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Chocolate & Lavender Truffles

These decadent morsels feature a chocolate ganache infused with lavender, followed by a dip in melted bittersweet chocolate and a roll in powdered cocoa. These are very easy to make, but do take a bit of time because the truffles need to chill a few hours. They are well worth it! Plus, they can be made up to two weeks ahead. Double the batch to gift friends and coworkers! Ingredients

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped fine

6 ounces heavy cream 1 heaping tablespoon organic lavender flower powder Powdered sugar 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly Cocoa powder Directions Place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl; set aside. Combine the cream and lavender in a saucepan and gently bring to a boil. Remove from heat; strain. Pour the hot lavender-infused cream into the bowl of chopped chocolate. Allow the chocolate and cream to meld for a few minutes without stirring. After 5 or so minutes, stir to make sure the chocolate is completely melted. Cover the genache and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a melon baller dipped in powdered sugar, scoop the ganache and roll each one into a firm ball between your palms. Roll each truffle in the melted bittersweet chocolate and then in the cocoa powder; place on prepared baking sheet. Place truffles in the refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers in in an airtight container. Makes about 3 dozen.

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