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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles (Baci)

15 MINPrep Time
15 MINCook Time
by Giada De Laurentiis
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
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For Valentine's Day in Italy, it's tradition to give Baci to your loved ones - aka, little chocolate hazelnut truffles. The classic Baci have dark chocolate, gianduja, and a whole hazelnut in the middle.

This is my homemade spin on the recipe! I love the crunch of cacao nibs on the outside, and a bit of espresso and hazelnut liquor give it tons of rich, delicious flavor.

chocolate hazelnut truffles - baci


Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes


Giada De Laurentiis

Image of Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles


  • 8 ounces 63% chocolate chips (about 1 ⅓ cups)

  • ½ teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
  • 18 to 20 toasted hazelnuts
  • 1 cup crushed cocoa nibs
  • Gold dust (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl combine the chocolate chips, espresso powder, and salt. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate mixture and allow to sit for 2 minutes.
  2. Whisk the softened chocolate together with the warm cream until smooth. Add the liquor and continue whisking until combined and smooth. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the ganache and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Using a 1 tablespoon scooper, scoop the ganache into balls. Push a hazelnut into the center of each ball and roll in the nibs. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Sprinkle with gold dust, if desired.
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2 reviews & comments

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    Lorena Ferrantelli - Jun 09

    I love giadzy❤️️

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    Lorena Ferrantelli - Jun 09

    I used amaretto instead of frangelico and almond instead of hazelnut and the result was a really soft ganache that couldn’t harden even in the freezer. Isn’t that weird? I can’t wait to try the original recipe :))

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