Almond-Rum Chocolate Truffles With Amaretti Cookies

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 4 hr 35 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 18 to 24 truffles
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Ingredients

12 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate

1 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/4 cup rum

Crushed amaretti cookies, for coating

Directions

  1. Chop the chocolate and put in a heatproof bowl. Bring the heavy cream, butter and salt to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat; pour over the chocolate and let sit until completely melted, about 10 minutes. Stir with a rubber spatula or whisk until smooth. (If necessary, microwave in 20-second intervals until the chocolate melts.) 
  2. Whisk in the vanilla and almond extracts and the rum. Stir until the ganache is smooth and shiny. Pour into a shallow baking dish and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight. 
  3. Roll tablespoonfuls of the ganache into 18 to 24 balls, then roll in crushed amaretti cookies. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight. (To make these in advance, roll into balls but do not coat; cover and freeze up to 2 weeks. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before uncovering, then roll in coating.)

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