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Hazelnut-Chocolate Bites

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Hazelnut-Chocolate bites consist of a creamy chocolate ganache studded with chopped hazelnuts, topped with a whole hazelnut and dunked in dark chocolate. Divine!

Prep Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup toasted skinned hazelnuts, ground finely
  • 25 whole toasted skinned hazelnuts
  • cocoa powder for dusting

Preparation:

1. Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

2. Make the ganache: Place 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Place the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat when bubbles appear near the sides of the pan. Pour hot cream over chocolate and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes.

3. Using a whisk, stir chocolate and cream until it begins to combine. Place chopped butter on top and stir to combine. Whisk until completely smooth. Add chopped hazelnuts and stir well to incorporate.

4. Allow the ganache to cool to room temperature, then place in refrigerator until hard enough to roll, about 2 hours.

5. Using a teaspoon, pick up small amounts of ganache and roll between your palms to create balls. Dust your hands with cocoa powder to prevent sticking. Return balls to cookie sheet.

6. Press one whole hazelnut in the top of each ball, allowing it to protrude from the top.

7. Chill in the refrigerator at least an hour until firm enough to dip.

8. Place the remaining chocolate in the microwave and melt it in one-minute increments, stirring often to prevent overheating.

9. Using dipping tools or two forks, dip each hazelnut-chocolate bite into the chocolate and place back on the cookie sheet. Allow the dipped candies to set in refrigerator before serving.

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