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Orange Chocolate Meltaways

The terrific combination of chocolate and orange makes these some of the best truffles I've ever had. As holiday gifts, they're showstoppers. I have little time to cook, but when I do, I like to "get fancy." In this case, "fancy" doesn't have to be difficult. -Lori Kostecki, Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped toasted pecans
  • COATING:
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Directions

  • Place chocolate chips in a bowl; set aside. In a saucepan, bring cream and orange zest to a gentle boil; immediately pour over chips. Let stand for 1 minute; whisk until smooth. Add extract. Cover and chill for 35 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken.
  • Beat mixture for 10-15 seconds or just until it lightens in color (do not overbeat). Spoon rounded teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Cover and chill for 5 minutes.
  • Gently shape into balls; roll half in nuts. In a microwave; melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip remaining balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 76 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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