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Truffle Pistachio Hearts

Truffle Pistachio HeartsMake a batch of these luscious, pistashio studded chocolate hearts that are dressed to impress your Valentine.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound semi-sweet chocolate squares
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup natural California pistachios, chopped
Ground pistachios*
Cocoa*
Chocolate sprinkles*

Cooking Directions:

  1. Place chocolate squares, cream and butter in microwave-safe bowl or large measuring cup. Microwave on high power for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until chocolate is melted. Beat with wire whip until smooth and fluffy. Mix in chopped pistachios.
  2. Turn into 8 inch square or 6 x 10-inch pan (or dish) lined with sheet of foil. Chill until firm.
  3. Lift chocolate from pan, holding onto foil for easy handling. Cut out heart shapes with small heart cutter, or cut shapes with tip of knife, using a hand-drawn cardboard heart as a pattern. They may soften when being handled, but will firm up again.

Makes 10 to 18 hearts, depending on size.

*For decoration, dip sides of hearts in extra ground pistachios, cocoa or chocolate sprinkles, then place on platter.

Serving suggestion: Any extra trimmings may be rolled into little bite-size balls; roll in ground pistachios, cocoa or chocolate sprinkles and place in ruffled candy cups.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the California Pistachio Commission.