How to Make Truffles with Cocoa Powder: For Heaven in your Mouth

If you’re one of those people who love chocolate truffles, but hate making them because melting chocolate is just plain messy, cocoa powder is right up your alley.

Sure, covering the truffle’s chocolate ganache with a layer of shiny melted chocolate looks pretty, but it can be a huge ordeal.

From making sure that the chocolate coating has the right consistency, to the sheer work you have to put in, dipping each truffle while ensuring that your kitchen and your person does not end up with chocolate streaks and stains - you can bypass all these and still get your scrumptious desserts!

Cocoa powder has the ability to absorb moisture, which means that when you roll your truffle balls on cocoa powder, it locks in the liquid, making it easier to handle and setting the shape of your truffles. While some say cocoa powder-covered truffles are not as pretty, there’s something quite rustic about it. In fact, it looks more like its fungi namesake, especially since the cocoa dusting can look a lot like dirt.

Truffles rolled in cocoa powder is also the safer route, especially for people who are not adept in the kitchen. In a research study that I’m sure is out there somewhere, it has been proven that a lot of kitchen burns and injuries can be attributed to people trying to get melted chocolate just right for dipping, but don’t quote me on that. As such, making truffles with cocoa powder is not only easier, it’s safer as well. This is particularly helpful if you want your kids to help you for some much needed quality family time.

For you lovers of cocoa powder out there, we’ve compiled a list of awesome chocolate truffle recipes that use cocoa powder for dusting. Additionally, we also show you how to make truffles with cocoa powder instead of baking chocolate using a foolproof conversion formula.

1. Simple Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Level of difficulty: 1


  • 7 ounces 66% baking chocolate, chopped finely
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons softened salted butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


1. Take a baking tray and line it with parchment paper. Set aside..

2. Put all the finely chopped baking chocolate inside a heat-safe bowl. Set aside.

3. Combine the heavy cream and honey in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and pour over the melted chocolate. Let it sit for two minutes before stirring. Stir until the chocolate has completely melted.

4. Add the butter. Mix until smooth.

5. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and place inside the fridge for 2-3 hours, or until the chocolate has set.

6. Place the cocoa powder in a plate or shallow bowl. Set aside.

7. Using a melon baller or small ice cream scoop, spoon out small dollops of the ganache and shape them into 1-inch balls, smoothing the surface using your palms.

8. Dip each ball into the bowl of cocoa powder, rolling it around to coat it evenly. Dust off any excess powder before placing the ball on your container of choice. Repeat this procedure until you’ve used up all the ganache.

9. Store the truffles inside the refrigerator until ready to serve.

This simple, yet delicious recipe yields 30 truffles.

2. Cocoa Espresso Truffles

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Level of difficulty: 1