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Emanuela Marsura sent me this recipe for Chocolate Brandy Truffles that’s popular at Carnival time in Italy. She lives outside of Venice where Carnival is a big festival.  She refers to these as "truffles for mom and dad"!

Chocolate Brandy Truffles

Emanuela’s Ingredients

1 pound powdered sugar
1 pound unsweetened cocoa
1 pound mascarpone
2 cups dry biscuits (such as gold biscuit)
1 egg yolk
50 g butter
1 small glass of brandy

[It sounded like Emanuela's quantities of ingredients would make a large amount of truffles, so I cut it in half. Below is what I used. My recipe yielded about 25 - 30 truffles.]

Mama Lisa’s Ingredients

8 oz. Powdered Sugar
8 oz. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
8 oz. Mascarpone (I used Cream Cheese)
26 Biscuits (I used Social Tea brand)
1 Egg Yolk
3 T. Melted Butter
3 oz. Brandy
Sprinkles or Cocoa Powder for Coating the Truffles

1.  Crush the biscuits, crumbling them as much as you can and put them in a bowl.

I cheated and used a food processor!

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2. Add the mascarpone to the egg yolk. I used an immersion blender to "cream" the cheese and egg.  (I couldn’t find mascarpone the day I made this, so I substituted cream cheese.)

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3.  Add the biscuits begin kneading with your hands. (I used a spatula.)

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4.  Then add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, butter (previously melted) and a small glass of brandy.

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5. Continue to mix everything by hand, until the mixture becomes solid enough to make a ball.

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6.  Divide it into 1 inch balls and place them inside mini paper cups.  (I used the mini-muffin paper cups we already had). 

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7.  Once all the balls are made, dip the visible part of the truffle into rainbow sprinkles or cocoa powder. 

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Note: My truffles weren’t keeping the sprinkles on them.  So I dipped them in brandy and then in the sprinkles or cocoa powder.  This gave them an extra kick and helped the topping stick!

Refrigerate for several hours before serving.

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These are yum-yum!  Thanks for sharing Emanuela!

Mama Lisa

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RAW EGG WARNING:

The American Egg Board States: There have been warnings against consuming raw or lightly cooked eggs on the grounds that the egg may be contaminated with Salmonella, a bacteria responsible for a type of foodborne illness.

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