Simple Cocoa Truffles

by Elta

I'm looking for a recipe for simple cocoa truffles.

The truffle recipe I had used had only 3 ingredients - margarine, cocoa, and icing sugar.

I cannot find a similar one here. I was wondering if you could help me. It was out of an old Company's Coming 150 Delicious Squares cook book and they were really good and economical to make.

Thanks for your help.

Hi Elta,

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the Company's Coming cookbook and truffle recipe. I looked up the book and it looks like it would be a great cookbook to have.

The best I could do was try to locate a similar sounding recipe for Simple Cocoa Truffles. I hope this is like the one you had before...

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar), possibly a little more

**Edited to adjust the powdered sugar amount per the recommendations in the reviews below.

  1. Cream butter or margarine until smooth.
  2. Blend in the cocoa and then the icing sugar until well mixed. (Add extra icing sugar if needed to get the texture firm enough for rolling into balls.
  3. Form into balls and roll in your favorite topping if desired (crushed nuts, icing sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, crushed candy canes, etc.).

Does this sound like the truffle recipe you were looking for? I hope it works out for you. Do let me know.


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Dec 12, 2018
Hard margarine NEW
by: Lynda

In the days when this recipe was devised (I was a child and that's many moons ago) margarine came in hard rectangles, just like butter and not in spreadable tubs as it does today. Remember Stork and Echo? So truffles made with modern margarine will be much softer. Adding more icing sugar helps. I make coffee truffles as its almost impossible to find them in the shops.

Dec 15, 2012
Loved it! Thank you so much :D
by: Jess

I tried it with the new measurements (1.5 cup sugar) and it worked absolutely perfectly! I am so happy with the result and it tastes delicious too :D Thank you so much - I only had these ingredients and I couldn't find this anywhere else!

Dec 22, 2011
Chocolate Truffles
by: Lori Jerome

This is the chocolate truffle recipe I use every year as well. The sugar amounts are off......and should be 1.5 cups of icing sugar. I also use real butter as the taste is much richer especially around Christmas. I roll them in cocoa, icing sugar, crushed candy canes, coconut etc and if you add a bit more icing sugar you can add flavorings, rum, orange, peppermint,etc .......anything that goes with chocolate. They are a hit every year in my house!

Dec 20, 2011
Using Margarine In Truffles
by: Angie

Hip Hip Hooray! Success! Glad to hear it, Jeri. Thanks for letting us know. :)

Dec 20, 2011
Found MY problem.
by: Jeri (again!)

I used tub margarine... using stick margarine solved the softness issue. Don't know why I didn't think of that last year. :)

Apr 19, 2011
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by: Avery

I have tried this recipe many times with butter and margarine,
when I used margarine, it was too soft so I put it in the refrigerator for a while and then shaped them into balls.
But overall,
I love it I keep coming back to use it. I've tried making it with granulated sugar aswell, it turned out fine! Try dipping them in chocolate, but do it quickly or they will melt!

Dec 12, 2010
icing sugar
by: Anonymous

The recipe is correct on the other measurements but the icing sugar should be 1 1/2 cups. You can also make this into a log which is sometimes easier. I roll the balls in shredded coconut and ground pecans.

Aug 19, 2010
Simple Truffle Recipe
by: Angie


Thanks for taking the time to add your review. I'm glad to hear that this simple truffle recipe is pretty good after all.

I also appreciate the extra notations about what you used and how the consistency worked for you. I'll probably wait to use this recipe till the holidays roll around. It's always a nice excuse to splurge.

Aug 18, 2010
such a fast recipe with a surprisingly delicious result
by: georgiana

First, I have to say I have made truffles earlier this year using a very elaborate recipe requiring many more ingredients, melting and cooling of liquids and such sort. So, needless to say that when I saw this recipe I was a little bit skeptic. But, surprisingly, I really like the result! It's true that the taste is quite basic, as obviously there are no subtleties involved (though I suppose one could try to add vanilla / almond extract etc), but yet it is still delicious!

I only used half the amount for each of the ingredients, as I didn't have much margarine. Here are the specifics:

Land O Lakes margarine
Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa
Domino confectioners sugar

I didn't need to add extra sugar. I was able to shape them up into balls, dip them into extra cocoa and refrigerate them.

The perfect thing to satisfy a chocolate craving. Yummy.

Apr 02, 2010
3 Ingredient Cocoa Truffles
by: Angie

Hi Jeri,

Thanks for sharing your tried and tested recipe review. It DOES sound like the butter/powdered sugar ration is off.

I've never made this particular recipe. I just located it for someone else who was on the search for a 3 ingredient truffle recipe with those specific 3 ingredients. :)

Maybe it would be a good idea to start with only 1/4 cup of butter or margarine. Is that what you'd say based on your experience?

Apr 01, 2010
tried... didn't work.
by: Jeri

I tried this recipe and I'm not sure if it was the type of margerine I used but there was NO way you could make balls out of the batter. I had to use probably more then twice the amount of powdered sugar to make it work. It still tasted good when it was done... just make sure to either a.)use WAY less margerine or b.) use a WHOLE lot more powdered sugar.

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