Happy (almost) Halloween! Did you dress up at all this weekend or just chill on the couch and binge watch Stranger Things like everyone else on my instagram stories? (Totally not judging if you did, we are on episode 4!) We had a productive house cleaning weekend and also dressed up as Sam and Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom. Scout and Sibbie also participated and wore yellow bandanas to be part of the scout group from the movie.
I had big ambitions this year to make homemade candy for Halloween, but then things got busy and I settled on truffles instead! That's not a bad swap because truffles are decadent, bite-sized, minimal ingredients, and loaded with chocolate.
Truffles remind me of the early dating days with Kyle. For most big events (anniversaries, birthdays, valentines), Kyle always would get me red roses and Godiva truffles. These were special because they weren't just the pre-packaged godiva truffles you can buy at the store or (oddly) at Barnes & Noble. He went to the actual Godiva store, which was like 30-ish minutes from where he lived, and would hand-pick each truffle out. Talk about true love.
Nowadays we do other things to celebrate the special stuff, mostly because we didn't live near a godiva at all when we lived in New York or Austin, but they usually still involve roses and chocolate of some sort.
These aren't the classic, traditional truffles that involve heavy cream and a double broiler. Instead, these are the truffles you can practically whip out of your back pocket and start in the afternoon and have them by the evening. They are only four ingredients, most of which you will most likely have in your pantry and fridge: chocolate, milk, butter, and matcha. Don't have matcha? Well, it's okay if you skip it. You just won't get the pretty green color, but I'm sure no one would complain!
Because these use butter, they are extremely rich. I rolled them out into a little less than tablespoon-sized balls but rolling them even smaller (teaspoon-sized balls) might be better. Store these in the fridge and they will last a week!
Four Ingredient Matcha Chocolate Truffles
makes 12 - 15 tablespoon-sized balls
- 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
- 3 tbl. milk, preferably whole milk
- 5 tbl. butter, softened and divided
- 2 tsp. matcha powder
- cocoa powder
- matcha powder
In a medium bowl, melt chocolate in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring after each time until just melted. Be careful not to burn. Stir in the milk, and mix until combined.
Stir butter into chocolate mixture, one tablespoon at a time, until butter is fully incorporated into chocolate mixture. Repeat with remaining butter.
Stir in matcha powder and mix until combined.
Cover with plastic wrap and set in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight.
Scoop out teaspoon or tablespoon sized pieces from chocolate mixture, and roll into balls using your hands. It's okay if chocolate is very hard, it will soften in your hands. Toss in cocoa powder and/or matcha powder and place on a baking sheet. Set in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm. Enjoy!