Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Truffles


Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Truffles – a rich and impressive dessert that is easy and quick to make – perfect for any party spread!

Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Truffles

This weekend we saw the movie Lincoln. It was fantastic, even if it was a good fifty minutes over my ideal movie time.

I am kind of a history nerd.

Back in high school AP U.S. History class, when I wasn’t eye rolling over my boyfriend saying my new hairstyle made me look like Sigourney Weaver (he meant it as a compliment – all I could see was Alien), I was soaking up every detail about historical figures like President Lincoln.

One detail I always remember – Lincoln’s supposed great sense of humor.

Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Truffles

This movie showcases that sense of humor and storytelling, among other things. Daniel Day-Lewis was excellent (when asked in an interview how he found Lincoln’s voice, he answered with “you don’t know what he sounded like either…”).

Seems he shares that humor.

There were several times through the movie when Jason and I turned to each other and smiled with the choices in actors – Sally Field as Mary Todd, Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens and an awesome James Spader in a delightful political operative role – I won’t say any more, but Spader has a great line when he first meets Lincoln, and Lincoln has a great response.

Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Truffles

chocolate bourbon caramel truffles

inspired by Bourbon-Caramel Truffles

dairy, soy, and gluten free, vegan

makes 17-20 trufflesΒ 

6 large Medjool dates, pitted
3 tablespoons bourbon
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon vanilla paste
5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
unsweetened cocoa powder, for dustingΒ 

In saucepan over medium heat, combine pitted Medjool dates with bourbon. As the dates warm, continually stir with bourbon and mash into a paste, adding water by the tablespoon as needed until a smooth paste forms. Reduce heat to low, add vanilla and chopped chocolate and stir until chocolate melts to a smooth consistency.

Let chocolate date mixture cool, transfer to covered container and refrigerate several hours to overnight. Once cool, spoon small amounts and roll into balls, just under one inch in size. Roll through cocoa powder, return to refrigerator to cool.

Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Truffles

These truffles are incredibly decadent – rich chocolate and smooth date caramel with a perfect hint of bourbon. Sometime this week I will be making somewhere around eleventeen batches of these, to include with holiday gifts and cookie plates.

…and a batch for us to enjoy at the movies.

Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Truffles

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    • Kristina Sloggett says

      I thought so too, actually, about Sally Field… and she was one of those characters that I went back and forth with, not really liking… everyone else was exceptional, though!

  1. says

    I really want to see Lincoln! I love history and presidential history is my favorite! I’m not great at geography, but I love learning about people! I can’t wait to see it! The boys want to go too! Jay LOVES history and Max has the same birthday as Lincoln, so he feels like they have a bond. πŸ˜‰

    Those truffles look so good! Treat season has arrived! I’m so excited!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      that will be fun for you to see it with the boys, then. I want to see it again, it was so good!

      “treat season has arrived” < -- I think I said those exact words earlier today! #GreatMinds πŸ˜‰

  2. says

    I don’t really like movies, but I do want to see Lincoln. Glad to hear it’s worth it!

    Chocolate and bourbon are two of my favorite things (next to raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens). Next time you have to come to Colorado too and make some vegan Thanksgiving dessert. :)

  3. says

    1. Love Lincoln (and DDL)! Can’t wait to see the film.
    2. I have been looking for unusual boozy truffle recipes for holiday gifts. Thank you so much for sharing this one. The date-chocolate combination sounds amazing.

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      the date + bourbon part? so good. :) then you add the chocolate? you must practice restraint to get any of this into the fridge to cool… πŸ˜‰ ENJOY!

  4. says

    Lincoln does sound pretty amazing. And James Spader is in it?? How did I not know this? Maybe because I don’t really watch movies–the last one I saw in the theatre was The Avengers. But the history nerd–that part definitely fits. These truffles sound great! Who doesn’t want chocolate, bourbon, and caramel in one convenient package?

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      I did not know it either, I was happily surprised! his role is a good one. and chocolate bourbon and caramel in one? yes, please, I do, I DO!!

  5. says

    These sound like something my dad would absolutely love (he’s a fan of the boozy desserts), bookmarking these to make when I head home again around Christmas time!

    Lincoln is definitely on my to-watch list. Last movie I watched in theaters was the new Bond–it was fun. And good looking. Mmm, Daniel Craig…

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      he will definitely love these, then! I am excited that you will make these for him, they are very easy and oh so good…

      the movie “was good looking” hee hee, love that.

  6. says

    I can’t wait to see Lincoln!! I was loving the previews when we saw Argo a couple of weeks ago. I NEED these truffles tucked into my “sneak-healthy-food-in-the-movies-bag” along with popcorn with earth balance, sea salt and nutritional yeast. yum

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      I am SO excited about these – they really taste amazing and are a bit healthier, right? they don’t taste any different…

  7. Anna says

    Vanilla paste? Whazthat?

    I’m betting it’s not something you buy that is full of sugar, so I’m wondering how I make it?

  8. says

    I make somethign similar to this one, I use truffles as gifts all the time. Mine have toffee caramel in them and sometimes a cream and cream cheese everyone loves them

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      oh my GOSH, Greg!! thanks SO MUCH for letting me know – you KNOW I was there today, just reading posts backwards, apparently… I have emailed my info, so SO excited for your all of this, especially your book! Cheers!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      well, you can probably guess what happens πŸ˜‰ but no, I won’t talk details, you need to see it for yourself!

  9. says

    I’m a history nerd, too! I want to see that movie… thanks for sharing your thoughts on it. Now my thoughts on these truffles… Lord, I could eat that entire batch in one sitting.

  10. says

    You got me at chocolate…well, and bourbon! LOVE the sound of these. Looking forward to trying them. Came by from An Edible Mosaic. Looking forward to following along.

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hi Sherry, great to ‘meet’ you, and look forward to getting to know you! I hope you do try these truffles, they could not be much easier, and they are oh so good! cheers!

  11. says

    I listened to an interview recently where Sally Fields said she gained 25 lbs to do this role. She also said it was her favorite role ever.

    Thank you for the recipe! So yummy!

  12. says

    i ADORE james spader! and bourbon! and you! πŸ˜‰

    also, last great movie i saw: Life of Pi. The book is by far, my favorite book in the world. i adore the crap out of yann martel and all his books. The film FELT like him. it was less violent, but you still got the idea. and the rest of it was so close and clever to the book …. go see it. but read the book first.

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      we are planning to see the movie – glad to hear it is *less* violent than the book, but still true to the writing. I love James Spader too, his role in Lincoln was a GOOD one! XO!

  13. Brenda says

    Recipe sounds so yummy! I only ever worked with chopped dates. If I can’t find the dates you mentioned, would any kind work?
    Many thanks.

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hi Brenda, I think any (dried) date would work, chopped probably “melt” down faster into paste! Enjoy!

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      I know… these are a favorite around here… I make a big batch and keep them in the freezer. they defrost very quickly!

  14. Mandy says

    I made these yesterday. They. were. AWESOME. I did make a couple of changes. I didn’t have vanilla paste so I used extract. I also didn’t have bourbon, so I used imitation brandy flavoring. They turned out absolutely amazing and were surprisingly easy to make. I’m going to make several batches for Thanksgiving and try a few variations, like rolling them in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar or using different flavorings. Thanks for a great recipe!

      • Mandy says

        Made two more batches tonight – almond and rum. I also have orange, peppermint, and brandy too, so I’ll make three more batches before Thanksgiving. I tried the powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar and I definitely like powdered sugar the best. But they’re all great. This recipe is so adaptable and tasty!

        • Kristina Sloggett says

          look at you go!! so happy you are loving these, and you sure are getting creative – all of those variations sound SO GOOD!

          cheers – happy Thanksgiving!

  15. Dani says

    I am planning on trying these today. I want to use cacao powder instead of cocoa and a cacao bar instead of dark chocolate. Do you think it will turn out as good being the less processed form of chocolate?

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hi Dani, SORRY I am just seeing this now – I have not made these with cacao, so I am unsure how the result will taste; it may require a few more dates for sweetener is my only thought, I would probably try it! please let me know if you do?

    • marlyse says

      I have used raw cacao & processed cocoa interchangeably & have not noticed any difference in sweetness. If anything, it seems the raw cacao is less bitter.

  16. Terri Cole says

    I have a big tub of the smaller Deglet noor dates. If I sub them for the Medjool, how many do I use? Approximately double the amount? Thanks in advance!


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