Shot Glass Truffles

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Want to make an impression and memory on your guests this holiday season? How about serving them truffle desserts in a shot glass!

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I came up with this idea after finding these adorable mini cups at Pier 1. They are actually mini espresso shot cups, but just in case you can’t find these, regular shot glasses or mini espresso shot cups will work great.

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These are not any truffles you’ve had before either. Every truffle I’ve had is typically just chocolate rolled in sugar or nuts, etc. However, these are filled with peanut butter whipped cream and then covered in chocolate…a different method.

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My own photos had me salivating as I posted them, so I had to run back to the fridge and grab another. 🙂

Ultra light. Creamy. Peanut butter clouds. My idea of heaven. These were so amazingly easy too. After I ate one, I was immediately reminded of Ferrero Rocher candies minus the crunch, but ultra creamy. However, check out their ingredients, versus mine. 🙂

Recently, I made this decadent double chocolate whipped cream. It was so amazing, I couldn’t keep my fingers out of the bowl. I wanted to think of a way to eat this whipped cream again, but in a new way. These were born.

Recipe:  Makes a dozen  (Double or triple recipe for a large gathering or party)

Gluten Free Option (Make sure your products are labeled to be in a gluten free facility, if you’re gluten sensitive, in case of cross contamination)


1 can, not carton, of full fat coconut milk chilled in the fridge overnight (you will only be using the cream from the top-about 1/2 cup, use 2 cans if doubling the recipe since there is only about 1/2 cup cream in each can)

3/4 cup extra creamy peanut butter (use an all natural brand without added oils or sugars or the truffles may not work as well, I use Santa Cruz organic creamy. It only has peanuts and very little salt)

1 tablespoon dark cocoa

1-2 tablespoons coconut sugar (adjust sweetness to your preference, you could also use any dry sweetner you like)

1/2-3/4 teaspoon bourbon vanilla (use gluten free if necessary)

1 cup vegan chopped chocolate bar or chocolate chips of your choice (finely chop if using a bar, I used semi-sweet chocolate chips Enjoy Life brand)

Toothpicks for dipping

Tip:  These can be made the day before an event and stored in the fridge


First you need to prepare the basic chocolate whipped cream by clicking here. After making the whipped cream, fold in the peanut butter. Place bowl in the fridge to firm up and set, at least a couple of hours. Next, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grab a melon scooper, it will make it much easier to form the whipped cream into balls since the mixture is very smooth. Remove the set cream from the fridge. You will need to work quickly since the cream will start to soften.

Using the melon scooper, form the mixture into balls, insert toothpicks into them and place on the parchment paper. Place the sheet in the freezer this time, until they are frozen.

Just before you are ready to remove the truffles from the freezer, you will need to melt the chocolate. I used 1 cup of chocolate chips. You will definitely have leftover melted chocolate, but it is much easier to dip the truffles when there is plenty of chocolate to coat them in. With the leftover chocolate, just let it harden in the fridge and then you can break into little pieces and repurpose in another way.

To melt the chocolate: Either use a double boiler or the microwave. I used the microwave..much easier. Place the chocolate chips in a shallow bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30 seconds until the chocolate is almost all melted. Stir quickly until smooth and creamy.

Dip and coat the truffles in the chocolate and swirl them against the side of the bowl to drain off any excess. It may also help to coat them by using a spoon if necessary. Work quickly as the cold truffles will start to change the temperature of the chocolate. This was still fairly easy though and done in about 10 minutes. Place each truffle back on the parchment paper and they will harden almost immediately. Store in the fridge and the centers will soften again and become indulgent, creamy pillows. 🙂

Ways to serve them at a party: Leave them in the fridge until right before guests arrive. The creamy center will cause them to soften some. The toothpicks may or may not stay firm as time passes. I removed the toothpicks after they softened some, but it’s up to you. (The toothpicks were just to assist in the dipping mainly.) This is the idea of the SHOT GLASS! People can simply take a “shot” of a truffle and pop it into their mouth. Or you can place little cocktail forks in the cups and people can eat as little desserts. The forks might be a good idea anyway, just in case somebody doesn’t want to use their hands or pop the whole truffle in their mouth. I personally enjoyed popping that whole sucker in my mouth! 🙂 You can get those forks pretty much anywhere…Walmart, Party City or any home goods store.

Tip: If you prefer these to be more of a firm center, just use more peanut butter. Just make sure it is creamy peanut butter, as that is the purpose of the amazing creamy bite.

They will surely leave an impression on your guests!

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49 Comments on “Shot Glass Truffles”

  1. October 13, 2012 at 5:20 PM #

    Pinned and must say salivating and wanting one right now! Incredibly delicious!

    • October 13, 2012 at 6:57 PM #

      Thank you so much!! I appreciate that! Yeah, the photos really capture their amazing texture but in person, whoa!

  2. petit4chocolatier
    October 13, 2012 at 6:12 PM #

    Absolutely delectable! This shot glass truffle is definitely a must have! And I must create a Pinterest too!

  3. October 13, 2012 at 6:50 PM #

    Shot shot shot shot shot shot shot shot shot shot shot shot shot shot shot, everybody!
    Sorry don’t know if you are a fan of the song but these look delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. October 13, 2012 at 7:13 PM #

    I have a Mark Bittman truffle recipe I fully intended to veganize with the coconut cream and melted dairy free chocolate and give as neighbor Christmas gifts! Love the idea of adding peanut butter. YUM!

    • October 13, 2012 at 7:28 PM #

      Thank you Somer! Yes, these cups were screaming for something creative when I found them…and I used to make truffles all the time as gifts too but knew I had to create them vegan but still be JUST as good, but honestly, these are better. Way more decadent. The peanut butter takes them over the top and helps firm them. If you give them as gifts, use more peanut butter or a thickening agent or extra cocoa powder mixed with the coconut cream, because the cream inside softens some, even with the outer chocolate layer..making them soften slightly. That’s why these shot cups work perfectly 🙂

      • Somer
        October 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM #

        Melted chocolate should do the trick! Thanks for the tips, homemade truffles of any kind are best refrigerated anyhow. I’ll just have to include a note with them to say refrigerate ASAP!

    • October 13, 2012 at 7:43 PM #

      Oh yeah absolutely, I thought you were referring to doing the creamy middle but just the traditional way of chocolate of course will work! I’m sure your friends will love you for making them truffles, haha! 🙂

      • Somer
        October 13, 2012 at 7:49 PM #

        Sorry, I’m totally confusing you, but yes, I want melted chocolate, coconut cream AND the peanut butter in the ganache center 🙂 !

    • October 13, 2012 at 9:18 PM #

      Oh heck yeah!! That sounds delish to me!! 🙂 🙂

      • Somer
        October 13, 2012 at 11:47 PM #

        🙂 I KNOW! 🙂

  5. Super Foodie Adventure
    October 14, 2012 at 7:31 AM #

    Yum these look absolutely delicious. Looking forward to trying them out! Emily 🙂

  6. October 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM #

    Wow, these look like heaven!

  7. October 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM #

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving such a sweet message on my blog! So happy to have found your yummy site too 🙂 These truffles look delish!!

    • October 14, 2012 at 6:44 PM #

      Thank you so much Kristina…I appreciate you coming by mine too! Yours is amazing and I can’t wait to make some of your yumminess on your site! 🙂

  8. October 14, 2012 at 3:06 PM #

    awesome idea! They’d be great at Christmas 🙂

    • October 14, 2012 at 6:46 PM #

      Thank you!! I agree these will be great for a Christmas party and you can make them any flavor really you want…people will always remember you for serving them a “shot” of truffle!! Hehe 🙂 The recipe will definitely need to be doubled or trippled though for a party.

  9. October 16, 2012 at 8:44 AM #

    OMG they look divine!

  10. October 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM #

    Awesome idea! Finally, another way to use all my old shot glasses from college! (just kidding :)) These look so yum!

  11. October 17, 2012 at 12:44 AM #

    These are so fun!! They look pretty easy and just plain delicious! Great idea to use the pretty little shot glasses.

    • October 17, 2012 at 7:59 PM #

      Thank you so much Julia! They are very easy. My friend just made them as a gift for another friend! 🙂

  12. October 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM #

    oh my….. yum. I have to make these!

  13. October 19, 2012 at 6:26 PM #

    These look DELICIOUS! Not to mention this is an adorable gift idea. All my friends/family LOVE treats so this is definitely a must!

    • October 19, 2012 at 8:05 PM #

      Thanks Brittany! They are decadent, peanut butter heaven! Great gift idea…just add a “refrigeration note” to it. 🙂

  14. November 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM #

    Waw! These dessert cup truffles look so wonderful, tasty & fabuliscious too, dear Brandi!!

  15. December 1, 2012 at 1:17 AM #

    Oh they look good Brandi!!

  16. December 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM #

    This sounds seriously delicious. All my favorite flavor combinations. And those little cups are darling!

    • December 10, 2012 at 5:33 PM #

      Thank you so much! They were so delicious! I fell in love with those cups too when I saw them 🙂

  17. December 20, 2012 at 12:56 AM #

    Making these ASAP-They are super simple and look delicious:)

    • December 20, 2012 at 8:58 PM #

      Thank you! Yes, they are incredibly easy and taste so rich and delicious. Let me know if you try them! 🙂

  18. kahht
    January 1, 2013 at 1:27 AM #

    Mm, worked great. Totally reminds me of peanut butter cups.

    • January 1, 2013 at 5:32 AM #

      Awesome! I’m so glad you enjoyed them…I was wondering if you ended up making them. Thanks again for trying them and letting me know! 🙂

  19. January 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM #

    Wow! These look AMAZING! I want one…or three now!
    I have a can of coconut milk in the fridge. I always keep one in there, ready to be used in sweet recipes. The only ingredient I don’t have is chocolate! But I can fix that.
    I’m not sure if my peanut butter will work? It’s smooth, no added oil, sugar or salt. Just nuts. Is that creamy enough?

    • January 21, 2013 at 1:37 PM #

      Hi Ally! Thank you very much! Yes, absolutely that will work. Creamy peanut butter with no additives is what you should use since I created the recipe based on my peanut butter having none of that as well. Please let me know if you make them!! Enjoy!!

  20. February 3, 2013 at 10:56 PM #

    Hi Brandi! I’ve just discovered your blog and it’s really inspired! You definitely have a talent for inventing creative treats that are both delicious and good for the heart and waistline (in moderation, of course!). I’ll be trying this recipe… thanks 🙂

    • February 4, 2013 at 1:57 AM #

      Thank you so much for your wonderful compliments and following/discovering my blog! Please let me know when you try them and how they turn out!! 🙂

  21. February 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM #

    I love making truffles Brandi, I always use a standard mix of double cream and chocolate with various flavourings. Port and stilton being the last batch. I am intrigued by your use of coconut milk and peanut butter. The consistency of these witha fairly hard shell too look amazing.

    • March 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM #

      Thank you so much. They really are delicious and taste just as sinful as typical truffles. I hope you try them!


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