White Chocolate Macadamia Coconut Truffles

We´re having the first party of the year, and it´s a Chocolate Party! How can I miss it, right? How can anybody miss it? And the guest of honor this month is coconut. They just like each other, chocolate and coconut, they really do.

So choosing a recipe was hard, not because of a lack of them, but because I wanted to try something different. So I made some truffles. Yes, I know the holidays are over and I should´ve probably made them then, but well, I didn´t. I don´t make truffles often. But there are so many good variations to try, like these hazelnut chocolate ones I made with some leftover ganache. 

These are just as good, but I went in a totally different direction. I had finally found macadamia nuts and was dying to use them. And since I don´t use white chocolate much this recipe seemed perfect.
Truffles are so easy to make, and they last. They make the perfect gift, though they don´t travel very long distances I assume. One of these with some after dinner coffee or tea sounds good. Since they require no baking, just some melting, the ingredients have to be quality ones. There´s no way to mask them.

So let´s get this first chocolate party of 2013 started. You´re welcome to join us. Visit Roxana´s blog and get all the details.

barely adapted from Gourmet, december 2000

Note: I halved the recipe and it yielded 12 walnut-sized truffles. The recipe calls for salted nuts; I used unsalted and added a pinch of salt. I mixed some finely shredded and coconut flakes to add more texture.

8oz. (225g) good quality white chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup macadamia nuts, finely ground (I use the food processor)
¼ cup heavy cream
2 Tbs rum
¾ cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted

Put finely chopped white chocolate in a bowl. Heat cream in a small pan just before boiling, and add to the chocolate. Let stand 30 seconds and mix until well incorporated. It will be thick. Add ground nuts, rum and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 4 hours.
Take heaping teaspoons of the mixture, form into a bowl and roll in coconut.
Chill, covered until ready to serve.


  1. Oh, these look amazing, Paula! If you have any leftovers, I'm certain they would survive a trip from the southern hemisphere to the northern ;)

  2. White chocolate and macadamia nut is one of my favorite combinations! Love these!

  3. A chocolate party sounds wonderful! Your truffles must have been delicious and wouldn't have lasted long at my house!

  4. Firstly - beautiful photos - then - white chocolate, macadamia and coconut!!! what a fantastic combination :))
    Mary x

  5. I'm sure I would love these! You're right - a classic pairing!

  6. Paula, these White Chocolate Macademia Coconut Truffles look sooo elegant - I can see them served in pretty long-stemmed glasses at the end of a wonderful meal! Fantastic.

  7. These are my kind of truffles! I love white chocolate!

  8. Beautiful truffles! I wish I could eat them. Darn allergy to white chocolate. Freaky but true.

  9. These truffles look way too addictive :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. White chocolate and Macadamias are such great flavor combination.. White sweet snowballs..!

  11. Your pictures are great, they really make me want to eat every single truffle you made!

  12. These look wonderful! It's great they're so easy to make. I'm imagining how creamy and flavorful they must be.

  13. Oh Paula! You did exactly what I was thinking about doing, which is adding macadamia nuts to the mix! These look amazing! I could scarf down a half a dozen of these without blinking! Your pictures are just beautiful, too! : )

  14. Pau! donde conseguiste macadamia??? me mueroooo!!!!

    1. Viste?? Yo grite igual cuando las vi! El que me atendia sigue sin entender porque! jaja
      En lo que era Villares, que ahora es New Garden. Tienen de todo. Yo voy al local de Elcano y Zapiola. Aca esta el link con las sucursales http://www.newgarden.com.ar/Sucursales_SPA.aspx

  15. Love it! Irresistible and easy, what could be better? A great little indulgence and so easy to pack up as a thoughtful gift, well done!

  16. Simply fabulous, Paula! These look like the perfect truffles and I love the combo of the white chocolate, macadamia and coconut. Makes me want to be sitting somewhere tropical with a bag of these and a cold, fruity drink to wash it down. I've been terrible at keeping up with scheduled blog events like the Chocolate Party. I have a recipe in mind for this month so I'd better get baking!

  17. What a creative idea with coconut! Pictures are gorgeous!

  18. Oh I like this recipe-great contribution to the chocolate party!
    Happy 2013 Paula;-)

  19. I just am amazed, Paula, how you can dig up all these recipes from old issues of Gourmet. I have bookmarked and turned page corners over and cut out hundreds of recipes over the years but can never find them when I want them. I don't yet have a good recipe system. I love coconut also and, yes, it pairs with chocolate in a fabulous way. Your truffles look amazing and while I am glad you say they will keep a long time, I am betting that yours didn't. So easy to just pick them up and pop them in your mouth. Nice job.

  20. I'm a white chocolate fiend and these truffles are right up my crave alley. They look terrific! As for the story, It's finally over at 20..thank god. I couldn't do a cliff notes ending, it wouldn't be right, although I wanted to a few times lol

  21. These are just amazing looking…coconut and chocolate...two of my favorite things!

  22. Chocolate & Coconut, can only be made better with macadamias! ❤ it!

  23. I love, love white chocolate and coconut. These are so pretty!

  24. oh Paula, you took these truffles to the highest level with the addition of the macademia nuts. What a great idea! They look absolutely fantastic!
    Thanks for bringing them to this month chocolate party

  25. I just stumbled upon your blog via these amazing looking cookies. I'm glad I did, it's beautiful!
    Saffron in India
    Imported chocolates


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