I just usually steer clear of no-bake desserts, but my sweet tooth demanded I make these amaretto truffles after I read the ingredient list. It’s full of deliciousness like coconut, honey, and, of course, amaretto just to name a few. The smell of amaretto alone makes me smile like a fool, close my eyes, and go ‘aaaaahhhhh’. And then I realized the boozy goodness wouldn’t be cooked away since there is no baking involved. Sold!
These moist and delicious No-Bake Amaretto Truffles are easy to make and a great dessert to serve with an affogato after a classic Italian dinner party. Mangia! ?
This recipe required a little more shopping than most. I found the majority of the ingredients at my local grocery store with the exception of the amaretto and the amaretti cookies. The former was easily found at the liquor store, but I had to do some searching for the latter. Fortunately, there is an incredible market up the street that carried them, Doris Italian Market. It’s a local chain that reminds me of a smaller Italian-themed Fresh Market. I highly recommend a visit if you’re in South Florida! But don’t despair if you’re not because they also have an online store.
The directions make preparing these amaretto truffles sounded pretty simple, and they were. I had 24 truffles made in 30 minutes just as promised. However, there are a few things I will do differently next time I make this recipe.
I had trouble getting the dough to hold together unless I squeezed each truffle pretty hard. The dough had a texture that was more crumbly than I expected, and I suspect that was because I didn’t chop the apricots finely enough or crush the cookies enough (I put them into a ziplock bag and crushed them with a meat mallet). Neither could be fixed once I had mixed everything, but next time I will take some extra time with the apricots and put the cookies into my food processor so I get a finer dough.
I also had trouble getting the chopped almonds to stick to the outside. I chopped slivered almonds myself since I couldn’t find chopped almonds at the grocery store. I did notice the finer bits stuck better larger ones, so I stopped and ran the almonds through my mini-prep. That completely changed things, and it was easy to get the almonds to adhere to the truffles after that.