Makes about 35 wonderful nougat balls. This recipe is from my German grandmother - yum. This is the 'G' version; add rum to make it for adults. Use high-quality ingredients - the best chocolate and cocoa you can find. They're worth it!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
15
Yield:
35 truffles
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. Remove the bowl from the heat.

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  • In a separate bowl, combine the confectioner's sugar and cocoa powder. Use a wire whisk to break up lumps. Mix in the vanilla and coffee. Stir in the nuts, and, if necessary, add additional coffee to make the mixture smooth. The mixture should be fairly thick.

  • Allow the mixture to cool enough to handle. Shape the mixture into 1/2- to 3/4-inch diameter balls. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate. Chill until firm.

Cook's Notes

These make a great addition to the Christmas cookie tray. I usually add about a tablespoon rum (reducing the coffee) and serve them to my adult friends for evening get-togethers.

Other variations: substitute 1 cup finely ground unblanched almonds for the hazelnuts. Or substitute 1 cup semisweet chocolate or imported truffle chocolate, ground medium-fine, for the nuts.

Nutrition Facts

101 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 13.9g; fat 5.4g; sodium 1.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2011
Yes this recipe was messy but the results were worth the mess. I followed the recipe exactly as stated except that my coffee was room temperature. I used a breakfast blend and it gives it just a hint of coffee. The hardest part of this recipe was coating the nougat- does anyone have any suggestions? I used toothpicks to dip but they stuck to the "balls" when I tried to drop them on the cookie sheet. Would give this five stars if the directions addressed the dipping part. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/15/2011
The ground hazelnuts smelled so divine when I opened the package of Hazelnut Flour from Italy. I substituted granulated sugar for confectioners' and added 1 T of corn starch knowing that it may be gritty in texture. But I could not get the balls to form nor did I know how to dip the messy balls into the chocolate my hands were sticky. It was all so messy I put it aside. I will use the mixture to make a groundnut sponge cake Nussschnitten. Substituting granulated sugar may have caused the problem in forming balls. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
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  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 2 stars
03/15/2011
The ground hazelnuts smelled so divine when I opened the package of Hazelnut Flour from Italy. I substituted granulated sugar for confectioners' and added 1 T of corn starch knowing that it may be gritty in texture. But I could not get the balls to form nor did I know how to dip the messy balls into the chocolate my hands were sticky. It was all so messy I put it aside. I will use the mixture to make a groundnut sponge cake Nussschnitten. Substituting granulated sugar may have caused the problem in forming balls. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2011
Yes this recipe was messy but the results were worth the mess. I followed the recipe exactly as stated except that my coffee was room temperature. I used a breakfast blend and it gives it just a hint of coffee. The hardest part of this recipe was coating the nougat- does anyone have any suggestions? I used toothpicks to dip but they stuck to the "balls" when I tried to drop them on the cookie sheet. Would give this five stars if the directions addressed the dipping part. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2013
Use german chocolate for dipping. This is a fantastic recipie just dip the balls into the chocolate by HAND and let the chocolate drain off before putting them on parchment paper. Very little mess! GREAT RECIPIE! Read More
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