornamental truffle cups. The kicker? These cute cups also help protect the truffle’s shape. A win-win!
Can I freeze my cream cheese truffles?
Yes, you can freeze cream cheese truffles. They will keep for 3-4 months and are great to have on hand for last-minute parties and guests.
How should I store my truffles?
Store your truffles in an airtight container separated by layers of parchment paper to prevent sticking.
How long do truffles last?
Truffles made with cream cheese tend to last up to two weeks when stored properly.
How do you thicken a truffle?
To thicken the truffle batter, allow it to set in the refrigerator for at least an hour before you attempt to roll it.
Do I need to keep my truffles refrigerated?
Yes, you need to keep your truffles refrigerated between snacking. Not only do they taste better cold, but they also contain perishable cream cheese.
Other Tasty Truffle Recipes
- Chocolate Raspberry Truffles – Sweet and tart truffles
- Russian Cake Truffles – Sponge cake and liqueur truffles
- No-Bake Cheesecake Truffles – 3-ingredient chocolate cheesecake bites
- 4 oz cream cheese softened at room temperature
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet milk chocolate chips, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or liqueur, optional
- Using a stand mixer, hand mixer, or slotted spoon, mix the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.
- In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate chips in 30-second intervals until they are completely melted.
- Add the chocolate chips to the cream cheese mixture and beat until well-combined. At this point, you can optionally add in vanilla extract or liqueur, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, and/or dried cherries. Cover the truffle mixture with plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for an hour.
- Using a tablespoon to guide your measurements, portion and roll the truffle mixture into 1-inch balls in the palms of your hands. Pour some coconut flakes into a shallow bowl and roll the truffles in the flakes until evenly coated.
- Serve immediately and refrigerate between snacking. Enjoy!
Can I reduce the powder sugar in this recipe?
Hi Tina- I haven't tried, but you might be able to reduce it a bit. I just don't want the final texture to be compromised. If you are looking to cut the overall sweetness, you could always add in some of the suggested add-ins, such as nuts. Enjoy!
Sounds delicious, going to make tonight.
Making these tonight, sounds delicious, yummy.
Thanks for sharing, Melissa! Enjoy! And feel free to tag us in a photo when you make it, I love to see what my readers are cooking/baking.
How many days will this stay fresh?
If you keep it refrigerated it can stay fresh for a couple weeks.